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The Kent Test 11+: What I think all parents should know

The Kent Test 11+: What I think all parents should know

Confession. I’m an absolute Kent Test 11+ geek. I’ve been studying the details of the Kent Test for over a decade. My company, Griffin Teaching, runs in-person and online Kent Test 11+ mocks each year for 700+ students. I know the test inside and out and pay...

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Use your fridge to teach 11+ maths

Use your fridge to teach 11+ maths

Using your fridge is a gentle, stress-free way to help your child revise key maths facts. Maths isn't all calculations and understanding new concepts. Some content is purely revision-based - and that's where your trusty chiller comes in... Challenges of the Kent and...

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Teach your child the correct way to hold a pencil or pen

Teach your child the correct way to hold a pencil or pen

When your child first picks up a pencil, their teacher shows them how to hold it, and then off they go. Well that's what most of us believe... Even as an experienced teacher myself, I too used to presume that once a pencil/pen grip had been put in place in the early...

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Why is my child’s writing so messy?

Why is my child’s writing so messy?

Are you concerned about your child’s poor handwriting? Are you afraid that your child will the the last in his or her class to receive their pen licence? If so, you’re not alone. Many school-age children have poor, and sometimes indecipherable, handwriting. It’s a...

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How to encourage your child to write

How to encourage your child to write

Why are some children reluctant writers? Producing a successful piece of creative writing is a complex process. Children have to fully understand the given task, organise their thoughts into sentences, sequence those sentences, consider the spelling of their words and...

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Does your child have dysgraphia?

Does your child have dysgraphia?

I have worked closely with several children diagnosed with dysgraphia in my online writing clubs. Dysgraphia is a learning disability which impairs a child’s handwriting and/or spelling abilities—it’s a learning disorder which makes written language challenging....

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Managing summer revision

Managing summer revision

This is peak anxiety time for parents of children approaching Year 6. The Kent Test 11+ is on 9 September this year. Strangely, in the summer break, we find ourselves in a rather isolated bubble, where school is over and the sun is out, yet it is peak revision time....

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Introducing our mini writing club

Introducing our mini writing club

Due to the success of the Standard and Higher Writing Clubs, we've recently launched our new Mini Writing Club for younger ones. The club is aimed at beginners (Years 3 and 4) and is brilliant fun to teach. It sits alongside our two other clubs, for older primary...

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Kent Test 2021 Mock Exams

Kent Test 2021 Mock Exams

If you google Kent Test 11+ you will be swamped with both online and offline mocks, some in CEM style and others in GL style. The majority - if not all - of these mock exams are non-specific to the actual Kent Test exam.  But the Kent Test 11+ is the most unusual...

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