English and Maths Tuition East Kilbride -Preparing for the Transition to Secondary School

Special 10 Week Tuition Programme Week Commencing 15 April 2013

Our Kip McGrath Tuition Centre in East Kilbride is offering a special 10 week tuition programme for Primary 7 students to help prepare for the move to S1.  This course will cover aspects of English, Maths and intelligence development and is designed to help students refresh areas of the curriculum that will stand them in good stead when starting First Year.

Each 80 minute lesson per week will be taught by qualified teachers in a small group although students will follow their own individual learning plan and receive one to one tuition.

The ten week programme starts week commencing 15 April 2013 and various session times are available from 3.30 pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  A number of students have already registered and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Why Primary 7 Students Attend our Tuition Programme

Kip McGrath Maths and English TuitionIt is a worrying time for many children making the move from primary school to a new secondary school and there are often many emotional issues to contend with.  Please read our previous article on how parents can help their children prepare for this big transition.  However being prepared academically for the start of First Year and realising that they are on a par with new classmates from other feeder schools can really boost confidence and give children the best start to future learning.

Special Offer

The current cost of an 80 minute lesson at East Kilbride is £27.50 and therefore £275 for the 10 week programme.  However, this course will be reduced to £250 and is available as a Facebook and online offer.  To claim this discounted price, please quote the code EK10 at time of booking.  This discount is only applicable to students attending this 10 week course.

Contact Us

Please contact Margaret Carmichael on 01355 266566 or email margaret.carmichael@ntlworld.com to book a space or to discuss any concerns about your child’s education.  Of course, we still offer tuition to all children in English and/or Maths from Primary 1 to Higher Grade level.

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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.

Maths and English Tutors in East Kilbride – What’s Happening at Kip McGrath Education?

Kip McGrath East Kilbride Tutoring Centre

It’s been a wonderful term at our Tuition Centre in East Kilbride.  With the exception of our Scottish Exam students who are studying for very important exams, our students are currently on holiday for the Spring Break.  We hope all of our students have a lovely break.

Scottish Exams start in just over a week and we would like to wish every student the best of luck.  You have been working hard towards this and we have every confidence that you will receive great pass results!  Be confident!

Last month, we had a professional photographer in our centre at East Kilbride taking photographs for our webpage and they were so good, some photos have made it onto the national website!  Thank you to our students for posing and to Lenny Warren of Warren Media for taking such great photos at such short notice.

We are in the process of adding photos to our webpage but have created a Youtube video in the meantime of some of our students.

To arrange a FREE assessment in confidence, call Margaret Carmichael on 01355 266566 or click here to visit our main website.

East Kilbride Tuition – Do you know if your child is struggling at school?

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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.

Parents’ Concerns

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.

Our Assessments

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 margaret.carmichael@ntlworld.com.  Alternatively, visit our main East Kilbride website and click on arrange an assessment.

Social Media at Kip McGrath East Kilbride

At East Kilbride, we are embracing social media and it is an excellent way to communicate and share ideas with our students and parents.  Please like our Facebook Page and follow us on twitter  If you have friends who may be interested in Kip McGrath, please feel free to share.

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!