My tuition sessions are for current year 5 children only, and tuition takes place in small groups. Group sessions allow children to work both collaboratively and individually (depending on the material) and my students enjoy the camaraderie of small group sessions, with many past students making friends within their groups that they carry forward into high school. Groups are up to six children.
My students’ pass rate for the BRGS entrance exam has been consistently around 90% for the last six years, which is excellent considering students of all abilities are welcome to study with me. I’m very proud of my students’ successes but more importantly I enjoy seeing children enjoy learning and grow in confidence. My focus throughout the year is on building the knowledge and problem-solving skills to equip them for not just for the test, but for year 6 and beyond.
We meet for an hour weekly (during term time and throughout the summer holidays) until the grammar school entrance exam which is usually held in September of Year 6. In that time, students study all the required aspects of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning.
Knowing how dull online learning can be if not done properly, I aim to make learning enjoyable and memorable, and use lots of interactive material such as online quizzes and games so that students are engaged throughout the session. I’m a Certified Educator in both GoFormative and Quizizz and use paid accounts for the sites I use to make full use of their features. I also use resources from a variety of 11+ providers such as CEM (Durham University), Bond, CGP, NFER Nelson, and First Past the Post as well as material I’ve designed and developed myself. This variety ensures your child will be more than ready to tackle 11+ style questions in whichever format and style they are presented in the test. My students have also found the skills developed over the year invaluable for year 6 and SATs work.
All tuition sessions are currently fully online due to COVID-19. It’s hoped that sometime in 2021 the structure of tuition will change, and the first tuition session of every month will be in person in my purpose-built garden classroom with the remaining sessions that month will be online (these arrangements will be subject to lockdown restrictions).
Technical information: I recommend a laptop/PC, headset and mic for online tuition, and a good internet connection, preferably wired (ethernet cable plugged directly into the router) or sitting very close to the router if using Wifi. Online tuition via a tablet is feasible, provided the screen isn’t too small and your child has earphones and a mic to cut out background noise. Some suggested technical requirements can be found here. We use Google Classroom (which requires a Google account), GoFormative and a variety of fun online quiz sites such as Quizizz, Quizlet, Kahoot and Blooket, to get the most out of online learning.
Tuition fees are paid monthly in advance by direct debit before the 1st lesson of each month. Fees include all materials, online quizzes and activities, any workbooks and other materials used used for homework, tests and marking. If your child is unable to attend a scheduled session (due to holidays, illness or a prior engagement), I will try to accommodate them in an alternative session. Fees are not refunded for missed sessions, but I’ll always ensure your child has access to any relevant missed material and they’ll always be able to access the homework for missed sessions, too. You don’t pay for sessions that I cancel, or for weeks that we don’t meet (Christmas, Easter and half-term holidays). We do meet throughout the summer holidays, but if you have holidays booked during that time (up to two weeks) there’s no fee to pay for those weeks. I also run optional mock test sessions (extra to normal tuition, but subject to Covid restrictions) during the summer holidays should you feel your child would benefit from them.
For term dates see below.
Please contact me by emailing [email protected] if you’d like more information.
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March tuition: 3, 10, 17, 24 March (4 weeks)
Easter holidays – March 31st and April 7th
April tuition: 14, 21, 28 April (3 weeks)
May tuition: 5, 12, 19, 26 May (4 weeks)
Half term – June 2nd
June tuition: 9, 16, 23, 30 June (4 weeks)
July tuition: 7, 14, 21, 28 July (4 weeks)
August tuition: 4, 11, 18, 25 August (4 weeks)
September tuition dates TBC
March tuition: 4, 11, 18, 25 March (4 weeks)
Easter holidays – April 1st and April 8th
April tuition: 15, 22, 29 April (3 weeks)
May tuition: 6, 13, 20, 27 May (4 weeks)
Half term – June 3rd
June tuition: 10, 17, 24 June (3 weeks)
July tuition: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July (5 weeks)
August tuition: 5, 12, 19, 26 August (4 weeks)
September tuition dates TBC
Online/Rising Bridge Rd, Haslingden, BB4 5BL.