I am Margaret Carmichael and I run the Kip McGrath Education Centre in East Kilbride.
I pass two lovely new schools on my way to the Village in East Kilbride. The children all look great in their school uniforms and you can sense that they are happy.
Talking to parents, it is clear that the teachers are working well with Curriculum for Excellence and most parents and teachers I have talked to believe CFE to be a good idea in principal.
However, I have noticed a distinct increase in parents expressing concerns about the lack of annual assessments as part of the new CFE and they find it difficult to guage how well their child is actually performing academically at school. In some cases, this has resulted in parents being unaware of problems in English or Maths until they reach Secondary 1.
England have introduced a short reading test at age 6. This gives parents a clear picture and allows them to know if help is required. Having run Kip Centres for 12 years, I know that many children in the early years of primary need extra support in reading. Parents knew this in the past because their child had not passed level A or Level B.
At East Kilbride, I have a number of parents who have brought their children for assessments because they had concerns but had been told by the school that there were no worries. When I did an assessment, it turned out that it was the parents’ instincts that were correct and that extra support was needed.
At Kip McGrath centres, we do a classic reading assessment which gives us a clear picture of a child’s reading age as well as indications of reasons for weakness.
Another area where parents have highlighted concerns is with performance in maths. Unlike English, maths is a subject which requires building blocks and if some blocks are not there it is very hard for the child to progress. This sometimes does not become clear until they start Secondary 1 and are given a maths test which can be very demoralising for the child.
Because all of our Maths and English tutors at Kip McGrath are fully qualified (and highly experienced) teachers, we are able to quickly pinpoint any particular weaknesses and create an individual learning plan for every student.
Arrange an Assessment
There are a number of ways to arrange a FREE educational assessment. Either call Margaret Carmichael on 01355 266566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit our main East Kilbride website and click on arrange an assessment.
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East Kilbride Students
Our students are working exceptionally hard as always and we love to see them arriving for their lesson at Kip with a smile on their face. What makes my job so rewarding as a teacher is when a student suddenly “just gets it” and to watch their confidence and abilities grow. These are some of our Kip Stars!