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22 Sep

The Ultimate Guide for Applying to Secondary Schools

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The transition from primary education to secondary education can be daunting for both students and parents. The decisions made will impact not only your child’s education, but life for at least the next 5 years, and it’s important to have all the information you need. This guide will comprehensively cover everything you need to know about applying to secondary schools, including:
– Choosing your school5
– Admissions Criteria
–  Applications
– Application Support

inTuition Clubs are here to help you make the best choice for your child!

How to choose the best schools for your child?

As a parent, it’s important to research your prospective schools as closely as you can, but with such a large number of options in each borough, it can be difficult. Below we have listed our recommended tools to help you make the best choice. When using any tool, it’s important to consider what criteria is most important to you, whether it be: academic results, OFSTED ratings, distance or extracurricular opportunities offered by the school.

With the ‘Good School’s Guide’ search tool: Good School Guide you will be able to compare schools in your borough by their exam results, reports from OFSTED and read independent reviews from a range of sources.

To see school details the government website: Compare School UK provides a comprehensive tool for comparison which allows you to see school results from across England. Parents can see different school types, gender types and OFSTED reports.

If your main focus is academic performance, an alternative place to check would be the Best Schools Top 100 schools by GCSE list: Top 100 Schools – Best Schools
This tool is also useful for parents who are considering private secondary schools rather than state funded. The list provided by best schools is unique, in that it contains an average termly school fee for the relevant schools and it will also provide a comparison of the percentage of As and A* received in the current and previous academic year.

Once you have completed your research, you will need to create a list of choices. The amount of schools in this list can vary depending on your location. Asides from checking rankings and comparison sites, it is also recommended to visit the school on their open days. The dates for these will vary from school to school, but you can usually find this information on their website. It’s also important to have an open conversation with your child to understand what they might be looking for. This might be certain clubs or subjects that appeal to their interest. This is important to know as it will engage them in their learning and lead to the best environment to prepare them for their GCSE exams. Ultimately, as a parent you will have the best insight to which school will be the best fit for your child and trust your own instincts when making this choice.

Admissions Criteria

All schools in London will have admissions criteria to decide which students will receive a place for their studies. For most institutions, the criteria will be set by the local council, particularly if it is a state funded school. However, it is important to note that the criteria may vary from school to school, and it is important to check with the local council or contact the school itself to find out the exact criteria. Please see our list below for general criteria that is applicable to most state funded schools:

General Criteria

Preference will usually be given to students:

Who live close to the school

Who have a brother or sister at the school already. Siblings generally – but not always – take priority.

Who went to a particular primary school (a ‘feeder school’)

Who are eligible for the pupil premium or the service pupil premium

Whose parent has worked at the school for 2 years or more

There are two notable exceptions, one being a faith schools, which can give priority to students based on religious ground. However, they can do so only if they are oversubscribed. Roman Catholic or Church of England schools may ask for proof that your child has been baptized or a confirmation letter from your priest confirmation your religious practice and attendance at your respective place of worship. Within London there are other options available with regards to faith schools including Hinduism, Sikhism and Jewish based schools, although these schools are quite rare in comparison.

The second exception would be grammar schools and private schools, which would require students to pass an entrance exam. These schools are commonly referred to as selective schools and the most common exam is the 11 Plus exam. Passing this exam would allow entry to all grammar schools and most private schools, however some private schools will have their own internal examination in particular subjects that need to be taken before entry.

Students will start preparing to sit the 11 Plus exams from the age of 8 (Year 3) until they sit the exam in Year 6. The 11 Plus exam is used to assess a child’s capabilities on their application for grammar school. It is based on various types of content which are not taught in the current primary school curriculum.

For more detail on the 11+ exam including Key dates and types of material covered please read our 11+ guide below.

inTuition Clubs 11+ guide

If you are interested in study tips for the 11+ exam and how to best prepare your child, please see our Exam Preparation Blog written with tips from our own 11+ tutors who have been helping students pass their 11+ exams since 2018.

11+ Exam Tips

The Application

The application for secondary schools can be found on the website of your local authority and must be submitted before October 31st. In London, the application will ask you to provide six school options for your child, as many schools within the city are often oversubscribed. It is important to select at least one school that you feel confident in receiving a place at. This is to ensure that your child will be sent to a school of your choice. If all the schools of your choice, are oversubscribed, you could run the risk of the council having to allocate a school to you that may not be the preference for you or your child. It’s very important to use all six options provided to you in the form. Leaving the form incomplete will simply reduce your chances of entering a school of your choice and you may end up receiving a place at schools that are unpopular in the brough.

It is very important that you read the form carefully, not only entering the correct information but also providing the necessary supporting documents. This form will be key to ensuring your child’s place at certain schools, and faith-based schools, as these schools in particular have strict deadlines with regards to their supporting information forms (SIF).

If you would like support through your child’s admission exams or if you would be looking to get your child prepared in advance for entry into Year 7, inTuition Clubs are to help. At inTuition Clubs we provide an intensive 11 Plus programme which can be tailored to the school in which you plan to apply for. Our 11 Plus course caters for both private and grammar school nationally, tackling verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and maths for the GL and CEM examinations. Alternatively, if you were looking for extra support for your child during Year 6, we offer an online and in-centre transition course, to help support your child through their transition into Year 7. In this transition course the tutors will support your child for their SATs exams with our workshops and understand the importance of this time as it will determine their academic sets in Year 7. Our highly qualified and passionate tutors are ready to help your child today!

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20 Sep

11+ Schools Guide

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The Best Independent and Grammar Schools in North London

One of the most difficult decisions to make about your child’s education will be deciding what school your child will attend after their primary education. Choosing the right secondary school will impact your child GCSE grades, their A level grades and ultimately what university your child plans to apply to; selecting the right secondary schools will be not only selecting their learning environment for the next 7 years but choosing the foundations for their future.

 

State, Grammar or Independent? What’s the difference?

State, grammar and independent schools, are terms that are commonly used to classify different schools and it’s important to understand the difference between them to ensure that you are selecting the right school for your child.

Independent: Independent schools otherwise referred to as private schools. They are institutions that are not funded buy the state. They receive their funding via gifts, endowments and mostly through tuition fees. Students that attend independent schools will be required to pay termly tuition fees which vary from school to school, but on average these can range from 10,000 to 20,000 per year.  Not all independent schools are selective schools, but the majority are. This would mean that there is an entrance exam which must be passed in order to enrol. Despite the large fees that often come with private education, independent schools remain as a popular option amongst parents in North London, as they often produce students who enter the UK’s best Universities, as over 60% of Oxford and Cambridge University Students are from independent or grammar schools. (Bulman, The Independent)

Grammar: Grammar schools are selective secondary schools, that have a strong focus on academics. Students are selected for entry based on the results of the 11 Plus exam, which is taken in the final year of primary school. In the UK, there are a total of 164 grammar schools which is an incredibly small amount when considering that there are over 24,000 secondary schools in the UK. Grammar schools are a popular choice for parents, due to the strong academic focus, however, due to the scarcity, the application process is incredibly competitive. Most grammar schools receive 10 times the number of applications than the places they have available. It is also important to note that grammar schools are funded by the state and therefore do not require students to pay tuition fees.

State: A state school receives it’s funding entirely from the state and therefore do not require tuition fees and are provide free educations for their students. The majority of children in the UK will attend a state school and while results may vary from school to school, state schools will still follow the national curriculum.

 

The best independent schools in North London

 

North London Collegiate School

The North London Collegiate School was originally founded in Camden in 1850, now the school is in Edgware, Northeast London.

North London Collegiate School remains one of the best independent schools in London with students achieving 96.29% grades A-A* at GCSE in 2019.

The private school offers a friendly and warm atmosphere, glorious facilities and extensive extra-curricular activities. Each girl is given complete support during her time at North London Collegiate School.

General Information

Address: Canons Dr, Edgware HA8 7RJ

County: London Borough of Harrow, North London

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions policy: Selective

 

Haileybury And Imperial Service College

Haileybury is an independent school near Hertford in England. It is a member of the Rugby Group and though originally a major boys’ public school in the Victorian Era, it is now co-educational, enrolling pupils at 11+, 13+ and 16+ stages of education. Over 880 pupils attend Haileybury, of whom more than 550 board.

In 2019, 38% of Haileybury pupils scored A*/A for their A Levels examination. 65% of students scored A*/A for their GCSE examination while IB students scored an average of 36.4 points.

General Information

Address: Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NU England

County: London Borough of Hertfordshire

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions Policy: Selective

 

The best Grammar schools in North London

 

The Latymer School

This selective, mixed grammar school was judged as an “outstanding” by Ofsted for both school and sixth form.

The Latymer School is popular for providing a high quality education for both boys and girls, and is known as one of the best grammar schools in the UK.

General Information

Address: Haselbury Road, London, N9 9TN

County: London Borough of Enfield

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions Policy: Selective

 

Henrietta Barnet

Henrietta Barnett School is a prestigious grammar school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1911, the school sits perfectly in the serene surroundings of Hampstead Garden Suburb.

The school has been known as “one of the best academic state schools in the country, providing a gentle, inspiring education in a wonderful setting for very clever girls,” according to Good Schools Guide.

In 2005, The Henrietta Barnett School was also among the ‘best of the best’ and ‘outstanding’ schools in the annual report by England’s education watchdog Ofsted.

100% of the candidates from The Henrietta Barnett School got 5 or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths, and 95.33% entries were graded A*/A.

General Information

Address: Henrietta Barnett School, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW 11 7BN.

County: London Borough of Barnet, North London

Gender of Entry: Girls

Admissions policy: Selective

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys

In the market town of North London is the prestigious grammar school for boys Queen Elizabeth’s School. This reputable academy was founded in 1573 by, as the name implies, Queen Elizabeth I, and has consistently been one of the most successful grammar schools in England.

In 2007 and 2008, QE was consistently among the A-Level state schools. In 2008, 37 of QE students were able to enter in Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

General Information

Address: Queen’s Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ

County: London Borough of Barnet

Gender of Entry: Boys

Admissions Policy: Selective

 

Dame Alice Owens

Dame Alice Owen founded the school in 1613 in Islington; initially a boys’ school, it followed the addition of a girls’ school in 1886 and became co-educational after the move to the present site.

At Dame Alice Owens, outstanding results are attained by the majority of the students with 93% of all Year 11 students secured 5 or more 9-4 grades including English and Maths in 2019.

(96% in 2018, 96% in 2017, 95% in 2016, 92% in 2015, 95% in 2014)

General Information

Address: Dugdale Hill Ln, Potters Bar EN6 2DU

County: London Borough of Enfield

Gender of Entry: Mixed

Admissions Policy: Partially Selective

 

If you need further advice on what school to choose for your child, please click the links below for further insight:

The 11+ guide: https://www.11plusguide.com/grammar-school-test-areas/

11 + help: https://www.11plusehelp.co.uk/top-100-independent-schools

The good schools guide: https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/

Each of these websites provide comprehensive information to help you pick the right school for your child.

If you are looking to apply to a grammar or independent school and need help preparing your child for the 11 Plus exam, inTuition Clubs are here to help. Whether joining in Year 3, 4 or 5, our tutors help children develop skills and knowledge not only the exam, but for life, practice exam technique, stay motivated and give parents regular insights and updates on their readiness and suitability for the 11 Plus exam. Our 11 Plus tuition course is a unique learning programme, fostering a positive and encouraging online learning environment, balancing digital learning tools and small group tuition, all designed to help children become ’11-Plus Ready’. Intuition tutors are dedicated to helping students pass their exams with a pass rate of 89%. Preparing for the 11 Plus has never been a more enjoyable experience.

Book your free academic evaluation with inTuition Clubs below and receive comprehensive feedback on your child’s level and their aptitude for the 11 Plus exam.

16 Sep

Exam and Preparation Tips for the 11+

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Are you a parent who is startled by the 11+ content? Have you been considering that your child needs 11+ sessions with a personal tutor, or needs to revise more? We understand that it can be difficult to know where to begin when preparing for the 11+ exams, especially because your child will be exposed to subjects that they have never encountered before, such as: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. And so, we have created this guide here to help you answer these questions and provide you with all the essential information on how your child can succeed and excel in their 11+ exams. You can find a break down on the subjects, helpful study tips and exam advice to help both you and your child on the 11+ exam journey.

English

When preparing for the English exam, comprehension is key. Students will be tested on their literacy so during their preparation reading and writing will be fundamental to their success. Students must start to build their vocabulary and push themselves in their reading from as early as year 3. As well as reading in school, students should be encouraged to read at home whenever possible and should be consuming a wide variety of literature. This could include children’s books, non- fiction books, newspapers, and magazines. In doing so your child will not only expand their knowledge of the world around them but also build their vocabulary and literacy skills. Getting your child to read is only half of the battle, however as it is also important to test if they have understood what they have read. Once your child has finished reading, ask questions to really see if they understand and more important are able to clearly relay information back to you.

Here are some examples of some great comprehension questions that will work with any text:

  1. What was the title and the author of the text you read?
  2. What happened in the text?
  3. What was your favourite part and why?
  4. What would you change in the text?
  5. Can you explain the meaning of … (Please choose a difficult word in the text your child has read to test their vocabulary)?
  6. What do you think happened after?

Maths

When revising for the Maths exam it is important to ensure that your child has a good understanding of the fundamentals. This could be as simple as knowing all your times tables or memorising the conversions between fractions decimals and percentage. Once a strong foundation has been achieved, it is important to expand your child’s knowledge beyond what is required by the national curriculum for their age group, as the 11+ exam will require students to cover topics and answer questions that may not have been covered in schools.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal exam is quite similar in subject matter to English, as students will be looking at the relationships between words and letters in this topic. To succeed in verbal reasoning, students will need to have a strong vocabulary, and there are many ways to achieve this. At inTuition Clubs we always recommend that child keep a vocabulary book with them, and when they approach a word that seems unfamiliar to them, they are able to make a note of it, find the definition and memorise it. Another method we recommend would be using prepared 11+ Vocabulary lists a list that we recommend to all students can be found here: https://www.11plusguide.com/11-plus-subjects/11-plus-vocabulary-list/

Or, a fantastic book which provides a wide range of activities to build 11+ Vocabulary can be found here.

Non Verbal Reasoning

For the Non-Verbal Exam, practice will make all the difference. Students will need to practice as many exam papers and question books as possible in order to adequately prepare for their test. To ensure that their revision is successful, students should also be completing question in timed conditions, so they can have an accurate feel of what it will be like when they must have to sit the exam in September or October. Practising a wide variety of papers will allow students to encounter a wide variety of questions at varying difficulties as students will often the concept of a nonverbal question but when they have applied their reasoning at increased level of difficulty, students tend to stumble.

Advice

  • Create a Study Plan – We’ve includes a free template of the inTuition 11+ study plan below!
  • Have a Realistic Workload – The worst thing you can do is be overly ambitious with your work schedule, as you can easily overwhelm your child and overexert them which result in very little being learnt.
  • Practice Practice Practice! – Getting your child to practice and study can be difficult but there are ways to make revision fun. This can be done by changing studying locations, revising with other students and always ensure to reward them for a job well done!
  • Allocate Time to Weaker Areas – if there are areas that your child struggles with more than others make sure a little bit of extra time is spent revising that topic to ensure that no gaps are left in your child’s knowledge.

At inTuition Clubs we give our students their very own study planner! You can download a copy here:

(Include link to study planner – doc in email)

You and your child can use this planner to organise their 11+ revision, whether it is practicing past papers or just spending 10 minutes a day memorising the vocabulary. The key to using this timetable is ‘little but often’ just spending 10 minutes on either English, Maths, verbal or Non-verbal can make a difference in your child’s learning. For each day fill in the columns with 10- 15 minutes of revision for your child and after a week you will already begin to see the difference in your child’s knowledge.

Exam Tips

Exams can be quite intimidating and therefore it is of upmost importance that your child is prepared in advance feeling calm and relaxed, not cramming any last minute revisions shortly before the exam.

During the exam, most children benefit from looking through the test paper before starting it as this gives them a sense of understanding of what is expected from them and this tends to relive any nerves that they may have.

In case your child is stuck or nervous during or before the exam, It is incredibly important to advise your child to take deep breaths for a few seconds.

Keeping an eye on the time is fundamental, as it is important that your child spends the recommend time on each section to ensure they complete the test on time.

Double checking answers and reading through the test paper at the end of the exam is essential to pick up any mistakes made by the nerves!

One of the best ways to ensure that your child is adequately prepared for the 11+ exam is through tuition and inTuition Clubs tutors are always happy and ready to help your child! The 11-Plus Tuition course is a learning programme designed to help year 3, 4, and 5 children be ’11-Plus Ready’. We foster a positive and encouraging online learning environment, balancing digital learning tools and small group tuition.

Whether your child is joining in year 3, 4 or 5, our tutors help children develop skills for life, practice exam techniques, stay motivated and give parents regular insights and updates on their readiness and suitability for the 11+ examination. Intuition tutors are dedicated to helping students pass their exams with a pass rate of 89%, practicing for the 11+ plus has never been a more enjoyable experience.

Book your free academic evaluation with inTuition Clubs below and receive comprehensive feedback on your child’s level and their aptitude for the 11+ exam.

01 Sep

What is the 11-plus exam and why is it important?

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Across the UK, parents try to secure a place at the best schools, and the best universities for their children. There has been an increase in parents opting to send their children to grammar and independent schools, in order to increase the chance of their children to achieve the best GCSE and A level results possible, to enter the top universities. However, to enter a grammar or some independent secondary schools, 11 Plus exams must be sat by the child which contains various types of content not taught in the primary school curriculum.

Children usually start to prepare for the 11 Plus exams from the age of 8 (Year 3), until they sit the exam in Year 6. This is because it can take years to build the skills as well as vocabulary needed, to enhance their analytical thinking necessary for the exams. Therefore, the earlier they start, the more prepared they will be for these exams. While the 11 Plus exam is rewarding, it is equally as vigorous to prepare for. As applying for grammar and independent secondary schools and sitting these exams are not compulsory, if you are unsure about your child embarking on the 11 Plus exam journey, you can take our short quiz:

Questions

Yes

No

1 Do you receive positive feedback in your child’s school reports?

2 Are your child’s test results above average?

3 Is your child a high achiever academically?

4 Does your child like to be challenged in school?

5 Has your child’s teacher recommended grammar or independent schools for your child?

6 Is your child an enthusiastic learner, who is keen to explore different subjects?

If you answered mostly ‘yes’ to the questions above your child may be a strong candidate for the 11 Plus exam.

If you have decided that you want your child to enter your child into a grammar or independent school, and thus undertake the 11 Plus exam, it is important to know which exam, exactly, that your child will be taking. There are two main exam boards used for the 11 Plus exam: CEM and GL. The exam that your child takes will depend on the school that they are applying for. Often, independent schools chose to create their own test papers using material in the same style of the CEM and GL exam papers. GL and CEM both generally cover the main 4 topic areas of the 11+: Verbal Reasoning Non-Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Numerical Reasoning and English. But, what is the difference between the two? There are four key differences between the two:

1)     Subjects taught: GL covers English, Maths, Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning. CEM covers verbal, non-verbal, and numerical reasoning.

2)     Exam length: The GL exam usually last 45 minutes long, however, there has been some variation throughout the years. Whereas, the CEM exam does not have a standard format and so, the exam length will vary from year to year.

3)     Skills assessed: GL exams are far broader in the terms of the material they cover. Meanwhile, the CEM exams would require students to build a larger bank of vocabulary. And, the CEM exams tend to closely follow the KS2 curriculum particularly in the style of the exam questions.

4)     Exam paper style: The GL exam splits their papers by subject so there would be four papers in total, while the CEM exam will combine Maths and Non- Verbal Reasoning into a single paper likewise with English and Verbal Reasoning.

IThere are 4 key areas within the exam that students will prepare for:

1) Mathematics and Numerical reasoning:

This topic builds on the mathematics that primary school children are taught and attempts to test the child’s reasoning skills rather than their knowledge. This is done through mathematical problems that require application of taught methods. Common topics include: Algebra, Geometry, and Probability.

2) Verbal-Reasoning:

This topic assesses a child’s verbal ability, how they recognize links and trends between words. This is an important skill to build, because not only is it relevant for the 11 Plus exams, but these skills are sort after by both universities and employers. For 11 Plus exam success in verbal reasoning, building your child’s vocabulary is of upmost importance. The average 11-year-old is expected to have a vocabulary of 2,000 words but the vocabulary for an 11 Plus student is expected to be over 3,000 words.

3) Non-Verbal and Spatial Reasoning:

This is the most abstract topic as it is not taught in the national curriculum. This topic assesses the child’s ability to make connections which are not overt. It heavily tests and grows their logical reasoning capabilities, which relates to their IQ, which can be developed. Non-Verbal Reasoning requires students to utilize their problem-solving using pictures and diagrams. It tests their ability to analyze visual information and solve problems based on visual reasoning.

4) English:

English is another important topic. Being able to write with purpose, at a high level is an essential skill, that is best developed starting from a young age. It is useful and relevant for all types of professions, and also encapsulates the other three topics. This topic is often assessed through an essay style exam and contains early secondary school content. This is a special topic, as there is no limit as to how much of it can be taught.

Where can I find a good Grammar school?

There are many ways to choose which grammar and/or independent school to apply to for your child. However, it can be an arduous process for parents to try and the perfect fit. If you are looking for a state sponsored grammar school, with no fees, these schools can be found in the counties listed below:

Berkshire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, London, Lincolnshire, Medway, Shropshire, Trafford, Wiltshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton and Yorkshire.

For parents looking in London in particular, here is the list of all the boroughs that have state funded grammar schools: Barnet, Redbridge, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Enfield, Bromley, Bexley

The 11 Plus timeline

Grammar schools work to a strict timeline and in order to ensure that you are successful in applying to the school of your choice, it’s important to be aware of the key dates. Below we have outlined some general time periods which will be very important on your child’s 11 Plus journey:

  • April: Schools will open their registration in April or May and set a deadline around June or July for parents to register their child for the 11 Plus exam. There is some variability, so please check the dates of the particular schools of interest.
  • September: For the majority of grammar schools, the 11 Plus exam will occur during the first two weeks of September 2021.
  • October: The 11 Plus results will be posted in mid-October 2021 for grammar schools
  • March (The following year): School allocations are confirmed on 01 March 2022.

*please note that these dates may not apply to every grammar and independent school.

Will Tuition help your child pass the 11 Plus exam?

Fundamentally, the 11 Plus exams are used by grammar schools to help promising young minds reach their full potential, and tuition can support your child on the way to this exam. The 11 Plus exam is known for their level of difficulty, in both the depth and breadth of material, that students are expected to cover; a tutor can ease a child into the wealth of information that they will need learn over the years and facilitate their learning to ensure that their exam preparation is a smooth and stress-free process. inTuition tutors are dedicated to helping students pass their exams with a pass rate of 89%. Preparing for the 11 Plus has never been a more enjoyable experience.

Book your free academic evaluation with inTuition Clubs below and receive comprehensive feedback on your child’s level and their aptitude for the 11+ exam.


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09 Jun

Instagram for kids? How to keep children safe online

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There are a variety of issues surroundings online safety for children, and it is very important we teach them how to recognise dangerous situations and protect themselves online.

Kids Mode On Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has launched a ‘Kids Mode’ which aims at keeping children under 12 safer on the internet. With Kids Mode, parents can customize what their children, can and cannot access, provide them with a more enriching and safer web experience, give permission to specific pages or approve children requests to see new sites. Parents can also lock their passwords, so sensitive data information is not shared by children inadvertently.

Kids Mode Features:

  • A safer experience just for kids: children will have a safer browsing experience with pre-selected kid-friendly sites and security settings.
  • News for kids: the browser contains a news page specially designed for kids! Which allows them to learn about the world around them in an age-appropriate way. Designed for kids 9-12
  • Age-appropriate content: there are two settings for younger and older kids parents can set up: 5-8 and 9-12.

Misleading information: It is important to teach children to distinguish between facts and fiction.

Due to lockdown, children have found themselves online for much longer periods than before. While the internet has enabled children to continue their education online in these uncertain times, it is crucial to keep them safe.

Instagram for kids

As educators and online primary school tuition provider, we often remind children to not share personal information online and if something does not feel right to speak to an adult.

We have the responsibility of teaching them the internet can be a great place to extract information and learn from, however, we also acknowledge the fact that some of the information they find can be ‘fake’ and not real. We want to ensure that from a young age they can distinguish between real and fake news, we encourage them to question a piece of news, research profusely before deciding on the reliability of the information they found online.

Fake news can have a very negative impact on mental health, and this is not only for children but also for adults, we often watch informational videos and let children do interactive research during our class starter activities to develop their critical thinking and guide them through the process of recognising real information opposed to non-relevant one.

Sometimes social media reality can also be distortive and represent a fake reality, this creates a picture of lifestyle and beauty that is often non-realistic and children’s well as adults need to be aware that what they see could well possibly be orchestrated.

Parents should also encourage children to be inquisitive and have an understanding of the repercussions related to fake news that can affect children. While these can differ, from unnecessary worries to more serious anxiety problems or more. Considering the current circumstances children can feel worried about Covid-19 and fake news about that, along with usual problems created by social media fake reality and body image.

Tips for parents to help children distinguish between fake and real news and stay safe online

Parents should encourage children to:

  • Be like Sherlock Holmes! Always check their sources, not once but at least twice. To not trust just one piece of an article online, but instead double-check the information given is correct and do additional research both online on the internet, newspapers and books!
  • Not accept strangers friend requests on social media platforms and games! Online friends may not be real friends and children should know they should be considered strangers as anyone can hide behind a fake account or picture.
  • Ask for help when unsure about something online, make sure they know they can come to you or another trusted adult if something does not feel right if an image they found is disturbing or they are receiving unwanted messages. A good idea is also to enable Safe Search Settings and built-in parental controls on laptops and consoles the children have access to. An example of safe browsers for kids: (Pikluk, Kidoz, ZAC, KidzSearch, Kidzui, Maxthon, KidSurf, KidSplorer, Microsoft Edge Kids Mode).
  • Explain your children to be careful and try avoiding sharing content online, have a discussion with them on what they can post or not post. Also, explain to them the importance of checking what they are re-sharing on their social media accounts as certain content can be fake or damaging to others.
  • Keep an open conversation with your children about the internet, spend time with them online and see what websites they visit, ask questions about what they are watching, always explain the positives and negatives of the internet and make sure children know they can come to you should they need support with an online situation.

Cyberbullying has increased – How we can prevent it

Cyberbullying is a serious problem which has seen an increase in recent months. Many believe this is also related to the increasing amount of time we spend online and our reliance on technology during the global lockdown.

Children attend online classes, meet their friends and family on video calls and rely on the net to keep occupied and express their creativity in this time of social distancing measures. It is important they know how to act when facing a ‘Cyber Bully’, below are some tips on how they can stop cyberbullying.

Instagram for kids

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying for children

  • You should know it is not your fault! If someone is persistently being nasty and cruel to you, this is a bully. You should not blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated bad and cruelly.
  • Try not to answer or retaliate. Bullies often want a reaction from you, so they think they are in power. Do not empower them, if you can find a way out of the situation. To remove yourself from an online bully block them and report them and if you cannot do it yourself, ask an adult for help.
  • Take screenshots and save pictures of what’s happening. Cyberbullying uses online devices therefore make sure to capture evidence and show it to someone you trust that can help you. Cyberbullying is taken seriously by the law and bullies face penalties for their behaviour.
  • Tell the bully to stop! If you want you can choose to tell the bully to stop and make it clear that you will not tolerate the bully’s behaviour anymore, ask a trusted adult or friend to support you in this if you want.
  • If the situation is persisting, ask for help! If you need help processing your feelings or resolving the situation speak to a trusted person.
  • Use all the Tech tools available to you: Block and report, if the threats you are receiving are of physical harm call the police and report to your school authorities, the police is there to stop the cyberbullies!
  • Keep your account details private and secure, do not share login information with anyone and ensure your phone has a pin password.

If you are reading this and you know somebody is being bullied, ACT!  Be there for your friend and take a standpoint against the bully. If you are not able to stop the bully be there and support your friend by listening. If you know someone who is being bullied and it is not your friend, still offer support and at minimum do not take the bully’s side.

Cyberbullying advice for parents

Most children do not mention to their parents they are being cyberbullied or bullied, so if your child is open about the issue, listen to your child and try to find a solution together. Changes in sleeping behaviour or your child being reluctant to go to school, or if you see your child nervous around a laptop or phone; may indicate your child is targeted by bullies. However, do not simply assume this is the case, hear your child and see their perspective.

  1. The suggestion is always for the parent to start a conversation with their child and try and find out more details on why for example they are nervous when on their phone. You can also ask them directly if anyone is being mean to them, try and get a full picture of what is happening so you can help your child effectively.
  2. Work together with your child to find a solution, keep them in the loop. If you are having talks with others in regard to the bullying, let your child know. Cyberbullying often involves a ‘loss of dignity’ or control over a social situation, if you involve your child in uncovering a solution, this facilitates the regaining of that. It is about your child’s life so make sure they are involved in finding a solution to the problem.
  3. As a parent, think it carefully and do not rush a response to the bully. Cyberbullies aim to exclude and get the victim marginalised, therefore a rushed public response to the bully or even a secret meeting with school authorities becoming public can make your child even more marginalised. Plan your response carefully and work closely with the authorities to deliver this in the best way.
  4. Make sure to get more than one perspective, your child could be honest about what happened but sometimes ‘one person truth isn’t necessarily everybody’s.’ Often kids get involved in chain reactions and there could be more than one side to the story, so be open-minded for this.
  5. Listen to your child, often listening is what victims need the most, having someone to talk to and support them through this difficult time can make a difference and help them heal.

Focus on restoring your child’s confidence self-respect and resilience, at times this means your child needs to stand up to the bully sometimes not, listen to your child and support them through whatever way they choose to overcome the situation. More information on defeating cyberbullying can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Cyberbullying-guidance2.pdf

Instagram for Kids – why experts want to stop it.

Facebook has expressed plans to introduce Instagram Kids, developed specifically to cater and target under 13s, this has caused an outcry from many public health experts and child advocacy groups, who are requesting these plans to be halted.

YouTube Kids similarly launched a Kids version a couple of years ago, why is Instagram Kids creating a much higher concern?

Firstly, Facebook (an umbrella company for Instagram) has failed, historically and in many ways to protect younger audiences, this has happened with Messenger Kids, where a bug in the system, allowed children to access adult group chats.

Secondly, the use of social media and ‘screen-time’ in pre -teens and teenagers has been linked to issues around body image, bullying, self-esteem, sleep problems and depression by health experts.

What is the purpose of launching Instagram kids? Do kids really need it to connect with their family and friends or is it just a camouflage to collect their personal information and interests so Facebook can target them with ads and exploit them? Is this a disguised move to gather more information on children demographics and create more revenue for Facebook?

The argument above seems to stand for many, because in so many ways children are not going to benefit from being on the platform. It is thought that most of the content on social media platforms is ‘consumerist’, with around 4% of it being educational. The app is also structured to be ‘addictive’ because of its likes structure, getting a like = dopamine release, which can be concerning especially for children suffering of ‘screen addiction’ or potentially being introduced to it. (the screen time recommended for children is around 2 hours per day).

Why Instagram Kids is not a good idea.

  • It can create screen addiction!
  • It puts them at risk: on the platform, they will be posting selfies/pictures, messaging others, how can we guarantee this is safe?
  • It can cause the body image/ mental health related issues. Instagram focuses on self-representation, appearance, and branding; young children may not be able to understand what it is appropriate to share on social media. They may also not recognise between fake and real and will try to imitate or feel the pressure to align and conform, to standards they see on the platform.

Instagram has stated that they will make the platform safe and age-appropriate for children. However, truth is, Instagram Kids will never be 100% safe for children under 13.

19 May

SATs are cancelled, but children should still study for them!

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SATs stand for ‘Statutory Assessment Tests’.

If you have a child at primary school in Britain, or you are the child at primary school reading this then hopefully you are aware of SATs. This year the tests will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, children should still be encouraged to prepare for them as if they were happening. Whether you are already clued up on the matter or need to know a bit more about them then this blog is here to take you through step-by-step and give you the inside information about these types of exams. In this post, we provide tips and advice on preparation, break down what you can expect from each level, and look at how both parents and children can work in tandem for a positive outcome.

What exactly are SATs?

As eluded to above, the letters themselves actually stand for Statutory Assessment Tests.

However, they are known as National Curriculum Tests to the education authority. They are carried out in UK schools by the Standards & Testing Agency and both descriptions are commonly used terms and each accurate in their own right.

SATs provide education regulators evidence that each school is teaching correctly and the teachers themselves along with parents can track, monitor, and measure the children’s progress. These standardised tests are actually known as End of Key Stage Tests and Assessments but typically referred to as SATs for general purpose.

When do you take them?

SATs are national tests that children take twice during their primary school journey on separate occasions spaced out at different ages. Firstly, at the end of Key Stage 1 (KS1) in Year 2, and then further down the development and learning road, at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in Year 6.

SAT exams

What is the main objective of SATs?

SATs are predominantly an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far. They are also a measurement of teaching standards in that particular school but this is a secondary aim. The primary focus is the progression and developmental monitoring of the child. SATs basically show what level your child is currently working to and are not intended as a measure of whether your child is passing or failing.

Are SATs suitable or controversial?

The answer is they can be both, depending on which perspective you come from. Every year, there is a debate about the effectiveness of SATs, whether this is warranted is up to you to decide. The best advice is to find out your child’s preferred learning methods and support them during the build-up to the exams as it can be a lot of pressure for young pupils. Is it best practice to give such young students tests where they are assessed against the national expectancies? Here are some examples of why they are scrutinized intensely each year by some:

  • Increase in anxiety and depression in students recently (even panic attacks)
  • SATS offers a very limited way of assessing the right school for your child – they don’t take into consideration sport, arts, attitude towards kindness, pastoral care, and extracurricular activity.
  • May cause an over-focus on English and math while ignoring science
  • Can encourage schools to work against each other rather than working together
  • High stakes limit the chances of exploration in the classroom, pressure of having to perform

SATs have undergone structural changes in recent years, maybe due to increased criticism from parents and known organisations. In light of this, having previously been marked using ‘levels’, national SATs results are to be reported only in the form of scaled scores and have been this way since 2016.

The practice in exam technique and doing tests is a useful skill to develop. It is worth bearing this in mind if you find yourself against the SATs because if nothing else they do represent an opportunity to gain valuable experience for what is to come further down the road in terms of GCSE’s and A-levels.

What to expect from SATs at KS1

KS1 tests are assessed by teachers therefore there is no external marking. The only exceptions are the occasional random ones for moderation purposes. The tests themselves are typically informal, in a bid to reduce unnecessary pressure on young pupils. In Years 3, 4, and 5, some schools choose to have children take optional SATs, which enable teachers to assess a child’s progress, however, the results from these tests are not recorded nationally. KS1 SATs are split into the following sections:

What to expect from SATs at KS2

Pupils sit their second set of SATs at KS2 level in Year 6. In contrast to the previous tests, these ones are more formal than those taken in KS1. For example, they will have set exam days as well as external marking in the majority of schools around the country. KS2 SATs are split into the following subjects:

At both KS1 and Ks2 levels, pupils are encouraged and taught towards reaching and achieving the national standard. The national standard score for both is currently set at 100.

When Do We Get SATs Results?

 Once the KS1 and KS2 SATs are complete, the latter will be sent away for external marking and children should receive their results towards the end of the summer term in July of Years 2 and 6 respectively. You will receive a report stating your child’s scores in the following format:

Raw score (Marks achieved in their SATs)

Scaled score (A year-on-year comparison conversion score)

Expected standard (National standard or below)

Consequences of failure

 

Individually 

There is no automatic, direct consequence for dropping below national standards and a (state, non-selective) secondary school most certainly cannot refuse to accept a pupil based on KS2 data. So it isn’t the scores that count, but what they represent. Poor literacy impacts across the curriculum at secondary so being able to say what you mean in written format is really helpful.

If you don’t ‘reach the expected standard’ then nothing terrible happens. Not achieving national standards doesn’t affect your school place. The only knock-on effect it may result in is which set you are initially placed in for some subjects at secondary school, but many schools use CATs or assessments in the first few weeks for this purpose. A decent well-governed school should adjust sets as and when needed in year 7.

 

For the school

The primary school is anxious because it is judged by its pupils’ SATs results. This is very much not your problem of course so do not allow yourself or your child to stress over it.

SATs results

It will affect the base measure that a secondary school is measured on for progress made at GCSE. Underachieving against ability in SATs may mean that less is ‘expected’ at secondary and so interventions aren’t done. (Though similarly overachieving may mean the child is told they are under-performing throughout secondary).

 

The results will be given to the child’s secondary school – and how they are used will very much depend on the school. They could be used to set/stream the child; to set GCSE targets; even, if it’s a poor school, to limit GCSE options. A good school, however, will do its own assessments, and take the KS2 data with a pinch of salt.

How, as a parent, to support the preparation for SATs?

The good news is that a lot of this will be covered in class but you still have an important role to play. It is vital that you give your child the best opportunity to express their abilities by nurturing an environment where they can excel. Additional home learning and preparation will be key to the overall outcome, as will planning and revision structure assistance where and when required. Ultimately if you are a source of support, guidance and there to provide a boost to your child’s confidence and self-esteem you will have done your part. Why not try the following as a base;

  • Set up a revision timetable and ensure they stick to it
  • Keep a positive attitude. Yes, SATs are important but if you stress about your child’s upcoming tests, it might rub off on them.
  • Vary their learning with different methods and techniques
  • Allow them breaks
  • Revising little and often; asking children to concentrate for 45 minutes requires practice, so don’t overwhelm them.
  • Offer learning-based challenges and incentives
  • Take SATs practice papers. Practice papers will go a long way in helping to familiarise your child with the types of questions they might come across.
  • Maintain a normal routine and don’t build pressure

How crucial are the practice papers for revision and preparation?

SATs practice tests cover all the topics your child will need to know for the real exams. They are updated regularly to ensure that they are current and accurate. Detailed mark schemes are included. And are hugely beneficial. This also allows the opportunity to practice the most important aspect of all which is reading over your answers.

Double-checking what you have written down is imperative and needs to be drilled into your child’s mind by both the teacher and you as parents. Reading the question thoroughly at least twice before answering it and once again after drafting an answer for assurance is equally as important and scanning your overall submissions at the end of the test paper.

Below are just some of the of using practice papers as part of your child’s exam preparation:

  • Improve time management
  • Identify knowledge gaps
  • Track progress
  • Recognise question types

What SATs preparation materials can I get in advance?

 Try not to bombard them or overwhelm them at what can be a difficult time. The usefulness of material items and indeed words of wisdom from the parent will come down to the individual style of learning and how the child prefers to revise and prepare. That being said, a general guide for prep materials for the SATs exam could include:

  • A study planner
  • A SATs reading list
  • Incentives
  • Practice SATs exam papers
  • A grammar checker
  • Research helpful websites and blogs to share
  • Flashcards

Encourage Variety

It is also important to encourage variety in the way in which students prepare for the SATs. Often when students are most excited about a topic, they produce their best work. If they come to loathe revision because it’s just the same thing day in, day out, it is likely that they could spend time studying without taking things in. Examples of adding variety to their preparation could be incorporating days out or fun activities into the students’ day – e.g. working out how much the total cost of what they have bought out is.

Don’t neglect the basics

Focus on the basics. There might be a lot to cover in SATs but it really is important that the student is familiar with the core concepts of their subjects. This is a little more tricky for science-based subjects – but it’s fair to say that measurements will be useful and a great tip is to centre learning around the human body (how do humans relate to food, plants, materials, circuits). In maths, this form of preparation would take the shape of familiarisation with the times tables – as multiplication is crucial to feeling confident in this subject. If the student understands multiplication fully, it is likely they will understand division, addition, and subtraction too. For English, this really comes down to the students’ ability to read and write. What is most important is that the student can adequately express themself. Second, to this is an understanding of how the English language works.

The value of reading

It may sound too simplistic, however, for English – the best preparation may in fact be reading. When a student comes across a text and reads it, they are building the foundation for understanding all the concepts that an English lesson will introduce to them. Whether they can spell words freely or not, they are getting a grasp of how these words can be used in a sentence and how people or the text responds to that. Further, they start to identify pronouns without knowing what a pronoun is, the same is in effect for all the technical language of English. This means, more often than not, that the more a student reads and is familiar with more complex texts, the quicker they will pick up new concepts within the subject of English. When a student opens the SATS paper, they want to be sure they understand every word exactly – then they can see what every question is asking them with accuracy.

16 Apr

Encourage A Young Writer Day

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April 10th, Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10th 2021, celebrates ‘Encourage A Young Writer Day’, this is such an important day for us at inTuition Clubs, with all our tuition programmes for children, we aim to inspire our students to use their imagination and skills to write, with various exercises during our classes.

Children and young people’s enjoyment of writing is at almost its lowest level in a decade. Although there has been some improvement since 2019, and a significant jump in the number of children writing daily outside school, there is still work to be done. Since the onset of the global pandemic and lockdown, there has been a blurring of the boundaries between home and school. For a significant number of the children and young people surveyed, this has had an impact on their writing. In many cases children and young people are developing new and positive writing habits, while others see the time they might once have spent writing for themselves at home absorbed by schoolwork. We believe that it’s important for parents to encourage creative writing as a task that is separate from homework, which will in turn encourage children to balance time effectively.

While technology has really helped us all stay in touch throughout the years, it has really affected our handwriting and has also had an impact on how children write overall, such as acronyms, emoticons, incorrect grammar etc.

So, the question is how can our children become better writers? How do we encourage them?

Reading is crucial to improve children’s writing

Reading is key to writing. At inTuition Clubs, we celebrated: ‘World Book Month’; with many activities to promote reading and writing to our students, such as running a competition among our students to write their own ‘short book’! The winner had their story transformed into an audiobook! You can find more information on how the month went and what we did at inTuition Clubs, by reading our blogpost here

Tips for parents to improve children’s writing

1. Read to your child or let them read to you!

By reading your child uses their imagination, this sets the foundation of storytelling. So, make sure to encourage your child to pick up a book or spend time reading them stories! Remember there are many different genres of books: your child may prefer comics over novels, they may love crime thrillers and not fantasy books, let them choose what they like! Beyond exposure to new and challenging words, your children will learn how to articulate phrases and to use vocabulary in the most effective way. Just by experiencing a story, they will begin to understand cadence and rhythm of inflection.

2. Encourage them to start a journal! 

Journal

A fun activity for children to have is journaling, keeping a diary can help children navigate these difficult times, it is also a great activity to encourage them to write! So many topics can be included in a diary, children can write about their day freely or can be guided to fill in the blanks through templates. Feel free to use our template below. Explain to your kids diary are made to write down their emotions and adventures and are private for them to write whatever they feel like!

3. If your child struggles to handwrite, do not be afraid to provide them with a laptop or computer!

Some children may find it quite difficult and not fun to handwrite, so do not pressure them to pick up pen and papers and instead let them type on a laptop or electronic device, each child is different, and finding a method that works best for them is key.

4. Use voice dictation

This helps children write and encourages storytelling.

Voice dictation will allow your child to convert their spoken words into text. It removes the task of physically writing down their words but still allows their creativity to flourish!

5. Show them you love writing too!

Maybe start writing in a diary alongside them, or organise writing activities and games within your family. It is important to recognise that our children learn mostly from example. One idea might be to write a poem together, a fan fiction, or even a family history story. 

6. Praise them for their stories!

Make sure you read you kids work (if they are happy for you to do so) and praise them for their writing skills, provide some suggestions as well for them to improve and work on! Keep it very positive!

7. Encourage your children to write letters! To their friends, family and more.

What did children write about in lockdown?

The main topics amongst children writing during lockdown were: creative and wellbeing writing. It is great to discover that so many youngsters, were able to confidently turn to writing to express their feelings during such a difficult time and express themselves. 1 in 6 children and young people say that they enjoyed writing more during lockdown than they had before.

From the survey:

  • 2 in 5 have written more short stories or fiction (39.7%) and letters (39.3%)
  • 1 in 4 (27.1%) have written more in a diary or journal.
  • 1 in 5 (20.8%) have written more poetry
  • 2 in 5 (41.3%) children said writing makes them feel better and 1 in 4 (24.8%)

For those children and young people who say they enjoy writing more during lockdown, the reason for increased writing enjoyment was most often having extra time to write, and for those who said they enjoy writing less during lockdown, this is because they associate writing with schoolwork, and they feel like they have so much of it already.

Vocabulary practice as a game!

There are many games and apps online you can use to help your child improve their vocabulary. Cambridge Learning has created ab app filled with 15 hours of game time on vocabulary practice! Having an expert vocabulary can really help your children enjoy writing more, the app is free and can be downloaded here.

How we can help your child’s writing at inTuition Clubs

If you want to separate the idea of exercising imagination from homework, inTuition Clubs might be the place for your child to really find their feet (or their hands) with creative writing. If requested, our skilled tutors can centre lessons around the development of vocabulary and imaginative faculties. Sometimes this takes the form of picture prompts or discussions between the tutor and the pupil. But either way, that hour of time can be a bubble away from homework to really encourage your child to explore the possibilities of creative writing.

If you are interested, we offer a FREE evaluation session for your future student.

12 Mar

World Book Day- A Day to Celebrate

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Reading is an integral part of how a child learns and it allows them to use their imagination, which is a crucial part of developing. Therefore, when World Book Day comes along, it’s important that they are encouraged to embrace it, recognise it and indulge in some of their favourite books.

What Makes World Book Day so Special?

Since 1997 World Book Day has been celebrated in the UK and it’s a day that highlights just how important books are in the life of a child. Reading books provides children with the opportunity to learn, engage and enjoy the escapism that they offer. However, World Book Day now gives children the opportunity to take advantage of a £1 token that allows them to purchase a book for £1. With this, they can explore another new book and further their learning.

In a digital world, it is now more important than ever before to embrace the importance of reading.

Reading Provides Pleasure for Children

With every turn of the page, children can control how they engage with a book and the story it tells. They get the chance to immerse themselves in every page and with that comes the chance for them to believe every single word.

Even spending just 10 minutes per day reading can have a significant impact on their development and those who do read are more likely to become successful later in life. So, by reading, they have the potential to take control of their future in a way that people might not realise, and this is where World Book Day can play a pivotal role in how children and parents perceive reading and its importance.

Whether it’s the story, the characters or the way in which a book enables a child to drift away, reading is hugely influential and is something that should be encouraged.

10 book ideas for children 

Slime is set on the Isle of Mulch, where many awful adults live, their best hobby is to make children feel miserable. Aunt Greta, Greed  the owner of the island is the most awful of all! Something has to change and Ned who has lived on the island all of his life, discovers Slime, can slimepower be the solution to all the children’s problems? Slime is an action filled novel where Ned is the hero, it is a fantastical adventure!

 

This book is a big adventure! Team up with Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they quit their village with the mission to save Roland’s mother from the White Warlock. Do you think our heroes will succeed?

 

Love conquers all and, Janet and Bill are able to bring their blue and red families together and celebrate the birth of their purple baby too! This story celebrates family love and friendship, reminds us to embrace our differences and find common ground.

 

The viral phenomenon #DrawWithRob is now an activity book for you to draw with Rob at home! As seen everywhere on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, TV, and more, from the creative genius and bestselling author Rob Biddulph! Winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards ‘Book of the Year’ 2020! 

 

Greg Heffley and his family have been living in his grandmother’s basement for two months (due to the events in Wrecking Ball), and they are beginning to go stir crazy. The Heffleys cannot afford an expensive vacation, but they discuss possible family vacations that they would be able to afford. Unable to reach a decision, Greg’s family receives a call from his great grandmother, asking them to take his uncle’s camper out of her driveway. The family realizes that they can vacation in the camper, and not have to spend money at restaurants and hotels.

 

Heartbreak, hope and gentle humour are characteristics of this graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is very difficult there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So, when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future life … but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

 

A fabulously imagined fairy-tale about scary monsters, wicked courtiers, and resourceful children, with illustrations submitted by kids! The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest place in the world, filled with gold, butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, everything was perfect except for the misty Marshlands which, according to popular belief, were home to the monstrous Ickabog.

 

In this compelling, emotionally engaging novel set in 1880, a half-Chinese girl and her white father try to make a home in Dakota Territory, in the face of racism and resistance to change. Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multi-layered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend.

 

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson. In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are cleverly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

 

If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other. This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children. An engaging storybook about a single curious and imaginative child, simultaneously funny and touching that carries a clear message about the need to care for the earth and each other.

It’s About Bringing People Together

Through celebrating World Book Day, it’s possible for parents and teachers to come together to help children enjoy their favourite books.

Parents and Teachers can help children to understand the meaning of their book and who created it by watching a collection of videos from authors and illustrators. The children will love learning more about their favourite stories and understanding who created their book, it will allow them to form a stronger connection with it.

Encouraging children to talk about their favourite books is also a great way of inspiring them to appreciate what they read. They’ll love sharing what makes them smile in their favourite book or what they love about the characters. Furthermore, it’s common to get dressed up too, giving children the opportunity to spend the day as their favourite character from a book.

All of this becomes integral in the development of a child and by using this one day to inspire will have a huge influence on how children perceive books. Furthermore, with a huge range of books available, there is no limit on how much they can learn!

08 Mar

Meet The Team

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Effective Learning is linked to great teaching

Great teaching is at the heart of learning; our tutors strive to make classes fun, engaging and tailor them to their pupils’ needs. At inTuition Clubs, teachers come from various educational backgrounds. Some have a Master’s in Journalism, some have a bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry, some come from an English literature degree.

This ensures our children are exposed to different lesson plans and cover different topics. While all in the national curriculum, these topics our tutors prepare for each class are far more interesting and engaging than the merely traditional ones, with the children, therefore, benefiting from a greater knowledge mix and cultural exposure.

Positive Teaching and better student performance

Our Teachers teach with passion: at all times aiming at supporting the children achieve their best performances while ensuring the learning environment is safe and fun, our classes always start with a fun game/ interactive content.

Why we use positive teaching and what it means

Our tutors are fond of ‘positive teaching’. Positive Teaching is about giving children lots of praise for good behaviour and keeping disapproval and reprimands to a minimum, to manage and shape behaviour, create a positive classroom culture and make sure lots of teaching and learning is done. It means our tutors, strive to positively encourage children and support them, guiding them through the tasks they find tricky with words of encouragement. More information on the positive teaching methodology can be found here

inTuition Clubs: modern and tailored tuition

inTuition Clubs tutors teach modern lessons, where engagement and positive learning are key elements; they put a strong emphasis on collaborative working and group interactions, as well as allowing time for independent learning. Our tutors tailor their classes to the children’s needs. They use children inputs to create activities for the classes. They choose topics and student materials that relate and are meaningful to the students’ lives and interests. 

Meet the inTuition Clubs Team

Meet our incredible pool of online tutors, while we also have in centre teachers, due to the current UK lockdown situation we are operating exclusively online! Learn more about our Key Stage 1 Tuition here and 11 Plus tuition services.

Have a read below on what our incredible tutors have to say about working at inTuition, what they love about online teaching and why you should book a free online taster session with us! 

1. Luke

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we started offering online tuition, how are you finding the transition from in centre tuition?

Luke: When I first started at inTuition Clubs, the sessions that tutors ran for the kids were held in the centre. This really helped to develop a sense of community, both for the staff and the students. However, the way that inTuition Clubs works has had to adapt to the changing world we’re in. As an in centre tutor, I quickly had to adapt to be able to teach online. The daily tutor meetings that are held by the staff leaders were very helpful to this transition, making me feel like I was still part of a community. 

How is the online programme working now compared to March and how are you finding tutoring online?

Luke: I’d say that the online programme has improved since lockdown shut our doors, which can already be seen in the rollout of two new platforms – allowing tutor’s to better organise lessons, and staff leaders to check the progress of students. Tutoring online is still a delight, and in fact, it calls for greater attention on the part of the tutor to ensure the kids are fully engaged. 

Sameen

2. Sameen

Hi Sameen, tell us a little bit about yourself, how do you think children are responding to our online sessions?

Sameen: I have been working as a full-time Primary School Teacher who was looking for a part-time tutoring role. I have enjoyed tutoring pupils online. It is amazing to see how well children can manage technology and concentrate online. The one-to-one sessions have especially been beneficial for pupils’ understanding.

What is the general feedback you are receiving from parents on our online tuition?

Sameen: It is really good to hear from parents and pupils that the online inTuition lessons help them do better at school as well.

Vruti

3. Vruti

Hi Vruti, when did you join inTuition Clubs, what is your education background?

Vruti: I started working with Intuition Club in August 2020, I am a Medical student and also a Biomedical Engineering graduate. I am multilingual: I can speak Gujarati, Hindi and English.- Vruti

You have experienced working in-centre last summer, how did you find transitioning back to online tuition only?

Vruti: Luckily in the summer, I had a chance to work in-centre and I loved working with the kids. The transition to go online was very smooth and organised.

Is there anything you look forward to most when we move back in- centre?

Vruti: I am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

Why do you love teaching and your favourite thing about working at inTuition Clubs?

Vruti: I am passionate about helping and teaching younger students in English, Maths and Science. All the staff members at inTuition Clubs are very friendly and approachable, so makes it a pleasant environment to work in. am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

4. Charmaine

Hi Charmaine, since you have started, how has the online teaching changed at inTuition Clubs and what do you enjoy the most about it?

Charmaine: I have started last June, and since then new CRM programmes have been implemented such as Connect Comms which help us track child progression easily as has improved our internal communication. I especially enjoy one on one and the small group teaching as this makes a great impact.

Online tutors at inTuition Clubs

5. Online Tutor

Hi, what are your thoughts on our online and in centre programmes? Was it hard to move online only for the time being?

Tutor: I like both in centre and online are good experience, it was also not such a big transition moving from in centre teaching to online. 

Is there anything you miss about working in-centre? Hopefully, we will be able to reopen our in-centre programmes sometime soon.

Tutor: It’s nice to also have a face to face interaction with the children instead of via laptop and also have the opportunity of playing educational games in a non-virtual setting.

Could you highlight any things which come to mind that make working here special?

Tutor: inTuition Clubs is different from other tuition centres I worked for because we are paid for class preparation before each session. We have the time to create specifically tailored educational material to each child and effectively help them with their knowledge gaps as well as logging their progress and act on consolidating what we teach them.

Winnie

6. Winnie

When did you start working for inTuition Clubs?

Winnie: I started working at inTuition two years ago and a lot has changed; from the introduction to the 11+ and Science to how the rooms were set up to how we deliver the now online sessions. All the changes that have been made have allowed us to adapt to the ever-changing world and circumstances that we are now in! 

What do you miss about in centre teaching?

Winnie: The thing I am looking forward to most when we get back into the centre is the face to face contact and support we can give the kids and be able to work in a team again

What is your favourite thing about working at inTuition?

Winnie: One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is when a child really connects and engages with what you are teaching them! That is a very rewarding experience!

 

Free Taster Session

We hope you enjoyed getting to know our amazing online tutors’ team and we hope you have a better understanding of what we are about, our team ethos and our effective way of teaching. We always offer a free taster session if you want to try one of our online tuition memberships! Get in touch with us, it’s free. 

The one-to-one taster sessions take approximately 60 minutes. Our Educational Lead will complete an initial in-depth assessment and observation with your child to get a sense of their current educational progress and learning style. This part of the taster session takes around 50 minutes. The remaining time is spent providing detailed feedback to parents. We can answer any outstanding questions, discuss the next steps, activate your membership and book your child’s first tuition session. 

 

Our Ethos

Our ethos is rooted in fuelling your child’s ambition and learning aspirations to develop a consistent ‘desire for continuous learning’. We do this through praise-based, blended learning where your child will be challenged, recognised and rewarded, as well as having great fun in our sessions.

 

Our Online English Maths and Science Tuition Memberships

At inTuition Clubs, we offer modern and affordable tuition membership for children in primary school, aged 3-11. We offer:

Small group membership

1 to 3 children maximum in a group. It comes into two different types, you can either choose 4 sessions of 1 hour per month or 8 sessions of 1 hour per month. Subjects taught are Maths, English and Science

One on One membership

It provides individual teaching, and it is designed for children who prefer and individual learning style. This membership consists of 8 sessions of 1 hour per month, all with and individual tutor.

 

Our 11 Plus Programme

11 Plus Exam Preparation

We know how challenging 11 Plus exams can be and we want your child to be confident and succeed with their grammar school application.

For this reason, we have created a special programme tailored to support children wanting to undertake their 11 Plus Exam.

 

The 11 Plus Tuition membership

Our 11 Plus membership includes Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, children will be encouraged to practice on exam papers and our teachers will guide them through topics they will find in the examination and best practice exam techniques. 8 online sessions of one hour are included in the programme and classes are taught in small groups (of a maximum of three children).

01 Mar

Children’s Mental Health Week

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Children’s Mental Health Week Awareness, Activities and Resources

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone but Children have had a lot taken away from them. From school to seeing their friends and even their out-of-school activities, it has been a lot for them to take on and this has had an impact on them. Therefore, we believe that it is important to acknowledge and deal with the well being of Children.

Supporting the Mental Health of Children From Home

Children have spent the majority of the last year at home and they have suffered from boredom and loneliness. As a result, we need to make sure that we do everything we can to support them from home but how can we do that?

Communicate with them

Explain to children the importance of talking about how they feel. Whether they are angry, sad or experiencing other feelings, helping them to talk about it will enable them to share their worries and feel better about themselves.

Encourage them to do things they like 

Children might be suffering from a lack of motivation because of the situation they find themselves in. Despite this, you should do everything possible to encourage them to do the things that make them happy when they are feeling unhappy or sad. Whether it’s a walk, drawing, reading a book or making a phone call to friends. It’s important to make sure that they can do these things.

Keep a Routine

Children thrive on routine and familiarity because it keeps them feeling safe and secure. Therefore, you should do everything possible to ensure that you keep them in a routine as much as possible. Whether that’s going to bed at the same time, eating at the same time or exercising at the same time, routine gives them structure and something to focus on.

How Intuition Clubs Can Help With Homeschooling and Mental Health

Our tutors are aware of the impact of mental health, so they are constantly providing the support that Children need to ensure that they overcome any problems or challenges that they are facing. We make sure that we provide sessions that are both interactive and immersive, to help give Children something to inspire them. We are running activities to ensure that more awareness is raised around Children’s Mental Health in our sessions and through social media.

There are many options out there that can help to provide the support that Children need when it comes to mental health. There are the likes of Youngminds.org.uk and Place2b.org.uk.

If you are having problems with homeschooling then there is help available through Intuition Clubs. You can try us out for free as we offer free taster sessions for those who are looking to take advantage of our online tuition memberships. We cover years 1 to 9 and provide tutoring for Maths, English, Science, group and individual sessions, while we also cover 11+ exam preparation.

How we’ve made sure to include Children’s mental health awareness into our sessions

During the first week of February our tutors have been doing a great job at rolling out activities focused on building awareness of children’s mental health with our members. The activities have ranged from reflective ‘Letter’s to younger selves’ and ‘Kindness journals’ to comprehension tasks highlighting charities and activists of mental health. We believe that enlightening children on such crucial topics and encouraging them to be considerate of their own mental health is a huge step in the right direction towards a healthier and reflective society – but don’t just take our word for it!

Here is what our tutors had to say about the way the children responded to the work they had been taught over Children’s Metal Health Week:

We used a puppet to replicate conversations people should have. We discussed possible responses when a person is feeling doubt i.e. “I’ll never be as good as her.” S showed some real empathy and gave good suggestions such as ‘..we’re all good at different things and that makes us special..’ “

 

“We ready through the informative piece and it opened our discussion on things that make us feel better. ‘A’ mentioned art and music as soothing activities for himself when he needs a pick me up”

 

“I was impressed with how thoughtful her answers were. I could see she was really trying to reflect on times where she had felt similarly to make her answers relatable and helpful”.

 

“getting the children to record their kind acts of the day was really funny but also such a bright and refreshing way to start the session. The children were really excited when they took turns to read theirs out..”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

Children's Mental Health Games
Children's Mental Health Learning
Children's Mental Health and Tuition

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

You can also read our blog, which highlights all the benefits of learning science from a young age here.