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Getting to grips with non-verbal reasoning

Getting to grips with non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning (NVR) is becoming an increasingly common form of assessment. It appears in the Buckinghamshire 11+ tests as well as the 11+ and 12+ exams in several other counties and in many independent schools’ entrance exams. NVR is used to assess how well a...

Brain Boosting Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Brain Boosting Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

On rushed school mornings, when vital items of school uniform have gone astray and undone pieces of homework have magically appeared in their place, having time to prepare a nutritious, filling breakfast for the kids can seem an impossible dream. However, research...

Building Confidence Through a Growth Mind Set

Building Confidence Through a Growth Mind Set

Did you know that watching some of their favourite Disney movies could help your child do better at school? Children who have a growth mindset tend to engage with subjects and activities more than those children who worry about “not being good...

Changes to Bucks 11+ Tests Confirmed

Changes to Bucks 11+ Tests Confirmed

The much-anticipated announcement regarding the changes to the Bucks Secondary Transfer (11+) tests was made yesterday afternoon via an update to the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (BGS) website.  With the change in exam provider having been announced earlier...

Did you know that Flying Start offer trial lessons?

Did you know that Flying Start offer trial lessons?

Knowing that choosing the right tutor for your child is a big decision we offer trial lessons to give your child a chance to experience the Flying Start approach before you commit to a full course. A trial lesson gives your child a chance...

Holiday Tutoring Benefits Extend Beyond the Eleven Plus Exam

Holiday Tutoring Benefits Extend Beyond the Eleven Plus Exam

According to recent research, around 27% of parents will choose additional tutoring for their children over the school holidays.  In some cases this will be in an attempt to avoid the ‘summer slide’ - the perceived loss of learning over the summer months. ...

Rock Choir

Rock Choir

Why your child (and you!) should get out of your comfort zone When Flying Start Tuition founder, Sian Goodspeed, sang a solo in her local choir last year, few people realised the immense personal triumph this represented. She shares her story and why she believes it’s...

Off to a flying start in 2017

Off to a flying start in 2017

We’re still pinching ourselves, because 2016 was the year of dreams coming true for Flying Start Tuition, after we won two national awards in less than a month! This achievement has spurred us on to want to achieve even bigger things to help our students fulfil their...

Why parents choose tutors: Listen to our radio interview

Why parents choose tutors: Listen to our radio interview

Our founder, Sian Goodspeed, talks to BBC Three Counties Radio about tutoring and why parents choose to have their children tutored. She also discusses how to motivate children and talks about why she gave up her previous job as a teacher to grow Flying Start Tuition...

Flying Start owner wins best businesswoman award

Flying Start owner wins best businesswoman award

We’re very proud to announce that Sian Goodspeed, the founder of Flying Start Tuition Ltd, was chosen as the winner in the category: Best Business Working with Families and Children in the Best Business Women Awards for 2016. The national competition recognises the...

What are the pros and cons of grammar school?

What are the pros and cons of grammar school?

The grammar school debate has been whipping emotions into a frenzy again following Prime Minister Teresa May’s announcement that she plans to lift the government’s ban on new grammar schools.  Sian Goodspeed, founder of Flying Start Tuition, who tutors...

I have discovered I am more confident with the work and especially the comprehension

Pupil, R & P course, Summer 2018

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