English Tutors UK

English Tutors in the UK

The tutoring industry in the UK is booming.  There are many private tutors, tuition centres and after school clubs offering practice in English and Maths throughout the whole of the UK.  In 2013, the tuition industry will continue to grow.

In Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, we have some fantastic schools but a great deal of controversy still reigns in our education system and many parents continue to seek out private tuition to ensure that their children achieve the best education and exam results possible.  Children are receiving extra tuition from as early as Year One (if not earlier) and especially in High School.  Some children do fall behind in school and extra tuition can quickly bring students up to the level of their peers.  However, it is not only children who struggle who attend private tuition as many parents wish children to be stretched to achieve the best possible results whether that be 11+, entrance exam, GCSE, SCE or Higher/A-Level results.

Find an English Tutor in the UK

If you make the decision to find a private tutor in 2013 then why should you choose a Kip McGrath Education Centre?  Well, we have over 200 centres in the UK which are run and taught by qualified teachers.  English and maths are our core subjects but many centres offer other additional subjects.  Our qualified teachers offer a FREE educational assessment for every child and create an individual lesson plan for every child based on their own individual learning needs.  As qualified teachers, we know the local school curriculum and what is needed by every child to reach their full acadmic potential.

Are English Tutors Qualified to Teach English?

KIP MCGRATH-LW.The site of the former Birgitte, 41 King Street.-We may harp on about this but a tutor does not need to be a qualified English teacher to tutor English according to UK laws.  When you employ an English tutor please ensure that you take out references and speak to previous students.  Ask to see credentials and results.  At Kip McGrath Tuition Centres, we are qualified and experienced teachers, have taught in local schools and understand the school curriculum.

National Tuition Centres

There are a few large, national tuition centres who offer maths and English tuition like Kip McGrath.  Don’t be fooled.  Kip McGrath are not the same and cannot be compared.  These centres are not in the main run by teachers and rely on worksheets and computer exercises that parents sometimes have to mark themselves.  When choosing a tutor to teach your child it is important that parents do their own homework and know the facts.




What is Your Dream for 2016? Children’s National Writing Competition at Kip McGrath Education Centres

Dream a Big Dream National Children’s Writing Competition

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games showed how thousands of people could be inspired to pursue their dreams to achieve great things and break world records.

The Kip McGrath national writing competition is an amazing opportunity to inspire your child to celebrate and write about their “big dream”, whatever that may be.

Anyone aged 9  – 14 years can enter the competition and prizes will be awarded to 12 regional winners and two overall national winners.  For full terms and conditions and to enter the competition visit www.dreamabigdream.info

Inspirational Athletes Involved in Dream a Dream Competition

Kip McGrath Scotland Business Opportunities – Discovery Day for Teachers

Discovery Day at Kip McGrath on Saturday 2nd February 2013

Are you a qualified teacher or an honours graduate willing to undertake a rigorous intensive training course in tutoring?  Are you interested in owning your own tutoring business as part of the globally recognised Kip McGrath Tuition Franchise?

Margaret Carmichael, the Area Developer for Scotland, is holding a discovery day at the East Kilbride Kip McGrath Education Centre on Saturday 2nd February from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm for those interested in finding out more.  Come along and see a successful centre in action and ask questions.  The centre is at 13d Hunter Street, The Village, East Kilbride, G74 4LZ.

About Kip McGrath

Kip McGrath Education Centres are primarily owned and operated by qualified teachers with a passion for teaching and the desire to run a successful franchise business.

With a 36 year history and over 600 franchises globally, Kip McGrath Education Centres offer supplementary education to students in reading, writing, comprehension, maths and English.

There are currently 26 centres throughout Scotland owned and run by qualified teachers offering professional maths and English tutoring to primary and secondary school children.

We still have a few territories available for the right person and 2 established centres for sale.  Click here for more details.

If you would like to attend, please submit the form below.  We look forward to seeing you.

Kip McGrath Scotland – How Learning is Changing with Technology

Insight – The Future has arrived at Kip McGrath

Thank you to Sally and Simon Fisher for the above blog article.  Insight is starting to be rolled out to our centres in Scotland and the students absolutely love it. Good teaching by qualified and motivated teachers is what Kip McGrath is all about but in this era, children expect state of the art technology too to make learning fun and this is what Insight promises to deliver. Thanks to years of planning and investment and dare I say ‘insight’, Kip McGrath centres have the technology to keep up with the fast paced changes that no doubt will keep coming without impacting on the existing teaching methods by qualified teachers we currently offer.


by Sally Fisher

If you remember when;

ATARI was a state of the art video game system.

Mark from Eastenders was Tucker Jenkins.

And Frank was saying ‘GGGGGGGO!!!!’ on Runaround

The kids on “Why Don’t You” looked old… and cool…

K-Tel was a major force in music.

Wham Bars, Spangles, Pacers and Banjos were playground currency

David Hasselhoff  wore clothes and talked to his car.

‘Charlie said’ don’t do it – and you didn’t

Then you’ll also remember this: the good old BBC Acorn computer from your school days. I still recall waiting patiently for my spreadsheet to be printed out by the dot matrix printer – remember that funny thin paper?  And don’t forget about the floppy disc!

The classroom of today looks dramatically different.  The classroom of 2012 is almost unrecognisable.  The blackboard/whiteboard has been firmly replaced with the interactive whiteboard which gives teachers the opportunity to cater…

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Greenock Tuition in English and Maths Covering Kilmacolm, Inverkip, Gourock and Inverclyde

New Kip McGrath Tuition Centre Opens in Greenock 2012

The latest Kip McGrath Education Centre has opened in Greenock in November 2012.  Based in the Ladyburn Business Centre at Pottery Street, Greenock PA15 2UH, the Kip McGrath Tuition Centre of excellence for education is now open to help youngsters get to the top of the class in reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Former James Watt College lecturer Richard Harrison and his wife Heidi have brought the highly regarded Kip McGrath tuition programme to the area in 2012.

Richard and Heidi Harrison

From their Greenock base they will give Inverclyde children the opportunity to be the very best by offering first class tuition by qualified teachers to help them maximise their full potential in English and Maths.  The Centre offers tuition for children from Primary One through to Secondary and SQA exam level.

A huge advocate of the Kip McGrath methods, Richard believes that the international scheme can help give youngsters in Inverclyde an even better start in life.

A qualified teacher with many years’ teaching experience,  Richard said: “I have spent the last ten years as a lecturer and before that as a high school teacher. I know how beneficial and important it is for young people to reach a high standard in their literacy and numeracy skills.  This is a great opportunity for them to develop the extra skills they need while working in a friendly and relaxed group environment.”

History of Kip McGrath Education Centres

International tuition provider Kip McGrath, first started in Australia in 1977, caters for youngsters of all ages, levels and abilities delivered by qualified teachers.

Richard added: “It is so important from a very young age that children have sound English and Maths skills. This is an ideal environment to strengthen these essential skills.”

How We Teach at Kip McGrath Greenock Tuition Centre

On the first visit children are given a free educational assessment.  From this, our teachers can target specific areas of weakness and create an individual learning programme for each child. No two children follow the same programme as it is based on their individual needs.

The education centre aims to help children in a way that builds confidence and self esteem.

A mixture of unique resources keeps children engrossed in learning by offering courses in reading and comprehension, writing and spelling as well as English and Maths.  We are delighted to be one of the first centres in Scotland (currently 26 in Scotland) to offer the Kip McGrath Insight online programme which the children love and helps to make learning fun.  However, this is only used as a tool to help children complete tasks and learn in a fun and motivating way and never replaces individual teaching.

Each student attends the centre for an 80 minute lesson per week which includes individual teaching and written and computer exercises to reinforce the subject being learned.

Homework at Kip McGrath Education Centres

Goals will be set and a little homework provided which we encourage students to complete on their own without parental help.  Homework is not a test and results ensure that we as teachers can clearly identify areas that still need work.  Parents marking and helping children with homework, although common practice with school homework, does not help us in clearly marking a child’s progress and understanding of a subject.

The Scottish Curriculum and Re-learning the Basics

As qualified teachers, we understand the Scottish curriculum and can easily identify current working levels of children who are falling behind in school and what is required to bring every child up to the level required to excel in school.  Sometimes children fall behind because they have failed to grasp the fundamentals of a specific lesson and this makes it difficult to progress.  Sometimes gaps in learning have formed and at Kip McGrath, we can highlight these gaps and re-teach the lessons, enabling a child to fully understand and catch up.  Some children have to go back to basics before they can move on but once learned, it is surprising how quickly children can catch up with a little extra tuition.

Contact Kip McGrath Greenock Tuition Centre

Your child is in good hands at Kip McGrath and after the initial call, we will arrange to assess your child’s academic abilities which is currently FREE of charge.  Students are made to feel very welcome and our bright, modern tuition centre and fantastic exclusive resources make learning fun in a safe, relaxing but stimulating environment.

Arrange a FREE Educational Assessment

If you have concerns about your child’s education and wish to talk to a qualified teacher in confidence, you can call Richard Harrison on 01475 745600 or mobile 0794 645 5886.  Alternatively please visit the main Greenock website for more information or click here to arrange an assessment online.

Dunfermline Tutors in Maths and English

The Kip McGrath Dunfermline Centre is now open at a new location and we would like to wish them the very best of luck in their brand new premises!

Dunfermline Tuition at Kip McGrath Education

Why Parents are Opting for Extra Tuition for Children?

Many children sail through school without any problems and go on to achieve great exam results.  However this is not the case for some children and extra tuition may be required at some point.  The tuition industry in Scotland and the UK is booming and “extra tuition” should no longer hold any so called embarrassment for children and parents.  In fact many children who are tutored are high achievers who want to excel academically.

Does Your Child Need a Tutor?

As parents, trust your instinct.  There are many signs that your child may be struggling or falling behind in class:

  • Do they “hate” school and make excuses not to go?
  • Is homework a struggle for both you and your child?
  • Have they become moody or withdrawn?
  • Are they reluctant to read a book, comic or anything other than the school has…

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Tuition in Ayr – Kip McGrath Tuition Centre Celebrates Relaunch with Grand Opening

Kip McGrath Ayr Education Centre Grand Opening 31st August 2012

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth McKay is the new owner of the Kip McGrath Tuition Centre in Ayr.  To celebrate the re-launch of this fantastic centre at 21 Wellington Square, an Official Opening Event will be held on Friday 31st August 2012 from 7.00pm until 9.00 pm with wine nibbles and a bit of fun.  All are welcome to come along and enjoy the festivities.

Our special guest of honour is Lorna Dempsey who has just been voted Scotland’s Role Model of the Year 2012 by No.1 Magazine.  Lorna is the founder of the biggest and most talked about events in Ayrshire, Butterfly Events.  Lorna has been organising her events voluntary in aid of Cancer Research UK since 2007, raising £194,000 and more importantly cancer awareness through thousands of people.

She also works full time and volunteers for her local Scout and Girls Group in her village of Dalmellington.  We are proud to support Lorna.  You can find out more about Lorna’s fundraising at http://www.butterfly-events.org/about/ and take part in future fun events to raise even more money for Cancer Research UK.

Open Day on 8th September

For those who cannot attend the grand opening, we are also holding an Open Day on Saturday 8th September from 2.00pm until 4.00pm.  This gives parents an ideal opportunity to visit our teachers, view the centre and our fabulous resources and speak to our teachers.

About Kip McGrath Education Centre Ayr

The Kip McGrath Centre in Ayr is run by Liz McKay who is a fully qualified Maths Teacher and has been teaching in local schools since 1981.  Sometimes children need a little extra tuition in English or Maths to achieve their full academic potential.  I love to teach but was finding in the classroom that I was unable to spend enough time with every student in the way I knew would make a difference.  This opportunity at Kip McGrath is fantastic for me because I can devote one to one time with every student and really make a difference very quickly to my students’ education.

I am a Maths Teacher to Higher Grade but I also employ fully qualified teachers to tutor our students in English and Computing up to secondary level.  All teachers are highly experienced in the local school curriculum and Kip McGrath have provided us with fantastic teaching resources to assist teaching including our exclusive new online programme called Insight which the students love.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more, please call Liz McKay on 01292 260101 or visit our website to find out more.  The Centre is based at 21 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1EZ.

Tuition in Edinburgh – Fantastic Scottish Exam Results at Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central Tuition Centre

Scottish Exam Results 2012

It has been a record breaking year for Scottish exam results according to this article by the BBC.  At our 28 Kip McGrath centres in Scotland, we are also receiving texts and calls from excited students who have received the passes that they have been working so hard for in the past year.  Congratulations everyone!  There are so many fantastic success stories, we can’t possibly share them all so this week we have asked Indleeb Walayat (Indy) of Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central to be a guest blogger and share her and her students’ stories below:

Spotlight on Edinburgh Central Kip McGrath Tuition Centre

Kip McGrath Education Centres has been established in Edinburgh  for many years and we have many centres providing first class tuition in English and Maths throughout Edinburgh.

I am Indy Walayat and I became Centre Director of the Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central Tuition Centre  in January 2009 and since then the centre has grown from strength to strength.  I am a fully qualified teacher and have been teaching since 1991 and have taught from age 3 to adults. Within my employment history, I  have worked as a primary teacher, nursery teacher, Acting Principal Teacher,  teach maths to advanced Higher level and also embarked upon the chartered teacher programme.

I also employ highly qualified and exerienced teachers to tutor our English students.  Most teachers are currently teaching in local schools so have up to date knowledge of the school curriculum.

Summer School 2012

At our very successful summer school we have run sessions throughout the summer. Students from age 4 to adult have attended. Most students have attended to get a head start for the new school term and beat the summer brain drain.

Gallery of Some of our Students

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Our Successes in 2011/2012

Our students have worked incredibly hard this term and we have had record breaking numbers of children attending our centre for extra tuition in English and Maths from primary 1 to advanced Higher level.  These are a few of our proudest moments:

  • Children gaining entry to private school of choice including some gaining 100% scholarship.
  • Students with additional needs such as  autism, dyslexia and dyscalculia making fantastic progress.
  • Students coming to the centre with limited reading now being able to read, spell and write sentences.
  • One student in S2 arriving 2 1/2 years ago with the mathematical ability of a child in P2 now able to enter Intermediate 2 maths exam later this year .
  • ‘H’ who joined Kip McGrath in August last year who has advanced from being at the bottom of the class in P4 with the mathematical ability of a P1 student to now being the average.  Her school reported that ‘H’ had made more progress than any child in the school.
  • Our pre-schoolers enjoying the multisensory approach, working through early reading and writing skills and making a head start to school.
  • Children who initially were unwilling are now writing pages.
  • Children who are new to English well prepared and supported with key skills such as speaking, listening, reading comprehension and vocabulary development.

Record Scottish Exam Results 2012

This has been a fantastic year for our exam students with many students attaining 1’s and A’s in their exams this session including ‘B’. who started attending Kip McGrath to support with Int 2 maths for which she achieved an A and now also achieving A in Higher maths.  Below are a selection of text messages I have received from successful students:
  • Beth got B pass and is delighted as it has been her big worry this year. It was her lowest mark but she thought she had failed and could only Appeal with C from prelim. Now for Advanced Highers and bigger worries. She says ‘Hello and Many Thanks’.
  • Hi thank you, delighted I got a 1 thanks for your help. Megan.
  • Ellie got an a A in Maths.  Thank you for all your effort and hard work.
  • Thanks Indy. Anna was very pleased & relieved to get a B for her English Higher (plus 4 As! In other subjects!). Thanks for your help. Christine.
  • Rebecca did very well and got an A for English. Thanks for your help, Alison.
  • Hi Indy just to say thanks to you and Jim. Victoria got 7 x 1 passes and 1 x 2  pass in her exams.  The 2 pass was for Modern Studies and with your help and Jims she got a 1 for English so so pleased. Thanks, Avril.

Maths and English Tuition at Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central

If you would like to arrange a free educational assessment or find out more about our English and maths tuition at Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central, please call Indy on 0131 610 6110 or click here to visit main website. The Centre is located at 1 Huntly Street, Inverleith, Edinburgh EH3 5HB and covers the areas of Morningside, Comely Bank, Stockbridge, Blackhall, Trinity, Abbeyhill, Willowbrae, Craigleith, Sciennes, Morningside, Marchmont, Bruntsfield, Leith, Comely Bank, Meadowbank & Inverleith.

Alternative Kip McGrath Centres in Edinburgh and the East

We also have highly successful Kip McGrath centres throughout Edinburgh and East and West Lothian.  Please click on the link below to find your local centre:

Edinburgh West – Opening Autumn 2012

SQA Exam Results 2012 – What To Do If You Fail Exams Or Don’t Achieve The Pass You Expected

SQA Exam Results are Announced on 7th August 2012!

There are only a few days to go until the 2012 Scottish Exam Results are received by students in Scotland.  Waiting for important exam results like these are extremely nerve-racking for students and parents alike.  As a teacher of so many exam students, I am also waiting to hear results with a lot of expectations as I know my students were ready and capable of a great pass.

SQA Exam Results Day 2012

Exam results will be arriving by mail on Tuesday, 7th August 2012 for Scottish exam students.  For those who have chosen the option, many students will be receiving their results by an online method.  I remember when my daughter’s exam results came through in the post many years ago and she had just gone abroad on holiday.  I had to wait for over a week until she returned and opened her results!  I was desperate to open the envelope but I managed to control myself and wait patiently.  It was so worth it to see my daughter’s face  when she realised that she had passed in all of her subjects and her hard work had paid off!

What do I do if Exam Results are Not What I expected?

We hope that every student receives the exam result they were wanting but, if for some reason that does not happen, what can parents do to help their children keep their goals on track?

Scottish Exams Appeal

If you have not received the grade that your prelim and course work has expected you to, you can appeal.  Contact your school immediately.  This is advice posted from the official SQA website on who is eligible to appeal and what meets the criteria for appeal:

Before exams take  place, your school or college sends us an estimate grade (the grade they think  you will achieve). To be eligible for an appeal, you need to have achieved an exam grade that is lower than the one your school or college estimated for you. You must also meet these conditions:

  • Your estimate grade needs to be higher than a 7 (for Standard grades) or higher than a D (for Intermediates, Highers  and Advanced Highers)
  • You must have completed all parts of Course that are externally assessed. External assessments are marked by specialists hired by SQA, whereas internal assessments are marked by your own teachers/lecturers.
  • Your school/college needs to send us convincing evidence (eg a prelim) that demonstrates that you previously managed to achieve a better grade than the one you got in the real exam. The evidence must reach us by the closing date.

I have a College/University Place but I didn’t achieve expected exam results.

If you did not achieve the exam results you needed to gain a place at College or University, please try not to panic. There is a course of appeal that you can take and the phone number and email address for Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) are available at http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/32810.html.  Please talk to your lecturers and contact them for advice on how to proceed.

Another Chance?

At the end of the day, if you do not achieve the results you expected, there are other options available to you.  If you are in 4th or 5th year then speak to your Guidance Teacher and teachers.  Could you benefit from some extra tuition to help you prepare in studying techniques?  If you have not achieved  your goals this time then perhaps there is a reason for this.  Speak to your teachers and talk about your future.  How can they help you achieve your dreams?

There is always another option.  Many students take a year out to travel.  Many students are mature students who return to education in later life.  Failing or scoring poorly on an exam is something that most of us do at some point in our lives.  It is important not to dwell on this.  These things happen!.  The important thing is to decide that this is not going to happen again – I am going to make a plan and talk to my teachers, school, college, parents and this time next year I will be back on track!

Summer Fun Activities and Learning at Kip McGrath East Kilbride Education Centre

Summer School at Kip McGrath, East Kilbride Tuition Centre

The last thing children want to do during the Summer holidays is learn and for most children 7 weeks playing in the sun (or rain as may be the case in Scotland) is the best thing for them.  However for some children who have been falling behind in school or moving up into an important exam year, a little bit of learning can be a good thing to keep brains active and be prepared for the new term.

We have therefore decided to offer our students the opportunity to continue lessons during the summer and we have two sessions available every Tuesday from 3rd July to 7th August at 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.  Places are also available for new students who perhaps want to come along and try our Maths and English programmes before the new term starts.  Of course, our summer classes will also include a bit of fun too!

Please contact Margaret Carmichael on 01355 266566 or visit our website at www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/East-Kilbride to find out more about tuition at Kip McGrath.

Kilmarnock Tuition in English and Maths At Kip McGrath – Prepare for a New School Year

Summer Tuition at Kip McGrath Kilmarnock

Once again a number of parents have expressed the wish for us to continue tutoring over the summer break at our Centre in Kilmarnock.

Continuing over the summer has the added advantage of allowing your child to catch up even more on their school work, or it could prevent your child from slipping further behind in their English or Maths.

We will also be offering a “Kick-Start” programme into CfE; Standard Grade, Int 2 and Higher Maths and English over the summer.

Primary: (P2 – P7) Maths and Reading, Spelling, Comprehension, English;

Secondary: (S1 – S6); CfE; Standard Grade (F, G, C): Access 3, Int-1, Int- 2, Higher:

Dates and Times of Lessons

The Centre will be closed from Friday 29th June until Sunday 22nd July for refurbishment.

Lessons will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 23rd July until 14th August.  There are various 80 minute slots available from 10.am to 3.30pm.  Please book early as spaces are limited.

Normal after school and weekend sessions resume on Monday 20th August.

If you would like to enrol your child, please contact Frank Park, Centre Director on 01563 535533 or visit out website at www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/Kilmarnock to find out more about our Maths and English tuition.

Paisley English and Maths Tuition at Kip McGrath – Summer 2012

Summer Learning at Kip McGrath Paisley

Do you want to keep your child busy, happy and doing something worthwhile during the long weeks of Summer? We are delighted to say that we are running our popular Summer School once again this year.
We know how much parents wish to keep their children in the learning zone during holiday time. We’re here to help!

Last for 1 hour 30 minutes and are based around key skills of Maths, Language delivered through fun activities. If you have specific areas you wish your child to work on we will happily include these.

Tuesday 4.30-6.00 pm and 6.00-7.30pm

Thursday 9.00-10.30 am and 10.30-12.00am

Your child can attend as many classes as you wish. Why not use our double Thursday classes to help with the problem of childcare? Your child will be safe and happy and ‘in the learning zone’.
Classes commence week beginning 2nd July.

Individual class £25
Double class £45
6 classes £125
6 double classes £240
Cost inludes a snack as well as a small gift for those attending 6 classes. Payment should be paid in advance – this is negotiable.

We are enrolling now
Tel: 07943 803 484  or click on www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/Paisley for more information on our Maths and English Programmes.

Summer School Tuition in Ayr 2013 – Get Ready For School

Kip McGrath Ayr Summer School 2013

Once again a number of parents have requested that tuition is continued during the summer break.  We understand that you want to keep your child’s English and maths skills fresh, so we are delighted to run a summer school at our Tutoring Centre in Ayr.  Classes will last for 80 minutes and will focus on reinforcing key skills as well as fun learning activities.  These activities will be tailored to your child’s needs.

We will also be offering a “kick-start” programme into  CfE, National, Intermediate and Higher English and Maths over the summer.

Getting Ready for School

Most children just love the summer holidays but sometimes seven weeks is just too long for children to neglect their studies, especially if a child is moving up to an important year at school or has been falling behind in class.  The parents of our existing students have requested that we open during the summer but classes are open to new students also on a first come first served basis.  As qualified teachers in maths and English, we are able to advise parents at what level their child is working and highlight areas of weakness or any gaps in learning that may prevent children from moving on.  We can also reassure parents if children are working well and on course for their age.

Ayr Summer School 2013

Lesson Times

Our Summer School will run for 6 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9th July until 14th August 2013.  You can choose to enrol your child for one or two sessions for just one week or for the while six weeks – it is your choice.  The session times available are:

Session One:     10.00am – 11.20pm

Session Two:     11.40 am – 1.00pm

Session Three:   2.00pm – 3.20 pm

Contact Us

If you would like to reserve a place, find out more or talk to our teachers, please call 01292 260101.  Please also visit our website at www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/Ayr or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KipMcGrathAyrTutors

We also run classes in normal term time after school and these will recommence on Monday 19th August 2012.  Please see our website for more information.

Kip McGrath English and Maths Tutors – Why Choose Kip McGrath Education Centres?

Is a Tutor Qualified & Regulated to teach children?

This may seem such a simple and logical question but you may be very surprised to know that the tuition business is unregulated and that anyone can advertise their services as a tutor.  Many tutors offering their services call themselves “instructors” and this applies to both private tutors as well as multi-national tutoring centres.  The majority of these “instructors” are not qualified teachers.  Many do not have the qualifications or skills to prepare lesson plans and actually teach your children.  If they are not a qualified teacher, how can they possibly assess your child properly and work with the teaching curriculum? Many international tutoring centres offer repetitive worksheets which parents mark.  This may be fine for some students who need help with their times tables but for most children who are falling behind, this just isn’t enough.

Is a tutor qualified?

In addition to being unqualified, private tutors can also set up a tutoring business without undergoing an enhanced disclosure check or declaring their income for tax purposes. You would not entrust your child with an unregulated childminder or without taking references out  so why should tutoring be any different?

How can you make the right choice when choosing a tutor for your child?

Here is a check list to help you make the right decision as originally posted by my Kip McGrath colleague in Lisburn.

  • Is the person a member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland?  Ask to see their certificate of registration as this is also proof that they have been properly police checked.
  • Can they conduct an assessment to allow them to gauge exactly where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lie?  This is essential to ensure that the tuition is targeted at the correct level to enable the tutor to bring your child up to a level that is appropriate in their class or for a test.  All children are different and come to tuition with different levels of ability and therefore the starting point is never the same.
  • What feedback will the tutor provide me?  One of the benefits of having your child tutored should be that unlike school you receive detailed feedback after each lesson.  This allows you to discuss their progress and any areas that your child is struggling in.
  • What resources will the tutor be providing?  Make sure the resources that are being used are up to date and appropriate for the curriculum that your child is following.  Will the tutor be able to cater for the specific learning needs of your child – a wide range of resources should be available including professionally designed worksheets, modern textbooks, computer software and multi sensory learning aids.  If you are having your child tutored for a test ask about the types of past papers being used and the other materials used to reinforce this.
  • Where will the tuition take place?  Will the tuition take place in your house/their house – in which case you will have to make sure that the area chosen is quiet and without distractions.  Or will the tuition be provided in a professionally equipped tuition centre?
  • Is the tutor paying their taxes?  Ask no questions and I’ll tell you no lies is not always the best policy!  It is easy to turn a blind eye and say this doesn’t matter, however please bear in mind that tax is paid by you and I so that money is available to spend on public services used by everyone and that this year the government is having a crack down on tutors that do not pay their taxes.

At our Kip McGrath Education Centres in Scotland we provide parents with peace of mind.  Our tutors are:

  • Fully qualified and registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland.
  • We provide a FREE assessment that enables us to identify any strengths and weaknesses and develop a programme of study designed to target these areas and bring your child up to a level that allows them to be comfortable in their class or to achieve their academic goals.  Assessment is ongoing and embedded in every single lesson.
  • We provide detailed feedback after each lesson.
  • Our centre is professionally equipped with a wide range of resources including professionally designed worksheets, modern textbooks, computer software, multi sensory learning aids, a wide range of past papers and appropriate stationary.
  • Tuition is provided in a professionally equipped centre where every care has been taken to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • We are professional tutors and that means that as well as being fully qualified, highly experienced and well equipped, we also pay our taxes.

Finding a Kip McGrath Centre in Scotland

To find a local Scottish Kip Centre, either click here, choose from the list of centres on the right or use our postcode finder.  To read more about the programmes in English and Maths we offer, please click here.

Does your Child Need a Maths or EnglishTutor?

Does your child need a Tutor?

I was recently invited to write an article for The Nursery and School Guide Magazine (Glasgow and Edinburgh) on how parents should find a suitable tutor for their child in English and/or Maths.  As a former Deputy Head Teacher with 40 years of teaching experience, I hope parents will find this article helpful in making their decision.

Milestones in Early Years

All parents would like their children to be the best they can be. When our children are toddlers, there are ‘milestones’ in child development at every age. These ‘milestones’ can reassure parents that all is well or trigger warning signs that there may be a problem, in which case they may seek out specialist assessment for reassurance.

Every child is unique and will grow at their own pace.  Many children who do not reach ‘milestones’ in certain areas will eventually catch up and go on to flourish.  However these ‘milestones’ in early child development are a useful tool for parents to follow as it identifies easily their children’s progress and gives parents the tools to react to their children’s needs.

Milestones in School?

When a child reaches school age there aren’t clearly defined ‘milestones’ and we have to rely on parents’ evenings and our intuition as parents to discover how our children are performing.

So how do you you know when your child isn’t performing as well as they could?  Obviously Parents Evenings will give you an idea but this only happens twice in an academic year.  In Scotland, we used to have national assessments in English and maths every year and this was a good indication of how quickly our children were reaching each level.  However, since the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence in 2010, assessments will now only be taken at the end of Primary 4 and Primary 7.

How do parents gauge therefore what level their children are performing in reading, spelling English, writing and maths?  You may be told that your child is coping well ‘at his/her level’ in class, but what level is that?  Is your child doing well in English or maths in the lower group in class but others in the class are months ahead?   Are you content with that or would like to see your child move up a group or even two?

Reasons you may wish to consider a tutor.

Primary School Children

Use your intuition as a parent.

  • Does your child struggle with homework and make a fuss about it?
  • Is your child anxious before a test?
  • Does your child complain that they are not as clever as other children in class?
  • Is your child shy and lack confidence
  • Is your child bored and not being stretched to reach their full potential?
  • Do you think that your child should be performing better?

Secondary School Children

Talk to your child.  At this age, they should be able to tell you about how they are coping at school. Are they struggling with a particular subject?  Do they feel that they are falling behind and need lessons to catch up?  Do they know how to study for exams and know the techniques involved passing exams?  This has to be started earlier rather than later.  There is no point in hiring a tutor a month before an exam.

 Entrance Exams

If you are trying to gain entry to a school and your child will sit an entrance exam, it is important to engage a tutor well in advance to prepare.

What to do Next

Once you have decided you want to consider employing a tutor, how do you decide what option is best?  You can ask other parents and the school for recommendations.  You can search in the phone book and on the internet under tutoring.  You have the option of hiring a private tutor who may come to your house (or your child goes to theirs) or your child can attend a tutoring Centre like Kip McGrath Education Centres.  So how do you know which option is best for your child?

Private Tutor

A Private tutor may be an option where your child is shy or easily distracted and you feel that learning in the home would suit the child on a one to one basis.  If you employ a private tutor these are some tips to follow:

  • Recommendations from school or other parents are good
  • Check credentials and qualifications – Is the tutor fully qualified and a member of the General Teaching Council?
  • Ask to see their enhanced Disclosure Certificate.  Make sure your child is in safe hands
  • Do you like and trust the tutor?
  • Is your tutor a good teacher?  Like teaching, tutoring is a professional skill.  It is not resources that will help your child. It is the way a qualified teacher uses these to help your child.
  • Have they fully assessed your child’s ability and understand the key areas where tuition is needed?  (An assessment should be free and take at least 30 minutes)  It is not enough to take a school report to assess a child’s ability.  What assessment tools is the tutor using to prepare an appropriate lesson plan?
  • Does your child feel comfortable with the tutor?
  • What resources will the tutor use?
  • Ask for regular feedback from the tutor and child.

Tuition at Learning Centres

Why choose a Centre as opposed to private tuition?

  • In a centre, children gain a sense of purpose from children around them
  • The tutor does not hover over them but allows some independent work whilst at the same time being there for support.
  • Students more quickly become independent learners if shown what to do and then to be given space to do it on their own.
  • Learning Centres have valuable teaching resources readily at hand.
  • Students feel less isolated and provide motivation for each other in a group situation

Kip McGrath Education Centres throughout the UK are owned and run by fully qualified teachers, members of the General Teaching Council and must hold full, enhanced disclosures. It is always important to check that the tutors are qualified teachers.

About Kip McGrath Education centres

Kip McGrath has a 36 year history and an international reputation as a trusted and innovative deliverer of quality supplementary education.

Kip McGrath Education Centres provide tutorial assistance in reading, spelling, comprehension, English and maths, to students who are having difficulty with their school work or just want to do better. This is done in a positive learning environment through the use of proven teaching methods and programmes and is delivered by qualified and experienced teachers.

The tutoring programmes are designed to give students the motivation to succeed.  Progress is at the students’ own pace so they are never overwhelmed.  Students try when they attend because achievement is there for them all.  This achievement is not only rewarding but it is fun.

From the moment students walk into a Kip McGrath centre there are clear messages given to them; ‘this is a place where I can learn and this is a place where it is fun to learn.’

The unique Kip Maths and English programmes help students overcome learning obstacles by giving them a much needed boost of confidence.  We provide a caring environment that makes learning fund again.  The Kip Expert Programmes are designed to challenge young minds in a supportive environment that gets the very best from them in a fun and stimulating way.

In Scotland, Kip McGrath offer tuition in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Intermediate/Standard Grade English and Maths
  • Higher English and Maths

Why choose Kip McGrath Education Centres Scotland?

Margaret Carmichael, a former Principal Teacher at Paisley Grammar, introduced Kip McGrath Education Centres to Scotland in 1999.  Connect with Margaret Carmichael, Kip McGrath on LinkedIn. There are now 28 centres in Scotland.  Every centre is owned and run by fully qualified teachers who share my love of teaching and rejoice in the dramatic results of our students by using the Kip McGrath method of teaching combined with the Scottish Curriculum.

Following a detailed assessment (free and without obligation), results will be discussed in full with the parent. If there appears to be an issue with English and/or maths, and you wish to enrol your child with Kip McGrath, our teachers will prepare an individual programme of learning designed to concentrate on areas of weakness.  Students attend the centres each week for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  The classes are split into 20 minute sessions which will include individual teaching, written and computer work.  Kip McGrath Tutors will provide regular feedback on your child’s progress.

To arrange a FREE educational assessment with your local Kip McGrath centre, use the postcode search tool on the main website at www.kipmcgrath.co.uk  The main website will also provide you with full details of the Kip McGrath maths and English Tutoring Programmes, including parent testimonials.  Alternatively, click on the centre link on the right hand side of our blog to go straight to your local centre.

Margaret Carmichael, Scottish Kip McGrath Master since 1999

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