COURSE INFORMATION FOR THE 2020/21 FOUNDATION COURSE: DISTANCE LEARNING (FC DLC)
Here is information about preparing towards 11+ tests and about our courses that we think you need to know in order to make good choices for your children.
This information is provided in order to give you a flavour of our approach and an idea of the scope of our work. It does not form part of the Terms and Conditions for our courses. Click for full T&CS.
WE PRIORITISE EDUCATION OVER PROFIT
How tuition towards 11+ is provided is largely shaped by the degree to which profit is a motive: the greater the profit motive the larger the group size and the less effective the learning. A small group size (10 or fewer pupils with a tutor) favours education over profit. No number of assistants compensates for a small group with a tutor. We run small groups because we prioritise education over profit.
PREPARATION TOWARDS 11+ IS ALSO PREPARATION BEYOND 11+
Preparation towards 11+ tests and preparation for life can coincide in some obviously important but under-appreciated ways. We support children in becoming better at learning. Here are the top three ways in which we do this.
Broad View of Education We encourage children to love learning for its own sake, read widely, work on coherent thinking and communication, and build their general knowledge by taking an interest in all things.
Growth Mindset Some children’s learning is slowed down by a fixed mindset. We encourage and coach children and parents to develop more of a GROWTH MINDSET (GM). This helps children to enjoy learning and sustain motivation as well as enabling them to learn more effectively. Focusing on applying good learning processes rather than on scoring high in course work is part of this. We help educate parents about nurturing a GM because it is they who are the major influence on the mindset that their child exercises.
Learning Opportunities We characterise and treat mistakes and omissions as valuable learning opportunities to be embraced, thereby enabling children, parents and tutors to hone in on children’s individual, very specific learning needs. Correcting each error and learning from it is a key feature of our courses. This allows children to focus most effort where they most need it.
*PASS RATE: OUR STUDENTS LEARN BETTER, SO THEY DO BETTER IN 11+ TESTS
The vast majority of children who have completed our 11+ Course have gone on to pass one or more 11+ tests: our average pass rate for this course since 2001 is 80%. The pass rate for children who sat their 11+ tests in autumn 2019 was 90%.
(*Pass rates are based strictly on verified results.)
WHY A SMALL-GROUP FORMAT IS BEST (i.e. fewer than 10 pupils per group)
Our normal group size is between 3 and 9 pupils. This allows for the optimal combination of two powerful learning factors: (1) a substantial amount of interaction between the tutor and each pupil, and (2) the opportunity for children to learn from one another’s questions, comments, and errors. The first allows the tutor to identify, communicate and address each pupil’s individual learning needs; this benefit drops off dramatically with more than 10 pupils per group. The second benefit reduces substantially if the group is smaller than 3 pupils. Between 3 and 10 pupils in a group with one tutor is the ‘Goldilocks’ range, that is why we adhere to this format wherever possible.
IT’S A FAMILY OCCASION
The intensity of 11+ demands that a child has the support of the household as they prepare towards the tests. Candidates need moral, emotional and psychological support as well as practical and academic support. This is something to be welcomed and embraced because your child will truly appreciate the value of studying towards 11+ tests if the whole family is involved in the process. This team effort can strengthen bonds between family members so that everyone gains by it.
ENGLISH AND THINKING ARE QUEEN AND KING
Being ready for 11+ tests requires children to build up certain types of knowledge and skills. Here are the top 3 that allow children to excel in 11+ tests, all of can be improved.
- By far the most important subject - for all 11+ tests – is ENGLISH
Developing a mastery of English (which includes comprehension, verbal reasoning, vocabulary, spelling, and *creative writing) is more important for 11+ than maths, NVR, mock tests, and exam techniques combined: all test papers, all maths questions, and all instructions are in … English!
- Logical, disciplined thinking
Logical thinking is what the word ‘reasoning’ in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and numerical reasoning is referring to.
- Mental agility
This is the ability to apply knowledge and reasoning in new situations, think creatively, and solve problems. Mental agility can be developed with practice – this is a feature of our courses. Copious, varied reading and developing mental arithmetic skills also contribute to improving mental agility.
The course covers foundation work in the following subjects in preparation for our 11+ Courses.
- English/Verbal Reasoning (VR)
- Maths/Numerical Reasoning
- Shapes/Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR)
Lesson structure varies from week to week and according to the phase of the course, but most lessons include the following elements. Lesson prioritise learning and trouble-shooting.
Troubleshooting –a large proportion of the lesson is dedicated to troubleshooting the specific things that children have difficulties with.
2 teaching units - a mix of subjects from amongst English/VR, Maths and Shapes/NVR. Children have the chance to study the units before the lesson and seek clarification during the lesson.
Marking – some of the work done at home is marked during the following lesson.
Timed practice – timed tests aimed primarily at getting children accustomed to thinking clearly under time pressure and improving their exam techniques.
A short break
Children attend one Live Zoom Lesson (LZL) weekly, normally only during term-time (Slough term dates apply). The lesson is 2 hours hours long. Regular work (traditional and online) must be done at home. Work at home will typically amount to between 5 and 9 hours per week during term time, and less during most school holidays. 30 lessons are currently planned.
Children and parents have unlimited access to numerous teaching videos. The video lessons are a very powerful tool for learning that children and parents can review in their own time and can use to learn at their own pace. Many parents have observed and commented on how useful they have found this resource for learning, reinforcing and revising, and for supporting their child at home.
We issue kits that include folders, a dictionary, a vocabulary book, a novel, a pencil, and a highlighter pen. During the course we issue numerous worksheets (produced by us) and publications (published practice materials). The list of publications we issue is not fixed but is updated on an ongoing basis in accordance with resources available in the market.
Homework prioritises self-study and practice. Homework can include vocabulary work, completing varied exercises, notes, examples, homework sheets on units taught (Study Tests), work from publications issued, and studying teaching videos.
Feedback and Performance Records
All parents and all pupils are issued a login to the Sir Tailor website that allows them access to various resources.
Pupils and parents can view and re-view teaching videos, which is a powerful learning and revision resource. They can also see the performance record and feedback.
In addition, parents can access letters, answers and some information and guidance videos.
Choice of Slots
The following slots are planned. Unviable slots may be cancelled without notice and additional slots may be arranged as required.
Numerous different slots (i.e. combinations of day, time and venue) are planned as shown below.
Last Updated On 9th May 2021 13:16
|Day||Venue*||Start & End Time||Start Date||Availability|
|Saturday||ZOOM slot||9:00 am to 11:00 am||26 Sep 20|
|ZOOM slot||3:00 pm to 5:00 pm||26 Sep 20|
|ZOOM slot||12:00 pm to 2:00 pm||26 Sep 20|
|Sunday||ZOOM slot||9:00 am to 11:00 am||06 Dec 20|
|ZOOM slot||12:00 pm to 2:00 pm||27 Sep 20|
|Thursday||ZOOM slot||5:00 pm to 7:00 pm||01 Oct 20|
Last Updated On 9th May 2021
The venue may be subject to change at short notice as required by the management of the venue.
Learning Coaches (LCs) [Tutors]
All LCs are DBS checked. They are selected, trained and qualified by the company to deliver this programme effectively. LCs are kept up to date with regular further training.
If you apply for a place on this course, you will be subscribing to the programme of learning (i.e. the course) and not to a particular LC. Requests for/against particular LCs, or for/against LCs of a particular sex, ethnicity, accent, personality or religion will not be considered.
All applications are to be made online via our website ElevenPlusTutor.org.uk. You will be required to make a payment at the time of application. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this course, and call us about any queries, before applying.