Following on from our Winter articles on ‘Stepping Up’ to secondary school and ‘Tuition’ for students, here we introduce a new learning facility that parents can consider.
It is sometimes really tricky to keep up with the reforms to the UK education system especially over the last couple of years with the introduction of the new CEM 11+ exams and the new Maths National Curriculum.
The CEM 11+ exam was introduced to allow all children to ‘demonstrate their natural ability and achievement without excessive preparation’. It was declared that it is impossible to prepare for these tests. AE Publications have conversed with many parents and have found that the new CEM tests are causing a lot more anxiety amongst parents than the other 11+ testing regimes. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, the tests focus on English to a greater extent than was previously required and secondly, there are little or no practice papers being released for the CEM tests.
AE Publications has never believed children should prepare for tests by simply going through past exam papers as this does not facilitate learning. It merely highlights a child’s weaknesses in a sporadic and confusing manner. Their philosophy is that children need to be taught the technique of ‘how to do it’ first, then to practise what they have learnt through testing. By teaching technique and methodology and improving a child’s overall knowledge base, each child will know how to answer questions using the understanding and skills they have developed. It is more difficult to achieve in the realm of English-based skills but developing a child’s understanding of grammar, syntax and how to approach literary text is certainly possible. AEP’s range of English materials is geared to do just this. Children will then be more than ‘prepared’ to write and answer the questions in CEM tests to the best of their ability. Additionally, this knowledge and skill will lay the foundations children can build upon in all their subsequent education.
The new Maths National Curriculum, being implemented in the new 2014 Academic Year, is designed to give children a much greater understanding, ability and confidence with numbers from an earlier age. Essentially, the new curriculum is more traditional in its approach and to some extent reflects how Maths used to be taught in schools. The approach is more systematic and organised. Children will be taught a number skills leading to algorithms in the four rules of number and their times tables; then decimals, fractions, percentages and ratios. It is a more structured approach and children will have to demonstrate they can perform certain mathematical tasks at specific points along the way. This will be reinforced with plenty of practice in problem solving and the application of mathematical technique.
At AEP, they are strong advocates of the changes to the Maths National Curriculum as they have always used this more traditional ‘how-to’ approach to teaching within all the ‘how-to’ Maths Workbooks that we have developed. Using these methods, they have seen consistent success when children sit their entrance exams for Grammar and Independent schools and achieve high scores in their SATs tests.
All AE Publications books can be purchased at the AEP bookshop: www.aepublications.co.uk/bookshop
About AE Publications Ltd.
AE Publications is passionate about education, not just preparing students for their 11+ exams. Their range of ‘how-to’ books is for children in the Primary and early Secondary school age groups. They help prepare your child for:
- SATs Exams in English and Maths
- Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) exams
- Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) exams
- National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) exams
- Northern Ireland Transfer Tests – Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) and Association for Quality Education (AQE) exams
All their books are developed, prepared and produced by Accelerated Education with the help of AE Tuition staff. Every book is classroom tested to ensure the educational levels and questions are appropriate for the year group and for exam preparation. Each book covers the techniques that are needed across the new Maths and English National Curriculum and all the subject areas covered in the CEM and NFEER 11+ exams.
- AEP’s proven, classroom tested teaching programme is available for purchase by every parent who wants to see their child’s performance in Maths, English, Verbal Activity and Non-verbal Reasoning improve measurably.
- AEP’s books are easy to follow and used for home tutoring for the 11+. They also have a range of their own 11+ Test Papers to help with the 11+ preparation.
AEP books (written by Stephen Curran) are available for purchase by parents, grandparents and tutors directly from the AEP online bookshop (www.aepublications.co.uk).