Preparing for the 11+
One to One private 11+ tuition
Beaconsfield School of Education specialises in private tuition for the 11 Plus. We teach GL- and CEM-style 11 Plus lessons in the pupil's own home, either in person or online. Our students consistently achieve excellent results. In the most recent exam (September 2019), all of our students qualified for a grammar school place.
Our 11 Plus courses are designed specifically for children in Year 5. We do not teach any other year groups. The courses cover all the subject areas in the 11 Plus exams - English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning. The entire focus of the School's 11+ course development is on the 9-10 age group. A substantial proportion of the course materials are exclusive to our 11 Plus courses, tried and tested resources developed by the School.
We only provide private, One to One lessons and have built up our expertise in this area. We strongly believe that, where the 11 Plus is concerned, private tuition is the most effective method of tuition for some children. 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. Private lessons are also more intensive. If the tutor is mindful of the additional pressures, they enable the pupil to build up the mental stamina they need for the 2-hour 11 Plus exam.
Many of Beaconsfield School of Education's 11 Plus students attend one of Beaconsfield's five primary schools - Butlers Court, Davenies, High March, Holtspur and St Mary & All Saints. Others may attend schools in Amersham, Burnham, Farnham, Gerrards Cross, Hazlemere or High Wycombe.
BSE's 11 Plus courses start in September, around two weeks after Bucks state primary schools return after the summer holidays. This means children can settle into Year 6 after the long break, before starting their 11 Plus course with us. The course dates then closely match the Buckinghamshire Council school term dates. There are three terms in the Academic Year: Autumn, Spring and Summer.
Registration is currently available up to 2025-26. Parents can reserve a place for their child by completing the Registration Form on this website and paying a Registration Fee and Course Reservation Fee. The tuition fees for each Academic Year are published by the School approximately one year in advance.
BSE's 11 Plus course lead tutor is Jeremy Bull. He has over 30 years experience working in education and he is the author of 11 Plus practice books. The weekly 11 Plus lessons are 75 minutes long. The children focus on different types of 11 Plus practice in every lesson and they have regular tests on work covered. This approach helps develop the mental versatility the children also need for their 11+ exam. The lessons are provided either in person or online via the Zoom 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.
Every year we receive very gratifying messages of thanks from parents. They also comment on parent forums and other social media platforms:
"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 and Verbal Reasoning in the 11+
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 vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax is required. One of the key features of BSE's 11 Plus courses is helping pupils extend their knowledge of vocabulary. This includes:
- understanding the meaning(s) of words, in isolation and in context
- identifying different word classes (articles, nouns, prepositions, adverbs etc)
- understanding the meaning of expressions and 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
- developing dictionary and other study skills
- developing independent learning skills
Reading comprehension and proofreading skills are tested in the 11 Plus. As well as a focus on word building, BSE's courses include extensive proofreading skills work, aimed at helping students identify spelling, punctuation and syntactical errors. Reading comprehension practice is also an integral part of the course, with weekly comprehension and/or cloze procedure (gap-fill) exercises.
Sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths practice questions:
11 Plus Course Dates 2020-22
11 Plus Autumn Term 2020 (2nd half-term)
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)
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
tel: 01494 899 844
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BSE students normally start their 11+ course approximately two weeks after the Bucks state school pupils start back at school. The 11 Plus course dates then match the Buckinghamshire Council school term dates closely. There are three 11 Plus course terms: Autumn Term,
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