Everything you need to know about 7+ Entrance Exams

Entrance exams can be a real source of stress for students and parents so we have demystified this process for the 7+ entrance exams, so you know what to expect and how best to prepare. 

 

This blog covers: 

  • What is the 7+: Who takes it and why
  • What exactly will be assessed? What subject are covered inc the interview
  • When will I hear if my child will be successful? A brief timeline 
  • How can I prepare my child for the exam? A holistic view of assessment
  • 7+ Resources: Wicked Smart levelled exam papers

 

 What is it?

If you are looking for your child to gain entry into one of the top prep schools in London, the chances are that you are going to have to prepare for the 7+ exam. The exam period normally runs from November to January and is for Year 2 pupils who are looking to join the school in Year 3.

The exam itself is highly competitive - often with hundreds of students applying for around 20 or so places - and the contents of the exam...

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What affects learning & How to meet the needs of individual learners?

WHAT AFFECTS LEARNING & HOW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL LEARNERS 

A Training Workshop with CCCU

 

We were invited by Canterbury Christ Church University to host a bespoke workshop for their PGCE course on inclusion, differentiation and methods to achieving these. By this point in their PGCE, trainee teachers had completed their first micro-teach and were preparing for upcoming school placements. 

 

This blog covers:

  • Differentiation & Inclusion: What are they?
  • Differentiation techniques: Methods of achieving differentiation in your lessons 
  • The student state: How to prepare your student for learning 

 

DIFFERENTIATION & INCLUSION

Differentiation refers to teaching the same content using a variety of instructional and scaffolding techniques, based on the individual ability of each student in the class. This applies to all students, regardless if they have any additional SEND requirements.

Grouping mixed ability learners...

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Pupil Premium Funding

 

A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH STUDENTS VIA PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING

In light of the National Tutoring Programme making tutoring partners available in schools, we spoke with Tutors Green whose bread and butter is placing tutors in school to try and make first-class tuition accessible to more students. The majority of their work is funded by Pupil Premium – this funding can now be used by schools to access subsidised tuition through the recently launched National Tutoring Programme.

This blog covers: 

  • What is Pupil Premium funding: Who is eligible?
  • Contributing factors to the attainment gap: Limited access to recourses 
  • Tuition for all rather than a select few: Making high quality tuition accessible for all 
  • Key principles of high quality tuition: Words from Tutors Green

 

WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?

Pupil premium refers to a grant made available from the Government in attempt to decrease the attainment gap in children who are at a disadvantage...

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Lockdown 2.0: Making 'work from home' work for you

SAFEGUARDING & E-SAFTEY FOR ONLINE TUTORING 

Written for The Tutor's Association. Myelin Academia is an Affiliate Partner and TTA Blog Contributor. 

This blog covers: 

  • Globalisation: What its' meant for online tutoring
  • Lockdown 1.0: What did we learn from it, and what can we do better? 
  • Safeguarding: To record or not to record?
  • E-safety Checklist: A guide of safe practice for tutoring online 
Original TTA publication here (04 November 2020). 
 
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Online Tutoring, Private Tutoring, Professional Tutoring, Safeguarding, Safety, Support, Training, Tutor, Tutoring, Tutor training
 

As we sit on the brink of Lockdown 2.0 we stare down the barrel once again of working from home. This time let’s make ‘work from home’ work for us!

 

GLOBALISATION IS GOOD FOR TUTORS & ITS GOOD FOR CLIENTS

Traditionally, tuition has provided a bespoke face-to-face service. But...

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Tutoring in Schools

 

A TIME FOR COLLABORATION NOT COMPETITION

For too long now the teaching and tutoring sector have been two distinct, separate industries, which have attracted friction between one another. The National Tutoring Programme offers the opportunity to redefine tutoring standards and refocus on communication working with schools, not against them.

The NTP Tuition Partners pillar calls for tutors to support and participate with a large numbers of schools. For this to be an effective and smooth partnership, communication with school colleagues is going be vital. "School liaison will be a critical part of any tutoring model" - NTP

This blog covers: 

  • Teaching vs Tutoring: What are the differences?
  • The importance of colleagues: A Who's Who? of important school personnel, including school policy and procedure that will impact your planning and teaching
  • Policy & Procedures: Which are the most helpful documents? An overview of schemes of work, marking...
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Tutoring in a Post COVID World

WHAT HAS COVID-19 MEANT FOR EDUCATION?

In summary, the disruption caused by COVID-19 has lead to wide-level disruption across all industries, including education. It has further exacerbated the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged and affluent backgrounds.

As such, the Government has allocated £350million to 'provide additional support to schools to help disadvantaged pupils whose education has been most affected by school closures' in an initiative called the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) 

Their NTP 'Tuition Partners' means recruiting tutors as part of a public service to improve access to subsided high-quality tutoring for disadvantaged pupils, including those eligible for Pupil Premium funding, in State-maintained primary and secondary schools in England.

This blog covers: 

  • NTP criteria: Requirements for Tuition Partners 
  • 121 tuition vs small groups: A comparison of differences
  • Online vs face to face tuition: The pros...
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