Seven plus tutoring
From carefully matched and well-trained tutors, monitored by JK’s senior team. Available in person or online.
Growth in 7+ applications
We have recruited many more specialist key stage 1 and 7+ tutors in response to increased demand for help with 7+ preparations and to support children who are just starting their academic journey.
Many families are choosing to approach selective school entry at 7+ because of the increasing pressure on places at 11+. This means of course that competition is also growing at 7+ level. Lorrae Jaderberg, co-founder of JK Educate, oversees all training of our tutors for 7+ preparations as well as the monitoring of students’ progress. Using her detailed knowledge, our teaching resources are always current and targeted to meet the requirements of the schools setting the examinations.
Call or complete the form on this page to find handpicked 7+ tutors for your child.
Assessing ability first
Just as for the 11+, you should have your child academically assessed before sending them on this journey. If their academic potential doesn’t match up to the school’s future expectations, then you might be setting them up to fail, even if they can be prepared well enough to secure a place there. Children should not be intensively tutored to get into a school for which they lack the innate aptitude to succeed at. We always recommend assessing children before discussing possible school choices and then identifying appropriate routes forward, that may or may not require tutoring.
These children are obviously very young, but these entrance assessments still require some preparation and to know what will be involved in 7+ assessments. Your child needs to understand what they will face and how to do well, so a knowledgeable 7+ tutor’s help can be the most effective tool.
The best approach to tutoring for 7+
Carefully tailored one-to-one tutoring and working in small groups often works best with this age group, so that they can be helped to learn in the way and at the pace that best suits them. We have developed new group workshops for this age group, plus both 7+ mock exams and interview preparation to remove the fear of the unknown for the children.
Interviews often form an important part of assessment at 7+ and may comprise a one-to-one conversation with the headteacher and group tasks with other candidates. The interview will reveal the child’s social skills, confidence and focus, whilst the group tasks will show their ability to and follow direction and cooperate with other children. These elements are designed to reveal your child’s personality, so they should try to relax and be themselves whilst talking about their hobbies and any other topics that come into the conversation. Children should never be coached with model answers but should still practice speaking clearly and looking the interviewer in the eye whilst talking with them.
How is the 7+ assessed?
Written exam content will be primarily English and Maths based, whilst spelling, dictation, mental arithmetic and more creative skills may be assessed verbally on a one-to-one basis, with group exercises also sometimes used to look at a child’s initiative and their ability to work with others.
The English written paper will usually focus on comprehension of text and story writing. The expectation will for a good use of vocabulary and a reading level well above average, with good structure and close attention to the precise questions being asked. Good handwriting should be practised as it is a real asset. Prepared and memorised answers will rarely be of use; candidates need to demonstrate the ability to structure answers and write stories to meet the questions or topics set for them on the day and this is an area where a good 7+ tutor can really help a child prepare well.
The written maths exam may include questions on any part of the Year 2 syllabus and sometimes questions will be pitched beyond that level, so a tutor for 7+ maths can help a child learn essential maths skills they may not have yet covered in school. Mental arithmetic is important and should be practised, but quite complex word problems can also be included, which will require several steps of working out. Additional verbal testing and creative exercises may be added to the written test. Mental arithmetic, memory and spelling skills may be tested in any combination of these ways.
More schools are starting to include Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning; a lot of children enjoy these as puzzles and challenges, but they can be daunting and should be practiced regularly in the run-up to the tests.
Don’t panic if your child is the youngest in their year. At such a young age, a child born in September will still have a clear developmental advantage over one born the following August, but general consideration will be given to relative ages and if tested, Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning scores are generally weighted against birth date.
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- Age Group
- 5-7 years
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