Don’t leave it too late!!

Does your child struggle at school?  Are they meeting their targets?  Are they happy with the grades they are getting?  Do they have ADD, ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, MLD, anxiety?  Have they missed some schooling due to illness or house move?

Even the best efforts of the school, TA’s and SENCO’s may not be enough to help your child to keep or catch up with their peers.

I know of one 9 year old who doesn’t know how to multiply, due to his parent’s careers, he has been to school in three different countries and has missed that section of the curriculum in all the schools.  Due to the way the curriculum works his teacher hasn’t got time to go back to this section and he doesn’t qualify for SEN help so how will he learn?

Not all children respond well to help from their parents and not all parents have the patience or time to help their children, no matter how much we might wish to, we have too many other things to think about: what’s for tea? When will I get time to wash the pots or do the laundry? What do I need to get done for work tomorrow?

This is where a tutor can help, whether it’s a single lesson to cover a particular topic that has been missed, a longer set of lessons to help with a few topics, regular lessons to help with homework and longer term issues or support for a student who is home educated.  A full-time tutor will have the time, patience, knowledge and experience to help your child with any aspect of their education, but even the best tutor cannot perform miracles…

A child who has struggled for a while will need time to rebuild confidence in their own ability before being able to complete the same work as their peers and may need to go right back to basics.  If you know that your child is struggling don’t leave it too late to find help, the few weeks between mock results and GCSE’s may not be enough time for your child to do much to change their results.  Early intervention is much more helpful, even as early as Primary School if they are struggling with basic literacy and numeracy as these issues will follow them through their entire education.  The Institute of Fiscal Studies in 2013 estimated that a decent grasp of maths by the age of 10 could add 7% to a child’s eventual earning power, this equates to approximately £2100 per year by age 30. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9918813/Maths-skills-add-2100-to-your-salary.html

There are many types of tutors available and a quick look with any search engine will find various websites to help you find one.

A tutor needs to be experienced, especially if your child has SEN, preferably a teacher or TA.  There are full-time teachers who also tutor outside of work but someone who works as a full-time tutor will not have to fit your child around other responsibilities.  Tutors don’t need to have a DBS check but you might prefer them to have one.  They need to have good knowledge of the syllabus that you wish them to teach your child; there are 5 main GCSE syllabi for each subject so it would be helpful if you know which one your child is studying.  There are tutors who come to you, tutors who teach in their own home and those that do a mixture depending on the needs of the student.  Most importantly the tutor has to have a good rapport with your child; it is really difficult to spend an hour in the company of someone that you don’t like!

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