The London 11+ Consortium Explained
What is the London 11+ Consortium?
Previously known as the North London Girls’ Schools’ Consortium, this is a group of independent London girls’ schools that came together to essentially reduce the pressure on girls at the 11+ entrance examination stage. Rather than sitting multiple exams, there is only one exam whether you are applying to one or more of the schools. The Consortium was split into two groups, but are now combined into one:
What does the London 11+ Consortium assessment involve?
For 2022 entry, the London 11+ Consortium writes, “The London 11+ Consortium schools have carefully reviewed last year’s application process which necessitated different approaches according to local situations. The coronavirus pandemic continues to impress uncertainty upon our country, and we have therefore decided to take a cautious and ‘stop-gap’ approach to the forthcoming cycle for 11+ entry to our schools in 2022. We will therefore use the ISEB Common Pre-Test as our preliminary assessment tool.” The London 11+ Consortium have issued familiarisation materials which can be found here. There may also be an interview as part of the process.
Where does your child take the assessment?
Parents will choose which exam centre their child sits the assessment, but it makes no difference where the exam is taken.
What can children do to prepare for the assessment and how can Bright Light Education help?
The London 11+ Consortium suggests that primary and prep schools already prepare children enough for these assessments and parents should “encourage their child to explore the world around them and to engage with them in questioning the ideas and artefacts they see…encourage a love of reading, visit art galleries, museums and exhibitions with their child, do puzzles and crosswords, follow news together, travel, have adventures, make inventions out of junk – all things which will foster curiosity and independent thought” (http://london11plus.co.uk/).
Below we advise some different ideas on how to prepare for each section of the assessment and how Bright Light Education can help.
Preparation for the verbal ability questions
- Vocabulary plays an important role in these types of question so the best preparation you can do is to increase and broaden your child’s vocabulary. Have a look at our blog post on this here.
Preparation for the numerical ability questions
- These are essentially maths questions! To help with these types of question, it is important that children have the core basic skills including knowing their times tables well. They should be confident with the Key Stage 2 syllabus.
Preparation for the non-verbal ability questions
- Non-verbal reasoning can be practised and the more familiar children are with the different strategies used in non-verbal reasoning, the easier it becomes. There are lots of non-verbal reasoning books you can buy which cover the different concepts, including identifying the odd shape out, rotating shapes, mirror images of shapes, working out the next shape in a sequence etc.
Preparation for the interview process
- The interview process may be a mixture of individual interview questions.
For full comprehensive information, please visit The London 11+ Consortium.