Extra Tuition for children in Dorset

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: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/


Tuition providers in and around Dorset…

 Be Prepared for Grammar School Entrance Exams

With the Bournemouth and Poole Grammar Schools now testing in September each year, it really is important to consider your child’s preparation as early as possible. Graham Austin is not a general tutor but specialises only in the Entrance Exams and over the past seven years has seen a 95% success rate with his tutoring programme.

Graham said, ‘All too often I see parents start the preparation process too late in the year to allow their child the best chance of success. The earlier a child starts preparing for the 11+ tests the greater their chances of fulfilling their potential and realising their goals.’ Other benefits of exam preparation also include a true understanding of the maths and English they are studying at school throughout year 5. For every 20 students Graham prepares for the tests 19 pass, so his programme is obviously working well. To discuss the successful methods Graham employs call 01202 591521.


Wessex Home Tuition – providing practice and giving confidence

Half way through the school year already! How is your child’s progress? Reading, writing and maths are so important and, needless to say, many parents want their children to enjoy their learning and achieve more. It is not always easy to give a helping hand; ways of learning have changed, and parents and children may become impatient with each other. With school budgets stretched to the limit, special needs, fast track, individual and quality teaching time are becoming ever more difficult to fund. Wessex Home Tuition has qualified Tutors to support your child’s needs. This means Tutors are trained professionals, experienced and CRB checked, and are not just a well-meaning, understanding friend or an unknown contact number. Wessex Home Tuition works alongside the school curriculum, providing practice and giving confidence. It has expertise available to assist children with special needs through to high fliers. At GCSE and A level, exams are now only at the end of the school year.

Let Wessex Home Tuition help ease the pressure by supporting revision and assisting understanding. For further details visit www.wessexhometuition.co.uk or call 01202 396488.


Specialist help for Children with literacy difficulties

Carolyn Smith is a specialist teacher who has more than twenty years experience of helping children with literacy difficulties. She has helped many ‘non-readers’ to read fluently; sorted out spelling confusion with appropriate strategies and enabled pupils to express their ideas clearly in writing. Individual tuition sessions are tailored to the pupils’ needs and taught in the secure atmosphere of their own homes. A variety of activities are selected to stimulate interest and enjoyment and to build confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to discuss your child’s needs, phone Carolyn on 01202 309901 and she will be happy to help you.


Learn to read in 4 weeks for free with Reading Eggs

Readings Eggs provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and eBooks that teach children aged 3–13 the literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. The reason why over 90% of parents using Reading Eggs report a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading skills is because the program makes learning phonics and basic reading skills fun.

Sign up for a special 4 week free trial; (free trial only available to new customers who sign up via the web address below - not applicable for schools) and see how your child’s reading may improve by using Reading Eggs. Simply register your child at www.readingeggs.co.uk/primary2

Achieving deeper learning with Number Works and Words, Bournemouth

Deeper learning includes mastery of academic content, critical thinking, problem solving, and self-directed learning. So, how do we encourage deeper learning for our children?

Number Works and Words, Bournemouth has synthesised these answers from education research:

  • Learn from multiple sources, not just one teacher. Students who use a variety of resources, including peer to peer learning, mini-courses at museums and other centres, and through volunteering and participating in activities such as sports, dance and drama enhance their learning and reinforce school studies.
  • Embrace mistakes and then try, try, and try again. Making mistakes, even outright failure, can be a powerful way to obtain deeper learning. Working through errors and failures to develop skill and understanding leads to achievement. This can be seen in the way in which design engineers work through test failures to build better “mouse traps”.
  • Encourage students to question and ask for helpToo often students quietly wait to be told what to do. Feeling comfortable to question and ask for help when needed enhances learning, develops skills, and encourages critical thinking.

These are just a few ideas. To find out more or for more details about extra tuition email Bournemouth@numberworks.com or call 01202 433673 with any questions.



Build on the basics of education with Top Class Tuition

Roger Snowden established Top Class Tuition in 2006 after many years in teaching, and having already owned tutoring centres in Devon and Spain. He said, "I receive wide ranging requests for assistance but the strengthening of the Basics, as emphasised by the Government, clearly concerns parents. Equally, parents view the local Grammar Schools highly, so entrance preparation, as well as GCSE assistance, is another key part of my work". Following initial parental discussions and assessment to establish strengths and weaknesses, Mr. Snowden plans an individualised programme of study - an approach that has proved to be of great benefit to students, enhancing children's skills and, most importantly, their confidence. For more details call 01202 877609.


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 www.readformyschool.co.uk


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