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Choosing Ability Grouped Tuition In Favour of a Personal Tutor
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It is vitally important that parents realise the difference between Private Tuition and Matched Group Tuition and what they can expect from both. Having taught numerous children on a one to one basis for three years and then having switched to only teaching in groups my findings were as follows:


Mr and Mrs Burrows
As previously outlined in 'The Importance of Assessment.' Private tuition on the whole will generally improve each student's conceptual understanding and knowledge of various skills. What it will not and cannot address is a child's low level of confidence and self-esteem within the classroom. It must be understood that private tuition, and this applies especially to the younger child, often leads to a greater dependence on having someone to confirm they are correct before they move on to the next question.

This in turn can cause a child to feel that they need the same in school and will cause them to seek this reassurance from their teacher who may in fact become irritated by the child's insecurities which are causing them to constantly seek their teacher's attention. It can also be seen how a confident child, who has a private tutor to extend their skills further, can become insecure when they do not have the reassurance of the one to one situation.

We are often asked,
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You might expect this to be the case, but you would be wrong. The basic set up with one to one tuition usually finds the tutor spending an hour each week either in their own home or the child's. They will then start to teach the child what they feel they need to know, first assessing the needs of the child. They will then explain in detail what is to be done and then effectively sit back and wait for the child to make a mistake.

This means, in many instances that the child is not actually extracting information from a page themselves but already being taught that it is fine to rely on someone else to do this for them. Any mistakes are usually quickly corrected. A good tutor will then prepare back up material to consolidate the concepts that are requiring attention. Others will just move on and repeat the procedure next time a similar problem is met. This means that the child never actually works independently on the problem topics and therefore never builds the confidence to tackle them on their own.

Mrs Wybourn
Generally whilst the child feels safe within the confines of their own home everything is fine. However, it must be remembered that most children's problems stem from the classroom set up. This often explains why so many children in receipt of private tuition do not gain the necessary confidence which they must have in order to begin taking risks whilst at school.

Ability grouped tuition on the other hand brings opportunities for healthy competition, a sharing of ideas and ways of working. There are times when work can be given and for the children to go and get on with it without being overlooked. It is important that people be allowed to make mistakes as this is the way that we learn. Going back to make corrections and then reinforcing the concepts involved on their own is an important step in developing as an independent learner.

Mr and Mrs Mostafa

The children may attend for two hours instead of one hour with a personal tutor. They will cover maybe only the same amount of work but the experiences that they will have will enable them to access the curriculum in a much more positive and enjoyable way in school.

Mr and Mrs Bealing
Teacher with Pupils

Our Aims

That each child who attends our classes should gain the confidence to always try to do the very best they can, and subsequently enjoy the successes that they richly deserve.

That each child should learn to accept and understand that they have the right to take risks and 'have a go', and that they have the right not to know all the answers and to forget things that they have studied before.

That each child should learn how to ask appropriate questions, at appropriate times.

That each child should respect his or her peers and value all attempts made at answering questions.  Each child should support others in the group and give and accept encouragement at all times to develop an excellent team spirit.

That each child should work towards fulfilling their full potential as an active and independent learner in the areas of Mathematics, English and Reasoning skills.

To prepare each child to demonstrate his/her full potential related to testing procedures.

Assessment Objectives

To fully determine each child's strengths and weaknesses in Maths and Literacy.

To identify the National Curriculum levels that each child is working towards within all areas of Mathematics and English.

To identify any problems that a student may be experiencing with their education to date and determine which course of action is advisable to follow.

Identify which material the child needs to be working on for confidence, independence as a learner, conceptual understanding and skills to be developed in Mathematics, English and Reasoning.

To gather information that can be used to effectively group each child according to his or her ability.



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