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How to boost your child’s self-esteem

Monday, April 25th, 2016

It can be heart-breaking for a parent to hear their child say ‘I’m rubbish’ or ‘I just can’t do it.’ Have you experienced this?

The primary school environment can be highly pressured where a child’s self-esteem can easily take a hit if he or she gets low marks in a test, if there’s a change of teacher, or even being moved down a set/class/table.

At secondary level, if a mock exam is given back without lots of positive feedback, it can massively affect a student’s confidence – even knock them off course at the final hurdle.

Endless supply teachers can also disrupt learning, where students don’t feel confident that they know enough.

How can you stem the tide?

1. Challenge negative self-talk with encouragement 

Remind your child how well they have done on something else in the subject previously, to help them balance out their perspective. Then offer to help: ‘Let’s work through this together…’

2. Reward effort, not just success

Children need to hear that they are ‘doing their best.’ If you only praise when they get something right, it can make them feel inadequate when they get something wrong.

3. Share your own failures 

Empathy is a powerful emotion.. When you share that you too used to find X subject tricky, or failed an exam but never gave up, it helps your child to see that getting it right first time doesn’t always happen.

Teaching children to not give up – to find different routes round a problem – can help them feel success is more reachable.

Get academic support from a personal tutor

Here at 1-21-1 Home Tutors in Wilmslow, we hear from worried parents all the time requesting exam and study support at stressful times in their child’s school career.

Luckily, we have a team of the loveliest tutors across Manchester and Cheshire who are there when your child needs that extra bit of help.

Contact us if you too need some advice. Remember, you’re not alone.

Could a Teacher Shortage Affect Your Child?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

You might have heard about the teacher recruitment crisis in the news? Schools are struggling to recruit qualified teachers across the board. With low starting salaries, many newly qualified teachers simply can’t get on the housing ladder and therefore don’t apply for jobs.

As well as this, trainee teacher numbers are down for the third year running. And of those teachers who enter the profession, a large proportion struggle with the daunting workload. In fact, in a recent survey, over half the teachers admitted they’d considered leaving the profession because of it.

This makes for a very unsettled picture if your child is in education at the moment, doesn’t it?

Aside from the recruitment crisis, what about teachers who leave mid-way through a school year? Adapting to another teacher or supply teacher’s learning style can take time – the impact of which can make children feel behind, or that there are gaps in their education.

Some children even struggle to adjust emotionally too, especially if their favourite teacher leaves…

How can private tuition help?

With schools up against it, there’s no surprise that private tuition has mushroomed. Here in the Manchester and Cheshire area, we speak to many parents who arrange extra support to help get their child back on track.

One to one tuition not only offers children and parents a reassuring stability, it can prove to be life-changing.

Popular requests are for English, Maths and Science tutors, as well as modern languages and entrance exam tuition. If you would like to arrange a personal tutor, do please get in touch with our professional tuition team here.