Frequently Asked Questions

Please find our frequently asked questions below. If you have any other questions, please contact us. We’re here to help.

Does my child need tuition?

Competition for grammar school places is fierce, which is why more children than ever are having tuition before sitting the 11 Plus exam. We’ll give your child the best possible chance of securing a place, by taking the time to get to know them and understand the learning techniques that work best for them.

When should my child start 11+ tuition?

It depends on their current ability and how much support you feel they need. The majority of children start formal preparation for the 11 Plus in Year 5, however we are seeing a large increase in the number of parents that choose for their children to start in Year 4. If you’re not sure when your child should start, please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to advise.

Why choose Marie Redmond Tuition?

Marie and her team of first-class, fully qualified primary teachers deliver lessons that are interactive and challenging, with an element of fun to keep your child engaged in the right way. We believe strongly that preparing your child mentally for sitting the exam is also a key part of their success – which is why we also work hard to build confidence and exposure to exam conditions.

With extensive experience of preparing children for the 11 Plus and teaching the curriculum in local schools, as well as preparing your child for exam conditions, we offer a winning combination.

Are all of your team qualified teachers?

Yes. All members of our team are fully qualified primary teachers with extensive experience of 11 Plus preparation.

Do you use teaching assistants?

No. All of our 11 Plus tutors are qualified and experienced primary teachers.

What are your class sizes?

Our classes are limited to ten pupils (nearly half the size of most independent school classes). This ensures that our pupils receive valuable one-to-one attention with the teacher.

Discover: the proven benefits of small class sizes.

Will my child enjoy taking lessons outside of school?

We incorporate educational games and activities so that children enjoy their lessons and remain engaged throughout.

The following parents emailed us to say how much their children enjoyed our lessons:

  • Jon is enjoying his sessions thoroughly and is looking forward to continuing them next year too.  (Year 4 parent, Chesham, 2017)
  • I would like to let you know that for Christian out of all his academic activities, tuition is his favourite!  (Year 4 parent, Beaconsfield, 2017)
  • Please can you forward our comments to Anne, as our son thinks she is a very good tutor and enjoys her classes. He enjoyed the classes so much, that he invited his friends to join. His friends have now joined and attend the same class as him.  (Year 5 parent, Farnham Common, 2016)
  • Naveen really enjoyed her first lesson last week with Anne. Naveen was a little apprehensive going into class to begin with and did actually take me in with her! However, once I left and came to collect her she said she really enjoyed her session and liked Anne. I would also like to mention that Naveen came out of her first class beaming and once home said she loved having a tutor like Anne. And then decided she was very lucky to have a tutor. So a really big thank you from me.  (Year 4 parent, Farnham Common, 2016)
  • I wanted to just let you know that Jake really enjoyed his first session last week and seems motivated to complete the homework. (Year 5 parent, Beaconsfield, 2015)
  • Rachel enjoyed her class yesterday and also commented on what a lovely teacher she had which is great. (Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter, 2015)
  • He really enjoyed his first lesson last week and has even enjoyed doing his homework. (Year 5 parent, Gerrards Cross, 2015)
  • The girls really enjoyed their first lesson. so all good. (Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter, 2015)
  • We (the queue of waiting parents on the stairs at 2pm) were all worried that our kids would hate us for making them work on a Saturday, but as far as Harry was concerned, he, and I quote, loved it, it was great fun .. he was bouncing around in the car on the way home. So smiles all round, thank you. (Year 4 parent, Ivinghoe, 2014)
  • Many thanks for forwarding Joe’s results. Both Wednesdays he has returned from your sessions full of enthusiasm and has really enjoyed the learning, so thank you very much no mean feat! (Year 5 parent, Princes Risborough, 2014)
  • I believe that we have found the right place. Nathan cannot wait until Saturday morning, he absolutely loved your session and he didn’t even realise that he was there for two hours (that is so important to us). (Year 4 parent, Gerrards Cross, 2014)

Visit our testimonials page to see what other parents have to say.

Does ability matter?

We welcome all levels of abilities – because we believe every child should have the same opportunities and can benefit from 11 Plus tuition.

All children complete an assessment when they first join one of our courses to give us an understanding of their current ability and the appropriate level of challenge they need. We then assess them twice each term – at half term and at the end of term. This means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and devise a Tuition Plan that suits their needs and challenges.

How will I know what my child is learning?

We will create a Tuition Plan based on the outcome of your child’s assessment. This sets their individual targets for verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning (key topics of the test). All lessons throughout the course are then designed to develop these areas.

How will I know how my child is progressing?

We continually monitor their progress and reassess at half term and at the end of term. You are also welcome to get in touch with us at any time during your child’s tuition, to gain feedback on their development.

Will my child have a good chance of passing the 11 Plus?

Our courses have proven to help children achieve their potential in the 11 Plus. Every year since 2012, a large proportion of our pupils have passed the exam and secured a place at a grammar school.

What can I do outside of class to prepare my child for success?

As reading comprehension and vocabulary are such important parts of the exams, we recommend that you encourage your child to read as wide a range of fiction and non-fiction books as possible.

Ensure that your child completes the homework provided to them at the end of their lesson – we review it in the following session, which gives them an opportunity to go through areas they may have struggled with.

Are books and materials included in the course fee?

Resource Pack for Marie Redmond Tuition 11 Plus Courses in Buckinghamshire and Slough

At the start of the course, your child will receive a Bag of Knowledge® containing their class and homework books. This includes selected Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources, in addition to books that are carefully curated each year from a wide range of reputable publishers. All our students are presented with their books in a Marie Redmond Tuition® rucksack, featuring an electronic thesaurus, notebook and a pencil case containing pencils, an eraser and sharpener. The cost of your child’s Bag of Knowledge® is covered within the monthly course fees.

Are there any discounts?

If you have more than one child attending our courses during the same term, you are eligible for a 5% sibling discount on our term-time courses.

Can I pay using Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare?

For classroom-based courses, we accept payment of fees by Direct Debit, Debit/Credit Card, Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare. We’ll send you specific payment details when your child enrols.

For virtual courses (book club and creative writing course), the government does not permit you to use Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare to pay for lessons, therefore we accept only payment by Direct Debit or Debit/Credit Card for our virtual courses. For a full explanation, please see this article on why we cannot accept Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare for virtual courses.

Can I pay my course deposit using Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare?

Yes, for classroom-based courses, you can pay your deposit with Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare. When you select the option on the registration form to pay your fees with either Childcare Vouchers or Tax Free Childcare, you will be asked either ‘Would you like to pay your deposit with Childcare Vouchers?’ or ‘Would you like to pay your deposit with Tax-Free Childcare?’. Select yes and the form will explain the process.

Can I still use Childcare Vouchers now that the scheme has closed?

The Government closed the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants on 4th October 2018. If you joined the scheme on or before 4th October 2018 and are still eligible for Childcare Vouchers, you can continue to use them – like many thousands of parents across the UK. You remain eligible for Childcare Vouchers if you stay with the same employer, they continue to run the scheme and you do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year. You can find out more on the Government website. If you did not join the Childcare Voucher scheme, or are no longer eligible, you can use the new scheme, which is called Tax-Free Childcare.

What if my child misses a lesson?

If your child can’t make their usual lesson, we will offer them a virtual catch-up lesson on Zoom, or offer them an alternative day or location, provided there is space. If your child is unable to attend the alternative lessons, we will email you with the written catch-up work so that they can complete the work at home.

Refunds are unfortunately not available if your child misses a class and can’t attend an alternative. However, in the unlikely event that your child’s class is cancelled, you will receive a full refund for the lesson.

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