Advice & Tips
Parental Impact on Success at School
Our experience tells us that parental involvement is key to children performing to the best of their ability at school. It can really make the difference between under-performance and success. Nature vs. nurture Science has yet to identify the gene responsible for intelligence and there is disagreement about the amount of intelligence that is inherited. Read More >
THE IMPORTANCE OF READING – AND HOW TO ENCOURAGE IT
Reading is vitally important in the development of thinking, expressing ideas, expanding vocabulary, and communication skills. Of course, it’s also important for pure enjoyment! Some children are reluctant readers. They need encouragement and stimulation with whatever type of reading matter you can find that interests them. Other children would happily have their head in a Read More >
Top tips for moving on to senior school
Starting at a senior school can be hugely daunting, not least because it will often have bigger premises than a primary or prep school and students need to navigate their way around different departments between timetabled lessons. Here are some tips for helping them feel as prepared as possible for this transition: Identify and discuss Read More >
The 11+ Journey
Enhance the experience with the range of complementary services we have developed to make the experience even more successful! Here at JK Educate, we first started the JK 11+ Journey six years ago and it has continued to evolve since then. To begin with, we would assess all of our children as usual and then Read More >
JK Focus on Reading – Dealing With Common Reading Problems
From our JK Literacy specialist – Most children will encounter one or more of these problems whilst learning to read. Here are some ideas on how to support your child if any of these issues arise: Lack of interest and doesn’t read widely This is very common during early years of reading. Regular reading to Read More >
Reading in Year 2 and Year 3
– From JK’s reading expert As children move through Y2 the focus in reading changes from phonics to comprehension, so it is important that children have a good grasp of the phonics that have been taught and are confident in their use. Alongside phonics, children need a good knowledge of ‘tricky words’ such as: ‘you’, Read More >
Coping with Exam Stress and Anxiety…
With entrance exams and mocks coming up in the New Year, in addition to academic help, we can offer strategies for parents and pupils to prepare emotionally and practically for exams. Two main things for a parent to think about when it comes to their child’s exams: How to help your child revise – both Read More >
Research finds peer tutoring ineffective and possibly detrimental…..
Two new studies on peer tutoring conclude that the technique – which involves students helping each other to learn – makes no impact on reading or maths scores. The results from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) contrast with previous research identifying peer tutoring as one of the most effective ways to improve learning. The EEF Read More >
Do you really know how difficult 11+ maths is?
From the maths perspective, what are selective schools looking for? Vic Lennard, our 11+ specialist maths advisor and tutor explains……. Unquestionably, these schools are looking for a natural aptitude, borne out by their attempts to make exams ‘tutor-proof’ by using problem-based questions. Many schools create papers using the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) based Read More >
How should I help my child to learn?
We’ve all been taught to sit in a classroom and passively acquire teachings from a teacher. However very few of us ever actively learn to be learners. How often do you hear of a student who can self-motivate, organise themselves, schedule their days and approach their studies with an understanding of how their individual brain Read More >