Monthly Archives: September 2014
AN EXAM STRESS SURVIVAL GUIDE
With SATs, GCSEs and A Level exams, and the prospect of 11+ exams after the long holidays, summer can seem full of pressure and stress. We all know that a little bit of stress can be motivating, but exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can prevent a student’s performance in the Read More >
11+ School Selection and Academic Assessment. The Vital Combination.
Evaluating your child’s options for senior school can be stressful, and the overwhelming amount of information available about schools can be quite bewildering. Schools have different styles and academic standards, and it is important to choose one where your child feels both comfortable, motivated and will thrive. You need try to stay focussed on what Read More >
SPOTLIGHT ON THE 7+
The 7+ describes the entrance exams set by independent schools for pupils wishing to gain admission into their Year 3. The competition for selective senior school places continues to intensify and as a result the competition for school places at 7+ (and at 3+ and 4+) is also becoming fiercer every year. More parents are Read More >
LIVING WITH BENIGN JOINT HYPERMOBILITY SYNDROME
The following useful information refers to Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS), a common joint or muscle problem in children and young adolescents. This information comes from Nikki Rawlings and Kiran Franklin, Senior Physiotherapists at Physio Ed Medical, who have helped many children cope with physical challenges over the years we have worked with them. Is Read More >
MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS AT JK EDUCATE
To explain how JK Educate maintain high standards of tutoring through the JK Academy, let’s use as an example the children we prepare for school entrance exams. The JK Academy trains tutors to teach children the required curriculum and skills for a wide range of entrance exam levels and schools. All our materials are kept Read More >
WHEN AND HOW IS IT BEST TO START 11+ PREPARATIONS?
The road to 11+ success is a bespoke journey that needs to be tailored to each individual child. It’s best to start thinking about it and planning a long way ahead, but this doesn’t mean your child needs to start studying for the exams too much in advance. You need your child to peak at Read More >
HOW TO TRACK YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS AT SCHOOL
As the first term of this academic year draws to a close, it’s always a good time to reflect on how your child is doing at school! Parents are often concerned that they don’t have the information they really need to track their child’s progress in a meaningful way. Parents’ evenings are at best an Read More >
GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ENTRANCE EXAM INTERVIEWS FOR SELECTIVE SCHOOLS. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES? WHAT ARE SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR?
Selective schools are increasingly relying on interviews to help them as part of their final selection decisions. Some schools will use the classic one-to-one interview, some prefer group interviews, and some use a combination of both approaches. The keys to success in this form of assessment are letting children know roughly what to expect and Read More >
HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK
Homework basics A regular time and place for your child to do their homework is essential, so this isn’t negotiable each day. Agree with them when they will work after school, timing it so they have had a chance to unwind and have a snack before they start. Then remove any possible distractions such as Read More >
CHOOSING A SCHOOL – MAKING THE MOST OF SCHOOL VISITS
It’s important to visit any school you are considering for your child, either on an organised open day or during a normal school day. There are often many open mornings in the autumn term and they are well worth the time, but if you are seriously considering a school, it can also be invaluable to Read More >