Tuition for children and families in Devon

Most parents want to avoid their children playing ‘catch up’ with their education and carefully address any issues that may be restricting their child from progressing to the next stage. A child may have a special educational need which, perhaps, has been undiagnosed or maybe a child would benefit from supplementary assistance in particular subjects to help keep them up to speed with their classmates. As a result many parents seek additional tuition to support their child’s school education. We’ve taken a closer look at what extra tuition is available here…


Grasping the fundamentals...

A solid primary education will lay firm foundations for children that will stand the test of time. Research shows us that a child, who has managed to grasp the basic fundamentals in primary education, will progress more quickly and is better equipped for the more complicated subject areas that will arise at secondary school and during further education. If there are any gaps in this primary education, he or she may be playing catch up through secondary school and beyond.


To keep their children apace with the work, and help them in areas of difficulty, many parents consider extra tuition. Of course, this comes at a price. It’s worth shopping around; some tutors may offer reduced rates - especially if a child needs help in more than one subject or if a sibling also needs tuition. Initially, tuition prices may appear on the steep side, but, on the whole, most parents really value the extra help and consider the money well worth spent as a wise long-term investment.


Additional tuition can make a huge difference to a child’s confidence and this is often matched with an eagerness to learn more. Plus, during the course of individual or concentrated learning, certain traits or sources of concern may be identified, such as dyslexia, which can be positively remedied using proven recognised techniques.


If you have decided to invest in additional education for your child, what options are open to you? The choice of different tutoring styles is pretty varied, and much of the success depends on how the individual child adapts to a particular programme.


Private Tuition

The first option available is to employ a tutor who educates on a one-to-one basis or who teaches in very small groups – usually no bigger than six. Sessions last between 30 minutes to one and a half hours, depending on the age of the child. The tutor, who is often usually a fully qualified primary school teacher, can steer the pupil in the right direction, working on strengths and addressing weaknesses. Often, after sessions, children are given ‘homework’ to complete independently at home. By employing a private tutor, parents avoid those occasionally fraught moments teaching their children themselves. As time moves on, with improved knowledge and skills, children will need less help with their school homework, too. To find a good tutor, you could ask your child’s teacher or quiz other parents for recommendations.  


Tutorial Guidance

Another approach to providing extra tuition involves teamwork - part tutorial advice, part parental support and guidance. Rather than age, children are assessed on ability, and follow a specially designed individual programme drawn up by a tutor, to actively encourage the child to grasp skills to learn for themselves.

This is then supported by daily ‘homework’, seen under the watchful eye of a parent. Parents are advised to guide their child towards total independent learning. When a student can demonstrate total command of a topic, he or she can progress to a higher level.


Alternatively, parents can choose from an individual plans using traditional distance learning resources such as DVD’s and interactive internet programmes. Much of the success of these plans depends on the motivation and support of the parent. If cost is an issue, it’s worth rooting around in a decent bookshop where you will find a good number of Key Stage 1 and 2 workbooks. Many are simple to use and follow a day-by-day plan, using a star chart as physical proof of effort and progress. Again, although the books clearly demonstrate working out methods, a child will need parental help.


Parents who express an interest in helping with extra work will highlight its importance and reinforce the fact that it needs to be taken seriously. They will learn more about individual strengths, and identify subjects where more attention is required.


Extra help for Dyslexic Children:

Sometimes, it can be confusing if a child who appears to be very intelligent is struggling at school. If this sounds familiar, it’s worth checking to see if your child is dyslexic. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects language and literacy related skills. Many dyslexic children find school work difficult when their literacy and memory skills render them unable to tackle tasks they have been set. Many specialist tutors gear one-to-one sessions around particular needs, making allowances for the fact that dyslexic children are often exhausted after a day at school. Study is well structured. To find out more and a tutor near you go to:


Tuition providers in and around Devon… 

Inspirations For You – Engaging children in learning

Private tuition is an invaluable addition to school, as it offers one-to-one dedicated support and individualised learning. This means that time and attention is given to your child. With the right motivation, Lynne at Inspirations 4 U can help children soar and achieve their full potential. As an encouraging, supportive and intuitive teacher with a wealth of experience, Lynne has been lucky to have taught and inspired thousands of young people. All children are individuals with different needs and requirements. She prides herself on finding ways to inspire young minds and engage children in learning, where others cannot.

Children should be guided through life and given as many opportunities as possible. Lynne’s ethos is that to educate is to open doors and offer choices. She encourages perseverance, enquiry and dedication. If a child is keen to learn more, needs a challenge or lacks confidence, Lynne’s empathetic and enthusiastic nature means that she can help. For more information call 07900 046303 or email


Classic books chosen by school children in national reading competition 

Classic children’s books written more than 100 years ago can still spark the imagination of the modern generation of schoolchildren, an analysis of the titles chosen in a national reading competition has revealed. Some 212,000 pupils in primary and secondary schools across England participated in the competition which challenges pupils to read as many books as they can in two months, choosing from hundreds of print and online books that can be accessed at home as well as in class. In total, they read a staggering total of 876,000 books.

While many of the most popular texts chosen by pupils this year were contemporary novels and non-fiction, some old favourites, written more than 100 years ago, featured strongly.

Lewis Carroll’s fantasy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865 was ranked in the top 20 of the most read books, selected by more than 6,000 pupils this year; whilst Black Beauty, Anna Sewell’s classic about the adventures of a handsome black horse, published in 1877, was chosen by more than 4,000 book worms, taking 30th position in the top 100 table.

The book taking the top spot in the table is based on a classic fairy tale. Cinderella: The Real Story, by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, gives the original story a modern twist and was read by just over 16,500 children.

The Read for My School competition is open to school children across England in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 in primary schools and to Years 7 and 8 in secondary schools.

Children can access Read for My School’s free online library of more than 150 books on a computer, but also, for the first time in next year’s competition, on tablets and other mobile devices, giving children multiple ways to enjoy a great read.

The target is for one million books to be read by pupils between January and March 2015, with Read for My School Reading Culture awards and prizes worth at least £1,000 on offer to winning schools. Registration is now open to schools and teachers at


Childcare is easier 2gether

In Devon 2gether funding entitles some two year olds to up to 15 hours of free childcare and early learning each week. The scheme helps improve children’s learning and development, gives them the opportunity to make new friends, learn through play and have lots of fun in one of the specially approved childcare settings, including day nurseries, school nurseries, child minders and pre-schools.

A child is eligible if the family is receiving certain benefits, has a household income under £16,190, or if a child has a disability, special educational need or if they are adopted or placed under a residency order. Free childcare places start the term after a child’s second birthday, so don’t miss out; find out if you are eligible today. Call 0345 155 1019 or visit


Westgate Science Club – Making Science Cool for Kids
The main aim of the Westgate Science Club is to make science cool for kids! By joining the club, children aged 7 years+ and still at primary school will be able to enjoy hands-on, practical experiments, demonstrations and special displays, covering the science based subjects of chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology.
Children can expect to learn through the experience but the priority is on fun first. The Club takes place on a Friday evening once a month from September through to Easter, and is held in the Lower Hall at The Westgate Church building in Bartholomew Street West, Exeter, EX4 3AJ. For further details and to find out when the next event will take place visit


Where’s Wally competition launched to encourage children to have fun with writing

The National Literacy Trust and Walker Books are launching a new competition in primary schools to encourage five to nine-year-olds to write creatively while having fun with the well-loved character Wally, from the Where’s Wally series of children’s books.

Exploring imagery in books is a fun and engaging way to develop children’s literacy skills and has been shown as a particularly effective way to support reluctant readers and boys. Former children’s laureate Anthony Browne says: There is a terrible pressure on children to leave pictures behind and grow into words, as though this is an essential part of education and maturity. I strongly believe that the ability to read images is as equally important as the ability to read words.”

Schools will be provided with a suite of resources to enable them to deliver exciting and effective English and cross-curricular lessons and a sequence to elicit writing skills. The winning pupil, chosen at random, will receive a Where’s Wally book pack, book vouchers, and a printed winner’s certificate. The school of the winning pupil will win an afternoon of storytelling performances and workshops, a collection of £100 worth of Walker Books titles for the library, and a Where’s Wally Wall. Additionally, 10 runner ups will win a Where’s Wally book pack. Find out more at and follow the links.


Exeter Tuition Centre celebrates its second anniversary!

The Exeter Tuition Centre celebrates its second birthday this month! The Centre offers the complete tuition package, from helping little ones to learn to read and write, to entrance exams and 11+, and supporting maths and English all the way up to getting those vital exam passes at GCSE and A Level.

Here’s some of the genuine, fantastic feedback the Exeter Tuition Centre has received over the past two years:

  • "Thank you for your absolute commitment! We cannot thank you enough, you have supported both our daughters so much!”
  • “We are thrilled that our son has been offered a place at grammar school.”
  • “Jenny is a great teacher and the children thoroughly enjoyed her sessions.” “We will definitely sing your praises and would recommend you to anyone.”
  • Thank you for all your support, understanding and dedication not only to our son but also to us as parents."

Why not let your child experience the service? For a free assessment for your child call 01392 432323 or email or go online at  


Have you ever considered becoming a school governor?

As a school governor you are not expected to be an expert educationalist, schools have plenty of these already. As a ‘lay’ person your role as a governor is to bring your perspective to the decision making process. Governors are advised and guided by the head teacher and work in close partnership with the head and the staff in deciding what is best for the school. Being a good governor takes time and many employers are recognising the benefits back in the workplace of allowing their employees time out to perform their governor duties. Contact your local school in the first instance if you are interested in becoming a school governor, where training and support is available. For details go to