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Also can I just say a massive thank you too, Ellie was a bit apprehensive before her first session but when she came home last week she was absolutely buzzing, she loved her time spent there and felt so much happier even after just one session. So thank you, she has been so worried about her exams especially English.
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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
“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.
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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
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.  
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
Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde

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Mariana brought her daughter to us as she was having a few problems with maths at school.  She liked it so much that now she comes for English as well!  Mariana says that now “She is more confident with math now and she’s coming to I Love to Learn for pleasure.  She is very happy with her teacher, she says she is very kind and patient.”    
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“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
“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

Time For Bed-Avoiding Sleep Deprivation

Is your child getting enough sleep?

sleep deprivationA recent report reveals that an alarming number of children are grappling with sleep deprivation, which is taking a toll on their academic performance.

Smartphones, computers, and TVs in bedrooms have been identified as contributing factors to poor sleep patterns in children.

A single restless night can lead to irritability and difficulty concentrating the following day. The consequences of consistently inadequate sleep can be even more profound.

But how much sleep do children really need?

Although individual needs may vary, children should ideally aim for the following recommended hours:

– Pre-schoolers: 11 to 13 hours per night
– 5 to 12-year-olds: 10 to 11 hours per night
– Teenagers: 9 hours per night

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep disturbances during childhood and adolescence are common and can show up in various forms, such as nightmares, sleep terrors, sleepwalking, and irregular sleep patterns. While these issues can often be temporary with consistent reinforcement of good habits, some children and young people may find themselves stuck in unhelpful routines.

If sleep problems persist or become a regular issue, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Parents or carers should reach out to school nurses for advice, especially if sleep difficulties are deeply ingrained and causing distress to families and children. Families can also seek guidance from their GP for further assistance.

Here are five practical suggestions to help children better manage their screen time:

1. Establish clear rules: Set clear guidelines for when and how long children can use smartphones. Stick to a consistent schedule and ensure they understand the importance of adhering to it.
2. Encourage other activities: Introduce them to outdoor play, homework hour, reading, or arts and crafts. It’ll help them explore new interests and reduce their reliance on screens.
3. Use parental controls: Take advantage of parental control features to block inappropriate content and limit screen time. It’s an effective way to monitor their activities.
4. Lead by example: Set a positive example by reducing your own screen time. Engage in tech-free family activities and have face-to-face conversations.
5. Designate screen-free zones: Identify specific areas such as the dinner table or bedrooms where phones are off-limits. This will encourage more real-world interactions and foster better communication within the family.

I’ve personally witnessed the effects of sleep deprivation on primary school pupils. One of the boys in my class was struggling academically, constantly appearing tired and unable to focus. It later emerged that he had been watching TV late into the night without his parents’ knowledge. Once he started getting adequate sleep, he became a completely different child at school.

While most experts agree that having TVs, smartphones, and computers in bedrooms isn’t ideal, the reality is that many children do have their own devices. Therefore, it’s crucial for parents to understand how to strike a balance between screen time and a restful night’s sleep.

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