BEST FOR HOME TUTORING: Enjoy Education
Founded by educational expert Kate Shand, Enjoy Education is a private tuition and home-schooling company specialising in support for all children, from primary school through to sixth form. Whatever your child’s age or ability, the tutors provide bespoke learning which is tailored around each child’s specific needs. A top choice if you’re considering home schooling, Enjoy Education can help with exam prep, subject assistance, such as English or maths tutoring, or a 360° approach to encourage children to get involved with extracurricular activities, like drama, chess or sports. They also have a separate offering for SEN students with ADHD, dyslexia, autism and other learning difficulties and special needs. A great all-rounder, you can set up an initial consultation with the team to ensure it’s right for you and your child and find out more about the programmes.
BEST FOR REAL TEACHERS: Cognita Tutoring
Cognita – an organisation which owns 72 schools, 44 of which are in the UK – strongly believes tutors need proven teaching experience to build your child's confidence, which is why their tutors work to the same exceptional standards as in the classroom. All classes are online and every tutor is a qualified teacher, given the Cognita seal of approval and fully background checked to work with children. They’re also trained to deliver the support and encouragement your child needs to thrive emotionally and academically, whatever challenge they're facing. Plus, after the first six sessions, the tutor will finish with a mini 'parents' evening', where parents can join the tutor online to discuss their child's progress.
BEST FOR GCSE PREP: Minerva Tutors
A great option for older children, Minerva provides tutors to children aged 12-18. Through either online portals or face-to-face lessons, children can learn at their own pace through a mixture of live group lessons or personalised plans. As well as the core subjects, children can take additional options their school might not offer, like Mandarin or Economics, and will be coached through the exam process to prepare for GCSEs. Minerva can also help parents look for schools, coach them through the UCAS process and offer advice for Oxbridge applications so they’re well equipped when they reach college or sixth form.
BEST FOR LIFE SKILLS: Role Models
If your child could do with extra help outside of the school curriculum, Role Models was created to help children with skills in leadership, confidence, resilience and problem solving. Through online and in-person courses, children from as young as three can take part in workshops that help them grow into well-rounded people. Their team of experts encourage children to think critically and solve problems though scenario-based exercises and lessons, in group or one-to-one lessons. Children can also tune online (ideal for one-off lessons), while parents can take part in evening workshops to assist their learning – think advice on letting go of perfectionism and how to build a supportive environment.
BEST FOR FREE TUTORING: Mentor Jr
If you don’t want to commit to a private tutor, Mentor Jr is a great initiative to get involved in. Set up by Jessie Pitsillides, a sixth form student who wanted to give back to his local community, Mentor Jr matches students to primary school children for free educational support and mentoring. After the pandemic, Jessie decided to launch the online platform, which now provides subject-based tutoring and music lessons, including violin, piano, cello, clarinet, and music theory practice. You can also book university mentors where sixth form students are paired up with younger students to guide them through the UCAS process and higher education applications for diplomas and vocational courses.
BEST FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: SENSational Tutors
SENSational Tutors specialise in assisted learning for children with special needs and learning difficulties. Through one-to-one coaching sessions or tutor packages (to help your child during school holidays), the experienced team teach children with autism, ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, Asperger’s, language delay, memory difficulties, focus and concentration difficulties, Down’s Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other special needs. You can choose from home, online or school-based lessons for children aged four to adults up to the age of 25. Rest assured they will be matched with the right tutor so they can reach their full potential through structured, and fun, learning. Lessons are hands-on and practical, and you can book one-off sessions or pay for a series of courses.
BEST FOR ONLINE TUTORING: Tutorful
If you’d rather opt for online-only learning, Tutorful offer one-to-one lessons with experienced tutors. Using impressive technology and videos, children will develop a range of skills and can share their results and progress with both parents and teachers. With access to an interactive whiteboard (a space for making notes, sharing ideas, and getting feedback), and a special screen-sharing function, there’s an extensive range of subjects to choose from, including over 50 languages and computing courses specialising in various software. Suitable for 12- to 18-year-olds, as well as children with special needs, you can look through the tutors online to find the right person.
BEST FOR EXAM PREP: Choice Home Tutoring
Through online learning and home tutoring, Choice support children in primary and secondary school. Parents can choose between a 360° approach or lessons in one or two subjects – the team cover all the main ones, as well as computer science, business studies, arts and performance, and creative writing. Choice can also coach your child through exam prep, and even devise their own mock exams to prepare them ahead of time. They’ll receive one-to-one feedback on how to improve and how to prepare for an exam, both academically and mentally. With seven locations across the UK, as well as extensive selection of online tutors, each plan is personalised and led by educational experts.
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