Education Q&A

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Susan Hamlyn of The Good Schools Guide for a new series of readers' queries and questions on a variety of education-related issues. Susan has years of experience in the education sector and her practical, down to earth advice is invaluable.

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Below are Susan's answers to readers' questions on 11+ testing, provision of sport in primary schools and term time holidays. 

We would love to hear more of the things that are concerning you and, by way of incentive, are offering a free copy of The Good Schools Guide London for every letter that we publish. The Guide comes in two volumes, North and South, each packed full of honest, unbiased reviews in both the independent and state sectors. Simply specify whether you would like North or South and email your schools dilemma or query to


Questions & Answers

Tutoring for 7+ exams

Would it be wise to tutor my 6 year-old for 7+ exams if he's not officially prepared at his current school?



11+ and 13+

Would it be better for our son to change schools at 11 or wait until 13 to move to Senior School?










School Visits

Should we take our daughter on 11+ school visits, or is it better to go on our own in the first instance?



11+ Overload!

How many schools is too many schools to apply to at 11+?

Primary school sport

Can I force my son's school to provide more sport during the school week?

Term-time holidays

My children have different half terms. It is OK for me to take one of them out of school for a family holiday?