Monday, 30 January 2012

Online vs face-to-face tutoring

The growth of online tutoring raises a lot of questions about quality of teaching and safeguarding. When deciding which is best for your child consider the following:

1.      Do you know anything about the quality of the teaching and in particular whether the teachers are qualified to deliver the content for the needs of your child?

2.      Are you able to monitor the interaction between your child and the teacher?

3.      Do you feel your child is safe with the tutor online, has the tutor a recent CRB check?

4.      Do you want your child to remain even longer in front of a computer screen in their bedroom instead of interacting with people face-to-face?

The benefits of face-to-face tutoring.

1.      The teacher can read the way children react to explanations in their facial expressions.

2.      Help is immediate.

3.      Lessons can be targeted to the child’s needs even when a last minute request is made to help with a particular topic.

4.      Teachers can motivate their learners more easily.

5.      In an educational centre the atmosphere is one of learning which does not have the distractions of the bedroom or the kitchen table.

For more information visit to see how we can help your child.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Science Workshop during Half Term

In collaboration with Zebra Science we will be running 2 science workshops at our Bury site during half term. The Chemistry Masterclasses will be on Tuesday 14th February starting at 10am and 2pm.

To book your place please go to

Friday, 13 January 2012

Maths Club for Parents

I am often asked about how maths is taught in school these days and how things have changed since parents went to school. I am offering free classes to parents so they can feel more confident in supporting their children. The first session will be about multiplication and division so we will discover all about bus shelters, chunking, grids and Napier's Bones!

Come along, I promise an informal learning session, no exams and lots of fun. I will even provide refreshments and cakes.
What's stopping you?
Sign up today by emailing me at Bury or Newmarket

Bury- Jan 20th 1.30pm-2.30pm
Newmarket- Jan 27th 1.30pm-2.30pm

Suffolk Children's University

We have joined Suffolk Children's University enabling our students to receive certificates acknowledging their academic achievements at Step Up Learning but also integrating their learning with other organisations across the county. Ask Carol or Kevin for details and how to enrol.