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She loves coming, and sees that it helps her at school.  Her scores are going up all the time and recently she got three class awards in three weeks, she says this is ‘Thanks to you.
Mrs C Walker
GCSE Maths
Alex says ” I learned more in three months than my whole time in the maths classroom at school. I went from dreading it to feeling much better about being there.” This Summer he was overjoyed to find that he had gone from a Grade 2 in his mocks up to a Grade 4 (C) pass in his final exam.  
Alex
“I Love to Learn really helped me prepare for my entrance exam.  I give I Love to Learn 10/10.  I Love to Learn helped me understand pie charts, algebra and story writing.  I enjoyed coming to I Love to Learn and would love to come back in the future.”
-Ollie, Student in Portsmouth
She is a quiet girl and I was concerned that her poor spelling was not being corrected.  When she saw the progress Bella was making in such a short time, I enrolled her for Maths as well!   It has transformed her thinking and she now has the self-esteem to ask questions in both numeracy and literacy.
Ms R Temple
“Dear Howard Thank you so much for all these lessons you’ve been giving me!  They really have improved my work at school and now I can put all your help to good use with my SATs.  Thank you so much for everything! From Lewis”
Lewis (student)
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
Happygirls
“Our children have enjoyed their time at your tuition centre very much, and my wife and I have been incredibly impressed with your professional approach to tuition. Thank you so much for all you have done in making our kids feel comfortable, cared for and safe.” Mr Usuanlele.
Mr UsuanleleParent
Alex had been tested in Year 4 for dyslexia and he came out mildly dyslexic for spelling.  He has a poor short term memory, and we were concerned about him going to Senior School with these problems. Alex started off a bit ‘anti’, but now he agrees that his writing is better and the improvement has been commented on by teachers.  We are so pleased he is getting professional help, and are especially pleased that he now see the benefit and is self-motivated. He now is now asking for help with his Maths too!
Mrs D Wilson
Albie
Albie had been diagnosed with mild dyslexia and his reading age was around 2 years behind!  The standard in private school is often higher, so we were worried about the Entrance Exams.  Soon after he enrolled he started making rapid progress.  The school say he is now Level  5 in literacy and the teacher can see a lot of difference.  His reading age has shot up and the gaps in maths have been filled in and he has caught up amazingly quickly. It has definitely, definitely made a difference and I have recommended the centre to my friends.
Jilly (Albie’s Mum)
Thank you both so much for all the support you have give our Darcey.  she really has grown in her confidence with her maths and you have defo given her the foundations to grow.  She is very excited about starting senior school in September and I am sure we will be back in the future for more support for her or her younger sister.  Big, big hugs.
Heidi & Lee

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

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