Preparing for the 11 Plus
Online teaching available during Coronavirus
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Beaconsfield School of Education specialises in One to One courses (private tuition) for the 11 Plus. Our students have consistently achieved excellent pass rates in the 11 Plus. In 2019, every BSE student qualified for a grammar school place.
Our 11 Plus courses are for children in Year 5. They cover all areas of the 11 Plus - English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning. We only provide One to One lessons. We have always strongly believed that this is the most effective method of 11 Plus tuition.
Private tuition enables the 11 Plus tutor to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and to pinpoint areas in need of improvement. Many children also find it easier to concentrate in a One to One lesson than in a group setting. There are fewer distractions and consequently both teaching and learning can be more effective.
During Coronavirus, we are providing the One to One lessons online, using the Zoom platform. Please contact the School to book a trial lesson.
The BSE 11 Plus course runs from September, two weeks after Bucks state primary schools start back at school. The course dates then closely match the Bucks CC school term dates. There are three terms in the Academic Year: Autumn, Spring and Summer.
The weekly 11 Plus lessons are 75 minutes long. The children focus on different types of 11 Plus practice exercise in every lesson. This helps them build up the mental stamina and versatility they will need for their 11+ exam. The lessons take place is the student's own home and are provided by a DBS checked tutor, either in person or via the Zoom online platform. Books and all other pedagogical materials are provided by the School. Homework is set after every lesson and is an integral part of the course. Parents support their child throughout the course by ensuring that homework is completed and that records of work are well organised and maintained.
"We’ve been using a tutor from BSE Beaconsfield for 1:1 tuition for our son and found him to be fantastic, so started our daughter 's 11+ prep with him too. The tutor's manner and teaching style are relaxed and understated but very efficient and entirely focused on the child. He is immaculately prepared each week. He sets sensible homework - challenging but do-able - each week. I highly recommend him."
"She worked really hard and this translated into a pass. A big thanks again for everything you have done with her."
"Thank you so much for all your guidance and knowledge. We are so proud of his result."
"The great news is that she passed the exam! Thanks ever so much for all the work on this....really appreciated."
"Thank you so much for tutoring her and helping her to achieve this fantastic result. She worked hard under your guidance to master techniques she was unsure of and to consolidate her learning in other areas, this has paid off resulting in her super score."
"Thank you again for all your help. The boys were very fortunate to have you as their tutor."
English in the 11 Plus
The academic standard of the 11 Plus test is mainly aligned to the National Curriculum. However, to score well in the English and Verbal Reasoning sections of the 11 Plus test, a more extensive knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax is required. One of the key features of the BSE 11 Plus course is helping pupils widen their knowledge of vocabulary. This includes:
- understanding the meaning(s) of words in isolation and in context
- understanding the meaning of 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 accurate spelling
- vocabulary used in formal / informal contexts
- highlighting pronunciation features
- developing dictionary and other study skills
- developing independent learning skills
The course also includes extensive proofreading skills work, aimed at helping students identify spelling, punctuation and syntactical errors.
Sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths practice questions:
11 Plus Course Dates 2020/21 and 2021/22
11 Plus Autumn Term 2020
w/b Monday, 14 September, 2020 - Saturday, 24 October, 2020 (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 02 November, 2020 - Saturday, 19 December, 2020 (7 weeks)
11 Plus Spring Term 2021
w/b Monday, 11 January, 2021 - Saturday, 13 February, 2021 (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 22 February, 2021 - Saturday, 27 March, 2021 (5 weeks)
11 Plus Summer Term 2021
w/b Monday, 19 April, 2021 - Saturday, 22 May, 2021 (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 07 June, 2021 - Saturday, 17 July, 2021 (6 weeks)
11 Plus Autumn Term 2021
w/b Monday, 13 September, 2021 - Saturday, 23 October, 2021 (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 01 November, 2021 - Saturday, 18 December, 2021 (7 weeks)
11 Plus Spring Term 2022
w/b Monday, 10 January, 2022 - Saturday, 19 February, 2022 (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 28 February, 2022 - Saturday, 09 April, 2022 (6 weeks)
11 Plus Summer Term 2022
w/b Monday, 25 April, 2022 - Saturday, 28 May, 2022 (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 06 June, 2022 - Saturday, 16 July, 2022 (6 weeks)
Fees for the 11 Plus course are payable termly in advance.
Please see our Fees page for the latest fees. Fees for the 11 Plus course are payable termly in advance. There is a one-off non-refundable Registration Fee of £60. There is also a non-refundable £200 Course Reservation Fee. This is deducted from the first term's tuition fees. There are no lessons on Public Bank Holidays.
Beaconsfield School of Education
15 London End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2HN
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