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ISEB FAMILIES HUB - INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

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SUPPORTING PUPILS TRANSITIONING FROM PREP TO SENIOR SCHOOLS FOR 120 YEARS

The Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) is the most well-known and respected provider of exams and assessments for pupils transitioning from prep and junior schools to senior schools in the UK. Created in 1903 to run Britain’s oldest exam, the Common Entrance (CE), ISEB has sat at the heart of the UK’s independent and international schools for 120 years.

Building on the trusted foundation of our CE exams, we now offer a growing range of diverse and flexible assessment options for schools located all over the world, including the innovative online and adaptive Common Pre-Tests for senior school entry.

INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES

Welcome to our information hub for families – here you will find an ever-growing range of support, guidance and resources, as well as the latest news and events for families.

ARTICLES

Common Entrance, Families, Families Hub

An introduction to ISEB Common Entrance (CE)

ISEB stands for the Independent Schools Examinations Board—and a lot more besides. It is, essentially, ‘what it says on the tin’, an examination board for the independent sector, positioned at

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL

Taking your child from preparatory or state school to private senior education via 11+ or 13+ assessments can be daunting for many parents. Ed Venables, Director of Admissions at Wellington

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A BRAVE NEW WORLD

Moving from a State School to an Independent School can be fraught with worry and uncertainty for many parents and their children. David Goodhew, Head of Latymer Upper School in

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EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Allana Gay, Headmistress at Vita et Pax Preparatory School and co-founder of the charity BAME Ed, shares her views on the sector’s efforts to promote equity, diversion and inclusion in

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LOOKING AHEAD

As the new Head of Dragon School in Oxford, and winner of ‘Best Head of a Prep School’ at the 2019 Tatler Awards, Emma Goldsmith is used to advising parents

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A HELPING HAND

Will Orr-Ewing is Founder and Director of Keystone Tutors and offers his perspective on CE and the benefits – and pitfalls – of tutoring children to pass admissions tests. When

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CHOOSING 11+ OR 13+ SENIOR SCHOOL ENTRY

Head Jane Gandee and Head of Prep Jonathan Brough at St Swithun’s Girls’ boarding school in Winchester talk about the decision parents make as to the entry point their child

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POSITIVE IMPACTS OF COMMON ENTRANCE ON PUPILS

“CE is so much more than an entrance exam. It is a curriculum.” Chairman of the Independent Schools’ Council, Barney Lenon, on the impact of CE and the motivation it

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THE PLATE TECTONICS OF EXAMS AND ASSESSMENTS

In an ever-changing landscape, Simon Larter-Evans, Headmaster at St Paul’s Cathedral School, explores what schools can do to assuage the anxiety of parents and pupils as they approach the ISEB

RESOURCES

Parent/Guardian Guide to the Common Pre-Tests

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Preparing your child for the Common Pre-Tests

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - Odd One Out (version 1)

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - Odd One Out (version 2)

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - Odd One Out (version 3)

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - Find The Twin (version 1)

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - Find The Twin (version 2)

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Non-verbal reasoning postcard - How Many Blocks (version 1)

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