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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find many of the answers to your questions. We have tried to be thorough but if you can’t find the answer to your question then please use the contact form opposite to ask us a question.
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What is the cost of tutoring
Your first session is FREE. Thereafter, prices for small group tuition start at £35 per 2-hours; Whilst 1-to-1 tuition begins at £40 per hour, with an additional £10.00 charge for travel costs. Our International English school and short training and mentoring courses are individually priced.
Is there a registration fee?
No, unlike many tutoring services we do not require a on-off registration administration fee.
How do you recruit tutors?
All of our teachers and assistant-tutors are well educated, with Enhanced DBS checks and references – safeguarding our children is our top priority. We have a rigorous screening, interview and training process. We are highly selective and test teaching skills, rapport-building and empathy skills, reflection skills and genuine commitment to children. We insist on a minimum of 1 academic year’s commitment.
Are all of your tutors qualified?
Yes, all of our lead tutors are qualified. Our assistant tutors all have schools work experience. We believe that every child is different, and that each child will respond to a unique approach, and a particular tutor. We encourage applications from a wide variety of individuals and a breadth of disciplines, including self-employed tutors, graduates with experience of working with children in more creative settings and on voluntary programmes.
How do you ensure quality?
Firstly, we aim to offer a child-centred education service in consultation with parents/carers and in partnership with schools. This triangular relationship is the key to the success of our clients. Students do succeed in a kind and caring atmosphere that first and foremost nurtures their confidence through a positive promotion of their identity. This enables them to secure a strong foundation to excel at secondary school and achieve success in their GCSE’s.
Following a rigorous recruitment process, carried out by our Director, an experienced and qualified teacher, we require tutors to submit weekly feedback on each of their tutees’ progress, to us at the end of each tutorial. This is then fed back to parents, alongside monthly summary assessments (test papers).
Can I meet a tutor or several tutors before I commit?
Our size is deliberately small, as we offer an intimate personalised service, so we know our children. We have a small staff pool so that we can maintain that well-informed, hand-on approach to our clients. For 1-to-1 clients, we will discuss over the telephone your child’s need, and the first meeting is always a free consultation/tutoring session. This will include 15-20 minutes on our first meeting to discuss your plans/vision for your child and any other details before they begin the first tutorial with your child.
Can I speak to parents of current students to ask about their experience of Bright Futures 4 ALL?
We can generally arrange for you to speak to another parent who is using our services and will set this up after seeking the necessary permissions. Please also visit our testimonials to read about what families are saying about us.
What if my child does not like the tutor?
We understand that with young children in particular, and in instances where a child is not enjoying their studies, first impressions and a strong rapport from the outset are even more critical. Where rapport and confidence are a concern, we suggest that you allow between 3-5 tutorials for your child to settle into the routine and get to know their tutor/group, before you make a judgement; However if your child is not settled after this initial period you may want to consider 1-to-1 tutoring.
Where does tuition take place?
Most of our small group tutorials are delivered at our two main sites: Harris Academy Purley and Mitcham Library. However, we can deliver 1-to-1 sessions at our base on the borders of South Croydon/Purley and in the comfort and safety of your home. We recommend assigning an area for tutorials, in a room where there will be no distractions from siblings, pets or appliances, and where the tutor and student can create an optimal learning experience.
Which areas of London do you cover?
We travel throughout Central and South West and South East London, although travel costs may apply. Please contact us to establish whether we cover your area.
What materials and resources do you use to teach?
Our tuition and courses are highly tailored to each groups/individual child’s needs. We use a wide variety of teaching resources and techniques (activity ideas), aimed at capturing the interests and creative strengths of each cohort/individual. We always aim to create a learning experience that is as rich as possible, whilst ensuring that the content of each tutorial is relevant to the agreed goals for each group/individual. This might include: past examination papers, syllabi and mark schemes, samples of work and model answers.
Do I need to provide any materials?
After the initial purchase of workbooks, we may, occasionally ask you to purchase work books that are for your child’s use exclusively, and your tutor may ask you to purchase stationery for your child to aid their organisation, learning or revision.
What courses do you offer?
We offer a range of education services for children from age 7 to adulthood. This includes a successful English language school for group or 1-to-1 private tuition.
How do I make a payment?
Payment is due per calendar month in advance by either direct debit or bank transfer.
Am I tied into a contract?
We ask for a month’s notice in writing of the intention to stop tuition. This allows us to bring the tuition to a satisfactory close, ensuring that your child is not in the middle of a learning cycle, and that the relationship can be completed powerfully for everyone.
Generally we establish at the outset of tuition how long you would like your child to be supported for, and an estimated end date, whether that be the end of an academic year or at the completion of certain examinations.
Do you advise on which schools I should enter my child for?
We know what a personal decision this is and believe that there is no substitute for taking your child to visit each school for an open day or individual tour, where you will be able to speak to the teachers, hear the head teacher speak, see the facilities and get a feel for the school. Our Director, following an academic and developmental consultation with your child, will be happy to offer feedback and discuss school options with you in more detail.
What does a consultation involve?
We offer a consultation service covering your child’s academic and developmental outlook.
What are you success rates for exam tuition?
Our director has over 10 successful years in the education sector (from the primary to University sector). She has specialised in entrance exam tuition with many pupils sitting and successfully passing the exams. However, we prefer to take an holistic approach to a child’s overall academic development. We work with most of our clients to nurture the whole child ensuring they make good progress in their academic attainment in school, whilst carefully boosting their self-esteem and confidence.
Do you liaise with my child's school teacher?
If you would like us or your tutor to speak directly to your child’s teacher, this can be arranged with the necessary introductions. It is important to be specific about how you feel this will benefit your child and we may ask you to pass on a form to the school to answer certain questions about your child’s progress. In many instances, sharing information with your tutor like your child’s latest school report or any educational psychologist or learning support reports, and feedback from teachers through parent’s evenings and meetings, including areas for development that have been highlighted, will be sufficient.
Can you explain some of the academic stages of the UK education system?
Early Years Foundation Stage are the Nursery and reception years, at ages 3 and 4 respectively.
KS1 means Key Stage 1; Years one and two when your child is aged 5 and 6 respectively.
KS2 means Key Stage 2; Years three, four, five and six when your child is aged 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.
KS3 means Key Stage 3; Years seven, eight and nine when your child is aged 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
KS4 means Key Stage 4; Years ten and eleven when your child is aged 14 and 15. These are the years in which GCSEs are taken.
Sixth Form denotes the period that your young adult is in Years twelve, thirteen or fourteen when they are aged 16, 17 or 18. This is when they usually study for A-levels or the International Baccalaureate. It is also known as Key Stage 5