11+ Reading Comprehension Skills Course


This11+ Reading Comprehension Skills course is designed for children in Years 4-5 who need to boost their reading comprehension skills and learn how to write clear, structured answers. It is perfect for children sitting 11+ exam exams to independent and grammar schools.

Over ten weeks,  your child will learn how to tackle 11+ reading comprehension passages with confidence. They will learn the tips and techniques to help them answer reading comprehension passages with accuracy and flair!

Your child will study a variety of contemporary and classic fiction from past exam papers and other sources. 

The main focus of the course is on answering written questions but your child will learn how to approach multiple choice questions (GL/CEM/ISEB) as well. 

Week 1 – Introduction to reading comprehension: how to read (skimming and scanning) and annotate passages for meaning. How to answer literal questions. 

Week 2 – Summarising: how to answer ‘in your own words' type of questions. 

Week 3 – Simple inference questions. How to find clues in the text and read between the lines. Skimming and scanning for synonyms. How to make sense of unfamiliar words in context.

Week 4 – Complex inference questions: How to search for inference clues in different parts of the texts and link them together to write more detailed answers. How to write structured answers using the Point-Evidence-Explain structure.

Week 5 -Evaluation questions including character analysis. How to evaluate a text using personal experience and textual evidence to write a detailed answer.

Week 6Authorial intent questions. How to answer questions on language features such as similes, metaphors, etc, and to analyse their effects.

Week 7– Authorial intent questions. How to answer questions on atmosphere and mood in fiction. 

Week 8 – Poetry comprehension – how to read and analyse a poem for meaning. 

Week 9 – Revision of all question types and exam technique focus.

Week 10 – Revision of all question types.


  •  Maximum of 6 children
  • 10  x 90 minute sessions = 15 hours
  • Weekly homework set to consolidate skills
  • Online Zoom classes
  • Cost: £400  (payment plan available)

All material is included apart from a copy of The Wolf Rider by Katherine Rundell which must be purchased before the start of the course.

Tutor: Coriden Francis MA (Oxon)

If you have any questions, please contact me at hello@coridenenglishtuition.com

Cost: £400  for 10 weeks (OR 2 x £205/monthly instalments OR 3 x £140/monthly instalments) when you enrol your child on the course today!

If you would like further information, please book a call with me here or email me at  hello@coridenenglishtuition.com

WEDNESDAYS  5.00 – 6.30 pm | 27 April | 4, 11, 18, 25 May | 8, 15, 22, 29 June | 6 July





Just wanted to let you know that O has been offered places at our first choice independent school. He also received offers from the other schools we applied to! Thank you so much for your guidance and advice throughout the Reading Comprehension Course!

Thank you for all your help and the amazing support you provided for H during 2020. You were really fantastic at delivering what is needed to ensure H passed the English 11+ exams without any of the pressure.

You went the extra mile during the Covid pandemic and gave your full commitment to ensure H's was successful in achieving his goals.

It is obvious that this is far more than a business to you and you relish seeing your pupils achieve their full potential.

He was entered into 4 Grammar School 11+ entrance exams and he passed all of them achieving  ranking in the top 2%.

We are ever grateful for your efforts and highly recommend Coriden English Tuition.


I just wanted to let you know about school offers. J has received offers from all the schools he applied to, with scholarships from Merchant Taylor's, City of London Boys and John Lyon. Thank you for helping J in achieving this.

I am delighted to inform you that B has been offered a place at North London Collegiate School. I would like to thank you once again for your high standard of English coaching which put her in this position today. I am so glad and proud.” 


Thank you