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Mount Batten TowerTutoring, as to be expected from a strong grammar county, is rife in Devon. Much as you are advised that tutoring for the 11+ is unnecessary, it is de-rigueur and many parents say that it feeds a familiarity with the 11+ style of examination and eases the pressure of the tests themselves.

Our article on finding a tutor contains useful information for any family looking for a tutor for the first time. Online tutoring is also a popular route and enables families to find support out of the county, our feature can give you some more steerage here. Devon Tutors, Learn 4 Life, Riviera Tuition, The Tutor Website and West Country Tutors all have good reputations locally – and Kumon has centres in Dawlish and Exeter, while Kip McGrath runs from Exeter, Barnstaple, Torquay and Plymouth. Or you could opt for one of the bigger agencies based in London and the South East, where online tutors are often available at a moment’s notice (ideal for that last minute panic around non-verbal reasoning, for example). These larger, often very established, tutor agencies don’t always come cheap, but – certainly with the 60+ agencies we review – they find the best tutors via rigorous recruitment processes and look after them well. Many offer extras too eg assessments and online courses. Bright Light Education now does three-quarters of its tutoring online, while others, such as Golden Circle, specialise in flexi-schoolers.

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