The right tuition is helping students reach new heights by improving their grades and fueling their aspirations
When the bell rang on Tuesday afternoon, 15-year-old Maxie was in no hurry to get home to browse TikTok. She stayed at her school in Bognor Regis to begin writing poetry with her English tutor.
Maxie is one of many 5-16 year olds who are receiving comparable school fees as part of an ongoing government scheme. She’s had hour-long sessions with her tutor since October – and in that time, she’s grown increasingly confident in the subject.
“The tuition definitely boosted my confidence,” she said. “I had difficulty with English at first and found it difficult to write longer paragraphs with different techniques. But it got easier. It’s three students to a tutor and having someone talk to you about what you’ve written will make that a whole lot easier. ”
As they return to normal after so many school days disrupted by Covid, parents and teachers have seen how tuition can boost students’ confidence, knowledge and opportunities. Mark Critchard, the vice-principal of the Regis school that Maxie attends, witnessed it first-hand.
“Maxie is in sets two for math and four for English, and we realize that it is very important to do well in both subjects, whether it is college or university,” he said. . “The extra support in English as opposed to her math, which is already flying, is clearly paying off. It’s important to voice aspirations and it’s lovely to see Maxie doing so well.
“The tuition has really boosted our students’ ability to understand what they’re trying to say in a small group setting and it’s great to see that translated into a regular classroom setting.
“Maxie’s Year  Their assessment results are coming soon and we will be able to officially see how certain students are making progress. But at least anecdotally, it’s great to see students come out of their shells and be able to converse confidently with adults, and I think it’s also great to just change the scene and change the way it’s taught.”
We spoke to students from Havelock Academy in Grimbsy about how they seek tutors…
“My strong relationship with my tutor helped me feel more comfortable in lessons when I got stuck and I became more confident when answering exam-style questions. I feel as though my tutoring sessions have definitely boosted my confidence in my schoolwork and now I don’t feel the pressure anymore.”
Isobel Blackett, 16 years old
“My math tutor helped me find a method that made me feel confident when expanding fractions. I highly recommend tutoring other students – I feel it helps a lot and you focus on exactly the help you need. ”
Tyrese Allwood, 16 years old
But catching up on tuition isn’t simply a quick fix to improving grades – it also inspires students like Maxie to look to the future. And now she sees an open path to higher education.
Maxie said: “I am not sure about my intention to go to university because I am having difficulty in English. “But now that I have English tutoring, it fills in those gaps and I can say my grades are getting higher because I have more help. Only recently did university become an option for me.”
Tuition is offered at elementary and secondary schools across the country, and Maxie has a clear message for anyone who gets the chance to do so: “It’s definitely worth doing. That extra help gives you confidence. Now when I go back to class, I feel like: ‘I can do this!’
Contact your child’s school to find out what they are offering and if your child is eligible for catch-up tuition. Learn more via Educationcatchup.campaign.gov.uk
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