COVID-19 UPDATE

11+ Mock Exams & Covid-19: Book with Confidence

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Make unlimited changes to your Session(s)* using our free online amendment facility
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Refund within 7 days if your child’s Session is cancelled - we will also offer you the option to reschedule*
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Covid-19 Secure

If necessary, special hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place again in 2021.

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The exams in April, May and June were unable to proceed. Parents were given the option to rebook or offered a full refund. The vast majority of refunds were issued within 1-2 business days.
  • Each SDE 11+ Mock Exam Session was limited to 15 candidates.
  • There were special hygiene measures (such as hand washing) at Registration.
  • PPE was made available free of charge at the Registration Desk for staff and students. Staff were required to wear a mask if they need to move within 2 metres of others. In line with DfE Guidance for 9-10 year old children, candidates were not required to wear masks but were welcome to do so.
  • Desks and chairs were disinfected at the beginning of the day and between each use.
  • All exam papers and answer sheets were placed on the candidate’s desk before they entered the Exam Hall or classroom.
  • Candidates were sat at least 2 metres apart in the Exam Hall or classroom (an enhanced measure taken by SDE over and above the requirements of the Government Guidance at the time). Please see our example Tuition Centre diagram and Tuition Centre photos (SDE Burkes Court, Beaconsfield).
  • We maintained records of the seating positions of candidates and staff at each exam and kept these for at least four weeks to assist with Track and Trace.
Comprehensive details of the steps we took to keep everyone safe at the SDE 11+ Mock Exams were seen by the policy team at the DfE who are responsible for Out of School Settings, who commented that the plans “seem[ed] very sensible”.
While we hope for a ‘return to normality’ this year, we are resigned to the fact that special measures are highly likely to be necessary. The exact arrangements will depend on the circumstances nearer to the time and the latest Government Guidance to the Out of School Sector. At the present time, all SDE 11+ Mock Exam ‘bubbles’ are being limited to 15 candidates and accommodation has been booked so that we can adhere to 2 metres distancing between candidates while the children are writing their tests. It may be possible to relax these arrangements if the pandemic subsides. As well as being provide with access to comparative data for the children attending the Session with your child, you will also be able to access our All Time Lists of Scores which include the results of all candidates who have written the same test papers in past years. The All Time Lists of Scores are likely to contain the most comprehensive and reliable 11+ Mock Exam comparative data available.

BROWSE SDE 11+ MOCK EXAMS

“The real 11+ exams will not be taking place online and will not be sat at home. We are passionate about giving every 11+ candidate the opportunity to practice for their real 11+ exams in a realistic Exam Hall environment, while taking all the necessary precautions to keep the children and staff safe when attending SDE during the pandemic.”

James Daughtrey, Managing Partner

The SDE 11+ Mock Exams were able to take place during the July to October 2020 period. We adopted the following measures to help keep everyone as safe as possible when attending SDE:

  • Each SDE 11+ Mock Exam 'bubble' was limited to 15 candidates. 
  • There were special hygiene measures (such as hand washing) at Registration.
  • PPE was made available free of charge at the Registration Desk for staff and students. Staff were required to wear a mask if they needed to move within 2 metres of others. In line with DfE Guidance for 9-10 year old children, candidates were not required to wear masks but were welcome to do so.
  • Desks and chairs were disinfected at the beginning of the day and between each use.
  • All exam papers and answer sheets were placed on the candidate’s desk before they entered the Exam Hall.
  • Candidates were sat at least 2 metres apart in the Exam Hall (an enhanced measure taken by SDE over and above the requirements of the Government Guidance at the time). Please see our example Tuition Centre diagram and Tuition Centre photos (SDE Burkes Court, Beaconsfield).
  • We maintained records of the seating positions of candidates and staff at each exam and kept these for at least four weeks to assist with Track & Trace.

Comprehensive details of the steps we took to keep everyone safe at the SDE 11+ Mock Exams were seen by the policy team at the DfE who are responsible for Out of School Settings, who commented that the plans “seem[ed] very sensible”.

Parents were sent full details of the measures, and the instructions they needed to follow, the day prior to each 11+ Mock Exam.

While we hope for a ‘return to normality’ this year, we are planning on the basis that special measures will continue to be necessary (particularly as there are no current plans to vaccinate under 18s). The exact arrangements for the SDE 11+ Mock Exams will depend on the circumstances nearer to the time and the latest applicable Government Guidance. At the current time, it is expected that all SDE 11+ Mock Exams will be able to proceed as scheduled. We envisage continuing with special hygiene measures such as hand washing or hand sanitisation at Registration. We are also planning capacity based on a minimum 2 metre distance between each candidate in the exam room. You will be able to access our Covid-19 secure policy documents via your Hall Pass (generated automatically when you make a booking with SDE) and copies of the latest versions will be emailed to all parents the day prior to each SDE 11+ Mock Exam.

BROWSE SDE 11+ MOCK EXAMS


11+ Courses – Covid-19 response

A good measure of any organisation is how well it responds in a crisis.

We all know that Covid-19 has been a crisis like no other.  This is particularly true for an organisation like SDE, which is based on bringing together groups of children for educational classes and practice exams.

As you would expect, our Course students have been fully supported through Covid-19 through a range of measures, the details of which will be posted here in a few weeks’ time.  In the meantime, please find below, a selection of comments from the parents of our 11+ Course students.

All names have been removed and prior written consent has been obtained from the relevant parent to feature their comments here on the SDE websiteAll comments were submitted to SDE without solicitation.

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My son is in Year 4 and currently attends the Susan Daughtrey Foundation Course.  I’d like to say how pleased we are with the quality of education provided by SDE. [My son] has benefited immensely from [the] course and [the] work provided complements his school assignments very well. We have signed him up for the year 5 course and recommended SDE to a lot of our friends. From what I hear, around half of the kids at [my son’s] school will be doing the SDE course for year 5  :0)

– Mr P

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Let me first of all thank you for the fantastic video sessions. They are great as they can be played again if it’s needed.

The daily homeworks are perfect and [my son] is following the timetable enthusiastically.

– Mrs N

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May I also take this opportunity to thank you for the scheduled zoom revision sessions for the Y4 class.  I have been very impressed with the communication, organisation, professionalism and attention to detail for the Year 4 course. Thank you.

– Mrs H

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I must say we have been very impressed with the quality of work and online tutorials we have been provided with by SDE.

– Mrs D

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I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for the adaptability you’ve shown during this time – the quality of the tutorial material from your mum (and others I’m sure!) has been great.  Whilst it’s not the same as face to face learning, it’s the next best thing and you can see the care and attention that’s gone in to produce this material.

– Mrs B

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We are loving the review per question videos to accompany the test papers – great to see in detail where the problems are and how to correct them. Great idea!

Thank you again for all the support we are getting!

– Mrs G

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SDE continues to impress us with fantastic communication and [the] overall organisation of the 11 plus course.

– Mrs B

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Thank you so much Mrs Allott for your precious time teaching [my daughter] via zoom. She has enjoyed the lesson. Much appreciated!

– Mrs G

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I really like the online record tables! They are simple to fill in and motivating to see how much they have done already vs how much left to do. They help me keep track of where we are in the programme.

– Mrs G

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I take this opportunity to say a massive and appreciative thank you to you and to your amazing team for all that you are doing for our children. We are extremely lucky to have you as our guideline in the 11+ process [at] this challenging time. We would had been absolutely lost without your help. Thank you!

– Mrs G

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All the emails you’ve sent thus far have been very informative and the effort been put in by all at SDE during this difficult time has been commendable, so thank you very much. Susan’s online tutorials are great and [my son] is really benefiting from them.

– Mrs P

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He got 74% [on the first 11+ practice test]!!! We are a bit shocked. We know that he has progressed massively this year especially in maths and your course is a major factor here. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s amazing to see great results on the back of it. Really proud of [our son] too!

– Mrs M

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Many thanks for the confirmation of [my daughter]’s place for the Year 5 course.

I’m really pleased with the tuition she has received so far and incredibly impressed with the online tutorials and SDE’s management of the current unprecedented situation.

We look forward to another year with you, whether face-to-face or online.

– Mrs G

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Thank you very much Fiona for your time on Tuesday to help out [my daughter] with her NVR difficulties.

Your session has really helped her and she is feeling much [more] confident now than before when attempting her NVR worksheets.

– Mrs S

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I appreciate that you are doing all you can to offer your students as much support as possible [at] this difficult time and the weekly mock papers are especially useful.

– Mrs S

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My family, my friends and I are consistently in awe of the amount of effort and work you and your team are putting in to my son’s 11 plus education going well beyond any feasible expectation.  Indeed, having shared the type of work we are doing with my son’s school, they have insisted we continue with this in addition to the regular work as even they can see the benefit.

Thank you for your continued mammoth efforts.

– Mr M

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Thank you so much for all you have done to support [my daughter] through her Year 4 course.  Your response to this dreadful situation has been fantastic.  I have just registered [my daughter] for the Year 5 course.

– Mrs B

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As a group you have all put a huge amount of effort into setting up all the online videos and documentation etc. These have been really great and have given us a good structure to our days in lockdown. I think we are really lucky to have such dedicated people looking after us, to ensure our kids get the help and support they need. We really do appreciate all the extra work that is being done during this time.

– Mrs F

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I wanted to start by saying ‘thank you’ to you all for the help and support you are offering the children and us parents during this difficult and uncertain time, so that they can continue preparing themselves for the 11 plus.   The video tutorials have been very helpful and have given us an opportunity to support our son further. We really appreciate all the work you are doing and the calls to follow up, it has been a challenging time for all [of] us and I have wanted to reply back to thank you all, but have only had a chance now, as I have finally managed to catch up with everything!

– Mrs S

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Thank you both for all your hard work in getting these tutorials organised for us. It’s been a thoroughly professional service and we have been very satisfied.

– Mrs W

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Thanks so much for the detailed email. I have to say I really am impressed with the work you and your team have done. I do see my son’s improvements academically, especially with all the vocabularies he learnt, he was actually using them in school and got recognised with house points awards. Great boost in confidence for him. I will get him to follow the weekly homework/tutorial and keep calm and carry on learning.

– Mrs Z

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I have just been viewing the video tutorial for week 15. Well done to you and Susan – it is excellent and very reassuring that we can at least use this difficult period to progress some form of learning.

– Mrs G

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I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you and your team for providing an excellent structure and guidance to all parents (especially working from home parents) to help children with their learning.

– Mrs K

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I’m thoroughly impressed with all the work SDE is doing in this awful situation. Thank you so much. Huge thanks.

– Mrs G

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I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for all the efforts and support from the entire SDE team for the children during this very difficult time. The video tutorials, great communication & allowing the children to attend lessons during the week as the weekend one was being cancelled, it is all greatly appreciated. It is reassuring to see that the children are in good hands, so thank you ever so much.

– Mrs S

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Thank you for your email and would like you to know that we have successfully worked through the video tutorial for week 16.

We are currently working on the homepack. We as parents really appreciate all the hard work that yourself and SDE are doing to work under the current circumstances.

– Mr P

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Many many thanks for all that you are doing for the children during this crazy time. Let’s hope we get through it quickly and can be face to face again soon.

– Mrs H

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Thank you for this and for all your efforts to continue things as normal. I’m sure it must be a huge amount of work for you.

– Mrs M

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Just to let you know that we received our big package from you with everything beautifully presented.

I also just want to say how constantly impressed I am with your approach and communication with this situation. Super professional, keeping us in the loop and clearly doing your very best for the kids. I am super impressed.

Keep up the good work and let’s hope that we are soon seeing the back of Armageddon.

– Mrs L

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Your email is very helpful and reassuring.  It is clear that you and the team have put in a tremendous effort, so thank you for that.  The videos are a great resource.  I look forward to your communication about the coming weeks.

– Mr P

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Thank you, Susan and James for all the extra work you guys are putting in. So above and beyond. Thank you, thank you.

– Mr M

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Thank you very much for all the support you have given and are planning to give to the boys in their education path. It is not straight forward to arrange for video tutorials, but all your hard work is very much appreciated.

Again, thanks a lot for all your hard work.

– Mrs P

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Hats off to you all for thinking ahead and having contingency plans in force.

– Mrs H

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I have been meaning to email to say how impressive the online lesson was last week – how easy it was to navigate and how well my child responded to and enjoyed this approach! Thank you.

Thank you once again for your great support and exciting new ideas on ways to keep our children on top of their education and motivated.

– Mrs M

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Thank you for your email and update. We are grateful for your prompt response to the new situation. Mr daughter is my fourth child to go through the SDE program[me] and even though we were very impressed with the work and teaching before, what you have done in response to the present situation far exceeds any expectations we may have had.

– Mrs D

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Thank you very much for the thorough and very helpful email and for all your and the team’s efforts in supporting [the] children during these challenging times.

– Mrs M

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My daughter has been working on [the] week 15 and week 16 video tutorials online and I believe they have worked very well.

– Mr W

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I think the videos are excellent and such a good learning resource. Looking forward to the next instalment.

– Mrs D

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THANK YOU SO MUCH! That was brilliant well done!!

– Mrs A

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To be honest there’s no actual word that really can describe how I am grateful for all of your hard work towards our children’s education.

Thank you, thank you

– Mrs E

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Thank you all for all the incredible hard work that you have been doing in order for us to be able to continue during this difficult time. It’s very [much] appreciated.

– Mrs M

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I give my 100% support for your decision. I am confident my child is in good hands. I’m so grateful for all of your help, efforts and thoughts for doing your utmost for these children.

– Mrs E

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Thank you for all the hard work and preparation regarding the difficult situation facing us all right now. We are very pleased that SDE has worked fast to set up the online tuition sessions and help with the children’s preparation while they’re off school.

– Mrs H

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This is great! Thank you for the hard work and effort put into this!

– Mrs M

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Your constant support is greatly appreciated .

– Mrs F

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Thank you so much for all your and your colleagues’ hard work.  It’s very much appreciated.

– Mrs M

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We very much appreciate all the time and hard work that has gone into the production of the online classes and the packs we have received.

Once again thank you so very much for all your hard work and dedication.

– Mrs M

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James this is brilliant well done – as a parent I would be heartened and full of optimism. You have turned a very difficult situation into a really positive one.

– Mrs Phillipa Bloom (SDE franchise owner)

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This is absolutely fantastic – many thanks for all your hard work and effort. We really appreciate it.

All worked absolutely fine. Thanks.

– Mrs M

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This is great! Thank you for the hard work and effort put into this! I’ve been very impressed with how quickly SDE came up with an alternate solution and the clear lesson plans for the children.

– Mrs M

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Your constant support is greatly appreciated.

– Mrs F

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Thank you and please pass on my thanks to James and the team at SDE for all your hard work and communications. We have plenty of work to do with our child and appreciate the structure provided.

– Mrs H

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Many thanks for all you are doing.  As a new to home-schooling-working-at-the-same-time mum, your guidance and preparation/worksheets have been a life saver.

– Mrs S

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Thanks for all the hard work the SDE team has put in, I’m very much impressed.

Especially liked James’s email about how we should use this time to get kids prepared with structured study so we can get a head start!

– Mrs Z

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We would like to extend our gratitude for being extremely organised and for the resources you are providing in order for our child to continue his education.

Your time and effort in organising this is very much appreciated.

– K & R

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I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the set-up you have provided in such difficult circumstances.

Thank you for continuing to help support our children through such a testing time for all.

Thank you, Susan Daughtrey, James, our tutor and all your support staff.

– C & L

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Many thanks for the explanation and your hard work during this unprecedented time. We absolutely appreciate your support and actions to keep the kids busy in the best way.

– Mrs H

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I just wanted to say thanks to you and the team for setting out the sessions remotely and for all the efforts you have made to keep things going. It is greatly appreciated, and I hope you are all keeping healthy.

– Mr F

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We have just had our phone call from Caroline which was very helpful and really nice to talk through this whole home-schooling situation. Great to know that she will be calling again next week to check on how we are doing.

Thank you for your informative e-mails and letting us know you are there if we need to be in contact.

– Mrs B

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We would like to pass on our heartfelt gratitude to you and your team for this priceless support. It is incredibly valued and appreciated. We fully recognise how much extra work this has created for your team and we are truly grateful.

– A & S

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Firstly, a big thank you for all your teams’ efforts over the last couple of difficult weeks and to let you know that we really appreciate how you have amended the course so well to suit the circumstances we now find ourselves in.

We received our call for our daughter’s Saturday morning tutor Mr Wilkinson on Monday which was useful to catch up and establish where we are and what our daughter needs to do.

– Mr K

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Just watched the week 12 video tutorial with my child and it’s brilliant, did the class exercise at the same time, worked super well. My child thoroughly enjoyed it.

Got the call from class teacher yesterday as well.  Thanks again for all the hard work you and your team have put in.  I look forward to going back to the normal class in the near future.

– Mrs Z

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Many thanks for your efforts and my child said she would like to see Susan but I explained the effort it takes to produce these and to be honest I think they would be distracting! But she has been able to keep up and still actually enjoying the SDE work.

Many thanks and just wanted to let you know how we appreciate the amount of work that has/is going into producing these tutorials.

– The P Family