I have been involved in tuition for many years on subjects like physics, maths, computer
studies, accounting, languages etc during different stages of my life. Having completed
my BSc degree at Nottingham University in 1975 I got involved in community and charity
work with a lot of emphasis on education and training. In 1981 I started the postgraduate
teachers training course at Garnett College, London. After obtaining my PGCE in 1982
I began working as a maths and science teacher at Nork Park Secondary School in Surrey.
Soon after becoming the head of physics department I had to leave the full time teaching
profession due to other commitments in voluntary community and charity work which
was dear to my heart. Since then I have worked in various professions to earn my
living while continuing my tuition work on part time basis. My involvement in the
11+ dates back a mere 5 years.
I have an 11-year-old daughter who secured a place
in Westcliff High School, which was her first choice. My daughter has been attending
a local primary school that refused to cater for the needs of the 11+ exams as a
matter of policy.
Now, having bored you with my personal resume, I'll get back to
the intended subject.
In this introductory article, I will cover some general points
of the 11+ experience under three headings: