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Prepartion for Grammar Schools and 11 Plus exams.

The name ‘grammar school’ was adopted by public schools for children from 10 to 14 years of age, following a primary stage from 5 to 9 years of age. State grammar schools are free to those who pass the selection tests. Grammar schools are also state-funded but they select their pupils using an entrance exam called the 11-plus independently conducted by each school.

    • What is Grammar School in the UK?

    The name ‘grammar school’ was adopted by public schools for children from 10 to 14 years of age, following a primary stage from 5 to 9 years of age. State grammar schools are free to those who pass the selection tests. Grammar schools are also state-funded but they select their pupils using an entrance exam called the 11-plus independently conducted by each school.

    • What is the difference between a grammar school and a comprehensive school?

    Grammar schools are selective, they offer academically oriented general education. Entrance is based on a test of ability, usually at 11, called the Eleven Plus (11+). Comprehensive schools, on the other hand, are non-selective, they do not select pupils on grounds of ability.

     What is grammar school age for students?

    Grammar schools are state secondary schools, which select their pupils by means of an examination taken by children at age 11, known as the “11 Plus”. Pupils who pass the exam go to the local grammar school, while pupils who do not go to the local “secondary modern school”. Comprehensive schools, on the other hand, are non-selective, they do not select pupils on grounds of ability.

    • How many grammar schools are there in England?

    There are only about 163 grammar schools in England, out of some 3,000 state secondary schools and 69 grammar schools in Ireland. Around 167,000 students get admission to those schools each year.

    • How do grammar schools select their pupils?

    Grammar schools select their pupils by means of a test, known as the 11-plus, which is taken by pupils in the last year of primary school (Claus year 6 at the age of 11). Grammar school entrance exams can consist of all or a subset of Numerical reasoning (maths), Verbal reasoning, English comprehension, punctuation and grammar, Non-verbal reasoning and Creative writing, etc.

    • What are the minimum pass marks for 11 plus exams?

    Each school or consortium of schools independently decides a minimum threshold mark to pass. The actual marks from these tests, referred to as raw marks, are never disclosed, instead parents are given Standard Age Scores (SAS).

    The mere passing of the 11 plus exam does not guarantee a place at a grammar school. A range of other criteria like the student’s rank in the overall list of students’ 11 plus scores, age and the geographic distance from a grammar school, etc are taken into consideration while declaring the final list of the selected students. Many grammars have catchment areas and pupils must live within the area by a set date to be eligible to take the exams and potentially gain a place.

    • How should a student prepare for 11 plus entrance exams?

     If your son or daughter is sitting 11-plus in September 2018 for admission to secondary school in Sept 2019, the best time to start depends entirely on their current attainment levels.  He or she may only need a few hours of exam practice, or, if there are deeper learning gaps, they are likely to benefit from several months of regular weekly tuition.

    Usually, the process should start two years in advance.

    Grammar school entrance exams can consist of all or a subset of Numerical reasoning (maths), Verbal reasoning, English comprehension, punctuation and grammar, Non-verbal reasoning and Creative writing, etc.

    The most widely used exam publishers for 11 plus exams in the UK are GL Assessment or CEM (Uni of Durham).

     

  • Some Dos and Don’ts:
  • A student should prepare for all the subsets using a range of sources of books.
  • Be disciplined and undertake regular in studied and section practice tests.
  • Develop strong core skills in English (incl. a large vocabulary), maths (incl. speedy arithmetic) and reasoning (verbal, non-verbal & numerical).
  • Focus on speed, time and accuracy.
  • Limit the use of technology.
  • Take mock tests.
  • Keep calm and be confident.

 

  • What is the KS or Key stage in schools?

Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6 – for pupils aged between 8 and 11 years old. Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9 – for pupils aged between 12 and 14 years old, Key Stage 4 – Years 10 to 11 – for pupils aged between 15 and 16 years old, and. Key Stage 5 – Years 12 to 13 – for pupils aged between 17 and 18 years old.

  • When are the 11 plus tests conducted and what is the usual schedule of the events?

Eleven-plus tests take place in September of children’s final primary school year (Class 6th at age of 11 years) with results provided to parents in October to allow application for secondary schools for the following year (Class 7th at age of 12-13 year). So, a student must start preparing for exam well in advance, almost 2 years in advance (Class 5th at the age of 11 years). The Applications forms for Grammar school entrance tests usually open in the months of April/May and the tests are conducted in the month of September of that year. The 11 plus exam results are announced in October so that the parents can apply their preferences for the secondary schools to local councils for the following year.

Hence, if your son or daughter is going to join a secondary school in September 2021, the Applications forms for Grammar school entrance tests will usually open in the months of April/May 2020 and the tests are conducted in the month of September 2020. The 11 plus exam results will be announced in October 2020, so that the parents can apply their preferences in Oct 2020 for the secondary schools to local councils for the September 2021. 

For specific dates please visit websites of your local grammar schools.

 

Important Dates of Grammar Schools for 2019 Intake

Important Dates for 2019 Intake to various Grammar Schools around London. 

Important Dates for 2019 Intake:
SchoolsOnline Test and

Registrations Open
Test DatesWebsite Link
Mill Hill County High School, Worcester Crescent, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4LLFriday 30th March 2018 – Deadline: Friday 18th May 2018, 3pm15th September 2018http://www.mhchs.org.uk/important-dates-2019-intake/7085.html
The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium consists of the following schools:

Rickmansworth
St Clement Danes
Parmiter’s
Queens’
Watford Grammar School for Boys
Watford Grammar School for Girls
Croxley Dane
Lady’s Close, Watford WD18 0AE
30th April to 22th June 2018Start of
Sports (Queens’ School only): Friday 14th September 2018 or Tuesday 18th September 2018
Music: Thursday 13th September 2018
Academic: Saturday 8th September 2018
The tests following dates:-second round music tests: Monday 24th September 2018

Scores notified to parents: Wednesday 17th October 2018
http://www.watfordgrammarschoolforgirls.org.uk/page/?title=Year+7+Admissions&pid=77
Slough Consortium Schools: Langley Grammar School ; St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School ;Upton Court Grammar School
Herschel Admissions policy Langley Admissions policy St Bernard’s Admissions policy Upton Court Admissions policy
Tuesday 1 May 2018 to Tuesday 19 June 2018.
Saturday 15th September 2018
http://www.herschel.slough.sch.uk/School-Information/Admissions-2/Year-7-Admissions-2019 . http://www.sloughconsortium.org.uk/
TBGS Schools The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Wycombe High School (girls)
Sir William Borlase Grammar School (co-educational)
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School (co-educational)
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School (boys)
Dr Challoner’s High School (girls)
John Hampden Grammar School (boys)
Royal Grammar School (boys)
Royal Latin Grammar School (co-educational)
Chesham Grammar School (co-educational)
Burnham Grammar School (co-educational)
Beaconsfield High School (girls)
Aylesbury High School (girls)
Aylesbury Grammar School (boys)
1 May 2018 to 28 June 2018Thursday 13 September 2018https://www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/faqs . https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/school-admissions/moving-up-to-secondary-school/timeline-for-entry-in-2019/
 

Is your child prepared for this new world of competition in education and life?

As the demands for good primary education is growing there is dearth of good schools. Higher competition in national level tests means ‘no short cuts’ for success but only the best will be chosen for top schools of the UK. A student need to have a habit of working towards excellence every day. So, to prepare for a 11 plus grammar school entrance exams, one should go to basics and fundamentals.

As the demands for good primary education are growing there is dearth of good schools. Higher competition in national level tests means ‘no short cuts’ for success but only the best will be chosen for top schools of the UK. A student needs to have a habit of working towards excellence every day. So, to prepare for an 11 plus grammar school entrance exam, one should go to basics and fundamentals.
As per BBC report, in Dec 2016, in Pisa ranking the UK lags behind in global school rankings. The UK is behind top performers such as Singapore and Finland but also trails Vietnam, Poland, and Estonia. In maths, the UK is ranked 27th, and in reading, the UK is ranked 22nd, and in science, it is at 15th place.
The competition is increasing to get admission in good schools. In March 2017, the UK had almost 1.8 million more pupils were taught in good or outstanding schools than in 2010. However, there are still 1.25 million children attending the schools that are rated low or ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

As per statement of British Prime minster in March 2017 “the UK is placed 16th out of the world’s 20 developed economies and there are consequences of BREXIT, to maintain prime position of the UK in the World, the government intends to overhaul post-16 education to improve technical training, including new technical versions of A levels and 900 hours of teaching each year.
the Government would publish a school’s white paper which would, alongside other measures, “enable the creation of new selective free schools.”
On 8 March 2017, the Budget allocated £320 ml. towards free schools and selective schools. Also the Budget offered transportation of poor children to free school .

To enhance meritocracy, school education is top priority of the government. There are also some indications that the govern is considering a national selection test to replace the 11-plus exams. This means national benchmarks and national competitions. Are the kids of UK schools ready for this? What about competition from emerging markets like India, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Poland and Estonia!
Sources :
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/why-im-giving-education-a-huge-boost-article-by-theresa-may
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38157811
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/feb/09/government-appears-to-row-back-on-grammar-school-plans

Hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, SPSS, SPAW or data analysis and interpretation@ Dew Tutors London.

A hypothesis is an assumption, supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. (Oxford Dictionaries)
It is also seen as synonyms to supposition, speculation, postulation, proposition, premise, surmise, assumption, presumption, presupposition; theory, theorem, thesis etc.

A hypothesis is an assumption, supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. (Oxford Dictionaries)
It is also seen as synonyms to supposition, speculation, postulation, proposition, premise, surmise, assumption, presumption, presupposition; theory, theorem, thesis etc.

We make sense of most of the things around us by observations. A plausible observation subjected to some probability testing is known as ‘hypothesis’ testing, A ‘hypotheses’ repeatedly found true after testing on many occasions ( say >70% times ) becomes a ‘theory’ and a ‘theory’ that is subject to further testing and appears almost always true ( say >99%) becomes a ‘law or principle’ of the subject matter.

When we test a hypothesis, we are testing it based on a limited sample or data. That is, we are trying to comment about whole population but based on small limited sample. Obviously we will be prone to errors, as we would be estimating with probability theory or distribution. Most researchers allow small errors as low as 5% (in medicines it can be 1%) and so that one can say with 95% confidences (p=5%) that in 95% of sample the result will be exactly similar to whole population.

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While testing hypotheses we have to take a neutral, unbiased stand, like a judge in a court of law {Unless proven otherwise the alleged person is equality innocent as anybody else in the society). Such a neutral position is known as null hypothesis[H0]. Its alternative is known as alternative hypotheses[Ha].

For example, if one wants to test assumptions that males have better math skills than females i.e. (MathScoreMale > MathScoreFemale).
The one has to still commence with a null hypothesis:
[H0] i.e. both have equal abilities, (MathScoreMale = MathScoreFemale).

A two-sample independent student’s t-test can be used to compare any two groups, using excel or SPSS or SPAW or any other statistical software.
Rule:
if p value >0.05 (5 %), then Do not Reject H0. i.e., Male = Female is true
if p value <0.05 (5 %), then Reject H0. i.e., Male ≠Female .
Want to know more about Statistical analysis, SPSS, SPAW or hypothesis testing, Contact Dew Tutors London.

 

Maths and Unitary method and 11 plus score, KS2, KS3 or GCSE grades

Maths and Unitary method @ Dew Tutors London in Southall, Northolt, Greenford. 
You can improve your 11 plus score, KS2, KS3 or GCSE grade if you know unitary method and its logic in maths.
The unitary method is a way of calculating the value of a number of items by first finding the cost of one of them

Maths and Unitary method @ Dew Tutors London in Southall, Northolt, Greenford. 
You can improve your 11 plus score, KS2, KS3 or GCSE grade if you know unitary method and its logic in maths.
The unitary method is a way of calculating the value of a number of items by first finding the cost of one of them. If a student wants to be comfortable in mathematics theoretically and practically then learning unitary method is very useful. It develops a learner’s mental mathematical ability and hence speeds, self-efficacy, and confidence in mathematics.
The unitary method provides an alternative approach to solving mathematical problems in various topics. Be it ratio, fractions, percentages, rates, interest, ratio, basic geometric measurements and so on.

The unitary method has 3 steps: –
Step 1 – take the given condition
Step2 = Find the value of one unit.
Step 3 = Then find the value of required units.
Example.

  1. If a running tap can fill a bucket of the capacity of 10 litters in 7 minutes, then what is time required to fill a drum of capacity of 70 litters?
    2. If a field of 10 acres requires 7 labourers to toil in a day, then how many people are required to finish 70 acres in one day?
    3. If a student can rightly solve 10 questions in 7 minutes then how many minutes are required to complete 70 questions?
    And so on
    In all the above situations use unitary method:
    Rule: while solving Things given should be written left-hand side and unknowns (to find) at right-hand side.
    eg, given thing is 70 litters is written left-hand side; unknowns (time) at the right-hand side, as below:

10 liters of filling requires = 7 minutes
1 liters filling requires =7/10 minutes (hint: 1 litter requires lesser minutes so divide)
80 litters filling requires =(7/10) *70 = 70 minutes (hint: 70 litters requires more minutes so multiply)
S1: 10————-=7
S2: 1 ————–=7/10
S3: 70————–=(7/10)*70

Can you solve the following problems by unitary method.
If 10 clothes on sunny day can be dried in 7 minutes, how much time is required for 70 clothes on the same day?
If bacteria multiply to become double in every one minute and in 7 minutes a cup is half full with bacteria, then how many minutes are required to fill the same cup with bacteria?
Maths involves, logic, common sense and fun.
Learn simply; learn naturally, Learn at Dew Tutors London. But remember maths is fun

 

Importance of Memorising the Times Tables in developing passion for mathematics

Times tables are seeds of achieving confidence, motivation, speed and comfort with mathematics. The learning of tables up to 20 makes a child more confident that he/she can handle mathematical issues and daily calculations.  At Dew tutors London, we stress the significance of this and motivate our students to remember times tables. 

 

Times tables are seeds of achieving confidence, motivation, speed and comfort with mathematics. The learning of tables up to 20 makes a child more confident that he/she can handle mathematical issues and daily calculations.At Dew tutors London, we stress the significance of this and motivate our students to remember times tables. 
Today’s hand-held generation has a habit of grabbing a calculator or mobile calculator each time one faces some calculations. However, this also indicates that a child is saying to herself/himself that ‘I can’t do this’. This is maths and I don’t have self-efficacy in basic arithmetic or maths. As per a report in Telegraph (2011), the Ofsted inspectors had warned that ‘Primary schools which fail to teach times tables by heart are condemning children to a lifetime struggling with numbers’. Another report highlighted that ‘lack of fluency with multiplication tables is a significant impediment to fluency with multiplication and division.’ Multiplication tables form part of the National Curriculum in maths but some schools have been more rigorous than others at teaching them claims the report.

Having knowledge of timetables and the ability to answer any simple calculations becomes fun and charm once a child grabs this simple skill of remembering and using timetables. However using a calculator may at times takes much longer for simple facts and can also make some kids rather weaker in estimating skills.Further such kids might be unaware of wrong answers that may occur from typing errors. Memorizing can be facilitated by concentrating, rehearsal and memorization techniques.

 

The most of confidence in mathematics, algebra, unitary methods or 11 plus exams can be developed by simply remembering times-tables. The times’ tables are vocabulary and grammar of mathematics in general and division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra in particular. No doubt, it demands cognitive load, and when one doesn’t want to face cognitive load, the best excuse is ‘ it is boring’! If one wants to know one of the best ways to know objective reality; then why not learn timetables by heart, as the only mathematics is an objective language. All other subjects are subjective or socially constructed

Do you want to learn a language without knowing its’ vocabulary and grammar?
Do you ever say it is boring to remember the meaning of words while speaking  Then why have we constructed a concept that maths and ‘remembering time-table is boring’!

 

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Dew tutors London offers a range of tuition courses for primary education, secondary and higher education. We offer English and Maths tutors for school kids and for a range of subjects for GCSE and A levels such as A-level math, Economics, statistics, business study and Physics. The tuition center employs best tutors to provide private tuition. Qualified private tutors offer private tuition for Maths, Science, and English in London, particularly in Southall, Northolt and Greenford. Our top tutors provide maths tutorials, science classes and English lessons using a range of student-focused teaching methods.

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Private Tutors for 11+: Our top tutors for 11+ entrance exams teach courses for exams required for admission into grammar schools in the UK. We have specilised private tutors for various sections of the eleven plus (grammar school ) entrance exams. The best-chosen tutors teach 11 plus maths, 11+ English, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning sections. We use unique methods and a lot of practice & mock tests designed for kids at various levels. We also offer 11+ revision tuitions and practice on 11+ practice papers.

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