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11 Plus Standardised Scores Explained
Jul 20, 2024
11 Plus Standardised Scores Explained

For parents, getting to grips with the 11+ standardised scoring system can help gauge their child's performance in prep...

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...

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...

Grammar or Independent: Which Is Right for Your Child?
May 03, 2024
Grammar or Independent: Which Is Right for Your Child?

Conclusion If you want to discuss any issues surrounding choosing a secondary school for your child, please don’t hesit...

Best Grammar Schools in the UK (2024)
Apr 12, 2024
Best Grammar Schools in the UK (2024)

Grammar schools are state funded schools which select pupils on their academic ability. As a parent, you might consider ...

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 ...

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...

Ivy Education Tips - Choosing your child's school
Nov 12, 2023
Ivy Education Tips - Choosing your child's school

Parents make thousands of decisions every day, some more important than others. Am I going to let him have another scoop...

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...

Can you prepare for the 11+ Grammar School CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) Exam?
Apr 28, 2023
Can you prepare for the 11+ Grammar School CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) Exam?

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) 11+ Grammar School Admissions Exams are highly competitive exams that det...

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...

Entry into Sixth Form with Dr Caroline Watkinson
Apr 15, 2021
Entry into Sixth Form with Dr Caroline Watkinson

In this, our latest webinar, Dr Caroline Watkinson joined us once more to talk about entrance into sixth form (16+ entry...

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 ...

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 ...

School Entrance Interview Preparation with Brodie Bibby
Sep 11, 2020
School Entrance Interview Preparation with Brodie Bibby

“Would you rather have a bath in jelly or in baked beans?” School entrance interview preparation with Brodie Bibby As a ...

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 ...

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...

The Waiting Game: How to Navigate Independent School Waiting Lists
Feb 03, 2020
The Waiting Game: How to Navigate Independent School Waiting Lists

In the admissions process, independent schools carefully consider applicants at various age levels, including 7+, 8+, an...

Understanding your child’s potential through assessments
Nov 27, 2019
Understanding your child’s potential through assessments

In this blog we discuss the different types of assessment tests - Maths, English and Reasoning - which are used by schoo...

Featured Video Choosing The Perfect School with former Head, Sally Hobbs
Sep 20, 2019
Choosing The Perfect School with former Head, Sally Hobbs

Choosing the right school for your child is a daunting prospect, a decision that seems laden with consequences for the f...