Education Timeline

Outline of key academic milestones in child's education journey. Mentor Education focuses on guiding children through their education journey, mentored every step of the way by our qualified tutors and consultants.

Age 0 – 2

Register interest in nurseries
Register for prep schools by 1st birthday

Age 2 – 3 | Nursery

Nursery Start (Autumn)

Our Education Consultants can support you in selecting and applying for prep schools.

Age 3 – 4

4+ Assessment (Autumn)

While formal tutoring is not ideal at this young age, we can certainly suggest ways you can help your child at home and prepare them for the test itself.

Age 4 – 5 | Reception

School Start (Autumn)

We can suggest ways you can contribute towards a solid foundation in literacy and numeracy.

Age 5 – 6 | Year 1

Considering the 7+

If you would like to move your child but are not sure if they are ready, an Academic Assessment with a qualified primary school teacher can shed light on their educational and emotional maturity. If you would like help selecting potential schools, our Education Consultants can signpost good options where your child will thrive.

Age 6 – 7 | Year 2

7+ Entry Tests (Spring)

In preparation for a 7+ test, we can help you support your child’s numeracy and literacy. Mentor Education offers practice papers and 7+ specialist tutors. Good, legible handwriting is a huge advantage for the 7+.

Age 7 – 8 | Year 3

8+ Entry Tests (Spring)

If you are working towards an 8+ exam, we can help with specialist tutors. If not, in the summer term have initial chats with your prep school in respect of senior school options. This is a great time to have a first Academic Assessment to help you draw up a good shortlist of schools to visit next year.

Age 8 – 9 | Year 4

Start of Prep School

If you are working towards an 9+ exam, we can help with specialist tutors. If not, this is a great year to visit senior schools in a relaxed time frame. Most have open days in October and May each year. Mentor Education Consultants can help you identify schools where your child might thrive.

This is also the year to make sure the fundamentals of numeracy and literacy are in place. Our primary school teachers and tutors can advise you how to reinforce number bonds and times tables, and make a daily reading habit an enjoyable part of your child’s daily routine.

Age 9 – 10 | Year 5

10+ Entry Tests (Spring)
Deadlines 11+ and 13+ applications

If you are working towards a 10+ exam, we can help with specialist tutors and learning resources. If not, this is the year that 11+ preparation begins in earnest. Consider an Academic Assessment to identify any weaknesses in core subjects of Mathematics and English and begin practising Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning. Multiple resources are available from our online shop or give us a call.

Age 10 – 11 | Year 6

11+ Assessments for London Day and Boarding schools (Autumn through Spring)
13+ Pre Tests (Autumn through Spring)

We provide a comprehensive service to help your child at this most important juncture. We have the best 11+ and Pre Test tutors, experts in the most sought after schools, with the latest knowledge of the exams and great track records of success. We can also help with 11+ Workshops and Courses, Interview Practice and Practice Papers.

Age 11 – 12 | Year 7

11+ Entry to schools (Autumn)
13+ Assessments continue

Year 7 and Year 8 are major transition years in a child’s education. We believe in building confidence and self-awareness with students during these years, and getting senior school off to a positive start. We can provide a behavioural profile with BPS (British Psychological Society) registered assessment, which identifies child’s strengths and weakness, helping to develop personal vital skills for success in education and beyond.

Age 12 – 13 | Year 8

13+ Common Entrance exams (largely dropped in 2019)

Recognition of stress and anxiety at this age, has led to many schools dropping the 13+ Common Entrance exams for public school entrance in the UK. Mentor Education ethos of wellbeing driven education support means we can help parents mitigate risks at this stage, with guidance and broad spectrum of services.

Age 13 – 14 | Year 9

Start of 13+ entry schools

We support families with selection of GCSE options. We monitor your child’s progress via diagnostic digital assessments, which help assess your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses and identify potential problems before they manifest themselves in academic results.

Age 14 – 15 | Year 10

GCSE courses start
Sixth form registration (Summer)

We support students studying for GCSEs, via all types of Tuition, including different Academic Assessments and SEN Assessments.

If you are considering a change of school at 6th form, our Education Consultants can help advise on appropriate choices. University destination is a big factor in such decisions and requires consultants with combined knowledge of schools and higher education.

Age 15 – 16 | Year 11

Sixth form assessments (Autumn)
GCSE exams (Summer)

Mentor Education broad spectrum of services will support your child during the stressful period leading up to GCSE examinations. Tuition, Exam Coaches, Behavioural Self-Awareness and more…

Our consultants will be happy to help with A level considerations and discuss university options with a whole family.

Age 16 – 17 | Year 12

Mock exams

A level and IB (International Baccalaureate) students can benefit from professional tutors provided at Mentor Education.

Age 17 – 18 | Year 13

US and Oxbridge University deadlines (Autumn)
UCAS deadlines (Spring)
A2 level and IB exams (Summer)

Through Mentor Education’s 35+ years of experience helping families, we learnt that every student’s journey is unique, at this final stage some students seem to have everything in control while others seem lost. We are ready to prop up the confident and guide and direct the lost.

We comprehend the stress experienced by the student and and the whole family, and are here to help.