Get ahead for September: How expert tutoring over the summer can get students back on track

PUBLISHED: 15:03 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:43 14 July 2020

Pictured before lockdown at one of The Community Schools learning centres. Image: The Community Schools.

Pictured before lockdown at one of The Community Schools learning centres. Image: The Community Schools.

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If you’ve been trying to juggle home-schooling the kids and the far-reaching impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown, help is at hand.

The Community Schools offers a Covid-secure learning environment for students needing face to face tuition. Image: The Community Schools.The Community Schools offers a Covid-secure learning environment for students needing face to face tuition. Image: The Community Schools.

One person who fully appreciates the impact Coronavirus has had on young peoples’ learning and the challenges parents and teachers have been dealing with is Claire Meadows-Smith, Principal with 40 years teaching experience, and Founder of The Community Schools, a unique co-operative of experienced senior teachers delivering online and face to face tutoring in Suffolk.

“We’ve all faced significant challenges over the past few months. Returning to school in September after a 6-month break, rather than the usual 6-week break will heighten the gaps in understanding and lack of confidence. But all is not lost when it comes to your child’s education.”

We spoke to Claire who explained how investing a few hours in intensive tutoring over the summer can help build students’ confidence and reduce any feelings of anxiety around where they may have fallen behind as they approach GCSEs or A-levels, or start back for a new school year in September.

Q: What is summer school and how does it work?

Claire Meadows-Smith, Principal with 40 years teaching experience, and Founder of The Community Schools. Image: The Community Schools.Claire Meadows-Smith, Principal with 40 years teaching experience, and Founder of The Community Schools. Image: The Community Schools.

A: Our Summer School programme has been developed to help students re-establish the learning habit, fill any knowledge gaps and to give them a firm foundation for starting their next academic year but more importantly the courses will cover the key topics that students need to know going forward into their new academic year. Each student is tutored as an individual.

Each day the students will have 2 one-hour lessons taught by the tutor, follow up questions to practice the skills and an individual 1-2-1 tutorial with the tutor to celebrate achievement and to help focus on key areas for improvement.

Q: How can summer school help Year 10 and 11 students?

A: Our online 5 day courses will be run for all school years – in particular we have courses for year 10 students who want to Get Ahead for year 11 and year 11 students wanting to Get Ahead for their A level courses.

Free online introduction sessions and discounted prices are available. Find out more here.

Q: When will the summer school programme run and what is the cost?

27 - 31 July

3 - 7 August

10 -14 August

17- 21 August

24 – 28 August

In light of Covid-19 we’re offering two heavily discounted prices to those who register before July 21st.

Pre-GCSE and GCSE students – limited offer

50 per cent discounted price of £125.

A-level students – limited offer

50 per cent discounted price of £175.

Q: Are there any face to face sessions over the summer?

Yes. We appreciate some students need a face to face learning environment, so we’ve created a Covid-secure teaching space in our Bury St Edmunds Learning Centre. Although available for all year groups, there will be a particular focus on providing combined maths/English courses for our Key Stage 2 students.

About The Community Schools

The Community Schools has been successfully supporting students for over 10 years with its proven method of shared tutoring. The tutors are all highly experienced classroom teachers and Heads of Departments, many still working in local schools, who love their teaching and are passionate about helping students to progress and achieve at and beyond their aspirations.

Claire adds: “We are proud of the positive effect we have on our students, not just improved results but improved motivation and focus in all their education. They become happier and more confident people”

The Community Schools has learning centres in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Kesgrave, Ipswich with over 30 specialist teachers helping in excess of 200 students across Suffolk. Since Covid-19, the team has made the switch from face-to-face tuition to online groups using a specialist tutoring software.

To find out more about summer school and for early booking offers, visit thecommunityschools.co.uk.

Please call 0774 703 7441 for more information or to register an interest.

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