The centre's philosophy is to create a learning environment which removes the 'fear of failure' from our students. Targets and expectations from SAT's and GCSE's often place great pressure on students which prevent them from performing to the best of their ability. By enabling students to work at levels they are comfortable with, they quickly gain in confidence and self-esteem. Once this has been achieved, children make progress which often surpasses targets and expectations set by others.
We ask our students to refrain from saying "I can't do this", instead we encourage them to ask, "I need to find out how to do this".
The centre is open every evening after school, on Saturday mornings and throughout most school holidays and is recommended to parents by local schools and education authorities. We provide quality tuition in the key areas of literacy and numeracy to students between the ages of 6 and 16. Our pupils attend for a variety of reasons. Some are 'catching up' in an area where they may be experiencing difficulties; others wish to extend skills they already have. We can also assist students who have a specific goal, for example success in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 SAT's, GCSE, 11+ and Entrance exams.
Each pupil is given a free initial assessment at our centre which serves the following purposes.
1. It informs parents and our staff what the student can do as well as where
they may have difficulties.
2. It gives the student the opportunity to see the centre, meet the staff and
decide if they want to attend.
3. It enables us to demonstrate to parents and students how we can support
How do we do it?
Following the assessment we discuss the students learning needs with the student and their parents. Individual education plans are devised for each student, these form the six or seven activities the students carry out each session. These use a combination of our written materials and interactive software. Homework is provided regularly and is based on work done during the tutored sessions.
English and mathematics from Key Stage 1 to GCSE, which includes,
- Number Functions
- Problem Solving
What the parents do?
Have regular contact with their child's tutor to discuss their progress and encourage them to complete homework tasks which have previously been covered during the session.
We understand the demands on parents and children as they go through school. We are able to improve your child's learning of English or mathematics in a personal learning situation that builds confidence and self-esteem.
Here are some of the comments made by parents. Full testimonies with names can be read in our parent's comments book.
Thank you for your commitment, you've given A the confidence she needed to know she can do it!
Smashing environment for a relaxed approach to teaching - keep up the good work.
Happy, friendly environment making learning for B fun!!
M has moved up a level in maths and her confidence in all subjects has dramatically improved. We used to have tears before school, now she loves it.