Tutorcruncher- 11 Plus Tutor Management Software

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New Event For 11 Plus Tutors

We’ve had a lot of contact with tutors and tuition centres over the last few weeks. There’s a new event happening in April called the 11 Plus National Tutor Conference that looks like it might be relevant for tutors and tuition centres to have a look at.

The details are as follows, why not go along, it promises to be an interesting day:

*1pm – 4pm, Wednesday 1st April 2015*

*Nutford** House, University of London, Brown Street, London W1H 5UL*

*Bringing together practitioners and stakeholders in the area of
the 11 plus preparation*

*Providing a platform for discussion and debate in the future of
the 11 plus*

*Raising money for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. *

Contact: Cleo Watson

Tel: 07870559780

Email: in[email protected]

Speakers are to be confirmed, but are expected to include tutors
specializing in the 11 Plus exam, teachers, head teachers, examiners and
education industry experts. If you are interested in speaking, please
contact us at [email protected].

Just some of the topics include:

The future of the 11 plus and its possible alternatives

The evidence surrounding ‘tutor-proofing’ and how to address this

Fairness of pupil premium priority at lower scores in “tutor-proof” tests
or tests that examine innate ability

Are catchment areas necessary when parents are willing to move?

What are the advantages of private primary school education in the 11+?

And more.

The full agenda and schedule for the event can be found at
www.nationaltutoringconference.co.uk with regular updates posted to Twitter
< https://twitter.com/TutorCon>, via the hashtag #11plus

Due to the popularity of the National Tutoring Conference on 10th February,
early bird tickets for this conference are available, as well as standard
entry. Please visit here
< http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/11-plus-conference-tickets-15690693286?aff=es2&rank=1>
to get your tickets.

If you are wondering how to get some exposure for your own 11 Plus Tutor business or Tuition Centre Business then please let us know and we will take a look and see if it might be appropriate to include you in our listings. We are trying to create as valuable reference as possible for 11 Plus parents and while we do some checks we don’t charge for inclusion as we want as many 11 plus tutors and tuition centres to list.

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11 Plus Guide – Blog

Welcome to the 11 Plus Guide Blog.

We launched this site a little while ago and have been beavering away to finish off the main elements of it. We are nearly there now and while we’ll always be adding to it and changing it we thought now was a great time to launch the blog.

On the site you’ll find lots of great content including :

Free 11 Plus Exam Papers– there are more than 40 papers currently available and we’ll be building on this as more become available.

Our unique 11 Plus Exam Forum – This isn’t a place to chat, this is the place to find answers to those burning questions you might have. With years of experience we have answered the most common questions parents have and have added a function whereby parents can ask a question themselves of our experts if it hasn’t already been answered.

11 Plus Exam Preparation Guidance – Parents often don’t know what options they have, in this section we try and help outline the key options available, what their various advantages and disadvantages are and what the costs involved might be. Different options suit different families, hopefully this will help you to decide.

11 Plus Exam Home Preparation Guides – This has taken us the longest time to deliver , but perhaps will be of most use to families. Basically if you are preparing at home what we have set out to do is show you by year and by subject which books you should be buying and what an ideal schedule of preparation would look like- parents often false start because this aspect is particularly difficult and confusing.

11 Plus Exams recommended books and resources – There are so many 11 Plus Exam resources and books out there that parents don’t know where to turn. We have reviewed all these titles and have recommended those that we think will best suit parents. We think we’ve done a good job – of the first 1,000 books bought through the site only 2 have been returned by parents- all our recommendations are independent we’ve got no affiliations with publishers, we just want to help parents find the most suitable resources.

There are all sorts of other exciting features and sections of information on the site from examples of all the CEM Verbal Reasoning questions to information on each grammar school in the country, from information about each individual subject to help and advice for Independent School Interview preparation. Whatever you want to find out about the 11 Plus Exams world we hope you’ll find it here, if not ask us by sending a message via the Contact Form.

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Welcome to our blog

Welcome to our new blog! We will be updating you with relevant articles, features, news, website updates, and benefits of our website. Please feel free to suggest subject content or questions by using the Contact Form.

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Appeals news: results from WWI Appeals

Back to Appeals

Evidence submitted from the WWI-related Appeals has now been incorporated in the latest OED update. Nine of the twelve requests yielded results which helped us to update the corresponding OED entries, including shell shock, conchie, demob, jusqu’auboutiste, and Zepps in a cloud. The Appeals pages have now been updated with results.

Two words, camouflage and skive, which were previously thought to have entered English during the period of the First World War, have now been traced back to the nineteenth century. Those results are discussed in more detail in a post on the OxfordWords blog.

Appeals News: Words from the First World War

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To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War (1914–18), the OED is revising a set of vocabulary related to or coined during the war. Part of the revision process involves searching for earlier or additional evidence, and for this we need your help. Our first quotations are often from newspapers and magazines, and we know that there may well be earlier evidence in less-easily-accessible sources such as letters, diaries, and government records, many of which are now being made available in digital form for the first time.

A soldier’s diary entry or letter to family at home may contain an earlier reference to a word like ‘demob’ or ‘shell shock’. Can you help us find it?

The full list of WWI Appeals is here.

Early Grey: The results of the OED Appeal on Earl Grey tea

Charles, the 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845), was born on 13 March. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the early 1830s, but is most famous today for his association with Earl Grey tea, a type of China tea flavoured with the citrus extract bergamot. But did Earl Grey ever actually drink Earl Grey? A number of modern tea purveyors date the origin of the tea to the 1830s, but when Oxford English Dictionary researchers looked into the name, the earliest example of ‘Earl Grey tea’ found dated from the 1920s, nearly a century after the first bergamot-scented cuppa was said to have been brewed:

She brought me beef tea, port wine and jellies from Robert Jackson’s, and his Earl Grey tea, and tracts on animals and Christian Science.

1929 ‘J. Swift’ Chronicles of a Gigolo xi. p. 113

However, the OED had references to ‘Earl Grey’s mixture’ from as early as 1891, and it appeared that that may have been the original name. Accordingly, we publicized an Appeal for documents relating to the name’s early history, in the hopes that some tea aficionados might be able to shed more light on the murky origins of the term. Here is what our volunteer contributors discovered:


‘Hugo’ tracked down an advertisement, apparently dating from around 1928, which detailed a claim by the firm Robert Jackson’s of Piccadilly to have sold ‘Earl Grey’s mixture’ since 1836:

c.1928 History of Feminine Fashion (House of Worth), advertising front matter

(c.1928 History of Feminine Fashion (House of Worth), advertising front matter)


A contributor known to us as ‘Bryn’ provided a substantially earlier example of the phrase ‘Earl Grey tea’, from the Sunday Times of 8 November 1914, p. 13. Once again, the purveyor was Jackson’s of Piccadilly, lending credence to that firm’s claim to have originated the tea. However, the next piece of evidence provided shed some doubt.


A number of contributors noted some version of the following passage, which appeared almost word for word in numerous publications between 1891 and 1901:

(1892 [Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen] Marquise de Fontenoy’s Revelation of High Life within Royal Palaces, p. 42)

The specification of a Pall Mall address is interesting, given the later association of the tea with Jackson’s of Piccadilly. However, there is some reason to question the account of the 2nd Earl Grey making tea recommendations to Queen Victoria, since he was no longer active in public life by the time she became monarch, at the age of 18, in 1837.


Longtime OED contributor Stephen Goranson noted a flurry of advertisements for ‘Earl Grey’s Mixture’ dating from 1884:

(1884 Morning Post 19 June, p. 8)

This is the earliest documentary evidence yet found of a connection between ‘Earl Grey’ and a particular blend of tea, sold by Charlton and Co. Goranson posited that the date suggests that Henry, the 3rd Earl Grey (1802–1894), who served as Victoria’s Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1840s–50s, might have been the Earl Grey associated with the tea, rather than his more famous predecessor.


Glyn Hughes used the OED Appeals site to apprise us of some new research being posted on the Foods of England project, which had joined the quest to find the earliest origins of ‘Earl Grey’. With the help of these food history sleuths, a surprising new twist in the origin of the name emerged.

In 1867, Charlton and Co., the first merchants to advertise ‘Earl Grey’s Mixture’ in 1884, had published a number of advertisements for a tea called simply ‘the Celebrated Grey Mixture’.

(1867 John Bull 12 Jan., p. 31)

The relative prices here suggest that the ‘Grey Mixture’ was a luxury product. Could it be that Charlton and Co. started with a tea called ‘the Grey Mixture’, and only later endowed it with a peerage? If so, there may not have been any connection to the Earl Grey at all. Newspapers show numerous records of tea merchants named Grey in various localities during the nineteenth century, offering another possible connection. On the other hand, the advertisement does make note of the tea’s ‘most distinguished patronage’, suggesting an aristocratic connection. Unfortunately, there is no indication of whether the tea in question was scented with bergamot.


The trail for evidence of the name Earl Grey runs cold in 1884, nearly four decades after the death of the 2nd Earl Grey. However, the culinary history of what we now know as Earl Grey tea may be traced back further. Foods of England uncovered a reference to the use of bergamot as a flavouring for tea from 1824. However, in the early decades of its use, it appears to have been somewhat disreputable, used primarily to enhance the taste of low-quality tea—quite the opposite of the later associations of Earl Grey. Indeed, in 1837, Brocksop & Co. faced charges for surreptitiously adding bergamot to undistinguished tea in order to misrepresent it as a superior product (at a higher price). This suggests that while it is possible that the second Earl Grey encountered tea flavored with bergamot, it seems rather unlikely that he would have championed it, or recommended it to the youthful Queen Victoria.

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The OED entry for Earl Grey is being revised to take into account some of the new information that has now emerged on the origin of the term; the new version of the entry will appear in a future quarterly update of OED.com. But the mystery still hasn’t been completely solved, and though a connection to Charles, 2nd Earl Grey now seems unlikely, it cannot be ruled out. An enterprising researcher may yet discover a recipe for bergamot-scented tea in the Earl’s own hand. As always, the OED will endeavour to update the entry with any new documentation that comes to light.

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