JK Expert tips
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 >
What makes our ‘JK Assessments’ so essential?
by Managing Director Katie Krais – In short… to shed some light on how your child is doing in school! One of the main reasons why my friend and colleague Lorrae Jaderberg and I set up our consultancy over five years ago was to bring parents into the ‘classroom loop’, to enable them to fully 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 >
How to prepare your child for the 11+ Exams
One of the most frequent questions that parents ask us at Jaderberg Krais is how best can they prepare their children for the 11+ exams? Practice is one of the most effective ways to prepare for exams, so taking past papers will help get used to the format of the questions, and practising timing will Read More >
Michael Gove meets Lorrae and Katie to talk education On 31st March, we were delighted to be invited to a private meeting with Michael Gove, mixing education with politics; Lorrae pictured next to Michael and Katie taking the photo! It was a pleasure for us to meet him and get to grips with educational issues. Read More >
11 + Maths Problems
solving summer holiday workshops…. With CEM and others trying to make 11+ exams “tutor-proof”, more questions are going to need a problem-solving mindset. We have found this to be a relatively weak area for many students who are sitting their entrance exams in September and January, so we are offering a special workshop to address Read More >
Should I be thinking about a scholarship for my child?
Most scholarships are offered solely on outstanding academic performance of the child – those that come top in their exams or display a particular talent. No additional examinations are set for these academic awards and it is not necessary to apply for them as they will be offered by the school automatically if they feel Read More >