Tuition companies vary widely when it comes to the number of spaces available – typically there can be anything between 6 and 30 students per class! Different children cope better in different group settings, but try to make sure that your child won’t feel overwhelmed or overlooked in a group that is too large for them.
2. Will my child meet their tutor/be assessed before joining?
It may not always be possible for your child to sit in on a group lesson before joining (as it can disrupt existing classes) but most tuition companies offer the chance for your child to come in for an initial assessment before you decide whether or not to commit to a course. Make sure you understand exactly how and why your child will be assessed, and what feedback you’ll receive afterwards.
3. What’s included in the course price?
Some companies provide everything you need for one price, but there can be lots of hidden extras! Be sure to ask if things like marking (sometimes parents have to do it!), materials, holiday work and mock exams are included, otherwise the costs can quickly rack up! Prices between courses can vary, so make sure you’ve taken all of the above into account (as well as group sizes and experience of tutors) when deciding if a course is good value for money.
4. How much feedback will I receive?
Most parents like to feel well-informed of their child’s progress throughout the 11+ preparation process, so ask tuition companies how they go about providing feedback. Feedback can be by email, phone or face-to-face, but try to make sure you know your chosen provider won’t leave you in the dark about how your child is getting on.
5. What is the experience of your tutors?
There are lots of different types of 11+ tutor, so make sure you find someone who has the right approach for your child. Some are very experienced ex-teachers, whereas others are younger tutors who place great emphasis on engaging young learners. Again, different children connect with different styles of teaching, so try to consider what kind of environment will be best for your child’s way of learning.