Preparing for the 11 Plus
One to One 11+ courses
BSE specialises in One to One courses (private tuition) for the
Buckinghamshire and Slough Consortium 11 Plus tests. The test provider for Buckinghamshire schools is GL Assessment. The Slough Consortium 11 Plus Tests are provided by CEM.
Our 11 Plus courses are for pupils in Year 5 and cover all three parts of the 11 Plus - Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning. We provide One to One lessons because we believe this is the most effective form of tuition for the 11 Plus. It enables the 11 Plus tutor to identify a pupil's strengths and weaknesses and
to focus on areas in need of improvement.
The 11 Plus lessons are taught by BSE's Principal, Jeremy Bull. Each lesson is 75 minutes, providing an opportunity to focus on and practise 11 Plus tasks for an extended period. Homework is set after each lesson and is an integral part of the course. Parents support their child by ensuring that homework is completed and that records of work are well organised and maintained.
The academic standard of the 11 Plus test is to some extent aligned to the National Curriculum. To score well in
the Verbal Reasoning sections of the test, however, a more extensive knowledge of
vocabulary, grammar and syntax is highly desirable.
The 11 Plus course helps pupils develop their knowledge of vocabulary and related study skills. These include:
- understanding the meaning of words in isolation and in context
- understanding the meaning of fixed phrases
- developing the accurate reading of individual words
- developing knowledge of synonyms and antonyms
- developing knowledge of closed form compound words (e.g. barrow, outlet, evergreen)
- developing knowledge of homophones and homonyms (e.g. stationary / stationery)
- developing knowledge of idioms and collocations
- developing syntactical awareness
- developing accurate spelling
- recognising vocabulary used in formal / informal contexts
- highlighting pronunciation features
- developing dictionary and other study skills
View sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths practice questions:
The 11 Plus course starts two weeks after the Bucks CC schools start back in in September. The course dates then closely match the Bucks schools term dates. There are three terms - the Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term.
It is important for children taking the 11 Plus in September to study in the summer holidays. This is because the 11 Plus is so near the start of the new school year. For this reason, the School provides a 4-week Summer School in August. This course is the final preparation stage leading up to 11 Plus test day. The children study for 10 or 20 hours in all (private tuition) over the 4 weeks and the lessons focus on 11 Plus practice tests and consolidation. The scheduled lesson times for the 11 Plus Summer School are Monday - Friday from 10.00am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Summer Term 2018:
w/b Monday, 16 April - Saturday, 26 May (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 04 June - Saturday, 21 July (7 weeks)
11 Plus Summer School 2018:
w/b Monday, 06 August - Friday, 31 August (4 weeks)
Autumn Term 2018:
w/b Monday, 17 September - Saturday, 20 October (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 29 October - Saturday, 15 December (7 weeks)
Spring Term 2019:
w/b Monday, 07 January, 2019 - Saturday, 16 February, 2019 (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 25 February, 2019 - Saturday 06 April, 2019 (6 weeks)
Summer Term 2019:
w/b Monday, 22 April, 2019 - Saturday, 25 May, 2019 (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 03 June, 2019 - Saturday, 13 July, 2019 (6 weeks)
11 Plus Summer School 2019:
w/b Monday, 05 August - Friday, 30 August (4 weeks)
Please see our Fees page for the latest fees. Fees for the 11 Plus course are payable termly in advance. Summer School fees are also payable in advance. There is a one-off Registration Fee of £50. There are no lessons on Public Bank Holidays.
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