Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 8 months to go
8 months! I’m betting that the audience is divided here between ‘that’s plenty of time!’ and ‘what? Where did the time go?’
Well, I’m here to reassure you that 8 months is still plenty of time to get ready for the assessments, but also the time that a serious stock-check needs to be taken!
Most schools release half-termly maths and English results, so you should already have a pretty good idea of how your child is doing in each of those subjects, and whether any work needs to be done to improve those grades over the coming months.
What needs to happen at this 8- month mark is that those grades need to be broken down into a little more detail. If your child’s school doesn’t offer detailed reports, then now is the time to schedule an appointment with your child’s maths and English teachers, and this is what you need to ask them:
How are my child’s overall English grades, compared with the national average? This will be different to how they're doing compared with their classmates (and this might be what the school report is showing).
Is there a difference between my child’s writing grades, and their comprehension grades?
How could my child’s writing grade be improved (which particular topics are they finding more difficult?)
How could my child’s comprehension grade be improved (which particular areas/ text types are they finding difficult?)
How are my child’s overall maths grades compared with the national average?
Is there a difference between my child’s grades in the calculator, non-calculator and mental maths papers?
Are there particular maths topics that my child is struggling with?
(If you are applying to the most selective secondary schools) Will you be covering all of the maths modules that will be tested on the (*name of secondary school*) entrance exam?