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How to get your de-motivated child back on track

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Another slammed door. Another homework battle. Could your child be de-motivated? Here are some of the tell-tale signs:

  • They avoid asking for help
  • They get angry and frustrated easily
  • They refuse to do homework
  • They say they are useless or hate school

As a parent, it’s so hard to face up to this as it’s not how it’s supposed to be? But don’t worry.. We have some ideas to help your child get back on track.

First things first

Don’t despair. The first thing to do is isolate why your child could be feeling this way:

  • Do they have a recognised learning problem?
  • Have they had a change in teacher/class/table?
  • Have they sat exams recently, or had a school report?
  • Have they fallen out with friends at school or got into trouble?

School can be a huge challenge for many children. Some are labelled ‘lazy’ when in fact they might be struggling with a learning problem.

And if a report has come home saying they’ve not reached the ‘expected’ achievement level or grade, a child’s confidence can take quite a beating.

How can you make things better?

Two techniques to help motivate your child

Be realistic: 

Not every child is a top grade student. While you want your child to achieve and be the best they can be academically, it’s important to accept that your child might be more average at this point in time.

If so, praise them like mad for every little thing they achieve. This way, you can help them build their skills up over time.

Choose words carefully:

Children are deeply affected by words they hear. That’s why it matters to use positive language as much as possible:

  • You worked so hard on that
  • Well done; you stayed so calm
  • One more go, and you’ll get it next time
  • I’m so proud of you

It’s OK to ask for help

We’ll come back to this topic again as we know how much it affects children. So many parents spanning Manchester and Cheshire approach our tuition team for support for this very thing.

If you need to talk to a professional tutor as you’re worried about your child – whether they are in junior, secondary or 6th form – you only have to get in touch.

Could school cuts cost your child’s education?

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Education is facing a financial crisis. With the government shake-up of funding announced recently, could Manchester and Cheshire schools be affected?

Local headteachers say yes! You might have seen alarming reports about the prospect of a four-day school week as heads consider ways to balance the budget. Whether this comes to fruition remains to be seen. What is happening now is a cut in staff and services.

How could a reduced budget affect my child?

With a tightly squeezed budget, your child’s school over the coming year could be forced to:

  • Increase class sizes
  • Reduce 1:1 support outside the classroom
  • Cut teaching assistants
  • Make teachers redundant
  • Cut specific subjects

With further strain on funding for SEND children, plus those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, where does this leave you if your child struggles at school already?

In short, less support. For instance, teachers who once might have had two classroom assistants in class are now facing losing such vital help. Of course, TAs will still be in schools – there will just be less of them…

Meanwhile, increased class sizes put teachers under even more pressure – through no fault of their own. This means that children who really need extra support often struggle to get it.

Could a private tutor help?

Many parents approach us at 121 Home Tutors worried that their child isn’t coping in class, or has slipped through the net.

In fact, parents of primary and secondary school children with learning difficulties often get in touch at their wits end – unsure how to turn their child’s fortunes round.

Please remember, you’re never alone. And that you’re more than welcome to get in touch with our tutor team who at the very least would be happy to advise you.