I’m Lee Mottram, a primary teacher, dad and tutor. I love teaching.
I had the time of my life teaching my son prepare for his11plus entrance exams, so much so that I wrote a kindle book about the experience. (Before that, I had enjoyed teaching him about the world so much that I became a primary teacher; it’s because of his endless questions and my endless love of learning that you’re reading this.)
My son was, thankfully, successful in securing a place in his first choice grammar.
It was then my daughter’s turn. Another two years later, and she, too, managed to gain a place into her first choice grammar. (It was not as straightforward a journey, and I will share this story in the hope it will help you, but by heavens, did she rocket and blossom and succeed at her grammar school!)
Then came another 4 books: the 11plushappy ebooks available on this website.
After being a class teacher and primary music specialist, while offering tuition after school and on weekends (you can take the grown-up away from teaching but you can’t take the teaching out of the grown-up!), I’m now a full-time tutor for the 11plus (Grammar and Independent schools); KS1 & KS2 tuition; and secondary school English up to GCSE. I believe again and again that the chance to study for and gain a place in a good secondary school is a life-changing moment in a child’s life. I believe a love of learning is the ultimate super-power, the ultimate source of freedom, growth and happiness.
When I’m not teaching, I’m writing more books, both fiction and non-fiction.
In my blog, you’ll find insights and practical tips taken from my books, as well as learning and insights from my ongoing tuition. Every child is a teacher, and I have never yet left a lesson without feeling like I have learned something. (Hopefully, my students feel the same way.)
You can find all the insights and tips in the books themselves.
I’ll also share links to sites, books and resources that help me teach. I’ve also started a youtube channel: 11plushappy on Youtube .
I hope to share longer video content on the channel, which will eventually find its way into a video course. If you have areas of learning you think would really help your child, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of all, this site exists to cheer you on and remind you are doing the right thing by putting your child first and jumping into the amazing marathon that is preparing for the 11plus. We know all success comes not from the big day, but from the thousands of small days that lead to it.
Even more special than the outcome is perhaps the greatest gift of all: the extra time you spend alongside your child. Being together as you learn together, creating fun learning moments – a maths cafe under the table, measuring the garden with spaghetti sticks…the opportunities for fun and relationship building are endless. I know that all the time I spent alongside my own children has given us strongly rooted friendships and trust. Similarly, seeing current parents and students on their path is hugely rewarding. Watching our children learn and grow is among our most special, privileged, peak life experiences. If this site can help you and your child along your journey, it will have succeeded.
Start learning, stay learning and stay 11plus happy.
To your child’s education, to your child’s future,
My best, Lee Mottram