How tutoring can help prepare your child for secondary school

The jump from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for young people. They are off to a new environment, with new peers, and a more complex and demanding curriculum. This can often leave them feeling fearful and overwhelmed, which can lead to them not participating fully and engaging to their full capability. There are a number of ways to help make this transition less frightening, one of the best methods being utilising the help of qualified tutors.

Accessing tutors early in the school transition can have a really positive impact on a young person’s start in their new school. Tutors who are themselves qualified teachers, have the knowledge of the curriculum, as well as experience of the classroom, and can therefore provide an invaluable resource to new starters. In the tutoring sessions, children can experience lessons delivered in a more complex manner, and become more familiar with the content they will be experiencing within the classroom. This means that rather than having little to know knowledge of their new surroundings, they have a foundation to build on.

Having tutoring sessions can also provide a block of time set aside to help with the increased volumes of homework that secondary school brings. It also means that rather than finding a topic or activity difficult, and waiting until they are next in that class to rectify this, they can have a one-to-one session with their tutor who can go through the task with them and help develop their understanding.

Not only can The National Learning Group assist in bridging the gap between primary and secondary education, we can also help prepare your child to take the 11+ examinations, opening their options for secondary schools. We have tutors who specialise in the 11+ content, and can assist you child on becoming familiar with the tasks set in what for many is their first ‘big’ assessment. Having this type of groundwork means that children don’t go into the test unprepared and anxious, and are likely to perform more to their ability.

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