Extra tuition for children in Norfolk

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 Norfolk…


Educ8te Tuition Centre– Helping Every Child to Succeed

Is your child ready for their SATs? Or are you confident that your child will achieve at least a Level 4b in maths, reading, and SPAG in their SATs? Many secondary schools still base their year 7 sets on children's year 6 scores and whilst others carry out their own testing they are based on the same knowledge and skills. Each year in England, pupils aged 10 and 11 sit SATs tests. Results are then submitted to the local authority and to parents by the end of the summer term. Year 6 children are tested in spelling, punctuation and grammar, reading and maths. Their writing is assessed by the teacher. In Year 6 a level 4b is the minimum expected level. If you think your child may benefit from some extra tuition you may interested to know that from February the Educ8te Tuition Centre will be running Saturday SAT’s preparation sessions. For details call 01603 765915 or visitwww.educ8tetuition.com


Learn to play the piano - remotely

Olwen MacLeod from the Scottish Western Isles has developed a new online teaching business, Your Space Music Lessons, to help people in remote areas gain piano playing skills. The new service is offering free trial sessions and is being seen as a more convenient and flexible choice for music tuition. The online teaching platform has obvious advantages to pupils such as convenience, and that lessons are recorded and archived, giving peace of mind. Interested parties are invited to visit the website where they can test internet quality, get a free taster session and book lessons. For more details call 07837 539841 or visit www.yourspacemusiclessons.com


Fundamental movement ideas for Early Years

FUNdamental is a movement programme, designed and developed by British Gymnastics in conjunction with early years' specialists, to help younger children from toddler to 6 years acquire essential physical, social and emotional life skills. The Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham will be running these classes for little ones costing just £3.50 per session. Call 01692 409370 for more details and to book a place or go to www.victoryswimandfitnesscentre.co.uk


Free children’s eye tests at Castle Street Optometry

It is estimated that I in 4 school-aged children have vision problems. A child who is unable to see clearly or view a board can become easily frustrated leading to poor concentration, academic performance and discipline problems at school.

Aaron and Louise, the resident optometrists at Castle Street Optometry recommend regular and early sight tests for all children. All sight tests are free for children and early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial because children are often more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

Castle Street Optometry is a family-run opticians in the heart of Norwich. Their two resident optometrists have extensive experience dealing with children. The friendly staff are great with children and the newly refurbished children’s section helps to keep all ages entertained. All children’s eye tests are free at Castle Street Optometry and most children will qualify for an NHS voucher towards the cost of the frames. They are open 6 days a week and offer late evening appointments on a Thursday. Call 01603 618101 to make an appointment.





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