Information for Parents

Core Values

At Busy Brains, we are passionate about fostering individual growth at a pace that is right for each child. Every child is unique.

We inspire a positive attitude to learning at all levels which makes it engaging, enjoyable and most importantly fun! Happy memories of learning are created.

We believe in encouraging high self esteem and setting challenging goals to aspire to which in turn enables good progress and success!

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    Bespoke tutoring from Year 1 to Year 7 (individual and group tuition).

     

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    SATs revision and tutoring for Year 2 and 6.

     

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    11+ tutoring (Herts and Bucks tests).

     

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    Fun phonics boosters for Reception and Year 1.

     

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    Consultancy for schools – Pupil Premium interventions, Parent Workshops, Moderation support.

     

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    After school clubs – different engaging session every week covering: English, Maths, Science, Music, Art, D.T., History.

     

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    Baby and toddler classes that enrich all 7 areas of learning in the EYFS curriculum. Every session is different!

     

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    EYFS and National Curriculum aligned.

     

Tuition

Learning is both structured and guided with each unique child through positive relationships and individualised training and study.

Teachers will advise, coach, guide and mentor each child, enabling them to build their confidence.

We aim to make learning enjoyable and fun whilst still providing challenge and success!

Tuition is available for all age groups from Reception to GCSE either in 1:1 lessons or in groups (maximum 6). English, Maths, Phonics, SATS revision and preparation (Yr2 and 6) and 11+ preparation from Year 4 upwards can be offered.

We aim to make learning enjoyable and fun whilst still providing challenge and success!

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    Lessons can take place in your own home, the tutors home or other settings such as schools, libraries and community centres.

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    Regular feedback to parents on progress made.
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    Materials used in sessions are from leading suppliers and support SATs, Phonics and 11+ tests.

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    National Curriculum aligned
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    Homework tasks to consolidate learning.

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    Busy Brains Partnership Pact – agreement signed by us, parent and child.

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    Registration fee includes a Busy Brains gift and covers admin costs.
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    Assessment carried out in first lesson to enable a personalised plan to be developed.

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    Ongoing assessments throughout the term.

1:1 Tuition

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    One off £15 registration fee

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    £36 per hour; £29 per 45 mins; £19.50 per 30 mins
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    Payable monthly in advance.

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    10% discount for paying for a whole term in advance.

Group Tuition

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    Min 2, max 6
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    One off £15 registration fee

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    £26 per hour per child
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    Payable monthly in advance.

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    10% discount for paying for a whole term in advance.

11+ Tuition

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    Tuition can be 1:1 or in small groups (max 4) for a reduced hourly fee.

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    Lessons can take place in your own home, the tutors home or other settings such as schools, libraries and community centres.

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    Materials used in sessions are from leading suppliers and support the 11+ tests.
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    Assessment carried out in the first lesson to enable a personalised plan to be developed. Tutors will advise parents on the level their child is working at and provide regular progress updates.
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    Homework tasks to consolidate learning.
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    Busy Brains Partnership Pact – agreement signed by us, parent and child.

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    Registration fee includes a Busy Brains gift and covers admin costs.

How Much? 11+ tuition (1:1 or group - max 4)

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    One off £15 registration fee
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    £39 per hour for 1:1
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    £29 per hour per child for group
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    Payable monthly in advance

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    10% discount for paying for a whole term in advance.

11+ for Year 4

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    Build confidence and improve comprehension, understanding and speed

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    Introduce test style questions

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    Focus on problem solving and reasoning
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    Improve techniques and strategies

BUCKS 11+

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    English and Verbal Reasoning: 45 minutes

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    Numerical and Non-Verbal Reasoning: 45 minutes

HERTS 11+

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    Verbal Reasoning: 50 minutes – 80 questions
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    Mathematics: 50 minutes, 50 questions (based on maths KS2 curriculum)

11+ - What is it?

Which schools use the tests?

What is the 11+?

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    The 11+ is a selective test that some schools use to select their pupils, based on their academic ability.

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    Some independent schools use these tests too.

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    The test is used to ascertain if a child is suitable for grammar school.

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    There are some schools that select their pupils based solely on the 11+ results.
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    Other schools are partially selective and will look at other criteria such as siblings or proximity to the school. In these schools, a percentage of places are offered to pupils based on the 11+ results.
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    Some schools will also admit a percentage of pupils on musical aptitude or aptitude in other areas such as sports or technology.

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    The test is usually taken in September when a child is in Year 6.

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    Parents will need to check with the schools concerned if they need to register their child to take the test.

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    Parents must still complete the school application form for the relevant borough regardless of whether their child sits the 11+ test.

Herts

Paper 1 – Maths

Paper 2 – Verbal Reasoning

Bucks

Paper 1 – English comprehension, verbal reasoning, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Paper 2 – Maths, non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning

Test Providers

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    11+ tests are written by different organisations and some schools elect to write their own.
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    Each local authority will decide which provider they will use.

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    Currently, both Herts and Bucks use GL Assessment. (Correct at time of writing (May 2019) – for up to date information please see admission information for relevant schools/local authority.)

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    Tests are either in a multiple choice format whereby the pupil will mark their answers on a computer readable form or in a standard answer format. This is where the answers are written in the allocated spaces on the test paper – just as they would for their SATs papers in KS2.

The tests are different every year and will include a combination of question types  and topics, the most common being below:

Verbal Reasoning

Problem solving and logic using numbers, letters, words etc

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Problem solving and logical reasoning involving symbols and pictures

Maths

Similar to KS2 SATs but quite challenging

English

Grammar, reading comprehension and on occasion a writing task

For further information on the types of questions included in each of the tests, look at our revision guides.

Which schools use the 11+ test to select pupils?

Herts SW Consortium Schools - Partially Selective

School Selective Intake
Bushey Meads 10% technology aptitude
Parmiters School 25% general ability – 10% Music
Queens School 35% general ability – 5% Music – 5% Sport
Rickmansworth School 25% general ability – 10% Music
St Clement Danes 10% general ability – 10% Music
Watford Grammar for Boys 25% general ability – 10% Music
Watford Grammar for Girls 25% general ability – 10% Music

Other partially selective schools in Herts

School Selective Intake
Dame Alice Owens 32.5% general ability – 5% Music

Herts - Barnet and Enfield

School Selective Intake
Henrietta Barnett 93 places in Yr 7 – fully selective
Queen Elizabeth School (Boys) 180 places – fully selective
Mill Hill County High School 243 places; 10% Technology, 10% Music, 5% Dance. Partially selective
St Michaels School 96 places – fully selective
Latymer (Enfield) 10% Music, 10% pupil premium, 80% 11+ results.

Buckinghamshire Schools

There are 13 grammar schools in Bucks which are selective and a further 21 upper schools which are not selective.

Children in Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test unless their parents ‘opt out’.

School Selective Intake
Aylesbury Grammar School 180 places – Boys only
Aylesbury High School 180 places – Girls only
Beaconsfield High School Girls only
Burnham Grammar School Mixed
Chesham Grammar School Mixed
Dr Challoners Grammar School Boys only
Dr Challoners High School Girls only
John Hampden Grammar School 180 places – Boys only
Royal Grammar School 182 places + 10 boarding spaces – Boys only
The Royal Latin School 174 places – Mixed
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Mixed
Sir William Borlase School 120 places – Mixed
Wycombe High School 192 places – Girls only

Please look at each schools admissions policy for further information and for test application/registration/administration dates as these can vary quite vastly between different schools.

Our Team

Paula Treadaway

Teacher

See Paula’s details

  • QTS – July 1997
  • Masters degree in ICT & Education Management
  • Experienced class teacher from Nursery – Yr 6
  • 15 years school leadership experience
  • 11+ tutor
  • Year 2 SATs specialist
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification
  • Safer Recruitment trained
  • Health & Safety trained
  • Full driving licence/own car

Dawn Wildman

Teacher

See Dawn’s details

  • QTS – July 2005
  • Postgraduate certificate in Primary Maths Specialist teaching
  • Experienced class teacher from Nursery – Yr 7
  • 11+ tutor
  • Year 6 SATs specialist
  • Team Teach trained
  • Enhanced DBS checked
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification
  • Safer Recruitment trained
  • Health & Safety trained
  • Full driving licence/own car