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Rainham Tuition Centre has a very good reputation of supporting children working
towards the 11+ grammar school selection tests in either Medway or Kent. The tuition
your child receives when attending our courses will help them in their preparation
for this very important series of exams.
Testing is currently carried out in the first month of your child starting their
final year of primary school.
Grammar school selection tests are not compulsory, but are based on parental choice
with advice and guidance from your child’s school as to whether your child would
be considered ‘suitable’ for a Grammar school education. As the selection tests are
not mandatory it is not included as part of the schools learning curriculum and as
a result many children enter the tests without sufficient preparation on exam technique
and subject knowledge.
Rainham Tuition Centre bridges this gap as we recognise that many children have the
potential to do well in these tests but lack the skills and knowledge needed to approach
the exams with confidence. It is worth saying now that the centre is not a replacement
for the education your child receives in their school. We cannot hope to cover the
extensive curriculum offered in schools but we supplement their school learning in
Maths and Literacy as well as introducing Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning so that
they are fully conversant with all aspects of the tests. In addition to subject learning
we cover exam techniques, time management and memory skills.
It is recommended that children start preparing for the tests a year before so starting
your child when they enter year 5 is an ideal time. However, with the test date being
so early in year 6 many parents may feel that their year 4 child will benefit from
an earlier introduction. Therefore we have classes that support this year group too.
Early introduction gives us the opportunity to identify and strengthen any areas
of school learning that need additional support.
Classes are scheduled to fit in with the school term dates. In addition to these,
workshop classes and assessments are scheduled during holiday time to extend learning
and assess progress. As the test date approaches we also offer practice exam paper
sessions, so that the children are fully aware of the test environment.
All learning resources are provided by the centre and homework is set on a weekly
basis. The homework is an extension of that session’s learning and is marked and
worked through at the next class to ensure the pupil understands their errors. In
this respect we ask for parents support to ensure that the homework is completed
by their child so we can truly see their understanding.
Many of you will be aware of the controversy concerning the 11+ tests and some will
voice concern that children who receive extra tuition to pass the exams will struggle
at grammar school. At Rainham Tuition Centre we believe that if the child passes,
this achievement should never be taken away from them and a place in grammar school
is well deserved. In our experience once children are achieving at this level, it
is very unlikely they will struggle but instead will rise to the challenges a new
school holds for them. However, we also feel that in order to achieve their full
potential children must feel comfortable and safe in school and for this reason we
ask you to be honest with yourself and ensure that your reasons for choosing to work
towards a grammar school place are the right one’s for your child. We in turn will
be honest with you and if we feel our classes do not suit your child or feel they
are unhappy to spend time with us we will contact you to discuss the options.
Parents have many choices and some choose to employ a tutor on a one-to-one basis
and in some circumstances these are recommended by us if we assess that your child
has key development needs that require more intense tuition. However in our experience
many children prefer to work in small groups where they can communicate and support
each other and not feel under the constant scrutiny of a tutor.
At Rainham Tuition Centre we take a maximum of 12 children in each session supported
by two personnel. By keeping the class sizes small we are able to devote time to
your child but still allow them the opportunity to work independently. Small groups
also allow us to pair learning and many aspects of our classes allow your child to
work with another to solve problems, this aids their social and communication skills
as well as making the session fun and interesting.
There is lots to be said on this subject and we could go on for pages but if you
have got this far you are obviously keen to know more about us and what we do so
please call us for more details, we are always happy to help!