An additional course for September 2020!
Year Three Group Tuition
Y3 tuition takes place in a group of five students or fewer at my home in Handsworth Wood. Please read the information about my Y3 group tuition below. There are no places available in the Spring and Summer Terms of 2020, but there will be availability from September 2020. Please register your interest in the form below.
Since I began teaching at home in 1996 - now for over two decades - I have been focusing very closely on preparing 11+ candidates from Year 4; but in recent years I have received a number of requests to teach younger students.
Since September 2019, I have been running a successful course, offering state school students of mixed abilities in Year 3 the opportunity to work with me. This is a course of work for three terms that will help individual students achieve their full potential in English (literacy) and mathematics (numeracy), while developing good habits of wide reading and general good practice. My programme is open only to students who attend state, not independent, schools. I aim to have 60% of students from schools which are judged as 'requiring improvement' by Ofsted.
My Year Three tuition offers support for the more challenging aspects of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, encouraging confidence and fluency in spoken and written English, as well as fostering good practice in numeracy. A planned curriculum and scheme of work focuses on aspects of the Key Stage 2 curriculum with which many students - and some parents - struggle and will include the following areas:
Developing effective reading habits
Simple, compound and complex sentences
Subordinate and relative clauses
Sentence punctuation and structure
Causal and time conjunctions (connectives)
Parts of speech (word classes)
Plan and use paragraphs
Problem-solving in words
(including analysing sentences and the syntax of mathematical problems)
The four operations of maths
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Simple geometry and measurement
Patterns of number
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Q: Where do you teach? Do you teach anywhere else?
A: All tuition takes place at my home in Handsworth Wood (B20 2LH). Handsworth Wood is three miles north-west of Birmingham City Centre, and within 20-25 minutes drive of Walsall, Streetly, Harborne, Edgbaston and much of the Black Country, and slightly longer from areas such as Moseley. I am not, and have never been, employed by any other tutor; nor do I (nor will I ever) work at any other tuition centre.
Q: Do you teach at weekends?
A: No. Some parents try to offer me financial incentives to provide this service; but I have family commitments, and a life and interests outside my work, as well as needing time to prepare for my own students! There are many tutors and tuition centres who do offer this service, and so I advise you to contact them.
Q: Do you have a “target” group of students whom you wish to reach for the Y3 group?
A: Yes! For the Year 3 group, I aim to recruit 60% of students who attend state (not independent) primary schools which have been identified as performing below the national average. Often, parents of children who attend these schools tell me that they want to help their child make progress, but don’t always know how to support them to achieve this. I would like families to feel that I can offer those families some appropriate support to help their children become the best that they can be.
Q: Is the proposed programme just another way of offering 11+ tuition a year earlier than you would usually begin the 11+?
A: Absolutely not! With me, there is no 11+ tuition before Year 4. (Even so, the programme will be an excellent foundation for the 11+.) The parents of students on the proposed new programme wishing to be entered for an assessment for my 11+ programme will have to undertake the same assessment as every other child. Entry into the Year 3 programme will not secure a place in a Year 4 11+ group automatically, and parents will need to enter into a formal written agreement with me which records this, before Y3 tuition begins.
Q: To which Year 3 students is the intended programme suited?
A: Any state school student who is keen to be the best that they can be, whose parents are well-organised, prioritise education, and think ahead about what is best for their children.
(a) families of state school students in which parents can organise their own time for their child to undertake work at home, without homework becoming a battle-ground.
(b) Families (and especially parents) whose social, recreation and extra-curricular commitments enable the children to undertake supervised homework for three or four evenings of the week and at the weekend.
(c) Families who encourage and follow their children's reading of a range of books.
However, when both parents work long hours, are starting a new business, are in full-time education or training, or whose children have more than two nights' extra-curricular activities, are unlikely to have adequate time to support a child attending a programme with me.
I expect that all your child's homework should be completed by 6pm. If any of your commitments do not allow this, please do not consider tuition with me. For this reason, please think carefully about your ability to support your child effectively before you make a commitment to tuition.
Q: Why don’t you offer places on your Y3 programme to students from independent schools?
A: Many independent schools often select the most able students and can offer students huge advantages that many state schools might not be able to offer because of large classes. I want to offer keen students who attend struggling state schools a chance to achieve their full potential.
Q: Do you offer any tuition in school hours?
A: No. Please don't contact me to request this service.
Q: Do you offer tuition to children who are home-schooled?
A: No. Home schooling may well be a mistake for your child's personal, academic and social development, although some parents believe that they will gain an advantage for their children. For children to thrive and to meet their intellectual and wider social needs, they need to be a part of a wider school community.
Q: Will there be homework?
A: Yes. There will be homework set for 45 minutes on Thursdays, Fridays, Monday & Tuesdays. There will be minimal homework set at the weekends.
COSTS & EXPENSES
Q: What are your fees?
A: The fee for group tuition (in a small group of five students or fewer) is £17.50 per hour per child (i.e. £26.25 per child per 1.5 hour tutorial). The fee for three terms' tuition (£945, calculated by six terms of 12 weeks) is therefore equivalent to one third of the cost of one term at an independent ('prep') school. Parents tell me that I'm very good value for money!
Q: Are there any extra or hidden costs?
A: I ask parents to buy a dictionary and thesaurus for £3. Various workbooks will amount to no more than £15 per term, usually much less.
Q: Do you accept pupil premium students for tuition?
Q: Do you offer discounts for the unwaged, low-waged, or for brothers and sisters from the same family?
A: No. I am a small business with small numbers of students and it is not viable for me to offer discounts.
Q: Do you offer discounts for cash?
A: No. Please do not request this from me as my refusal might cause offence. I am registered with HMRC as a sole trader and pay tax on my earnings.
Q: Do you offer tuition in the school holidays?
A: I recognise that there must be a balance of work and play for children and their families - and the tutor! For this reason, there is no tuition during each of the three half-term holidays.
Q: How will you assess my child for a place on your Year 3 programme?
A: I will prioritise students with active and engaged parents, students who would benefit from working in smaller groups to achieve their full potential. There will be an initial telephone reading assessment to measure a child’s reading age to enable me to plan work appropriately.
Q: How do I contact you if I am interested in the Year 3 programme?
A: Please send me a secure message via this website on the <CONTACT ME> button at the foot of this page.
When I receive your details, I will send you full details of the programme so that you may then decide whether to contact me directly for a telephone discussion.
Q: Are there any current vacancies?
A: No, but I am keeping a waiting list, so please fill in your details below. Please do not call me at this stage. I will acknowledge every enquiry directly.