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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…

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.