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Category: School's Entrance

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...

How to choose the right school for your child - finding the ‘right fit’
Oct 01, 2022
How to choose the right school for your child - finding the ‘right fit’

Choosing the Right School for Your Child: A Comprehensive Guide Parents make thousands of decisions every day, some more...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Adapt and Prosper: Addressing Key Fears about US University Admissions
Jul 09, 2020
Adapt and Prosper: Addressing Key Fears about US University Admissions

For students considering an application to attend college or university in the USA, now would normally be the time when ...

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...

Grammar or Independent: which is right for your child?
Mar 02, 2020
Grammar or Independent: which is right for your child?

For our most recent blog we wanted to run you through some of the differences between grammar and independent schools, ...

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

Over the next few months, independent schools will make decisions on their applicants at 7+, 8+ and 11+. One possibility...

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...