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

School Led Tutoring Programme


Can I Love to Learn Professional Tuition Help You with the School Led Tutoring Programme?

  1. Introduction to I Love to Learn Education Centre

Opened in 2005 has become the premier service for maths and English after school tuition in Portsmouth.  Since then we have helped hundreds of students turn around their skills and confidence in the area of maths and numeracy.  Our tutors are all fully qualified and experienced classroom teachers.  We now have centres in Portsmouth and Fareham with plans to expand further.   Demand is very high at the moment and we teach a range of  children from Year 1 to Year 11 in both of our growing centres.

studentWorking with Schools

Are you looking for partners to deliver your National Tutoring Programme ?

In January 2020 we were tutoring maths at Havant Academy with small groups of Yr 11 students.   We therefore have direct, current experience of delivering small group tuition in schools.

Over the years we have worked with a number of schools including Ark Dickens Primary (Portsmouth), Priory School (Southsea) and taught many LAC through Action for Children and other fostering organisations.


  1. Our Tutoring Programmes

Here at I Love to Learn, we have experience in designing individual programmes for pupils. We focus on either English or maths to boost pupil’s achievement and support them to make more than expected progress. At the moment we are only offering maths tuition at the secondary level.

We provide an individual initial assessment which will baseline student’s current level of attainment.

We then plan a bespoke programme which is delivered by our qualified, experienced teachers using our unique resources.

Additionally, we can track the progress that your pupils make on our plans.

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The tutoring takes place in small groups of 3.  We find that individual tuition delivered in small groups reduces the pressure on students, and is more motivating, as they are working alongside others.  We would emphasise that it is not small group work, as each child does different work suited to their level of ability.

Effective feedback-This is delivered by the tutor monitoring and marking the child’s progress throughout the session.  The tutors are trained to give praise for good effort and progress, when it is deserved.  Stickers and stamps are given out as/ when work is completed to gain prizes/rewards.  Our computer tuition resource gives instant feedback to tutors and children.

Homework-we set homework that is often a repeat of work that has already been done in their session.   We use this to check that children can complete it independently and to analyse areas of weakness that need to be re-enforced.   This also links with parts of the programme carried out in the centre and is therefore progressive.

ICT-All the students use ICT in the lessons with the sessions being planned and delivered with our numeracy programme.  This includes a combination of written and computer activities, but all marking and progress is recorded.  Right and wrong answers can be tracked.  Many of the activities are first written and then re-enforced with a computer activity .

Base Line Assessment:  we test each child’s reading age, spelling age and writing/maths skills depending on the subject/subjects requested.  We use this to plan where each child starts in our tutoring programme.  The work is tailor made to target the child’s specific weaknesses.  With greater success the child’s confidence and enjoyment returns, and they are able to re-engage with the learning process.

  1. Delivery of Secondary Maths & English Programmes

KS3 Numeracy

  • 60 minute session
  • Warm up:Tables
  • Core Maths 1 to 9
  • Core Skill Builder
  • Target GCSE Maths Area 1
  • Target GCSE Maths Area 2
  • Games-arithmetic

Students are given one sheet of core maths homework at the end of the session.

Our focus is on improving fluency as well as accuracy with number and & then higher-level skills.  With the basic skills secure we can then focus on other KS3 topics.  We set a mixture of at least six activities lasting from 5-15 minutes each.

KS3 Literacy

  • 60–minute session
  • Warm up: reading or vocabulary
  • Core Skill English Grammar/Punctuation
  • Core Skill Builder Comprehension
  • Target Grammar
  • Target Writing/Planning/ Proof Reading/Re-Writing
  • Games-Spelling

Students are given one sheet of core mixed homework at the end of the session.

We aim to build skills across the range of literacy targets depending on the areas of weakness displayed by the student.  With the basic skills secure we can then focus on KS2 written expression and writing for purpose.  We set a mixture of at least six activities lasting from 5-15 minutes each.


Re-Assessment and Reporting

A base line score is recorded at the beginning of the pilot.

Individual Report-work done, and progress is recorded on our paper plans each lesson.

We re-assess at the end of the period and provide a full report to show progress.  This can be sent hard copy or by email.


  1. Example Pilot

Pilot to assess the effectiveness of the maths & English tuition programme offered.

Students chosen by school

Start with 2 groups of 3 students from any year

Cost of session is £18 per student per hour

5 weeks -2 sessions per week or 10 weeks- 1 session per week

80 sessions

Cost of Pilot

Cost is 10 session x 8 students x £ = £1,440

Resources needed

Any quiet workroom

All other resources will be provided


We are committed to providing the best possible service in whatever way possible.  We have worked closely with schools, fostering agencies and the City Council in the past to widen our offer.  We have taught SATs boosting class for a local Primary School who visited our centre.

We are looking forward to working together with you!



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