What to Consider Before Looking at Grammar Schools

As a parent, navigating the educational journey of your child can be a challenging task, especially when faced with the decision of whether or not to enrol them for the 11+. For Year 3 parents, this is a crucial time to weigh the options and consider the path that best suits your child’s academic needs. Having guided hundreds of students to 11+ success, read our guide on knowing ‘should I enrol my child for the 11+?’.

Understanding the Timings for the 11+ (don’t leave it too late)

Before delving into the considerations for grammar school enrolment, it’s vital to address the timing of this decision. Contrary to popular belief, considering private tuition or extra support for the 11+ is only applicable for Year 3 parents and children. Waiting until Year 5 or, worse, Year 6 is often too late to adequately prepare for the challenges posed by the 11+ examinations. Therefore, if you are in Year 3, now is the opportune moment to start planning and considering the best course of action for your child’s future.

What you should be asking yourself as a Year 3 Parent

This stage is the ideal time to think about whether your child is capable, or showing signs of, being able to pass the 11+ entrance exam to attend a grammar school.

Indicators include;

  • Is your child reading daily?
  • Are they confident with their times tables?
  • Can they understand challenging concepts?
  • Also, what are their teachers saying about their education?

As a Year 4 Parent

If you think your child is right for the 11+, additional support is key. So if you’re serious about your child attending a Grammar School, in year 4 you need to be starting tuition for their entrance exams. In this process, your child’s tutor should be;

  • Addressing and filling any apparent educational gaps
  • Boosting specific skills for the 11+
  • Working on your child’s verbal and non verbal reasoning skills

Your Child’s 11+ Support in Year 5

In Year 5, your child will ideally have had a year’s worth of tuition leading up to this point. They will already know the key skills needed to pass the 11+, so this final year is about refining those skills. It is said, a child needs to be 2 years ahead of their chronological age group for comprehension and Maths.

Additional Factors to Consider for the 11+

Understanding the 11+ Exam Process

Before making any decisions, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the 11+ examination. Research the specific requirements of the grammar schools you are interested in, as different institutions may have variations in their testing formats.

Assessing Your Child’s Academic Aptitude

Consider your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. While the 11+ exams typically cover English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning, understanding your child’s proficiency in these areas will help tailor their preparation plan. 

Balancing Academic and Extracurricular Activities

It’s essential to strike a balance between academic studies and extracurricular activities. Grammar schools often seek well-rounded individuals, so ensuring your child has a variety of experiences beyond the classroom can enhance their application.

Considering the School Environment

Research the ethos and environment of the grammar schools you are interested in. Consider visiting open days to get a feel for the school culture, ensuring it aligns with your child’s learning preferences and values.

Preparing Emotionally

Recognise that the 11+ process can be emotionally taxing for both parents and children. Ensure open communication with your child, providing the necessary encouragement and support throughout their preparation.

Exploring Private Tuition Options

Leeds Tuition Centre offers professional tuition in English, Maths, and Science, providing a tailored approach to your child’s learning needs. Private tuition can offer the additional support required for success in the 11+ exams, especially during the crucial Year 3 and 4 stages.

Leeds Tuition Centre’s Advice

In the decision to enrol your child for the 11+, careful consideration and early planning are key. For Year 3 parents, the proactive approach is vital, and the support of institutions like Leeds Tuition Centre can make a significant difference in preparing your child for success. By understanding the intricacies of the 11+ process and taking the time to assess your child’s needs, you can embark on this educational journey with confidence and optimism for a bright future.