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What are Grammar Schools?
May 31, 2024
What are Grammar Schools?

Grammar schools in the United Kingdom offer a unique educational pathway by providing academically rigorous programs aim...

What is Oxbridge: A Guide
May 24, 2024
What is Oxbridge: A Guide

Oxford and Cambridge, hence, Oxbridge, represent the epitome of academic excellence. As two of the world's oldest and m...

The UK Education System Explained - 2024
May 17, 2024
The UK Education System Explained - 2024

Navigating the UK Education system can be challenging. Whether you are a parent, student, national or international, thi...

What are A-levels?
May 10, 2024
What are A-levels?

Transitioning from the realm of GCSEs to the next stage —A Levels— becomes a critical milestone for UK students aspirin...

Hardest A Levels 2024
Apr 26, 2024
Hardest A Levels 2024

What makes an A Level hard may depend on individual factors such as a natural aptitude, a preference for certain subjec...

IB or A Levels: Which is the Right Choice?
Apr 19, 2024
IB or A Levels: Which is the Right Choice?

Choosing the right qualifications and subjects to study for the last two years of school can affect the choices your chi...

Choosing the Best 11 Plus Tutor for Your Child
Apr 05, 2024
Choosing the Best 11 Plus Tutor for Your Child

All parents want their child to have the best chance of success in the 11 Plus exams. Choosing the right tutor to work ...

GCSE Maths Exams Explained
Feb 15, 2024
GCSE Maths Exams Explained

Along with English and Science, GCSE maths remains a compulsory exam for all students in England and Wales. A strong per...

How to Revise for English Literature GCSE
Jan 26, 2024
How to Revise for English Literature GCSE

There’s no sugar-coating that the English literature GCSE is going to require a lot of revision. You’re going to need to...

How to Revise GCSE Maths
Jan 19, 2024
How to Revise GCSE Maths

GCSE Maths is an important qualification that is required for university and many jobs beyond. As such it demands thorou...

The Ultimate Guide to GCSE Revision
Jan 04, 2024
The Ultimate Guide to GCSE Revision

The Ultimate Guide to GCSE Revision GCSEs are a pivotal moment for students as they enter a new phase of academic challe...

How to Get All 9s in your GCSEs?
Dec 20, 2023
How to Get All 9s in your GCSEs?

How to Get All 9s in your GCSEs? Achieving all 9s in your GCSEs is an exceptionally impressive achievement. It demonstr...

The 11 Plus (11+) Guide: Everything You Need to Know
Dec 14, 2023
The 11 Plus (11+) Guide: Everything You Need to Know

The 11 Plus (11+) Guide: Everything You Need to Know If you're navigating the educational path of your child, you've lik...

Next Steps for your Next Schools, by Charlotte Faber
Nov 10, 2023
Next Steps for your Next Schools, by Charlotte Faber

As the school year approaches, our educational consultant Charlotte Faber, former headmistress of Garden House Upper Gir...

How to prepare for the 11+ Grammar School GL (Granada Learning) Exam
Apr 25, 2023
How to prepare for the 11+ Grammar School GL (Granada Learning) Exam

The 11 Plus Grammar School exam is a vital assessment taken by many children in the UK as they prepare to enter a select...

What are the differences between the GL and CEM 11+ Grammar School Admissions Exams? 
Apr 21, 2023
What are the differences between the GL and CEM 11+ Grammar School Admissions Exams? 

The 11+ Grammar School Admissions Exam is a test taken by primary school students in the UK to determine their eligibili...

Exam Preparation: Say goodbye to cramming!
Mar 15, 2023
Exam Preparation: Say goodbye to cramming!

Preparing for academic examinations can be a highly stressful time for any student. But what if there was a way to prepa...

5 key considerations when applying to US universities
Jun 16, 2021
5 key considerations when applying to US universities

There are a number of key differences to bear in mind when applying to university in the US as opposed to the UK. We hav...

Consistency in an Age of Uncertainty: How to best Prepare for GCSEs, A Levels, and the IB
Mar 04, 2021
Consistency in an Age of Uncertainty: How to best Prepare for GCSEs, A Levels, and the IB

A few months ago, we wrote about what the 2021 lockdown meant for GCSE, A-level and IB students. Now that the picture is...

Should I enter a fifth choice? Advice for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine university applicants
Dec 04, 2020
Should I enter a fifth choice? Advice for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine university applicants

Continuing our recent theme of offering specific and timely university admissions advice - thanks to the input of our wo...

SEN and Extenuating Circumstances in University Applications
Nov 27, 2020
SEN and Extenuating Circumstances in University Applications

As more and more students will be putting together UCAS applications for university, we approached our brilliant univers...

UKiset- UK Independent Schools' Entry Test
Oct 12, 2020
UKiset- UK Independent Schools' Entry Test

The UKiset is an assessment international students take when applying to independent schools in the UK. This assessment ...

What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?
Oct 09, 2020
What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?

ISEB Common Pre-Tests As many schools shift to the ISEB Common Pre-test rather than the 11+ examination, we've put toge...

Entrance Exam Preparation – Dos and Don'ts
Oct 05, 2020
Entrance Exam Preparation – Dos and Don'ts

Entrance Exam Preparation – pitfalls and pointers As we enter entrance exam season for students applying for schools at ...

Featured Video Talking Exam Results with Camilla Smiley
Aug 03, 2020
Talking Exam Results with Camilla Smiley

What Can We Do Right Now That Will Make a Difference? We recently caught up with Camilla Smiley to talk about the implic...

Featured Video Fun Times: why learning should be fun, with a little help from Sharky & George
Jun 25, 2020
Fun Times: why learning should be fun, with a little help from Sharky & George

This summer, Ivy Education will be co-hosting a summer camp with Sharky & George, specialists in finding the fun in ...

Featured Video 7+, 8+ & 11+ entrance exams and lockdown, by Charlotte Faber
Jun 04, 2020
7+, 8+ & 11+ entrance exams and lockdown, by Charlotte Faber

So your child was entering the important phase of gearing up to 11+, or perhaps 7/8+ and now you are concerned about ho...

Education Advisors
Jun 01, 2020
Education Advisors

Meet our top Education Advisors Our education advisory team has over 100 years of combined education experience, rangin...

Gear up for success with the end of year school exams
May 21, 2020
Gear up for success with the end of year school exams

Despite current disruptions to the academic term, end-of-year school exams are fast approaching. In this latest blog we...

The 11+, 13+, and your child’s happiness
May 06, 2020
The 11+, 13+, and your child’s happiness

With school entrance exams still reported to be going ahead in the autumn, now is a good moment to reflect on the 11+ a...