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Is your child a struggler?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

With Sats exams, GCSEs and A Levels in sight, the push for success is in overdrive. But what about the child who:

  • isn’t in a top set and feels inferior to his or her peers
  • is home schooled and has gaps in their learning
  • has zero confidence and might dread going to school
  • has a learning problem which seems to affect everything

Here at 121 Home Tutors, we speak to so many parents across Manchester and Cheshire whose children don’t ‘fit’ the media image of a happy child who learns with ease.

More often than not parents reach out to us because they are troubled by their child’s difficulties and lack of progress. Often, many lose hope that things will ever change…

So what does make the difference?

The truth is, every child has needs. Every child hits a wall at some point in their education. And every child needs that little bit extra support to help lift them out of the fog.

Here’s three ideas to help you find a way forward:

  1. Learn what your child is learning. You’ll discover that what your child is learning now is different to what you learnt at school. Apart from your child’s school website – usually packed with information – start here.
  2. Prioritise one problem at a time. Because children can feel quickly overwhelmed by all their problems, try to deal proactively with one issue at a time – reassuring your child that small steps are just as important as huge leaps.
  3. Arrange one-to-one help. A tutor onside can be a marvellous support system. Just having another adult who can share the load can make all the difference. Plus, a tutor who works with strugglers every day will have a range of techniques to whip out of the bag at a moment’s notice.

Don’t struggle on hoping things will change. Call us at 121 Home Tutors…

How to help your home schooled child achieve

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

If your child is off school through illness, or you’ve chosen the home education route, it’s important to get educated yourself … about what your options are.

The education system is undergoing major syllabus changes this year – which could have an impact on how your child learns, as well as what they can/can’t do.

Our advice is to get Googling! Plus… Are there any home education groups around Manchester and Cheshire? Check out Ed Yourself – a useful website packed with advice and info.

Get practical…

Don’t forget, your son or daughter can still achieve qualifications outside the school grounds. If attending school is out of the question, KS3, IGCSE and A Level distance learning courses are available to buy.

What’s more, if your child comes under the local authority and he/she is away through illness for more than 15 days, you are entitled to a minimum five hours’ home teaching – without you footing the bill.

Of course, five hours only stretches so far. So you might need to arrange further private tuition in core subjects yourself to make sure your child stays on track.

In fact, many parents in areas such as Wilmslow, Stockport and Altrincham contact our tutor team for exactly that. And find the extra support definitely helps their child focus, as well as go forward despite challenging circumstances.

Need extra support?

It’s easy to get in touch with us. Email, phone or even text our mobile number. Here are all the details for you.

Is your child’s illness affecting their education?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Did you catch our post last month about children struggling at school? If so, you’ll know that education isn’t always straightforward.

Sometimes an unexpected situation happens – throwing families into chaos. A child’s illness, for instance, can be so debilitating.

So when parents approach us asking for help with their ill child, it isn’t just academic support we offer, but reassurance and care.

Being off school isn’t all doom and gloom

Being off school for a period of time because of ME or Anorexia, for example, can be tough on children. Firstly, they often panic at being behind in their studies. Secondly, because recovery and rehabilitation might be slow, they often feel stressed about whether they’ll be able to take their GCSEs or A Levels.

Though it’s natural to worry, the good news is that there is help out there if your child is going through this. Here are a couple of suggestions to steer you in the right direction.

1-2-1 Home Tutors’ Advice

1. Check out your school and local authority’s legal requirements. This link is useful:

2. Contact your local authority if your child will be off school for a while. But don’t expect to get help instantly. Keep contacting them if you don’t hear back. Stick with it until you can discuss practical help.

Whatever you do, don’t panic. There are options open to you; you’re not alone! Look out for our next post for more home schooling advice.

In the meantime, if your child has fallen behind in his or studies due to illness, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our caring tutors across Cheshire and Manchester will do everything they can to help you get back on track.



Do private tutors just help you pass exams?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This is one of the biggest myths about private tuition. The idea that tutors ‘coach’ children to robotically pass common entrance, 11+ or finals exams is wide of the mark.

Undoubtedly, achievement is a top priority – judging by the countless parents and students who contact us to thank their tutor for helping them pass, or gain entry into the school of their choice.

Success is certainly wonderful! However, to achieve it, our specialists here at 121 Home Tutors don’t simply pass on knowledge. Tuition involves far more than that…

For instance, parents often ask for help with their child, or young adults approach us because they want to:

  • Restore confidence after a set back or poor exam results
  • Discover new ways to learn or retain information
  • Reignite their enthusiasm for a subject after losing interest
  • Overcome a learning difficulty that’s held them back
  • Improve their attitude to learning following a negative experience

Learning isn’t just about passing exams; it’s about developing life skills, opening doors, enabling young people to believe in themselves.

Also, an often overlooked benefit is the relationship between student and tutor. The one to one nature of tutoring is a special one, all built on trust and good communication.

In fact, we often hear from parents what a difference private tuition has made to their child’s communication skills. And how the relationship with teachers in school and parents at home has transformed as a result.

If you too want to help your child make positive changes, 121 Home Tutors can help. Whether you’re in Stockport, Altrincham, Wilmslow, or anywhere across Cheshire or Manchester, reach us here.

Are home schooled children getting the support they need?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

As parents we know the quality of schools across the UK varies but those who home school and want to access official support face the same inequality.  A report by the Commons Select Committee, released just before Christmas, into the assistance for those who homeschooled showed there was considerable variation in the support available to parents and students.

Many of the students we tutor are home schooled and we offer subject specific tutoring to parents and their children when they feel they need that extra level of knowledge. We often find that when students hit secondary school that the depth of subject knowledge needed is beyond some parents and that’s where we can step in. But what we hear from parents is the same thing that parents stated in the report – that when they needed to access wider systems, such as when it came to their children sitting exams, the process was often difficult.

One parent reported they had to drive their child 200 miles to sit a GCSE exam.  It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 80,000 home educated children in the UK and for each child to get the education they are entitled to they need regular and ongoing support both from their parents or educators in the home and from the systems around them.  One of the main issues seems to be that the people supporting those who home schooled are often based in local authority or council teams that deal with welfare and attendance problems – therefore putting home schooling into a ‘problem’ category when it isn’t.  Let’s hope the committee report is the start of changes and a more positive view of home schooling.

If you’d like to know more about home schooling and private tuition support contact 121 Home Tutors. We cover Manchester and Cheshire.