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April 23rd 2017 marks 453 years since the birth of Britain’s most famous literary icon, William Shakespeare.  Shakespeare is considered by many to have been our nation’s greatest wordsmith, and his influence on the English language is still being felt today.

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As children develop and improve their cognitive abilities, they are expected to become less reliant on supervised learning and develop self-learning skills. Although there are some self-learning tools taught within education-psychology textbooks, educators are not always given the evidence  to show which of these tools work most effectively. A 2013 comprehensive review of 10 learning techniques that students could implement on their own was conducted by a group of educational and neuroscience psychologists. The outcome of this review was that ‘Practice Testing’ was the most effective learning technique that students could use to retain information.

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The way in which mathematics is taught to children has been the subject of much debate in recent years, with many parents raising concerns about the teaching methods in UK schools. The new maths National Curriculum, which was introduced in 2014, went some way to addressing these concerns. It introduced a more structured approach to teaching maths as part of a drive to improve standards. However, parents are still asking how they can help reinforce what their children have learnt in maths lessons at school.

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In February last year Graeme Paton, the Education Editor at The Telegraph, posted an article on the high number of applications per grammar school place. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10668618/School-admissions-up-to-12-pupils-compete-for-each-place.html). He states that grammar schools are seeing up to twelve children sit the 11+ exam for every available place.

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Many grammar schools require applicants to sit non-verbal reasoning tests. If your child is sitting a CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) test, it will have a non-verbal reasoning component. GL (Granada Learning) Assessment non-verbal reasoning tests are also used by some grammar schools. It is important to check the details of any tests your child might have to sit before considering their preparation.

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