Tuition Information 2020-2021

Plus Learning Tuition Ltd in Rossendale – CEM 11+ Exam Preparation for Grammar School Entrance Exams 

***  All my group tuition sessions are currently online due to COVID-19 and I have vacancies for this academic year – even for new starters! Contact me for more information! ***

I’m also taking reservations for tuition 2020-21, which will start on 16th/17th September 2020.  This is for children who will be in Year 5 during 2020-21.  The tuition will be conducted partly online and partly face-to-face.

I am also hoping to run mock tests throughout the summer holidays so email me if you’d like me to contact you in the summer term with details.  These are likely to be postal/online depending on the Covid-19 situation.

 working towards the 11+

Tuition Details

My tuition sessions are for current year 5 children only, in small groups.  Group sessions allow children to work both collaboratively and individually (depending on the material) and my students enjoy the camaraderie of small group sessions, with many past students making friends within their groups that they carry forward into high school.   Groups are usually up to six children.

My pass rate for 2017-18  was 80% and in 2019 that rose to 85%.   I’m very proud of my students’ successes, and enjoy seeing them grow in confidence over the year.

We meet for an hour weekly (during term time and throughout the summer holidays) until the grammar school entrance exam which is held in September of Year 6.  In that time students study all the required aspects of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning.  Material includes worksheets, tests and online quizzes and activities.  I use resources from a variety of 11+ providers such as CEM (Durham University), Bond, CGP, NFER Nelson, and First Past the Post as well as material I’ve devised myself.  This variety ensures your child will be more than ready to tackle 11+ style questions in whatever format and style they are presented in the test.  My students have also found the skills developed and consolidated over the year invaluable for year 6 and SATs work.

All tuition sessions are currently ONLINE ONLY due to  COVID-19.  From September 2020 (for the new intake of students) the first session of every month will be in person in my purpose-built home classroom and the remaining sessions that month will be online. 

To get the most out of online tuition I recommend a laptop, headset and mic,  and a good internet connection, preferably wired with an ethernet cable plugged directly into the router, or sitting very close to the router if using Wifi.   Using Chrome tends to be better on bandwith use for video meetings than Safari or other browsers.  Internet access via a tablet is possible, provided the screen is big enough and you have earphones and a mic to cut out background noise.  Access to a printer can also be very useful.    Some suggested technical requirements can be found here.

Tuition fees are paid monthly and are due in advance by direct debit before the 1st lesson of each month.  Fees include all materials, online quizzes and activities, workbooks used for homework and tests.  Fees are not refundable for missed sessions, except for 2x weeks holiday per year.  I do not work in the Christmas or Easter holidays or during half-terms.

If your child is unable to attend a scheduled session (due to holidays, illness or a prior engagement) I will try to accommodate your child in an alternative session, but this is not always possible – in which case I’ll ensure your child has access to all the material they missed.

You don’t pay for sessions I cancel, or for weeks that we don’t meet (such as half-term, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays unless you take on extra sessions).  We do meet throughout the summer holidays but if you have holidays booked during that time (up to two weeks) there’s no fee to pay for those weeks.  I also run extra mock test sessions during the summer holidays should you feel your child would benefit from them.

For term dates see below.

Please contact me by emailing [email protected] or register your interest by ‘booking’ your chosen time below. Booking online is the easiest way to see real-time availability for dates and times.  Just sign up for tuition on your chosen session leaving your details and I’ll contact you to confirm a reservation for that day and time. Your child’s place will be ongoing throughout the year – there’s no need to book your child onto the lesson every week. Click below to book.

 multiple choice answer sheet for the 11+


May lessons: 6th, 13th and 20th
Half-term holiday – extra sessions available  if required–Wednesday 27th May 2020
June lessons: 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
July lessons: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
August lessons: 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
September 2nd and 9th.  The test is 12th September.

(NEW INTAKE will start 16th September 2020 – dates to follow)


May lessons: 7th, 14th and 21st
Half-term holiday –extra sessions available if required – Thursday 28th May 2020
June lessons: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
July lessons: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
August lessons: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

September 3rd and 10th.  The test is 12th September.

(NEW INTAKE will start 17th September 2020 – dates to follow)

Tuition Location

Rising Bridge Rd, Haslingden, BB4 5BL.