Tuition for Families in Plymouth

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 Plymouth… 

Live Locally, Learn Locally, Earn Locally!

If you have ever considered developing a career working with children or young people, one of the brand new Foundation Degree courses run by the Learning Institute, which are validated by the University of Worcester, could be for you! New courses include Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Health and Social Care, and Teaching and Learning. These degrees are workplace based, so if you are not already working with children or young people, you would need to volunteer to work in this area for approximately 10 hours a week.

The Learning Institute can help you access full time student finance, grants and discounts that could make study affordable for you. It also enables its students to study whilst living at home in the South West.

For more information regarding funding and the application process, contact the Admissions Team - Claire King on 01726 891807 or 0777 271 5020 or email; Amanda Huggins on 01726 891807 or 07956 056 447 or email


Drake Tutors - providing home tuition in Plymouth for over 30 years

When it comes to schoolwork a child of any age needs support, encouragement and reassurance. There are many ways in which a parent can help with this. Providing a quiet, organised atmosphere, and showing your support can really help. However, sometimes this may not be enough. Your child may benefit from additional help outside of school. Many parents are now turning to home tuition and children are benefiting from one-to-one tutoring. This can really help to build the child’s confidence and gives them the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Drake Tutors has been providing home tuition in and around Plymouth for over 30 years. Using local teachers they cover most subjects at all levels, Primary, SATS, 11+, Secondary, GCSE and A Level. If you are interested in private tuition for your child or you would like further information, call Drake Tutors on 01752 776622.


The South West Centre of Excellence for Music at Lipson

A team of ex Royal Marines Bandsmen has established a national Centre of music excellence at Lipson Co-operative Academy.

A Saxophone Ensemble sponsored by Plymouth Music Accord offers free at source musical tuition and use of a saxophone from the family of instruments for any student wishing to participate and learn the saxophone.  Lipson is also the home of the ‘Cooperative Big Band’ - a 30 piece semi-professional band consisting of players from across the County.  The College also caters for those students who play a stringed instrument with its string orchestra and string quartet.

The music team is passionate in developing the ‘whole’ musician and has supported many students’ in successful applications into the South West Music School.  More recently, an ‘Internship’ initiative has been set up with Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Philharmonic Choir enabling students to gain experience of the music profession.

All of the ensembles are supported by the facilitation of a professional recording studio based at the College and you will often find rock bands, small vocal groups and solo artists all booking ‘studio time’. If you are interested in finding out more about the music sessions at Lipson call 01752 671318 or