“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. 

But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

Nelson Mandela


Welcome to the Birmingham & Solihull Literacy Club.

Here, education and enjoyment go hand in hand. 

The Literacy Club focuses on ensuring that children are ready to take their 11-plus examinations with a rich vocabulary, genuine comprehension skills, and confidence in key aspects of literacy and verbal reasoning. Tuition is undertaken as a joint enterprise with involved parents - children's primary educators.

I do not tutor for Mathematics or Non-Verbal Reasoning. I offer specialist Literacy 11 Plus tuition. Parents, should, however, make appropriate arrangements for their children's Maths and NVR progression. I will support them with suggestions and explanations of the standard required in these areas.

To find out more, please browse the site or contact us.


I tutor in groups of 6-8 children. I believe that effective tuition is built on having a motivational relationship with each child. It gives me great pride to see children improve exponentially when they come to one of my clubs!

While we are aiming for success in the 11-plus, it is important to understand that the Birmingham examinations are designed so that only children with a genuinely strong level of literacy ability can achieve the standard required. It is not an exam that can be fooled with any 'quick-fix' tuition! 

I understand the contents of the exam well, and children will be prepared correctly for it, rather than through completing volumes of (possibly irrelevant) work and questions.

Through a holistic and wide approach, I ensure children have a genuinely strong ability to understand and work with the English language at a good level. Tuition is not just about worksheets - we use games, cards, debate and other means to improve English.