West London Tutoring

Shaping your child's future today

By encouraging your child to reach their full potential.

English

We teach English (writing, comprehension, grammar, reading and spelling)

English is taught in an hourly lesson every week, with 30-60 minutes of home work depending on which year you are in.

We use high-quality texts from classic books and always use resources a year ahead of the National Curriculum.

Maths

Maths is generally taught one year ahead of the National Curriculum, in hourly lessons with 30-60 minutes of homework to embed learning from the lesson.

We teach all maths subjects into KS3 in order to be fully prepared and have written our own unique programme to teach algebra into KS3 (as algebra is very important to the 11 Plus preparation.)

Verbal Reasoning & Non Verbal Reasoning

VR and NVR are taught in workshops in the Spring of Year 5. By Year 6 children will be expected to know all techniques used in VR and NVR and will be working on speed and accuracy.

Thereafter children use the on-line software BOFA to hone their skills plus papers (this is included in the tuition price.)

Interview Technique

Interview practice takes an hour and parents need to be present. We cover:

• Critical thinking skills
• Deportment
• Concrete and abstract questions
• Questions which we know turn up at interview
• Confidence skills
• How you present yourself at interview
• Your personal strengths and weaknesses

Please note:  We hold specific preparation for consortium schools. These are tried and trusted methods of preparation which get great results.

JohnLyonSchool

Schools we prepare for

  • Notting Hill & Ealing
  • Godolphin & Latymer
  • St Augustines
  • Merchant Taylors
  • John Lyons
  • Kew House
  • Hampton School
  • Latymer School
  • City of London Boys/Girls
  • St Pauls

(St Pauls is a specialist preparation and will depend on whether there is space)

TiffinBoys

Grammar schools
covered are:

  • Tiffin Boys
  • Tiffin Girls
  • Buckinghamshire

We prepare for these schools but please note that Ealing is NOT in the “inner catchment” area and that this is generally where places are offered.

You may well have to consider moving, if you are serious about a grammar school education.

Twyford

State Schools

We provide quality preparation for children going to local state schools.

When children leave here in year 6 their skills will include:

  • Good reading habits
  • The ability to understand and answer questions from advanced text
  • Undertake algebra at least one year ahead of the     National Curriculum.

Our Teaching Philosophy

At West London tutoring the teachers are well qualified, experienced and work closely with the children in groups of up to four, or occasionally five children.  Group numbers will never be greater than five, and most of the time we teach in groups of four so we can ensure children are given sufficient attention.

Every teacher here has taught for a minimum of twelve years and has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a DBS (criminal record check.)

We use the best quality resources and use kinaesthetic teaching to ensure the children fully understand concepts. In both English and maths I have spent hundreds of pounds on resources.

Curriculum

I have written my own curriculum from year 2 to year 8 to ensure that children are properly prepared for all exams, whether it is the 7+, 8+, 9+, 11+, 12+ or the 13+.

We have the resources and curriculum all ready.  Planning is given in advance, so you know what is being which taught each week.  We generally teach one year ahead of the National Curriculum to ensure children are fully prepared in time.

In this way you will be given your child’s planning in advance, we can tweak if needed, but you have the assurance that everything is properly planned and taught.

our teaching team

Anne Nadel

English and Maths

Hi, my name is Anne Nadel, and I have been teaching for the last 12 years, in both state and prep schools. I have been in charge of a few departments such as ICT, drama and English and I was head of a school for 3 years.

My final job before I started to tutor was as Learning Enrichment teacher for English and maths at a prep school in central London. 

I began full time tutoring in 2016 and currently teach five days a week, Monday to Friday. Occasionally I will run courses on Sundays for subjects such as verbal and nonverbal reasoning for the 11 Plus test, or Consortium preparation.

I love tutoring and work with many different (excellent) companies in order to ensure I am up to date with what is happening in the tutoring world, and more importantly to make sure I have the best resources.

I also write manuals for common entrance exams, I write 11 Plus papers and I also run day Maths and English courses for companies in the school holidays.

My qualifications:

I have a QTS, I trained with the Institute of Education and I also have a master’s degree in Teaching (MTEACH) from the Institute of Education.  My chosen specialism was English and the research for my dissertation was creative writing and disengaged boys.

I have a DBS certificate, as do all teachers here.

Carol McKinnon

Maths and English

I am an experienced, qualified primary school teacher having taught in the state sector for 15 years.  During this time, I have taught in both KS1 and KS2 including Y2 and Y6 preparing children for SATs.

I have always particularly enjoyed teaching maths as it is a subject that some children can find challenging. 

Tutoring children in small groups is very beneficial for their learning and understanding as misconceptions and weaknesses can be addressed straight away in a supportive environment.

My aim is to enable children to understand mathematical concepts and give them strategies to problem solve rather than rely on rote learnt methods alone.

I have also spent some time this academic year writing a programme to teach algebra to a high standard, and also apply algebraic methods to the trickier questions.  Many papers in the 11 Plus are algebra heavy and we know it is important to be able to access these questions.

In English tutoring, I aim to improve children’s creative writing through the development of their vocabulary and style.  Reading is a vital part of this as it has been proven to improve results across the curriculum.

For comprehension we teach using advanced texts (usually from the academic year above or from classics) so that children can access the more difficult questions.

Carolyn Boyland

Reading, Writing and Maths

My teaching career began in 2000 on completion of a PGCE from Brunel University, after a successful and rewarding career in magazine publishing.

I have gained experience in teaching Year 3 to Year 6 children in local, good and outstanding schools, both as a class teacher and a Deputy Head.

I am passionate about developing children’s reading and writing skills as a life-long tool to success and equipping them with the vocabulary to unlock their potential.

I have a proven record of enabling children to make accelerated progress and improve attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths, as well as providing positive personalised learning for groups within a class and on an individual basis.

Over the years I have also independently tutored children to successfully pass their 11plus exams and Common Entrance Exams.

Since 2014 I have been an LA Writing moderator, an LA Lead Moderator and am currently an independent consultant for writing, supporting local schools in developing the teaching of Writing.

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Term Times

Tutoring is run for 36 weeks of the year and broadly follows private school terms. 

Term dates 2018 /19:
Term dates always start on a Monday and finish on a Friday.  
Autumn – Monday 3rd September until Friday 14th December

Half term – 22nd October

Spring term – Monday 7th January until Friday 5th April

Half term – February 18th Summer term – Monday 29th April until Friday July 5th

Half term – May 27th 

We Teach:
Monday – Friday, between 4pm and 6:30pm 

We also run tuition in the holidays although it is mainly aimed at children preparing for 11 Plus as this is always the largest cohort.

Exams Papers Plus

Exams Papers Plus is a company I write and teach for.  I will next be teaching for them in April in Pimlico, the week of the 8th April.

More details to follow, or look at their courses page:

Courses

In 2019 do look out for my book “The Complete Illustrated Guide to 11 + Writing.” This is a substantial book which covers every aspect of writing for the 11 Plus. It covers all schools in London (and nationwide) which require creative writing as part of 11 Plus preparation.

Exam papers Plus provides excellent resources for all aspects of common entrance exams – from the 7+, 8+,9+, 10+, 11+, 12+ and finally the 13+.  They also provide study days and study weeks at central London locations in the holidays.

Read more here

Learn with West LOndon Tutoring

The Complete Illustrated
Guide to 11+ Writing

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Creative Writing is a substantial book and will be on sale this summer.  It provides all aspects of how to write at a strong level for the 11 Plus and is suitable for all academic schools, boarding schools and for any child who wishes to write creatively at a high standard.  It is also aimed at SATs preparation.

The book starts with a guide to reading books, presentation of work and then handwriting. An excellent booklist is provided so that children are reading at the correct level.

Moving on, we look at vocabulary through techniques such as figurative language, colour, tension and the senses – what you don’t see can sometimes be far more entertaining than what you do see!

We then proceed to the more technical elements and the use of conjunctions, interesting openers and solid use of punctuation.

The wide variety of genres now required for the 11 Plus, are completely covered in the next chapter.

After covering spelling, we devote a large section to exemplars of writing.  Here the reader can study good writing and poor writing, all marked and annotated so that the child is very clear of expectations.

 

They also get to peer mark with the use of checklists. This chapter is unique in what it offers the reader.  The child/ parent/ carer will be able to see what good quality writing is like and see it marked and annotated by an experienced teacher.


Throughout the book there are lots of exercises for the child to practise their techniques and parents have a role too.

This book is an absolute must for writing creatively at the right level for the 11 Plus.

Extra Services

GCSE Maths

Tuition by Ellen Dunn

Speech Therapy

Tuition by Natasha Ross

Handwriting Expert

Tuition by Lucy Riley

Parent Reviews

UU 2018 January (Year 5 pupil)

Anne is a brilliant teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of 11+ exams.

She gives individual attention to each child and brings out the best in them.

I went to Anne 3 months ago to help prepare my son for the 10 plus deferred exams, even though it was a short period of time, he gained an excellent knowledge of the exam techniques.

She took my son through step by step, his strengths, his weaknesses and prepared him to complete the exams in time.

She also built up my son’s confidence and challenged him. Her in-depth knowledge of the 11 plus exams was excellent.

My son got into his targeted school of City of London this week.

Thanks so much Anne for all your help and support.

 

July 2016
My son D prepared for the 11 Plus with Anne for English (creative writing and comprehension.) Anne taught him to a high standard and he enjoyed his lessons. He was offered places at Tiffin, Queen Elizabeth (Barnet) all Buckinghamshire Grammar schools and accepted a place at St Olaves Grammar School.

We would very much recommend Anne as an 11 Plus Tutor.
EK

September 2016
My son K was tutored by Anne and made great progress in English in year 5 and 6. He moved 2 subsets (a year’s progress) in just one term and moved from the middle to the top set for English at school. He gained in confidence in both creative writing and comprehension and enjoyed Anne’s lessons, which were always tailored to his needs. I would very much recommend Anne as a tutor.
CA

October 2016
My Son recently achieved an academic scholarship place at St Benedict’s in February 2016.

My husband and I are certain that was down to the professionalism of his tutoring, provided by Anne and her team.

My son took to Anne immediately. She understood his personality and was able to personalise the tutoring accordingly and draw out his best attributes, whilst giving detailed focus on what needed assistance.

This gave him great confidence in his approach and ability towards the exams.

Anne’s guidance support and advice was extremely helpful, systematic, thorough and accurate. Reflected by her experience as well as the excellent quality teaching, helped to cover everything he needed in a limited time.

We thank you and your team very much. I would not hesitate to recommend you.