In Defence of Private Tutoring

Steve Spriggs | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Spriggs

Private tutoring is tantamount to "torture" and "child abuse", according to Gail Parkin, former President of the National Association of Head Teach...

A Career In Art and Design

Luke Shelley | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Shelley

I would never try to dissuade anyone with a real interest in the subject from studying visual arts at BA level; it's hugely worthwhile and a thriving undergraduate scene is the lifeblood of the industry. What I would say, though, is that if you have a passion for art and design, but you also have interests and ambitions elsewhere, then don't be afraid to follow those other interests; you might be surprised at how those they come to drive your eventual artistic practice.

The Future of the 11-Plus Exam and How Tutoring Will Be an Answer

James Brinsford | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Brinsford

With the 11-plus seemingly here to stay and despite some local authorities looking to make the exams 'coach proof', the need for private tutors will surely grow and with this a pathway to making them affordable for all will need to be sought.

Keeping Dyslexia Relevant - How the Government Can Give More Support to Schools and Teachers

Alex Dyer | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Dyer

Finding out your child has dyslexia can be an overwhelming experience, and the importance of trying to learn, understand and empathise with the condition should not be underestimated.

Should the Private Tutoring Industry be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

It is fast becoming one of the most popular jobs in the UK - and if the recent figures are true, the industry is now one of the most popular career choices out there...

What to Do on A-Level Results Day

Alex Dyer | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Approaching results day can be a daunting experience for many students. Sometimes the anxiety and stress of the situation can often effect how you react and respond on the day itself. This article will help you decide on how best to handle whatever is thrown your way on results day.

Does Dyslexia Exist?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Dyslexia is characterised by difficultly reading, phonological (auditory) encoding problems, poor processing speed and the inability to use language skills effectively. It's also a reading disorder. Recent Professors from Durham and Yale University have suggested that Dyslexia is a Myth, that dyslexia should be abandoned as it lacks scientific clarity and educational value.

Stop Blaming Private Tutors

Ian Hunt | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Hunt

There has been a lot of press coverage recently for independent school Heads speaking out against private tutors. The language is coded in terms of an industry of hangers-on, opportunists, as if tutoring firms were simply taking advantage of middle-class foibles, creating extra work, distraction and pressure for their pupils.

UK Education System Needs to 'Step-Up' After Poor Pisa Results

Alex Dyer | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Dyer

When comparing UK students to students in Asian countries such as China and Singapore, we can see these leading countries place huge importance on the value of education, which is just not replicated to the same degree in the UK.

Didn't Get Your A-Level Grades, What Now?

Alex Dyer | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Clearing: if you've just missed out on your conditional offer don't worry, call both Universities and see what they say. I would advise you to write four or five bullet points down which you can refer back to when you're on the phone.

'Tutoring Boom'? Think Educational Bust

Nick de Taranto | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nick de Taranto

Confession: I am a private tutor and the earnings from tutoring a number of school-age students often make up more of my income than I'd like to admit. This is not pass comment on the controversy surrounding the varying merits and detriments of private tuition. That's a separate debate.

The Celebrity Tutor Phenomenon

Alana MacPherson | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

Your average teacher in the UK is barely celebrated, let alone commercialised. This is the case in Asia though, where many tutors have now established an enormous media presence and often earn six-figure sums.

Teaching Children With Dyslexia

Alex Dyer | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Unfortunately, the label of 'being dyslexic' is often been seen as a negative one. One which can produce upset, limitations and hurdles to a student. However, with the right training, teaching and encouragement it can also produce strengths, talents and creative gifts.

The Amazing World of Tutor Kings and Queens

Alex Dyer | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

This surge in tutoring comes from a growth in the number of universities and increasing numbers of school leavers aiming for university. It's university or bust time, Chinese students and parents are feeling the strain of university competition.

Closing the Gap

Simon Barnes | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Barnes

Designed to give the UK's most disadvantaged children an academic boost, the pupil premium is a £1.25bn allowance to be spent on disadvantaged students: those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children of members of the armed services. It is an excellent initiative that has the potential to genuinely improve the academic attainment of tens of thousands of children.

Common Entrance - Made Easy

Alex Dyer | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

The Common Entrance English exam assesses a child's ability to critically think about new, never seen before, passages. They'll have to think on their feet, read the passage and then qualitatively describe what the piece is about. Not an easy task.

I Didn't Achieve the A-Level Results I Wanted, So What are My Options Now?

Alex Dyer | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Well, first of all what ever happens don't worry or panic (Many people will!) I would say that these are your best options - all are creditworthy and all will help you to succeed in the future:

Primary School Children 'Can Teach Too' Says University Study

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Primary school children can make great tutors for their peers or younger pupils, according to new research. Results from a project in Scotland show...