Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3: How can a one-to-one tutor help my child?

Key Stage 3, (Years 7, 8 and 9).  A lack of challenge, reduced pressure, the under-estimation of Key Stage 2 attainment, the change to secondary school: these are all factors in reduced progress during Key Stage 3. One-to one English and Literacy tuition can support and help to ensure that your child continues to progress.

  • Improve and support English progression. English and Literacy tuition can support students who are struggling in these areas.  One-to-one sessions can focus on the specific needs of each individual child in ways that are not possible in large classes.
  • Provide parents with the tools and understanding to support their child at home. Parents frequently ask how they can support their child. In some cases, this might mean that they would like to support and engage with the learning alongside their child. Parents are welcome to attend sessions to enable them to do so.
  • Support the completion of homework tasks and projects. While we aim for homework to be completed independently to extend learning, young people often require some help to do so. If you are a busy working parent, it can be difficult to find the time in a week to help and assist your child in the completion of homework tasks and projects. Tuition time can be used to support you and your child in this. As Literacy is a key skill across the curriculum, this can be extended to other subjects and support progress across the curriculum.
  • Avoid negative progression following long school holidays. Over long school holidays, such as the summer break, students can forget or lose some of the skills they have built throughout the year. Holiday tuition sessions can support children in maintaining their skills and developing further in an informal, enjoyable way. Thus, giving them the best start to each new school year. Tuition sessions can be focused on a favourite story, activity or hobby and tailored to support your child.
  • Avoid falling into the Year 7 drop. It is common for students to under-perform on beginning secondary school. Research suggests that this is partly due to the long break in learning between Year 6 and Year 7, as well as the challenge of a new setting. New teachers at secondary may under-estimate your child; English lessons may fail to challenge and build on skills they have already acquired but fallen out of the habit of using.  English tuition can help your child to avoid this negative trend.
  • Personalise learning to support and engage all learners – even the most reluctant. Young people learn best when they are engaged and understand the relevance of teaching to them. One-to-one English tuition can provide exactly what your child needs in both respects; hence, helping them nurture a passion for learning and progress.