Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Demand 11-Plus Coaching for Two-Year-Olds

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Demand 11-Plus Coaching for Two-Year-Olds

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

LONDON tutors are being asked to coach infants to pass entrance exams for grammar school and university.

Parents of children as young as two and three are trying to hire teachers to prepare them for the tests.

One London firm said the number seeking tuition for the 11-plus has almost doubled in the past year as pressure on places increases.

William Stadlen, of Holland Park Tuition, said: "Last Christmas I did a consultation with a family in Hampstead for a two-year-old. Their opening gambit was: "Have we left it too late for Cambridge?" I had to tell them to calm down."

He added that he also recently turned away a mother who wanted coaching for her three-year-old daughter for the 11-plus. But he admitted that some fiveyear-olds were being given 11-plus tuition. Mr Stadlen said: "Ideally I would rather take them on when they were nine, but each individual case is different." He said increased competition for jobs and university places is adding to the pressure, as well as the closure of some prep schools. …

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