How to Support Your Child’s Learning at Home

As an educational institution, Boost Education urges every parent to invest in their children’s future by playing an active role in their educational development. While schools and institutions such as ours are tasked with providing children with the education they need, parents will always be best positioned to ensure their kids reach their full potential.

Support from a parent is often all that is needed to help a struggling student get a better grasp on a subject. While schedules do tend to get in the way, parents who make time to regularly revise and test their children’s understanding of their schoolwork are going a long way to improve their chances of academic success.

One of the reasons for this is that independent learning at home gives learners a chance to think about things differently. Parents can encourage this kind of thinking and provide guidance as their children explore their enquiring minds.

Here are a few ways you can ensure your child has all the academic support he or she needs at home.

1. Meet With Your Child’s Teachers Regularly

Connecting with your child’s teacher can benefit everyone involved in the dynamic. By meeting with and discussing your child’s progress with his/her teacher, both get different perspectives on what influences the child’s performance. Issues at home or school may come to light that parents and teachers can work towards resolving. Also, the parent/teacher relationship closes the loop in the sense that your child receives total support in his/her academic journey.

2. Make Sure You Understand the School’s Structure and Available Resources

Knowing who to speak to in a given circumstance can help to address any difficulties children may have at school. Beyond academic pressure, young children deal with various pressures, including peers, social calibration, career guidance, special requirements and more. If your child is new to a school, make sure you understand its structures and various educators and support staff available to help you and your child. Make sure you and your partner are regulars at parent-teacher conferences and have a familiarity with faculty.

3. Make Homework a Non-Negotiable

Homework needs to be a task your child’s adopts into his/her schedule as early as reasonably possible. It may be best to approach the often contentious issue of homework in the same way as teaching your child to ride a bike. Start by doing it with them and making the process as engaging as possible. Set a specific time and place aside for doing homework with your child and as they grow older, start letting them complete their tasks and be available to answer questions or explore subjects further. As time goes, homework will be as easy as and fun as riding a bike.

4. Spot and Address Problem Areas Early

Attentive parents tend to pick up problems with the children’s learning fairly quickly. If your child is struggling with a certain subject or area thereof, make sure you do all you can to convey the information as effectively as possible. Subjects get more complex and in-depth as learners progress, so if you feel support from a teacher or tutor is more suitable, speak to someone who can help.

5. Allow Your Child to Find Their Passion

Our world is becoming more diverse each day. Today, 30% of the career choices that exist didn’t five years ago. This means our children may have totally different aspirations than what we may think or wish for. Yet, it’s important to let your child experiment and explore the many opportunities and avenues they are presented. What may appear a fad to a parent could become a lifelong passion for your child, so be supportive and encourage your child’s inquisitivity. The process can be a bonding experience, even if it means having a blaring trombone in the house for a few months.

6. Nurture Your Child’s Awareness and Concentration Faculties

Research has demonstrably proven the merits of practices such as meditation and awareness as tools to help children and adults cope with the pressures of daily living. No task is ever as well done as it could be if the person applies him or herself to it totally. Adults and kids live in hyper connected times and distractions are in great supply. Also, many children thrive off the adrenaline of physical sport, playing and competitiveness. While this is good in moderate measure, an overactive child can often struggle with settling down for some quietude. Learning requires a different application of the mental faculties that may be difficult to master for the active child. Read up on meditation techniques and how it can benefit both you and your child.

7. Don’t Overpraise and Don’t Punish Too Hard Either

Pressure on children to perform and pursue the goals we set for them can cause significant stress for sensitive children. Yet, taking a blase approach to your child’s education is never good. Parents should be support structures ready to guide their children, while allowing them to explore their education without becoming distracted. It’s a fine line to thread, yet parents’ involvement in their children’s academic and later success resulting from it is vital. Making schoolwork a form of punishment or placing any negative connotation to it can impact how your child thinks about education. So be supportive and attentive but never invasive.

8. Use Technology to Your Their Advantage

As a part of modern day life, children have access to an array of gadgets that can connect them to a world of content that parents don’t get to sensor. Technology in the home should be managed responsibly and should definitely be included as a tool for education. Parents should take the middle path with how smart devices and the internet can be used in the home. As for learning, the internet offers abundant games, apps and websites parents can find and subscribe to. Gamifying the learning experience is an effective way to reduce the passivity of watching television for hours and getting children involved in thinking exercises. Make sure you have a good handle on the educational games your child plays to offer support, reward accomplishments and make the experience engaging.

Learning is a Part of Life. Make Them Embrace It

Helping our children succeed in life is any parent’s life’s work. Yet, a parent’s relationship to a child means we can be either very helpful, or harmful, to their academic success. Being supportive and patient are two important approaches to your child’s learning. Think about your child’s personality and his/her unique ways of exploring life. Learning is very much a part of life’s greater exploration so tap into how they discover the world and support them as they grow.

At Boost Education, we’re committed to making education a rewarding experience for our learners of all ages. Our centres are designed to provide the best in tuition services and offer parents and learners the support they need to make education effective, fun and impactful.

 

Arithmetic: Learning to Solve Equations in the Classroom and Beyond

Mathematics is arguably the most important subject students should master at an early age. The reason for this is its pervading nature as elements of the discipline can be found in our everyday lives. From accountants, to masons, to computer programmers, architects and even agricultural workers, we all rely on some form of mathematical literacy to do our jobs or get through our daily doings.

Arithmetic Maths specifically focuses on the study of numbers and calculations performed using them, i.e. addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. While an elementary part of the wider subject, Arithmetic provides the foundations upon which learners build their command of more complex Mathematical disciplines such as Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, etc.

The Importance of Instilling a Love for Arithmetic in Your Children

Love it or loathe it, problem-solving is an integral part of life. In fact, learning to solve problems is a core part of developing the skills we need in both our personal, social and professional lives. For young learners, Arithmetic presents an avenue into the world of problem-solving and reasoning and equips them for more complex problems they’ll come across as they progress through their educational years.

This makes it important to appreciate problem-solving as an opportunity to grow and develop one’s cognitive abilities and be prepared to tackle the broader subject of Mathematics. While this may sound like a tough sales pitch to your Key Stage 2 (KS2) child, there are many ways parents can nurture a love for Arithmetic in their children.

Here are a few suggestions you can use to teach your child to love Arithmetic:

  • Make it relatable: As a foreign concept to a young mind, Arithmetic can seem rather puzzling and complex to master. Yet, when reduced to familiar, everyday events, occurrences and objects, the act of adding or subtracting can actually become a rather fun and engaging experience. Use things, places and objects your child is familiar with to help him/her grasp the basic concepts around Arithmetic. For example, if your child is an avid football fan, why not use the league table scoring system to encourage them to add and subtract?
  • Make problems fun to solve: Research shows that gamification strategies in adults have had markedly positive results in getting people to adopt new processes, regulations and key performance indicators in the workplace. Applying the gamification approach to learning has also received significant attention in the education sphere. Think about how you can gamify the learning experience for your child. One way you could do this is by finding online Maths games that add a sense of excitement to bland equations written on blackboards.
  • Consider After School Tuition: Tight schedules and long hours at the office can get in the way of parents spending quality time with their children. When there finally is an hour or two open, you may not want to use it going over multiplication tables. If time is a limited resource in this regard, consider the services of after school tuitions services that have the expertise to approach subjects in new and refreshing ways.

Learning Arithmetic Early Provides the Ideal Running Start

Multiplication, division, addition and subtraction all form the building blocks that prepare learners for more complex mathematical concepts. Children who become confident in their abilities to perform basic Arithmetic will, by virtue of their curious nature, want to tackle more complex concepts as they become more engaged in the subject.

A learner who masters basic Arithmetic will see correlations between formulas and naturally start to apply their knowledge to other calculations. For example, understanding that 4 + 4 = 8 will help a child see the link between 40 + 40 = 80 and so on. Being able to recognise these connections will, in turn, speed up their reasoning processes and mental arithmetic, making them less dependent on calculators to do the thinking for them.

Helps Children to Reason Beyond Simply Repeating Information

Mathematical literacy hinges on learners’ a conceptual understanding of the problems and equations they are presented. In order to confidently arrive at the sum of an equation, learners must understand how calculations work and not simply repeat steps from memory.

Rote learning is easily exposed when students are posed questions with slight caveats as it forces them to think about problems from different angles and with different variables involved. Conversely, when a student has mastered the reasoning behind calculations, their understanding of concepts are more robust and flexible.

Arithmetic is an Important Aspect of KS1 and KS2 SATS

Year 1 and 2 students are tested on mathematical literacy, which includes Arithmetic to a large extent. In Key Stage 2, for example, the Arithmetic paper accounts for nearly 40 percent of a child’s overall KS2 Maths score. Interestingly, schools have found that students who perform well at Arithmetic testing typically also do well in their mathematical reasoning tests also. This isn’t too surprising as Arithmetic equips children with the logic and reasoning faculties that can be applied across various other subjects and disciplines.

Boost Education’s mission to help learners across the country meet their true potential includes providing parents and teachers with insights, news and developments in the education sphere. To this end, we continuously update our website with information you can use to help your child manage through his/her academic year so make sure you subscribe to our blog or check back on our website periodically.

 

The Importance of Reading as a Foundation for Learning Excellence

The quality of reading and literacy in the country has been on the the up and up in recent years. England came in at 8th amongst fifty countries in an international literacy assessment conducted by the Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) every five years. Countries from around the world participate in the assessments that uses the tests to assess international comparative reading attainment.

Students between the ages of 9 and 10 were subjected to testing, with the UK’s complement scoring 559, a strong showing and a successive improvement over recent years. The country’s worst year to date was 2003, with fifteenth position. The government largely attributes educational reforms implemented in recent years to its improved showing.

Teaching a Generation to Communicate Effectively

England’s standing in literacy is an important one as the world moves towards becoming an interconnected globe. As younger generations learn to communicate, they are bound to be influenced by peers, cultural changes and less formalised means of communication. We, after all live in a world of tweets, abbreviations and a growing list of both formal and informal additions to the spoken word.

This underscores the importance of a strong grounding in the proper use and understanding of language. This also highlights reading as a fundamental building block to developing healthy, fluent and rich vocabularies in children. While parents contend with a host of distractions and preferences to reading, it’s important to foster a love for it as it aids in the development of effective communication skills used throughout the human lifespan.

While the country’s standing in literacy may be improving, England does face some challenges in getting young minds more engaged in books. Below are a few statistics on literacy in the UK from the Reading Agency:

  • On average, English learners show less positive attitudes towards reading compared to other European countries.
  • Most English learners don’t read on a daily basis. In 2011, only a third of ten year-olds reported reading for pleasure every day.
  • Almost half of 11-15 year-olds in England do not participate in reading and writing activities that are not required for school in their spare time.
  • In 2015, one third of 5-15 year-olds in England had not visited a library in the last year.

These statistics allude to an absence in reading exercises in English homes. Environments in which reading is a part of daily routines and family times are important to positioning children for success. For the UK’s standing as a leader in kids’ literacy to continue, parents must make serious efforts to ensure their kids pick up the books in lieu of the telly and other distractions.

Here are just a few reasons reading is important to your child:

  • Teaches self expression: Children with the ability to express their emotions are able to be understood and feel empowered in the process. Reading helps the human brain to build correlations between the spoken/written word and the visual world of their minds. When children read, they exercise their ability to express their thoughts and also learn how to do so more creatively and succinctly.
  • Increases memory capacity: The richness of language means that vocabularies are inexhaustible. People who read often and for extended periods are scientifically proven to increase their cognition, memory and learning abilities. In fact, reading is also proven to aid ageing people in improving their memory and cognitive skills.
  • It sets them up for success: Reading and communication is a cornerstone of our social, educational, mental and professional well-being. The ability to communicate effectively from early age sets your child up for success. Conversely, people lacking communication skills tend to suffer from learning challenges, confidence and assimilation within broader society. Also, interestingly, children who learn to read early are said to be better prepared for official learning curriculums, regardless of economic and other social backgrounds.

Here are a few ways you can help your child make reading a part of their everyday:

  • Read to your child: Reading to your child is a key way to ensure they learn to love the process of doing so. With so many distractions in today’s hyper connected world, reading a book can seem like a chore at best. Yet, when reading to your child, you’re able to captivate them and draw them into the content. Make a habit of reading aloud and animate the experience to draw your child into the world of books and the stories they tell.
  • Let them read about things they enjoy: Choose things your children love to learn about. Even if the choice of the day isn’t something particularly educational; as long as they read, they learn. Learn more about their preferences and source reading material they enjoy to keep them engaged and focused on the process of reading and learning.
  • Use technology to your advantage: Computer and tablet screens may take preference over paperbacks but that doesn’t mean your children can’t enjoy a good read using the family iPad. The app and play stores found online offer a large collections of books, word and other learning and reading applications that can help your child improve their learning while growing accustomed to using technology.

Does Your Child Need Support in Improving Their Literacy?

The UK government’s recent announcement that it will invest £6 million in “English Hubs” to help improve literacy amongst kids is great news for parents and learners across the country. The hubs are said to be part of a series of measures to improve literacy amongst youth and foster a love for reading. The rollout is said to be similar to the Math Hubs set up on 2014 which was met with considerable success.

Boost Education fully supports any measures to help our kids enjoy improved and more enriched educational experiences. Our approach to learning is designed to support children on their journeys and enjoy access to all the opportunities they deserve to make the best of their futures. For more information on how we can help your kids face the challenges of education in the 21st century head on, contact us today.

 

What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Y6 Sats Exams

2018 marks the second year of the new SATs exams for Key Stage 1 and 2 students across the UK. Introduced in 2016, the exams, based on the new National Curriculum, focus on the following subjects: English Grammar and Reading, Mathematics and Science for selected schools. The exams are designed to provide rigorous and comprehensive testing of students’ understanding of the subjects, coupled with a revised grading system. Here is a break down of the Y6 SATS Exams for the year ahead and what every parent should know to help their children achieve the best results.

The National Curriculum

The UK’s National Curriculum forms the backbone upon which learners in our public schooling system are educated. To ensure British pupils receive a level of education commensurate with that of other leading countries, the government periodically revises its national curriculum to meet international standards and best practices. To this end, the national curriculum has undergone changes in how subjects are taught as a means to help learners assimilate information better and progress through key stages. Much of the changes to the curriculum involved KS2 subjects. Their importance in learners’ development means the new approach ensures the most comprehensive coverage of key learning areas and the best outcomes for students.

Subjects covered in the KS2 SATs

English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar: Learners’ reading, comprehension and grammar skills are tested with two papers that focus on text passages used to evaluate ranking, ordering, construction and overall comprehension. Text passages are closely aligned with the learning material students receive throughout the year to ensure they draw on their knowledge when being tested. Paper 1 focuses on questions students are expected to answer directly, while Paper 2 tests their spelling and grammar proficiency. Mathematics: Consists of three tests learners must complete. These include a paper on Arithmetic and two separate test on Mathematical Reasoning. The Arithmetic test requires learners to provide the correct answers to calculations while papers 2 and 3 require them to answer questions that require more elaborate explanations. This is to ensure mathematical reasoning and comprehension are tested against the complexities of the questions provided. Science: Testing covers three subjects, namely Biology, Chemistry and Physics. While broad ranging, tests are designed to evaluate learners’ understanding of each subject matter. Questions require students to provide satisfactory explanations of various situations, environments and procedures involved in the fields of science. Note that not all students are required to sit through science tests. Only learners from selected schools are chosen to complete the tests and used as samples to benchmark the country’s performance on these subjects.

The New Grading System

As mentioned, part of the new National Curriculum is the way in which learners are graded throughout their learning paths. With regard to the Y6 Key Stage exams, students receive scaled scores accompanied by their actual marks and an indication of whether they achieved the expected standard set by the Department for Education. Scaled scores range in the following manner; a score of 80 points indicate the lowest score possible, with a score of 120 being the highest score possible. The standard for each test is set at a minimum of 100, with anything below considered to be less than the expected standard for that give test. The UK’s department for education has set a standard of 65 percent for the overall number of students to reach the expected standard. This is a reduction from the original 85% benchmark previously used.

Year 6 KS2 SAT Exam Dates for 2018

The dates for each exam follows below. Parents and learners should make notes in the diaries for each exam and allow for ample time to prepare for each.
  • English Grammar and Spelling Papers 1 and 2: 14 May 14 2018
  • English Reading: 15 May 2018
  • Mathematics Papers 1 and 2: 16 May 2018
  • Mathematics Paper 3: 17 May 2018
Note: Science tests will be administered to selected schools in June of 2018.

Preparing for the exams

Getting ready to test your skills and knowledge against the new SATs requires preparation and good use of the time ahead. Also, having the right resources available will make meeting and exceeding the standards set by the National Curriculum far less challenging. Students and parents are encouraged to use past test papers to measure their children’s progress and address any areas of concern by focussing on certain subjects. Below follows a list of useful resources you can use to ensure your preparation for the SATs give you the best chance of success and ensure you achieve the highest grades possible. Boost Education would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents, learners and teachers the best for 2018 and hope the year ahead is one of learning, fun and achievement!

Teaching Mathematics On A Problem-Solving Basis

A new approach to Mathematics in UK schools has been a point of discussion for more than a decade now. Britain’s standing in the world amongst other leading education systems has been somewhat disappointing with regard to the subject. Compared to countries such as China, Singapore and Finland, it is fairly clear that old approaches are no longer sustainable and are preventing learners from truly mastering Maths.

This is why the adoption of international approaches to teaching Maths is a welcome change in our system. Ranking globally at 27 amongst the mathematically literate, the UK government’s decision to give the subject a much needed shot in the arm will hopefully see good results, come exam season. With the GCSE changes to Mathematics, English and Science in its second year of implementation, student results will be a strong barometer for the success of reforms seen in recent years.

A new approach to an old equation

Mathematics isn’t an easy subject to master. However, much of a student’s ability to assimilate new and complex information depends on its presentation. Historically, the subject was presented in a “revise and summarise” manner, which saw pupils committing mathematical concepts to memory, with less focus on how problems should be approached, processed, tested and proven.

But while arithmetic memory is important to helping students learn the subject, the key to unlocking Mathematics is when they are able to apply their problem-solving abilities in a creative way. Research has found that approaches by Asian countries do in fact provide better results in learners of all ages. A 2015 study by UCL Institute of Education and Cambridge University, found that “…children who were taught through the Singaporean “maths mastery” approach learn faster than their classmates – making, on average, an extra month of progress in a calendar year.”

Another report by the Center for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics found that the average Asian student is usually three years ahead of his or her British counterpart. This gap between Britain’s school kids and the rest of the world has given Mathematics particular attention during the GCSE revamp, which is being implemented across UK schools over the coming years.

Learning from our peers across the pond

The UK government’s decision to fund GBP 41 million towards the adoption of the Math Mastery approach is set to help improve primary school learners’ ability to grasp and explore mathematical concepts and problems. The funding is set to help half of England’s primary schools adopt the approach, with further investments expected in future.

According to Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, “We are seeing a renaissance in Maths teaching in this country, with good ideas from around the world helping to enliven our classrooms. The significant expansion of the south Asian Maths Mastery approach can only add to the positive momentum, with thousands more young people having access to specialist teachers and quality textbooks.”

Massive publishers, such as HarperCollins’, are also investing in the Eastern approach towards teaching the subject. The decision to secure a series of 36 textbooks from China’s leading schools for translation adds further momentum to British adoption of world class Maths education and course material.

Other moves, such as employing Asian teachers in UK schools to boost Maths literacy is set to pay dividends in the coming years. The move announced in 2015 was punted to show marked improvement within four years, so we’ll have to wait and see if the results of such decisions will be justified by their ends.

Disruption sums up the mood in UK’s education system

It’s fair to say that recent years in our education system have been somewhat disruptive. GCSE changes that include new grading systems, course material and examination frameworks have left parents and students somewhat befuddled. Yet, the changes to how Mathematics is taught in our schools should be embraced, as it gives learners an equal footing in an increasingly globalised education, commercial and political world.

The UK can ill-afford to be left behind in the race to produce the top minds of tomorrow and it’s Boost Education’s mission is to help students and parents navigate an often uncertain education system. Our collaborative approach to education means we’re involved with schools, teachers, parents and communities at large to ensure our children get the education they deserve.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact your nearest Boost Education centre today.

What The GCSE Changes Mean For Students And Parents

The UK’s schooling system has been in preparation for sweeping changes to its grading, examination and course methodologies. To keep in line with international standards, a more “rigorous” approach to education is being adopted by the Department for Education. The traditional *A-G grading system has been undergoing a staged replacement process with the new 9-1 system that was approved by England’s qualifications and standards body, Ofqual, in 2015. Summer’s English and Maths results will be an important indicator to how well the contentious changes work, as these subjects were the first to undergo the revamp. Beyond the introduction of a new grading system, students and parents have also been preparing for more challenging course material for subjects such as English, Maths and History. The widespread changes have been met with mixed responses from educators, parents and students alike, with some happy to see “long overdue” reforms being implemented, while others are not so easily convinced of their merits.

Are the new changes to the education system a cause for concern?

According to the Department for Education, the GCSE changes  are designed to better identify areas in which students may require more attention. To this end, the mismatch in grade numbers (A-G has seven grades as opposed to nine in the 9-1 system) has been designed to score and measure students’ academic progress in more granular fashion. For example, an achievement of 4 translates into a standard-C, which identifies the student as performing within the average median of a given subject. According to the official Ofqual website, “The government has announced that a grade 4 will be known as a ‘standard pass’. A grade 5 will be known as a ‘strong pass’ and will be equivalent to a high C and low B on the old grading system.” This new grading mechanism is intended to help teachers focus on at-risk students who may fall behind in their grades as the school year progresses. However, there are fears that high and low-performing students will be overlooked as teachers work towards achieving the overall C-grade to meet KPIs set by governing bodies. Also, fears that the new system will be too complex for teachers to assimilate – and parents to understand – are making many folks uncomfortable about how accurately learners will be measured. According to Schools Week editor and former teacher, Laura McInerney,Calculating it is fiendishly complicated and the figures aren’t easy to interpret. Add to this the new “rigorous” exams, and the fluctuating grading system, and school performance measures will become incomparable from one year to the next – even for the most data-savvy.” Further, colleges and universities will need to adjust their assessments of applicants to match the new grading system to their own internal acceptance criteria.

Upcoming student results will be a good barometer for the new system

With English and Maths having been the first subjects to undergo the new grading and course material changes, parents and students are wondering if the new system will prove worthwhile in the end. And as the August achievement results loom, the outcomes of the new system will be closely scrutinised. Parents who may feel worried that they’ll have trouble understanding their children’s grades are urged to discuss any questions they may have about the new system with teachers and other stakeholders. One of the more positively received aspects of the revamp is the Progress 8 system to be used to measure individual students’ progress from the end of primary school until the end of their secondary years. This scoring method allows schools to measure learners’ growth in the context of other pupils and design more personalised approaches to learning and other challenges.

We’re ready to help parents and students

At Boost Education, we’re as invested in your child’s education as you are. We’ve committed time and resources into making sure we understand the full spectrum of implications the GCSE changes will have on your child’s education. The Boost team of educators and centre managers are in continuous contact with headmasters, teachers and other stakeholders to understand the broader scope of the new grading, teaching and course material approaches. If you’d like to learn more about how the GCSE changes will affect your child’s learning path and how we can help you, contact one of our Boost Education centres today.

The Impact Of After School Tuition On Children’s Learning

Changes such as the requirement for students to learn Mathematics at an earlier age, and a more in-depth focus on Science has led to a steep rise in personalised after school tuition services in the UK. Since 2005, UK pupils making use of the services of professional tutors and agencies have risen by more than a third, from 18% to 25%. This rise in tuition services has made many teachers and headmasters uncomfortable, saying that it has become an unregulated, multi-billion pound industry. Others argue that it is helping kids find the personalised attention so many need to thrive in an often uncertain education system. Let’s take a closer look.

Why is after school tuition on the rise?

Recent changes to Britain’s education system has had some of the most far-reaching effects seen in many decades. Yet, while the slimming down of content in almost all subjects are described as a way to provide “…the essential knowledge and skills every child should have“, many in the system feel that more can be done to help our children receive a well-rounded education. Contrary to some beliefs that tuition services are a form of hot-housing students with too much focus on passing exams, the truth is that many students are finding an invaluable resource in tuition services. While traditional schooling systems play a central part in the development of young minds, it is rational to think  that many children do not rise to their full potential in institutionalised learning environments. The reasons for this can be various. Very often young learners simply struggle to adapt to school cultures, structures and learning processes. School can often be distracting for kids who feel overwhelmed to fit in and make friends, in lieu of focusing on obtaining a good education. It isn’t always the case that kids can’t grasp a given subject on an intellectual or cognitive level, but rather that external factors present in schools distract them from learning.

Catering to learners’ personal requirements

Private tuition can act as a healthy counterweight to distractions kids face in everyday school life. For example, it gives learners a chance to ask questions they may have issues articulating in front of an entire class. The fear of getting things wrong and ensuing judgement from peers can be enough to quell even the brightest mind. And while one can sympathise with a teacher’s requirement to get on with the curriculum, many students fall by the wayside when personalised and more attentive approaches to learning are absent. The example of Brighton student, Anna Ossella who suffers from dyslexia and had trouble with English through primary school, is an example of how tutorship can give potential high-achievers a level playing field in education. “My teachers didn’t really know anything about dyslexia: if you asked them to help you when you didn’t understand something, they would just explain things using the same words but at a slower pace. I needed things explained differently.” After finding the help of a tutor who was able to accommodate Anna’s pace and requirements, she went on to score the GCSE grades needed to enroll in nursing school. According to the now college student, after-school tutorship may have been uncommon when she needed it, but today, more kids are turning to personalised educational services to cope with learning workloads.

Helping UK learners keep up in an increasingly globalised planet

The UK government’s decision to reform the national curriculum across primary and secondary schools was partly to keep in line with standards set by leading countries such as Norway, Canada, Singapore and the U.S. While ambitious, some experts say that the reforms are putting pressure on British learners to learn complex mathematical concepts up to two years earlier than their peers in countries with higher quality education systems. For example, in Finland, learners are only exposed to basic fractions when they are seven, while in the UK, kids are expected to tackle the same concepts at ages as young as five. Also, expectations are higher in the UK on subjects such as Science, with kids expected to familiarise themselves with it at a far earlier age. In this backdrop, it isn’t hard to see why more and more parents and students are looking to after-school tuition as a means to help their kids succeed in life. As more pressure is placed on young minds, they’ll undoubtedly need to be afforded the time to learn and develop in a way that is both natural and nurturing. And this is the Boost Education way: to make learning a rewarding, collaborative and personalised experienced for every student that walks through our doors. We make sure every student receives the attention, resources and support they need to thrive and unfold their potential in their unique way. To learn more about how we’re helping learners across the UK meet their academic potential, contact your local Boost Education centre today.