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“Tutors are essential!” reports one Bright Star parent…

The proportion of tutored pupils has risen by more than a third over the past decade, from 18% in 2005 to 25% currently. In London, 44% of pupils had private or home tuition last year, compared with 34% in 2005. The number of tutors offering their services has increased dramatically amongst the independent sector because leading schools are raising the educational bar each year, as well as offering fewer places and taking only the absolute best candidates from as young as 4 years through to A Level. Classrooms are proportionate and legal to ratio, but they are large and this doesn’t always mean your child will get the absolute maximum attention required, especially if struggling somewhat.

This has made our exceptionally qualified tutors here at Bright Star even more in demand. We not only offer tutoring, but curriculum guidance, school advice, skill and technique practise, emotional and social support, assessment and report feedback, interview practise, targeted help alongside ‘Step and Technique Practise,’ a tailored and mastered Success Criteria, bespoke to Bright Star that carefully guides your child in the right direction to map out their thoughts and ideas with the help of our Criteria. We understand the requirements for examination perfectly and with our assistance, we can achieve the absolute best. One to one allows this, large classrooms don’t. We realise it can be a very daunting time, and with the chatter from other parents of where their child lies academically, it can raise the blood pressure! That’s where we step in. We will guide you all the way, offering eternal advice and support.

There are a lot of schools out there that receive phenomenal reviews and there really are some fabulous schools that we love and support. However, from our many years of experience within the tutoring world and with consistent feedback from in-house classroom teachers, coupled with parent and student feedback, we feel that schools may not be doing enough. Some children get lost and when challenges outside of school interfere with academic work, pastoral care (an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support) does not always pick up on problems as quickly as they ought to. This can have a detrimental effect on the student and their work. One to one tuition gives the absolute care and assistance that perhaps a classroom of 18 children would not all receive individually. We have a 100% track record in gaining access into the best schools in the country and some might say, the world. With this, we continue to strive for excellence with our students and hope that one to one tuition will continue to help students and graduates struggling to meet the demands of their school, college or university.

There is no denying of the transformational educational experience offered by tutors, and many parents realise this. For some children, a private tutoring session may be the first time a child has been recognised as an individual, in contrast to the league table-obsessed system they are immersed in. We have constant feedback of increased self-reliance and confidence seen amongst our Bright Star students which, in turn has a positive effect on their school work. This is sometimes because the child has finally felt able to express themselves without the threat of ridicule in the classroom. Private tutors are able to broaden a child’s horizons, act as a role model whilst instilling a love of learning for the world around them and so much more.

Balancing Act

 

seesawIt can be hard to strike a balance during the Half Term holidays; between ensuring that your child has enough time to relax and rest, yet also making certain that the last six weeks of work isn’t forgotten in an instant.

We asked our Tutors for their top tips on how everyone can get the best out of the Half Term break

1. Set aside Study Time

If you enforce a routine early on, it’ll be far easier to stick to than if you suddenly panic late in the week. Set out clear expectations about how much time you expect your child to spend studying each day and what you want them to accomplish.

2. Ask about their learning 

Students, whatever age, love to tell others about what they’re learning, particularly their parents. Ask your child their favourite thing they’ve learnt this term in each of their subjects and ask them to talk you through it. Have a look through their exercise books and ask them if they’re aware of what they’ll be studying next.

3. Make learning fun

There are endless resources online that you can turn to if your child has completed their standard holiday homework. If they’re struggling with a subject, just search online for video tutorials or interactive games which will help them get to grips with things.

4. Work hard, Play hard

Play is crucial during half term. It’s designed as a break from the vigour of the school term so make sure you have lots of time when your child can simply switch off, see friends, stock up on sleep and have fun. It’s all about balance.

Half Term in London

fighting kidsIf you’re staying put this Half Term, there are tonnes of things to do around London. We always encourage our students and their parents to make the most of school holidays – often combining morning tutoring with a trip or visit in the afternoon. These are our top 3 ideas for places to go:

1. BP Family Festival, Tate Britain

The title for this year’s festival is Bring Your Tribe and the focus on connectivity and creativity is the perfect way to keep children engaged. Held in the stunning setting of the Tate Britain, the festival is easy to access via trains and tubes and it’s free to visit.

2. Storystock, Bush Theatre

Cleverly named Storystock features some of the biggest names in children’s literature including Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell alongside all time favourite Judith Kerr. A literary festival for children aged 2-13, this event will get your child’s imagination flowing in no time.

3. Giant Brick Animal Trail, London Wetland Centre

We LOVE Lego. It’s excellent for developing children’s fine motor skills, it encourages problem solving alongside creativity, and most importantly children love it too. Why not head down to London Wetland Centre in Barnes where there are lego workshops and a fun trail to follow.