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11+ winter workshops: keep your child’s mind active this holiday season!

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of the joys of celebration and feasting surrounded by beautiful decorations. Often academic work is avoided for the array of Christmas activities on offer or just to indulge in a fun filled break. However, if students disengage from learning activities, there are drops in their performance and a slowing of educational progress.

The summer slump is well known in Britain to affect a student’s performance at school after they go back from the long six week holiday. A gap in learning often affects those children whose parents work, are busy looking after other siblings or a variety of other reasons which prevent them from keeping their child’s mind active with learning activities.

We at the Learning Hub pride ourselves on being able to keep young minds prepared for those vital exams the 11+ that are just round the corner for many children. Our preparation programme starts from Year 4 and goes all the way up to Year 6 when students sit the exams at the grammar or independent school of their choice. Experts say that the more time a child has spent preparing, learning new skills and practising them the better the do in the actual exam. You cannot begin this preparation early enough and with our fun setting here at the Hub our students learn while enjoying their time here.

Dates available: Thursday 27th & Friday 28th December

To find out more call 0208 908 0123

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Private Schools provide extra coaching for students to pass 11+ exams

An undercover BBC South East investigation into ten fee paying schools in Kent has revealed that nine out of the ten schools tutored their students in how to pass the 11+ exam. This type of coaching isn’t allowed by the local council to ensure that all students sitting such exams in the area have the same chance of doing well whether they go to a state or private school. But is it only academic ability that is being tested here?

Those who score the highest on these exams are offered places at local grammar schools with supporters arguing that selective schools provide a chance for bright students from poorer backgrounds to get a higher standard of education without having to pay school fees. However, critics say children from wealthier backgrounds have an unfair advantage because they are often coached in school, or attend private tuition.

In fact with social mobility figures in the UK at an all time low many fear that this type of coaching in private schools creates a divide between children from wealthier backgrounds destined for university and good jobs, and children from working-class backgrounds destined for less lucrative roles. The consequences of this early start in the right school can have a long term effect on the make up of society. As we are well aware the worlds of journalism, politics, law and the arts are dominated by those who have studied at elite schools. The school you attend, as well as the network of peers you connect with, can determine the future success of your career.

In light of this many feel that both state and private schools should be allowed to prepare their students for the 11+ exams as they do for any other test, this would be the most obvious way of ensuring a level playing field according to members of Kent council as well as the CEO for the Independent Schools Association. What do you think the best solution is?

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What makes a good tuition centre?

All parents find it difficult to know which tuition centre to choose. Here are the 5 Golden Rules for choosing a good tuition centre:

1. Aesthetically inviting classroom environment. When a tuition centre possesses visually pleasing surroundings, it creates positive impressions for your child. Having to study extra hours outside of school can be a chore for most children so clean, bright and well-maintained classrooms can significantly take away feelings of apprehension and dread when it comes to learning.

2. Comprehensive content and engaging way of teaching. It is always a good choice to go for a tuition centre who employs tutors that know their craft. A good coach demonstrates a deep understanding of your child’s weak subjects by pitching at standards that are relatable to their students’ level of understanding.

3. Open school-home connection. One of the main purposes of enrolling your child in a tuition centre is to keep your son or daughter abreast with their school’s curriculum. Naturally, parents should be kept up-to-date of their child’s learning progress, as well as their homework, and other curriculum-related matters.

4. Healthy socio-emotional learning environment. A tuition centre that employs tutors who have empathy and compassion towards students is a great indication that the faculty is well-run. Tutors must be more patient and encouraging for them to fully unleash their student’s potential.

5. Detailed monitoring of tutees’ progress. Good tuition centres require teachers and coaches to give regular formative assessments of their students, as well as constructive feedback.

What the Learning Hub offers:

1. We’ve invested in our classrooms ensuring they provide an optimal atmosphere for learning.

2. We keep class sizes small, ensuring we give your child the individual attention and support they deserve in order to help them excel academically.

3. Personalised meetings with parents to discuss student progress is only part of the way we partner with parents to ensure our students receive all the help they need.

4. Our dedicated, qualified teachers work on boosting a child’s confidence in the areas they are struggling.

5. We have regular tests in class to ensure students are picking up on the new concepts and skills we teach.

Get in touch to find out more about everything that we offer!

Source: actualyse.com

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