• Congratulations to all our 11+ students on a record year!

    HUGE congratulations to all our 2018 11+ students on a year of very high scores and numerous passes. Our highest scorers this year came in with results such as 152, 148 and 137 points, in numerous cases massively exceeding the 121 points needed to secure a pass. And to those who came close but didn't make it, well done to you also - you all made a splendid effort and will all enter your next schools well equipped to succeed!

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  • How do kids feel about taking the 11+ ? Excellent BBC report...

    BBC News has done a great video-report, showing how kids themselves feel about taking the 11+ exam, and the sense of pressure they can experience if too much of a 'big deal' is made of it at home. It's well worth watching as it may help parents figure out how to navigate between being too pushy on the one hand and too relaxed on the other:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-44227979/grammar-school-tests-how-do-children-cope

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  • What makes one person better at Maths than another?

    Why do some children seem to 'get' Maths more readily than others? It's a question every parent and every tutor must have asked themselves a million times, so we were very interested to come across the article tagged below on a website from the USA. In essence, the article suggests that it isn't so much to do with innate ability as with self-belief, or the lack of it! Once a child achieves a personal breakthrough in Maths their enthusiasm and commitment to the subject increases and success becomes self-reinforcing. Of course the opposite also applies - and the authors contend that the whole idea of innate Mathematical ability is pernicious, leading a child who falls behind their peer group to believe that they just weren't born with Maths 'genes' and should just stop trying. One thing we see every day at Milestone is the damage that's often been done to a child's Maths confidence when, for whatever reason, they have missed out one of the vital stepping-stones in understanding. This can be something as simple as not having learned their times tables off by heart when very young, or failing to fully understand the concept of fractions and ratios, or not feeling confident in the basic algebra techniques as they move towards their GCSEs. Spotting and correcting these gaps in a child's basic Maths skillset is one of the most important things any tutor can do, and the best days we have at Milestone are when one of our students says excitedly to their parent: 'Look - I couldn't do this before but now I can!' The truth is that in a school class of 30 or more children it's all too easy to fall behind, stop believing in yourself and stop progressing. That's a situation we don't want any of our kids to be in!

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  • Summer 11+ Boosters now in progress

    We have started our 'Sunday Intensive Boosters' for 11+ students. These are open to both existing Milestone students and those from outside, so if you are interested in registering you child we still have some places open - do get in touch!

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  • Bucks announces 11+ change in 2018

    Bucks County Council is switching from CEM as its 11+ exam provider back to GL Assessment (the previous incumbent). They haven't yet said what - if anything - this may mean for the exam itself, but we'll be keeping a close eye! Can't see a reversion back to the old '21 techniques' system... the big issue they seem to be wrangling with is that kids who receive tutoring do better than those who don't. To us that seems inevitable. Maybe it's the way schools prepare (or don't prepare!) the kids that's the real issue here?

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