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GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ENTRANCE EXAM INTERVIEWS FOR SELECTIVE SCHOOLS. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES? WHAT ARE SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR?

JK Educate - October 25, 2018

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

JK Educate - September 25, 2018

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 >

BOOSTING YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION DURING THE LONG HOLIDAYS!

JK Educate - June 30, 2018

How can you make a difference to your child’s learning this summer?  Ah, the endless lazy days of summer! Our children’s lives often seem to be timetabled from breakfast to bedtime during term time and it’s great to have a change in routine, let them sleep in (if they ever will!), take a break from Read More >

Summer preparation for 11+ state selective schools

JK Educate - June 30, 2018

The summer is an important time for working towards the state selective schools’ entrance exams. If your child is sitting these exams, it is important that revision and practice continues so that they don’t lose momentum and focus. Of course, children need to relax and enjoy themselves too. Therefore, most families prefer to get revision Read More >

What is the 7+ ?

JK Educate - April 8, 2018

The 7+ is the descriptive name given to the entrance exams set by an increasing number of independent schools for pupils wishing to gain admission into their Year 3. 7+ entrance exams may be simply for admission into a selective preparatory school, which will then prepare the child for Common Entrance exams to gain a Read More >

Assessing Academic Potential and Performance

JK Educate - February 23, 2018

Many parents remain confused about how their child is doing at school; with the best of intentions, a short appointment at a parents’ evening and a standard school report cannot give them the full picture. To make informed decisions about their child’s future, and to be sure they are aiming for the senior school that Read More >

Christmas and the gift of reading

JK Educate - December 12, 2017

The Christmas holidays are the ideal time for family fun, great food, party games and outings. The learning needn’t stop at this time, but it should be kept fun and festive, with classic board games helping improve word power, from Boggle to Scrabble to Articulate, and others such as Monopoly requiring a little numeracy (and Read More >

Parental Impact on Success at School

JK Educate - November 6, 2017

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

JK Educate - August 8, 2017

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

JK Educate - August 26, 2016

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

JK Educate - April 29, 2016

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

JK Educate - January 31, 2016

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

JK Educate - December 30, 2015

– 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…

JK Educate - November 27, 2015

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…..

JK Educate - August 25, 2015

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?

JK Educate - August 25, 2015

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?

JK Educate - July 3, 2015

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

JK Educate - November 9, 2014

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 >

How parents can reduce exam anxiety

JK Educate - May 17, 2017

At JK Educate we help families deal with every stage of education, from 7+ entrance exams and SATs to A levels and University applications. Entire families can get weighed down with the ongoing pressure for children to succeed, but there are many tactics parents can use to lighten the load. Here are a few simple Read More >

How to prepare your child for the 11+ Exams

JK Educate - November 9, 2014

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 >

Congratulations to all of our 11+ students!!!

JK Educate - May 18, 2014

Our students and tutors have consistently worked hard and the results have been excellent. What has made our results so successful? Preparing for the 11+ is an extremely specialised task for the resilient and not the faint hearted. Children need to be prepared to work really hard, give up lots of their free time, take Read More >

Happy at school

JK Educate - May 6, 2014

How do you know if your child would pass the state selective secondary 11 + exams and then be happy at school? This question is critical when considering the state selective secondary school options for your child. Are all children suitable for state selective secondary schools? Definitely not. It’s an incredibly challenging exam and journey Read More >

CHOOSING A SCHOOL – MAKING THE MOST OF SCHOOL VISITS

JK Educate - September 1, 2018

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 >

Choosing a school – Making the most of school visits

JK Educate - August 26, 2016

In choosing a school for your child, there are many sources of information available, including: League tables GCSE and A level results and university places Ofsted or Independent Schools Council (ISC) inspection reports ‘Word of mouth’ The school prospectus and/or website The school visit (Open Days and private views) All of these can be valuable, Read More >

Should I be thinking about a scholarship for my child?

JK Educate - September 22, 2014

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 >

Summer Holiday Tutoring – Yes or No?

JK Educate - June 2, 2017

In previous blogs, we have covered the question of when you should and shouldn’t tutor your child and, if you decide to do so, what you should look for in a tutor. At this time of year, parents’ thoughts turn to the summer holidays and whether a child will need tutoring support during that long Read More >

When should (and shouldn’t) you tutor your child?

JK Educate - April 28, 2017

When you should tutor your child In certain circumstances, tutoring can help a child reach their potential, but there always needs to be a justifiable reason to tutor. These reasons are likely to include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following situations. When achievement is consistently lower than apparent potential. Bespoke Read More >

What makes our ‘JK Assessments’ so essential?

JK Educate - December 29, 2015

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 >

How should I help my child to learn?

JK Educate - July 3, 2015

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 >

11 + Maths Problems

JK Educate - September 27, 2014

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 >

Stop Press

JK Educate - October 27, 2014

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 >

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