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Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation
This course prepares children for Verbal Activity, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths & English CEM 11+ examinations for Birmingham, Walsall, Warwickshire and all other grammar schools in the West Midlands regions for 2022. The course prepares Year 3 children in a more gradual way.

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Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate
This course prepares children for Verbal Activity, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths & English CEM 11+ examinations for Birminhgham, Walsall, Warwickshire and all other grammar schools in the West Midlands region for 2021. The course prepares Year 4 children in a more gradual way.

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Year 5 - 11+ Intensive
This course prepares children for Verbal Activity, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths & English CEM11+ examinations for Birmingham, Walsall and Warwickshire and all other grammar schools in the West Midlands regions for 2022. Parents need to contact schools directly for application procedures and catchment details.

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Year 5 - Core English & Maths 
The course covers everything required in the National Curriculum for English & Maths but at 'greater depth' with the objective that children should be exceeding national levels by the time they sit the SATs examination in Year 6. It addresses the gap in the standard expected in state schools and what parents really want.


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Year 6 - SATs
This course prepares Year 6 children for the SATs examinations in English and Mathematics that take place in May 2021. It will run from September 2020 to May 2021. The course is followed by introduction to Year 7 Maths and English.


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Year 5 - 11+ Summer Courses
The 11+ Crash Course serves as a useful reinforcement programme for children who may have been following tuition courses with another tuition provider other than AEC Tuition, have done some preparation at home with their parents or are already students with AEC Tuition and wish to reinforce subject areas studied throughout the year.


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Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation

Purpose

We would recommend you specifically begin preparing a child for the 11+ at Year 3 with a steady approach and building on some crucial aspects of their education. For our Year 3 students we help your child to perform to the best of their ability in Maths and English regardless of whether they are going to go on and try for a selective school place through a Grammar School test or not. For the most part these concern the core English and Maths skills.

The purpose of our Year 3 Pre-Plus course is to help students to perform to the best of their ability in Maths and English ready to make a leap confidently onto the Year 4 Intermediate course taking that one step closer to the 11+ exam.

Aims and Outcomes

For our Year 3 students we aim to develop each child’s literacy and numeracy skills to better prepare them for the 11+ grammar test. We believe students who are introduced to the 11+ programme starting from year 3 will be better prepared by learning with a gradual approach and developing their ability to work quickly and accurately.

Course Content

English

As part of the course at AEC we focus on student’s literacy skills development. We promote, encourage and teach our students to participate in group learning of reading and interpreting fictional and non-fictional text to aid the broadening of their vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and improving core writing skills. We also include verbal reasoning which aims to evaluate your child’s ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.

Maths

When students undertake the 11+ test they maybe be asked to answer a question a minute, being able to calculate in your head is essential therefore, if a child is not confident or struggle with time management, inaccurate or unnecessary mistakes will be made. Without the crucial mathematical skills many children simply will not achieve their potential in Maths.

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division are the basic core skills but many children do not possess the skills for these topics in depth or do not have sufficient practice to be able to work quickly and accurately which is what is required for the 11+ exam. For our year 3 students, we help prepare them for their 11+ by ensuring they have strong numeracy skills. We develop our students knowledge and understanding by covering key topic such as times tables, the four operations, and mental arithmetic as well as building their confidence to support and prepare them more steadily for the 11+ exam.

Other Information

  • Student progress tracked every 12 weeks highlighting the strengths and areas of improvement required.
  • We provide our own resources.
  • 48-week length of course.
  • Homework set and monitored on a weekly basis.
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate

Purpose

For our Year 4 course, we use a steady approach for children to prepare them for the 11+ exam. From experience we know the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time which is why we commence our exam preparation for children as early as possible all the way through Year 5 and right up to the real exam. Our approach is designed to support children leading up to, during and beyond the 11+ exam. This course focuses on building the skills needed for the 11+ exam, introducing topics related to the exam, as well as embedding additional Mathematics and English core skills . We work with students to ensure at the end of the course they have an extremely robust foundation in both subjects which then they are ready to apply these skills into the advance course in Year 5.

Aims and Outcomes

We believe children benefit from ongoing scattered support rather than condensing preparation for the 11+ exam. We aim to develop each child’s knowledge by challenging them academically and shaping their performance towards the demands of the 11+ exam by building rigour, perfecting their core skills, as well growing their confidence. This course not only focuses on preparing our Year 4 students for the 11+ exam but it is also tailored to develop and improve a children performance with schoolwork, homework and become more confident when independently studying in both subjects.

Course Content

English

For English, with the introduction of synonyms and antonyms we also cover other aspects throughout the course such as SPAG, verbal reasoning, vocabulary and comprehension skills. We aim to develop and improve our student’s breadth of vocabulary and develop their spelling and comprehension ability as well as implementing practice tests to allow students and parents a gain a snapshot of what to expect for the 11+ exam.

Maths

At AEC Tuition, our year 4 students are introduced to non-verbal reasoning as well as covering other mathematical topics as part of the course such as long multiplication, long division , all four operations involving fractions, percentages, decimals, problem solving. We aim to ensure our students are more confident, fluent and exposed to some of the content of the 11+ questions to enable them to obtain the mathematical skills needed to best prepare for the 11+ exam.

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division are the basic core skills but many children do not possess the skills for these topics in depth or do not have sufficient practice to be able to work quickly and accurately which is what is required for the 11+ exam. For our year 3 students, we help prepare them for their 11+ by ensuring they have strong numeracy skills. We develop our students knowledge and understanding by covering key topic such as times tables, the four operations, and mental arithmetic as well as building their confidence to support and prepare them more steadily for the 11+ exam.

Other Information

  • Student progress tracked every 12 weeks highlighting the strengths and areas of improvement required.
  • We provide our own resources.
  • 48-week length of course.
  • Homework set and monitored on a weekly basis.
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 4 - 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

Year 5 - 11+ Intensive 

Purpose

This course is tailored to help our students to achieve success by combining a unique blend of teaching and learning and allocating adequate time throughout the academic year for each child to be fully equipped with all the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the 11+ grammar test. Not only are the topics related to the 11+ exam are explored and taught meticulously, we also provide the opportunity for students to undertake mock tests throughout the course. The purpose of this is for students to obtain real world practice of the 11+ examination. Child who attend mock examinations will get a change to practice a real CEM style test identical conditions to real 11+ test in September.

Success in 11+ exams is most likely where children are well prepared, both academically and in terms of their exam technique. For parents and tutors we will be able to identify the development of your child’s subject knowledge and skills following their learner journey more accurately which will provide a more realistic viewpoint in terms of the preparation taken and required for the 11+ exam. Exam practise will also assist with the child gaining a better understanding and developing some exam techniques such as working under timed conditions, in Year 5 before the 11+ exam is taken at the beginning of Year 6.

Aims and Outcomes

It’s very important to recognise the role of core skills development as part of the process. We aim for our Year 5 students to acquire skills in both subjects. We aim to teach, test and develop students’ skills acquired for the exam before implementing practice papers. For this course, your child will be exposed to every type of question that can come in the 11+ test, and they will practice the different methods many times to perfect their technique. We also work on students practicing exam techniques which is aimed to focus on accuracy, timekeeping and establish any gaps in learning and help children to improve.

Course Content

English

In English, we will pitch an increasingly challenging level of at your child over the course. Aside from weekly comprehension texts, synonyms and antonyms will be a pivotal part of every single lesson, as comprehension, synonyms and antonyms are the three main areas that will get your child high marks in the English side of their paper. Whilst Year 4 is spent building up comprehension skills, paving a wide vocabulary, and becoming accustomed to the techniques needed for school and 11+, we spend Year 5 honing the skills that we touched upon in Year 4. In Year 5, there will be a comprehension text in nearly every lesson; and they will scale up in difficulty as we get closer to the exam.

Through comprehensive study of synonyms and antonyms, students gain repeated exposure to the spellings of words. This makes topics such as Compound Words simple for students to address. The main three things we focus on in lessons and homework are comprehensions, synonyms, and antonyms. The reason is because if these are perfected, the other elements will fall into place; they are central, and the others branch off. Other sections such as Odd Word Out and Shuffled sentence will be covered throughout the year which is also implemented in their homework.

Maths

When students undertake the 11+ test they maybe be asked to answer a question a minute, being able to calculate in your head is essential therefore, if a child is not confident or struggle with time management, inaccurate or unnecessary mistakes will be made. Without the crucial mathematical skills many children simply will not achieve their potential in Maths.

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division are the basic core skills but many children do not possess the skills for these topics in depth or do not have sufficient practice to be able to work quickly and accurately which is what is required for the 11+ exam. For our year 3 students, we help prepare them for their 11+ by ensuring they have strong numeracy skills. We develop our students knowledge and understanding by covering key topic such as times tables, the four operations, and mental arithmetic as well as building their confidence to support and prepare them more steadily for the 11+ exam.

Other Information

  • Student progress tracked every 12 weeks highlighting the strengths and areas of improvement required.
  • We provide our own resources.
  • 48-week length of course.
  • Homework set and monitored on a weekly basis.
  • 11+ Mock Exams available throughout the course for exam practice and tracking progression.
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

Year 5 - Core English & Maths

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to enable students to boost and develop their skills and knowledge for both core subjects that is required to undertake each of the National Curriculum objectives.

Aims and Outcomes

The objective for this course is that child should aim to be exceeding national levels by the time they reach to the SATs examination which takes place at the end of Year 6. The aim for this course is to address any gaps in learning in the standard expected in schools and what parents really want. Our course covers both core subjects with a high level of study. With our experienced tutors, your child will learn in a relaxed, stress-free environment but also supported by additional resources. The weekly sessions have embedded the core curriculum and are further enhanced by weekly homework. This is for children who are looking to improve and really progress at a rapid rate within their academia. The aim is for children to attain a higher level of key topics for both subjects which will give them the perfect opportunity as students when transitioning to Year 6.

Course Content

English

Learning and understanding of the English language is among the essential skills students need to achieve high results for their Year 6 SATS examination in order to best prepare them for Key Stage 3. It is important to establish a solid foundation in English, as the material in grammar and literature compound and become more complicated. We understand that not all students learn English the same, and this is precisely why we teach and assess student learning patterns to ensure they work towards improving with the core subject. Key topics that are taught within this course are as follows: sentence structure, Adjectives and verbs, Prefixes and Suffixes, Nouns, Synonyms, Antonyms, Shuffled sentences, compound words, Spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as comprehension skills.

Maths

Year 5 maths can be much harder, with your child needing to tackle new concepts like prime numbers or factors, with a greater emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving, important for success in maths and general life. This course will help your child to achieve this. Some of the key topics which will be studied are multiples and factors, positive and negative numbers, interpreting data, non-verbal reasoning, measuring angels, introducing volume, composites, division and remainders, and fractions etc.

Other Information

  • Student progress tracked every 12 weeks highlighting the strengths and areas of improvement required.
  • We provide our own resources.
  • 48-week length of course.
  • Homework set and monitored on a weekly basis.
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

Year 6 - SATs

Purpose

The purpose for our course is to assist students with their SATs preparations and to bridge gaps in learning that may require additional support than the time allocated at school or home. We understand the importance of SATs and are aware of the stress it can have on parents and children. The course is designed to academically support your child, boost their confidence and prepare for exams.

Aims and Outcomes

SATs are used to measure the child’s attainment and progress. Our SATs course has been devised to give Year 6 children the opportunity to address the most important areas that will be tested in Maths and English. We cover the majority components of both subjects which Year 6 students will face in their SATs. Our course also includes exam type questions and tutors demonstrate solutions and close gaps in learning. We will also include general guidance on the essential components of successful answers. All students take home any worksheets used during the lessons and supplementary work. This work will reinforce the content of the session and is reviewed weekly.

Course Content

English

For our Year 6 course, we help students to prepare for the subject by helping them to improve and development with the two elements which are reading and writing. The course provides learning for reading where students will learn and be able to respond to a range of texts. They will be able to show an understanding of ideas, themes, events and characters. Use of inference and deduction from texts, reference to text when explaining views. Locating and using ideas and information from the passage. Other aspects will include identifying characters, themes and key features to support answers as well as selecting sentences, phrases and relevant information to support views. Retrieval and collation of information from a range of sources.

For the writing aspect, students will be able to convey meaning in a range of forms for different readers as well as develop a varied and interesting style using characterisation, dialogue and description. Development and management of a theme or controlling idea. Use of a formal style. Development and sustenance of ideas. Adventurous choice of vocabulary and use of words for effect. Use of simple, compound and complex sentences to extend meaning. SPAG will be meticulously assessed and sessions will cover sentence punctuation including full stop, capitation, and question marks. Use of commas and apostrophes in sentences. Use of inverted commas and paragraphs in direct speech. Error correction for regular and complex polysyllabic words. Handwriting analysis targeting joined, clear and fluent style.

Other aspects of the English language students will be exposed to throughout the course include use and understanding of; Apostrophes, conjunctions, direct and indirect speech, colon, semi colons, comprehension, clauses, speech marks, homophones, active and passive, nouns, adjectives, tense and sentence moods. The last 4 weeks of the programme will consist of revision and exam preparation which will give the opportunity to students and tutors to review and revisit weaker areas which will give ample time to bridge gaps in learning.

Maths

We will focus on all topics including, Number and Algebra, Shape Space and Measures, as well as Data Handling . The course covers the fundamental aspects of each of these key attainment targets and the content has been thoroughly selected to develop and improve each student’s score in the SATs test. Below outlines the topics covered and areas that are taught throughout the course in order for our students to achieve their goals for the SATs.

Number and Algebra will consist of; use all four operations with decimals to two places - four rules of number (+ – x ¸) checking solutions using inverse operations. Fraction/percentage of quantity and measures. Proportions as simple fractions and percentage. Ratio and direct proportion to solve problems. Coordinates in all four quadrants. Use of involving one or two operations. Add, subtract and order negative numbers. Number patterns and relationships. Simple formulae.

Shape, Space and Measure will consist of, metric measure and imperial conversion. 2-D shapes. Reflecting shapes. Symmetries of all 2-D shapes. Perimeter and area. Construction and measurement of angles. Geometry rules of triangles.

Data Handling and Statistics will consist of, range, mean, median and mode. Simple graphs. Use of and interpreting data on frequency table. Pie charts. Probability and outcomes. Differing outcomes.

Other Information

  • Student progress tracked every 12 weeks highlighting the strengths and areas of improvement required.
  • We provide our own resources.
  • Course begins from September till May each academic year
  • Homework set and monitored on a weekly basis.
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 4 - 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

Year 5 - 11+ Summer Courses

Purpose

For this course we dedicate 16 hours per week for 4 weeks during the summer prior to the exam itself. Students also have the opportunity to undertake mock exams during the course which allows the child to learn about the exam format, question and techniques required for the real day as well as gaining familiarity with the exam atmosphere. This also helps students familiarise themselves with the CEM 11+ format and enables children to conquer any exam fears and gain confidence.

Parents are advised that this course is a last resort and does not replace a full year course of the preparation or a full-time preparation course. However, it may be an option for those who have late it to late to dedicate extended time periods to prepare. This course also serves as a useful reinforcement programme for students who may have been completing tuition courses with another provider other than AEC, have done some preparation at home with their parents or are already students at AEC Tuition and wish to highlight and strengthen subject areas studied throughout the year.

Aims and Outcomes

Our intensive course usually takes place during the summer holidays and is 4 weeks long. The course is taught in small engaging groups and is designed to support and refine your child’s existing 11+ preparation whether at home or with a tutor.

For the child preparing at home this presents an opportunity to be taught material, they may have previously found difficult, from experienced tutors; furthermore, they can consolidate and revise the syllabus. It also provides an opportunity for those children who may be isolated in their 11+ journey to meet with peers, make friends and appreciate they are not alone. It also enables children to become aware of the level of competition amongst their peers as well as gain plenty of exam practice and grow more confident in areas of weakness for both subjects.

Course Content

Mathematics & Non-Verbal Reasoning

The 11+ Mathematics part of the course is comprised of all the topics related to the exam including non-verbal reasoning. As the children work through their course, they will be expected to complete examples and make notes while doing so. Children are expected to spend specific allocated time on each topic to help with practice of the real exam. For high achievers who complete their work quickly, we provide an extension section. Daily homework, daily verbal feedback and weekly progress reports are provided for each subject.

English & Verbal Reasoning

For English, we focus on all key areas of the exam such as synonyms, antonyms, shuffled sentences, odd word out, comprehension and skim reading techniques. Students are also exposed to more exam practice and time management is enforced for students to be become familiar with the style of exam expected. “Challenges” relating to the subjects above are also set on a weekly basis for students to extend their knowledge as well as bridge any gaps in learning. Daily homework, daily verbal feedback and weekly progress reports are provided for each subject.

11+ Exam Techniques

To hone a child’s examination techniques, we discuss with him or her the different aspects of preparing for the 11+. We also talk to parents so that they can help their children study by knowing what to work on, the timing of set questions etc. Not only are students taught exam techniques for both subjects, but the emphasis on time management is bolstered for children to understand the importance of completing questions under and time-controlled environment.

Students are also provided the opportunity to complete mock exams at the end of each week of the course. Each child will be seated in a real examination hall with other children just like the actual exam. They will be invigilated, timed and tested just like the real exam. This sort of practice not only helps perfect technique, but also helps children get used to the environment and boost their confidence, because the examination process will become familiar to them. We aim to provide superior quality to our clients and focus on preparing students as much as possible giving them real practice conditions and giving parents consistent feedback to keep them aware of their child’s strength and weaknesses.

Our paper is specifically designed for the Birmingham Region Grammar Schools. We will be providing a tailor-made paper that will prepare students for all CEM grammar school entry tests in Birmingham, Warwickshire and Walsall.

Other Information

  • We provide our own resources.
  • Weekly mock tests
  • Daily homework set
  • Daily verbal feedback
  • Weekly progress reports
  • Incentives for students such as star of the week, rewards and medals to motivate students, highlight and recognise achievements.

Fees and Timetable

Course Session Day Fees
Year 5 - 11+ Intenstive TBC  Saturday £120 per month
Year 5 - Core English and Maths TBC Sunday £120 per month
Year 3 - Pre 11+ Foundation 13:30 - 15:30 Sunday £120 per month
Year 4 - Pre 11+ Intermediate 11:15 - 13:15 Sunday £120 per month
Year 5 - 11+ Intensive TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Saturday £120 per month
Year 6 - SATs TBC Sunday £120 per month

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We’ve tried to make it easy as possible for you to enrol onto one of our courses. We understand 
that not everyone always has the cash needed, to pay for their course upfront, at the time when 
they want to start their course. So we offer interest free payment plans on bookings. 

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