What parents say...

Firstly, I would like to thank yourselves and your staff for all your help and dedication to helping my daughter Saoirse with her maths.  She has shown an improvement with her confidence at attempting to handle the mathematics she is give by her school.  And I feel this is due to the staff at your centre, she had a very rough year in Year 4, with her very unsympathetic teacher and you all helped her through that.  For that I’m very grateful.
Mrs R Wall
Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde
I would like to thank you for the enthusiastic way in which you have helped Vicky gain confidence in her abilities to learn.  She has been a different child since coming to you and has a more positive view now!
Vicky's Parents
Thank you very much for your help and support in helping Tomek achieve his goals in English
Monica (Tomek’s mum)
We were super happy with your approach and B settled in so well. She looked forward to the tutoring and got a lot out of the sessions. Without a doubt her confidence has grown and I wouldn’t hesitate to use I Love to Learn again in the future. Many thanks, Cat
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T’anna came to us as her mum had seen us on Facebook and decided to call.  T’anna, now in year 10, had always struggled with her maths.   In four short months however, she has improved so much that, the school want to put her up for the Higher GCSE paper!!  Kerry, T’anna’s mum says ” She has come on leaps and bounds, I am so pleased with the progress. The tutors are great! It’s a convenient location and the assessment is easy to arrange.”

Kerry RobertsonParents
I would like to thank you for everything that you have done, and also pass on my gratitude from Lottie because she has learnt she has really benefited from and her confidence in maths has vastly improve, so much so that she now tells me that she looks forward to maths class at school!
Charlotte's parents
Dylan had always struggled with very poor handwriting.  After only a few months teachers can now read his writing and he feels more confident.  His coordination problems have been recognised “Thanks to your suggestion,” and this has helped at school.   It has made a big difference to his schooling as he enjoys it much more now.  
Samantha WildingParentPortsmouth
At the time of writing this testimonial, my daughter has had only 5 sessions and her confidence and ability has increased significantly!  (Now) she talks of enjoying maths and of her abilities in maths instead of her inabilities, participates more in maths lessons at school and is keen to do her maths homework, both from school and from the sessions.  As a parent I am thrilled that her confidence has grown significantly and would recommend I Love to Learn without hesitation.
S BondParentPortsmouth
We are so pleased that Mahera has got a FULL BURSARY for the local girl’s high school in Portsmouth.  She has been to your centre before for tuition but we came back in November so she could get ready for the exams.   She has worked so hard and Linda has really encouraged her in her writing!  Thanks so much!
Mahera's Mum

Blasting Through to the Next Level!- School Transition

Blasting Through to the Next Level!-School Transition

Top 5 Concerns for Parents

-Bullying

-Safety

-The amount of homework

-Adjusting to having lots of teachers

-Making new friends

Top 5 Concerns for Children

-Getting Lost

-Losing old friends

-Homework

-Discipline and -detentions

-Being bullied

(UCL Research)

Pupil and Parent Concerns

Many of our little superheroes will soon be pushing through to the next level at school.  This may be a transition between Infant to Junior or Junior to Senior.  Even changing year groups can be hard for younger children.

Do you remember the feeling of excitement and fear of going up to a new class or school?  I certainly remember it being scary and stressful!

Now is a good time to talk to your kids about these changes.  Fear of the unknown is the worst thing, especially for imaginative young minds.

Helping with Transition

It is a good idea to ask your child to write a list of questions themselves.  Although you never know what their concerns might be, they may include some of the things listed above.

Take any opportunity to talk to the new teacher or school about your child’s special needs, personality, strengths and weaknesses.  Understanding a child usually helps teachers teach that child more effectively.  It is a good idea to get the children on the teacher’s radar if you have major concerns e.g. a special need.

One of my own children experienced some ‘extra’ anxiety going up to secondary school.  We made sure we spoke to the SEN Coordinator and got them some extra visits, to the school, to familiarise himself.  They then showed us around as if they owned it!

Practical preparations are important to help the child get ready mentally.  A new uniform or bag might seem a small thing, but it can help your child imagine themselves into their new role.  It may also be a good opportunity to talk through their hopes and fears.

Good News

The good news is that most of these fears reduce very quickly, and mostly go away, by the end of year 7.  In fact only 3% of children are worried after a term at Secondary School (according to a University of London study).  Most students are ready to develop new friends and their interest in their schoolwork increases.  Our experience as parents has been very positive.  It has been a (mostly) exciting and rewarding journey so far!

 

For further resources see:  www.ucl.ac.uk/stars  Stars Booklet for Pupils on Transition

www.ioe.ac.uk/projects/eppe

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