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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
We were super happy with your approach and B settled in so well. She looked forward to the tutoring and got a lot out of the sessions. Without a doubt her confidence has grown and I wouldn’t hesitate to use I Love to Learn again in the future. Many thanks, Cat
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“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)
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
Thank you for all your support with our son, Thomas. His hand writing, spelling, maths and reading is progressing beautifully. I would highly recommend your setting to anyone who wishes to give their child a boost or to work on specific learning goals. It has been invaluable. All your tutors are warm, welcoming and professional and Thomas is always made to feel valued. Positive praise and lots of stickers, stamps, rewards, prizes and certificates give that extra special touch to reward and recognise the children’s efforts. Thomas is certainly always proud of his achievements from your centre.
Laura (Thomas’s mum)
“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
Thank you very much for your help and support in helping Tomek achieve his goals in English
Monica (Tomek’s mum)
Thank you for your lovely card.  You have helped with my creative writing and vocabulary.  I have grown in confidence and I appreciate your help.
Naomi
“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
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“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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A Guide to the Cost of Private Tutors

Why Does the Cost of Tuition Vary So Much?

tutor1According to prospects.ac.uk after-school tutors in the UK charge from around £20-£60 per hour in 2024.  Of course all of this will depend on a great deal?  Is the tutor qualified?  Does the tutor have experience with children?  What qualifications does the tutor have in the subject and what exams (if any) is the child working towards?  It would be quite normal to pay £65 per hour for GCSE tuition and much more than that for the best 11+ tutors in London say!  (Tutorfair.com have prices of over £100 per hour for specialist 11+ tutors/entrance exam tutors)

So why is there so much variation?

What Makes Some Tuition More Expensive?

Does The Fee Include Overheads?

Some tutors work from home or will visit the student’s home, so may have travel expenses which are high at the moment.  Some tutors work from a centre, so they have to pay overheads such as power, rent and rates.  The resources and working environment may be better but it will cost a little more.

How Experienced and Qualified are the Tutors?

This is probably the biggest variable as tutors do not have to be qualified to offer their services.  Some tutors may have a degree in the subject they are teaching and some tutors may have teaching qualifications and classroom experience in schools, so will expect to be better paid.

Does the Tutor Pay VAT?

Tutors do not have to pay VAT  on the private tutoring they do if they are self-employed.  Companies will need to pay this tax howerer if they go over the VAT threshold.  The government have recently changed the law on this as some agencies were avoiding VAT, now they will all have to pay it too.

What Education Level or Exam is the Student Aiming For?

Generally the higher the level of qualification the student is studying for the fewer tutors will be qualified to teach that subject.  If you are studying for a maths degree, for example, it will be more expensive to hire a tutor.  The tutor will have to be more experienced and qualified themselves and the lessons will take longer to prepare, therefore they will charge more.

What Makes Some Tuition Less Expensive?

The Number of Students in a Group

One way to reduce costs is to teach more students at a time.  This may lead to a less individualised lesson if the planning is not well organised.

What Is the Preparation Time?

Using standard resources and computer programmes is a way to reduce costs.  This reduces the preparation time for tutors and so reduces the amount of time spent on each lesson, before and after.  Some companies use AI computer resources which respond to the child’s progress so the tutor does not need to do any planning.

Online or In Person?

Online tutoring can provide services anywhere which increases the supply of tutors and therefore reduces the cost.  For example, they could be from another country with lower wage costs.

schoolkidsWhy are some tuition companies more expensive?

Generally, the more qualified and experienced the tutors are, the highter the fees are going to be.  Some tutors will charge more because, even though they may not pay VAT or have to pay wages, they may have built up a reputation that allows them to increase their fees.  Also, in some regions there is a lot of competition for independent school places and therefore a lot of demand for 11+ tutors.  This drives up prices.

Why are some tuition companies cheaper?

Some ‘tuition centres’ do not employ fully qualified tutors, in fact some may just be enthusiastic graduates or less.  Some education businesses do not actually teach the children but allow the computer AI to teach them.   If a tutor lacks experience and qualifications, teaches online or doesn’t have to travel far, they are likely to charge a lower fee.

I Love to Learn Professional Tuition-Where do we fall?

We only employ fully qualified and experience teachers to be tutors here at I Love to Learn.  This means that we don’t even interview anyone unless they have QTS (qualified teacher status).  We also expect tutors to have a number of years of actual classroom experience.

We run dedicated education centres which means we have to pay overheads.  It does give us the advantage of having all our resources in one place and the ability to run tuition in small groups.  For those reasons our frees of £46 for each 80 min session, which works out at only £34.50 per hour, and we think is great value.  We also think the teaching environment, the excellent computer/non-computer resources and the fun of small group learning make our tutoring a really high quality product.

Preparing for the 11+ Interview

11+ Interview Tips

How often are children interviewed? Not very often!  For most it will be a first experience, so here is some information and a few tips to help smooth the process.  Everyone will want your child to present themselves as honestly and fully as possible in the time given.

 

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What Linda’s Video about 11 + Interviews Here

Why interview?

Each school knows the sort of children that they cater for.  They are looking for their  ‘type’ of child with the sort of ‘behaviours’ that are expected at their school. Will your child fit in, not just academically but socially too? It is a good idea for you and your child to do some research about the school. What are their achievements, what facilities do they have, what subjects and activities do they offer: and most importantly, what are their values?  They will want to find out what your child is interested in contributing to school life and which activities they will want to take part in?  The school will also want to know if your child is committed to studying and has the personal drive and stamina to work hard.

 

What else will they have to do?

They may have to read aloud so practice reading previously unseen text aloud at home. Encourage reading with expression and understanding. Use the punctuation to help the passage make sense.

They may have to talk about an item of interest or a piece of work they are proud of. Your child needs to be ready to talk with enthusiasm and confidence. They will be nervous so give them opportunities to do this beforehand.

Find out more about how we tutor for 11+ and Common Entrance Assessments by clicking here….

Possible Questions

  • Why are you interested in joining our school?
  • What hobbies and interests do you have (sport, music)?
  • Can you tell us about your school and any extra activities you currently do?
  • What book are you reading currently outside of school?
  • Who is your favourite author?
  • Is there a current event or world issue that interests you?

 

The key with these questions is to elaborate! One word answers will not convey much enthusiasm. What does your child feel excited by and what do they feel strongly about?

Discussing the news and world events shows a broad interest in the world and will give your child an awareness of their wider context. The Week Junior Magazine, or similar, is worth buying for current news.

Find out when the local Common Assessment Dates are in January by clicking here…..

On the Day

 

  • Get a good night’s sleep, go to bed early with The Week Junior or good book! Be fresh and alert but being nervous is also normal!

 

  • Eat a good breakfast. If you are nervous, and can’t eat, perhaps drink a smoothie. Also, drink some water and take some with you.

 

  • Dress appropriately, look smart and formal. Parents too!

 

  • Arrive early! You do not want to be rushed. Parking may be an issue, so work out travel arrangements beforehand!

 

  • Remove ALL distractions, phones, electronic devices, smart watches off, read a book or look at the school prospectus again. Be ready to engage when adults speak to you, give good eye contact.

 

  • Sit up straight with good posture. Show you are enthusiastic, even if you are nervous! Don’t hide, look at your feet or chew your sleeves!

 

  • Try to enjoy being the centre of attention.

Remember, if the school believes you will fit in well and thinks it has what it takes to help you develop your particular talents they will probably offer you a place. If it is not the right school for you, please don’t think you have failed, you just might need a different type of school.

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