What parents say...

“Joshua got his GCSE results today and I just wanted to let you know how he got on. He got an 8 in English Language and a 7 in English Literature, he has always struggled with English and wouldn’t of been able to achieve these amazing grades without yours and Adam’s help, if you could please let him know how Joshua done. So once again thank you for all the work you did with him.” Emily (parent) 2021
Emily EvansparentI Love to Learn Portsmouth
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
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
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
We brought him to the centre in Year 6 because he just had no idea about maths.  This year won the ‘Most Improved in Maths’ certificate for his year.  He also came top of his class in 2 out of 3 maths exams.  Coming to here is the best thing we ever did!
Mr S White
“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
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)
“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)
Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde
I was told at school that Harrison had fallen about 2 years behind in reading, writing and spelling. Harrison took to it straight away.  He has made fantastic progress and is meeting all his targets.  He loves the points and prizes that he collects for working so he comes out buzzing after every session!
Mrs S McGee

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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