What parents say...

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
“I would just like to say I have nothing but praise for I Love to Learn and all the tutors, not only has Dottie already improved with her maths work in the time she has been there but her confidence is so much better too. I want to thank you all so much, she has absolutely loved it, and without a doubt I would not hesitate in bringing her back.” Kayleigh (parent) 2021
Kayleigh Nutbeamparent
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.  
“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
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 also had a parent’s meeting at his school earlier this week.  I am pleased to say that his maths teacher was very impressed with not only his work, but also his attitude toward it.  I can only say that this is because of the wonderful service you and your colleagues have given.  Thank you so much for this.  Ellis is really enjoying his time with you and also seeing how well he is doing and this has resulted in a positive attitude towards learning.” James (parent) 2021
James Hannon
“Thanks for all your hard work with Rebecca Kivlin. She has started Milton Cross this week. Rebecca is in the top set for maths and science, and the second group for everything else. Without coming to Love to Learn she would never have achieved this.  Thanks”    
Julie Powell
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
winner “We had planned to stop the tutoring after the 11+ exam, but with the next lockdown and more disruption to her education, we quickly relented when she literally begged us to continue going! The sessions are adjusted to her needs and she describes them as ‘really fun’ and she likes it that the work is specific to her level and much more individualised than the class work at school.”
Penny Meeking
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

Helping Your Child With Post Lockdown

Have a House Meeting

It is a good idea to ask your child to write a list of questions that concern them about returning to school.  This is an opportunity to re-assure them that, thankfully, Covid 19 has actually harmed very few children.  Write an agenda with the points you want to discuss, and allow the children to add to it.

reviseplanAgree a Plan

Remember all those things you wished you hadn’t let go during lockdown?  Now is the time to set up a new routine with regular meals, homework, chores and leisure time.  Habits are essential to regulate our moods.  This will help them feel more secure and in control.

Talk to the Teacher (especially if it is a transition year)

Take any opportunity to talk to the teacher or school about your child’s special needs, personality, strengths and weaknesses. This may be a challenge, due to Covid 19 restrictions, but not to be overlooked. 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. One of my own children experienced some ‘extra’ anxiety going up to secondary school.  We made sure we spoke to the SEN (special educational needs) Coordinator and got them, some extra visits to the school, to familiarise himself.  They then showed us around as if they owned it!

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Less Screen Time More Park

Many children have had very little contact with their friends.  More introverted children may be exhausted from returning to school and many may take some time to adjust.  I would expect a few ups and downs as children get used to meeting real people again and re-learn the social skills they may have forgotten.

Try Something New

Children will look to us to set the mood.  We have all experienced stress and maybe loss during the lockdown.  A positive ‘we can do this’ is the best attitude.  This time will pass, and we will overcome together.

schoolkidsBe Prepared

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 return.  It may also be a good opportunity to talk through their hopes and fears.

Be Realistic

Having 6 months of no school is not going to be corrected overnight!  It may be quite some time before children have caught up with where they need to be.  For some of the weaker students it may be necessary to seek out extra support.

All change is stressful even if it is ‘good’ change.  I would encourage all parents and teachers to normalise the situation as much as possible, while being sensitive and thoughtful about the adjustments needed.  A bit of extra down time, a good routine and a few extra hugs will go a long way.

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