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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Prompt Refunds

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.

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“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.

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Franchise

Franchise opportunities – are you interested in owning and managing a Susan Daughtrey Education tutoring centre in your area?

Susan Daughtrey M.Ed began her teaching career in the 1970’s when she entered the state school system.  She taught for several years in the secondary and middle school sectors in both the UK and Canada before leaving to start a family.  Susan then returned to teaching in the 1980’s as a private tutor teaching in her own home.  Before long Susan’s lessons became so popular that individual tuition gave way to small classes and from there it rapidly grew into a very successful tutorial business allowing Susan to indulge in her passion for teaching but with the flexibility and independence of being self-employed.

Susan’s courses are widely regarded as the “gold standard” in 11+ preparation.  Over the years students have flown in from continental Europe, Hong Kong, the USA and Egypt to attend her summer intensive 11+ Courses, and others have travelled long distances from neighbouring counties to attend, typically passing many of SDE’s competitors on their way to the course venue!

Since SDE first began, thousands of students have benefitted from Susan’s tuition, her unique teaching methods, course content and teaching materials.  Susan’s courses have an outstanding reputation of producing exceptional results:  every year more than 80 per cent. of SDE’s students pass the 11+ and secure a place at grammar school.

Susan published her first series of 7 verbal reasoning ‘Technique and Practice’, ‘Further Practice Exercises’ and ‘Graded Test Papers’ books in 1993, and now, with over 500,000 copies of that initial series having been sold in the UK, Susan Daughtrey has developed a national reputation as a leading authority in 11+ preparation.  Susan has subsequently published a series of 10 English books covering all the rules of Spelling, English Grammar and Punctuation.  Susan’s latest published books include both 11+ Standard Version and Multiple Choice verbal reasoning test packs adding another dimension to her verbal reasoning series.

In light of the overwhelming success of Susan’s Buckinghamshire 11+ courses, 10 years ago SDE employed and trained other teachers to help deliver SDE course lessons, and in 2013 one of those teachers, Mrs Phillipa Bloom B.Ed, with Susan’s personal help and support and using the SDE course material and lesson preparation, has established her own tutorial business in South West Hertfordshire as the first “SDE franchise”.  Since then a further four franchises have been granted in Slough, Reading, Harrow and Finchley, with further franchises planned in the near future.

An SDE franchise offers other teachers the opportunity to develop their own thriving and successful tutorial business – to follow their passion for teaching – combined with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of independence and the flexibility that self-employment brings.

What are the advantages?

We understand the professional issues and challenges tutors are likely to face in the office, the classroom and when interacting with clients.  Becoming an SDE Franchise enables you to use the SDE brand and its know-how, including:

  • the teaching methods, lesson preparation and course materials used by SDE;
  • the course details, booking forms and terms and conditions you need to contract with clients; and
  • the opportunity to benefit from every aspect of the 25+ years of experience SDE has had developing and operating a successful tutoring business.

A franchise is an attractive proposition for many people because of the inter-relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee.  You will have access to personalised support, both in the initial business development phase and whenever you need it going forward on a “your business is our business” basis.

We believe that the right candidate for an SDE franchise (see below):

  • has a significantly greater chance of developing a successful business as an SDE franchisee, and is likely to make more profit, than if that person were to set up in business on his/her own; and
  • in the long term, has the potential to earn significantly more than a salaried teacher.

What qualifications and characteristics are SDE looking for in prospective franchisees?

As a franchisee, you will ultimately be responsible for building your own business upon which your own success will depend (although you will have the benefit of our advice and assistance to help you reach your goals and we will support you every step of the way).

If you:

  • are a qualified teacher with excellent academic credentials;
  • have professional experience and an excellent reputation;
  • are passionate about helping each child achieve his / her full potential;
  • are compassionate and caring;
  • have the desire, determination and motivation to set up and develop your own franchise business;
  • have the ability, willingness and patience needed to pursue a long-term commitment;
  • are capable of covering up-front costs and funding your own spending needs during the first 6 months of operation;
  • can offer tutoring services during out-of-school hours; and
  • live or are prepared to travel to an area where there is demand for 11+ tuition

then please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch with you soon.

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Susan Daughtrey Education is committed to safeguarding children.  All positions at SDE are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, satisfactory references and other pre-employment background checking procedures.