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In our opinion, your child needs to view going to a grammar school as one option for them. That way if they don’t get in, it Is because grammar schools weren’t the best fit.
So, be open about the amount of 11 plus prep and 11 plus practice that will be required. Promote a growth mindset by avoiding the belief that your child has failed somehow.
11 plus tutor cost guide
With average prices now around £40 an hour, the 11 plus tutor costs can be quite scary. However, there are several ways to keep your spending down.
First the bad news. Getting a regular tutor for your child isn’t cheap and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.
As any economics student will tell you the price charged for a service depends largely on demand and supply.
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And with grammar schools performing particularly well in last year’s GCSE and A-Level exams (see the feature on the Parent Power League Table), the demand for getting into them is expected to be even greater in 2019.
How much does a 11+ tutor cost?
Reports also show that the number of tutored children is also rising sharply. According to education and social mobility charity The Sutton Trust, one in four secondary school children now receives private tuition. This compares to less than one in five a decade ago.
However, the good news is that prices can vary considerably and it is definitely worth shopping around. A quick look at the Tutorfair website, which acts as a hub for private tutors, shows that the typical price of a tutor per hour outside of London is between £30 and £50.
11 plus tutor cost guide
One important factor is whether the tutor is a qualified teacher. Basically, you will pay much more if they are qualified and have significant experience of tutoring – ie. 10 years or more.
You may also pay more if they have an Oxbridge degree, or if they are a specialist in a certain subject. This is particularly true of Maths tutors.
Of course in London, you can expect to pay even more, given the generally high demand for grammar schools in the area. Here prices for face-to-face tuition currently average between £40 and £60 although some on The First Tutors private tuition website charge over £100 for specialist tutoring, particularly in Maths or languages.
One ‘Award-winning’ Maths Teacher in West London on the Tutorfair website charges an eye-watering £130 an hour. This is based on 10 years of teaching experience and 5 years of experience as an examiner.
11 plus tutor cost guide
So what can you do to keep the price of tutoring your children to a minimum and still ensure they pass with flying colours? Here we give our Top 5 Tips when choosing a tutor.
Top 11 plus tutor cost tips
1. Don’t assume that the most expensive is the best
As with most things, it is possible to bag a bargain. You just need to do your homework. TV programmes like Shop Well For Less show us you don’t need to spend a fortune on flashy labels to get good quality products. So it is with tutors. Many tuition websites provide user ratings for their tutors. And it is definitely worth reading these before you make a decision.
Also don’t necessarily assume that a qualified teacher (ie one with PGCE, QTS certificates) is the best person to tutor your child. Even though qualified teachers generally command much higher prices than non-qualified teachers they aren’t necessarily better.
There are some very good graduates out there with a good track record of getting children through their 11 Plus.
Expect to pay around £30 for an unqualified teacher compared to around £50 per hour for a qualified teacher.
2. Don’t commit to too many sessions!
Every child is different, but generally speaking, you shouldn’t spend more than a few months getting your child tutored for the 11 Plus. According to Anita Moss, Director of First Tutors, the average tuition relationship lasts for 16.5 hours.
Much more than that and fatigue can set in and your child could be burned out even before sitting the entrance exams!
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3. Consider online tutoring
Without a doubt, sitting next to a tutor is the best option. But it’s also the most expensive. Increasingly popular is online tutoring. This can save you an awful lot of money.
Some tutors offer their services for nearly half the price of face to face tutoring because they don’t have to travel. With broadband speeds improving all the time, it’s now more practical than ever to use services like Skype. For those in rural locations, it may also be a more practical option.
4. Splitting the bill
Using a group tutor inevitably brings the costs down. For example, tuition company Explore Learning charges approximately £129 per month for two sessions a week of 1 hour 15 minutes each. These take place with up to six children per tutor. This compares favourably price-wise to one-to-one tuition which currently averages around £40 per hour.
5. Do it Yourself!
OK, this might not be your preferred option. However, parents with a bit of time and patience can invest in coaching books designed around the 11 Plus exams. You can find a vast selection of various papers on this site.
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Effective 11 plus tutor tips
Tutoring for the 11 Plus requires a strategy. It isn’t something you can do and just hope for the best. However, remember, one size doesn’t fit all. What works for one person might not work for another. In this article, we look at some of the revision techniques your child can use to help you achieve success.
1. Don’t start too early
While every child is different, there is absolutely no point starting revision in Year 4 for an exam that usually takes place at the beginning of Year 6. Typically, most children start revising between Christmas and Easter in Year 5 – in other words between 6 and 9 months before the 11 Plus. Any longer and it could be counter-productive, causing the child too much stress.
2. Decide how long to revise for
The average 10 or 11 year old can only fully concentrate for around 30 minutes at a time. So it’s best to make revision sessions no longer than this. Assuming they are now revising for entrance exams in September 2020 at the earliest, it is probably enough to revise for 30 minutes every other day. However, as exams get closer this should increase to every day. It should also include practising exam papers regularly. See point 9.
3. Work out how your child learns most effectively
Not everyone learns in the same way. We are all different. Put simply, there are several different types of intelligence. These include linguistic intelligence (words), logical-mathematical intelligence (numbers), spatial intelligence (pictures) and kinesthetic (sensory – ie. touch). Knowing what kind of learner you are is key to deciding which revision techniques work best for you. For example, a visual learner will learn more from mind maps while a linguistic learner will learn more from reading textbooks. For more information on different types of effective learning why not take our quiz here.
4. Put together a revision timetable
Part of getting organised is to put together a revision timetable. You need to ensure that revision becomes a normal part of your child’s week. Aim to start with building the core skills, especially around English and Maths. This includes practising mental maths and improving literacy skills. In addition to the revision, it is best if your child is reading regularly as this helps to improve vocabulary. Obviously, the closer you get to the actual 11 Plus exam, the more important it is to practise papers and do mock exams under test conditions.
Effective 11 plus exam revision tips
5. Tailor learning for the actual exam
It’s important to bear in mind that not all 11 Plus exams are the same. They vary depending on where you live. Therefore, you need to do your homework early on to find out exactly what subjects are tested. Most include Maths, English and verbal reasoning. Many also include non-verbal reasoning too. Also the format and types of questions may vary depending on which board has set them. There are two main exam boards: CEM (Durham University) and GL Assessment. How you best prepare your child will depend on which exam board the school they want to go to uses.
6. Plug any knowledge gaps
Inevitably your child will have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to knowledge. These should be identified early on and built into the revision timetable. Often these learning gaps are in subjects that your child may be unfamiliar with, such as verbal and non verbal reasoning. However, many children also struggle with Maths or English, especially if English is a second language in the home. Make sure you address these weaknesses early on and employ a subject-specific tutor if necessary (see below).
7. Hire a tutor if necessary
Getting a tutor for an 11 Plus exam is very common. However, they don’t come cheap. Typically you will pay around £25 to £35 an hour for a one-to-one tutor. However, it could be considerably more for the top London private schools. The advantage of a tutor is that they will be familiar with the school tests in your area. In particular, they will know what is required in terms of subject knowledge to pass the 11 Plus.
8. Create a calm environment
We can’t stress how important this is. As a parent you need to stay calm and patient during revision sessions. Otherwise the child could associate revision with stress, or even fear. If they get something wrong simply go over it again, don’t shout at them or put them down. Also if possible make sure revision takes place in a quiet room. It should also be free of potential distractions such as TVs and mobile phones!
9. Practise exam papers
Obviously as it gets closer to the actual 11 Plus Exams your child will need to practise exam papers regularly as part of their revision timetable. These are widely available on our website. It’s important that your child gets used to the format and answering questions under pressure.
10. Sit a mock exam
One of the most important revision techniques is to simulate the actual 11 Plus exam as best as possible. Ideally this should take place no more than a couple of weeks before the exam. Although it’s not completely possible to replicate exam conditions, it’s vital your child gets used to managing their time. Even little things such as handling their materials (pens, pencils, maths equipment) and turning the page carefully so they don’t miss questions are important.
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Becoming an 11 plus tutor tips
Although many 11-plus exams claim to be tutor-proof, coaching for secondary school entrance tests is a huge industry. Parents want to give their child any possible advantage over the competition, so there is a high demand for good 11-plus tutors. More than a quarter of state school pupils are estimated to have had some form of private tuition.
There are no formal requirements or qualifications for becoming an 11-plus tutor. In theory, anyone can set up as an independent tutor. However, you will need a supply of past papers and other teaching resources. Set up an online profile for your tutoring business and use social media and online 11-plus forums and directories to find clients. Tutors often get referrals by word of mouth. Your business will only thrive if you can successfully coach children to pass grammar school and private school entrance exams!
Tutoring agencies employ 11-plus tutors
So, many tutoring agencies employ 11-plus tutors on a freelance basis. They will typically take a commission, but provide tutoring resources. Tutoring agencies typically require their tutors to be educated to an undergraduate degree level. Additionally, they expect tutors to have a DBS certificate. Tutors may also consider taking out liability insurance.
Yes, it is a very good idea. Even though your child may be capable of getting into grammar school, it is important they familiarise themselves with the types of questions that could be asked, the format of the exam papers and how to perform under exam conditions to give themselves the best chance.
There is not a one size fits all solution! However, generally speaking, we advise no more than 12 months of tuition for the Eleven Plus. So, starting at the beginning of Year 5 is probably a good time. At the very latest, January of Year 5 for exams taking place in September of Year 6.
How do you choose the right tutor?
Word of mouth is often the best way. Look for tutors who’ve gained positive reviews from other parents and successfully prepared students for the 11-Plus exam in your area. However, don’t take recommendations as gospel. What’s important is that your child gets on with their tutor. Many tutoring services will be happy to offer trial sessions at a lower rate so you can get a feel for the tutor before committing to full-priced lessons.
How much tutoring is needed?
Once again there is no precise answer about how much is the right amount. During term time, most tutors will hold a weekly session of between 60 to 90 minutes with additional homework set each week. In the holidays the tutor may also recommend extra sessions. This is especially important in the summer period leading up to the 11 Plus exams in Autumn.
This section is for those for fancy a change and wants to practice a different type (and difficulty) of test. For example the 11+ exam. There are a wide variety of different practice test formats and difficulties shown below.
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- Make sure which exam you are preparing for.
- Check what you need to know for the specific exam. Have a look at our GL exams Explained. These are different for the CEM exam.
- Study the content specified.
- Do as many practice exam papers or quizzes you can find. Have a look at our Ten Minute Maths Quiz.
You can find the relevant 11 plus past papers by clicking on the link below. There are also school entrance 11 plus past papers available, including all the premier London-based private schools.