FAQ’s

Generally each session is one hour long and students have one lesson each week. Lessons take place in the pupil’s own home, to make it convenient for you and more comfortable for the pupil working in a familiar environment. If you feel your child cannot concentrate for a full hour, or you wish to arrange a lesson for longer than an hour, please contact me to discuss your requirements. Similarly, lessons in my home (Scotforth) or on a less frequent basis may also be accommodated.

Most of my pupils arrange session times for the same time every week. I teach after school, evenings and Saturday mornings. These lessons can be term-time only, although some pupils arrange lessons during the school holidays to maintain their mathematical fluency. For pupils who are home-schooled, I am available during the day for tuition.

Each one hour lesson costs £30. This includes travel costs and lesson resources. For pupils taking entrance exams, it would be advisable to purchase work books. I am able to recommend workbook or revision resources for those studying GCSE maths, although these resources will not be required for the tutoring sessions. For lessons that take place in my home (or for durations other than an hour) please contact me to discuss costs.

Although private tuition works most effectively on a one-to-one basis, it is possible to arrange a lesson for a group of two or three students of similar ability and targets. Again, this could be undertaken in the home of one pupil or in my own home. For a group of two students, the cost per student is £24 per hour; for a group of three, the cost per student £22 per hour.

As students tend to have a high workload from school, I only set homework upon request. In some instances, a small amount of work can be beneficial, eg during exam time.

I will give feedback in person at the end of each lesson. I am available between lessons if you wish to contact me to discuss any aspect of your child’s tutoring. You may also wish to liaise with your child’s maths teacher to identify areas that require development prior to tuition, and progress made in their school work.

I have several years’ experience of teaching in schools that sit either Edexcel or AQA GCSE Maths. Having worked full-time in school with year 11 pupils in maths intervention sessions, I am very familiar with the new GCSE 9-1 specifications and the AQA style exams in particular. However, several of my current pupils are studying the Edexcel exam so I am also accustomed to that exam board.

I am confident teaching maths to those aiming for a grade 8/9 at the Higher level as well as those seeking a Grade 4 at the Foundation level.

As I do have daytime lessons available, I am able to provide maths tuition to those studying Functional Skills Maths (Levels 1 and 2), or adults just wishing to improve their numeracy skills. For pupils at college or sixth form who are retaking their GCSE Maths, a daytime lesson may fit in with their study timetable. I am also able to support trainee teachers who wish to pass the QTS Numeracy Skills Test.

I previously worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant teaching maths to a small class of students that had a selection of additional learning needs: Moderate Learning Difficulties, dyslexia, autism, ADHD and behaviour difficulties. I am aware of the different approaches required to teach such pupils and consider carefully how the lesson is delivered and the subsequent learning outcomes.

I hold a PGCE in Secondary Maths from Edge Hill University and obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2012. I am more than happy to supply a copy of my university certificates and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate. My tuition service is covered by Teacher’s Liability Insurance. In 2009 I also gained a Level 3 NCFE Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Having worked closely with many individual pupils, together with my knowledge of the curriculum, I am able to quickly assess your child’s ability and what the best approach is to engage your child. I find that an initial chat on the telephone, or an informal meeting prior to commencing tuition, is sufficient for me to be able to plan the first tutoring session.

Please be mindful that there can be considerable preparation involved before each lesson. I do ask that missed lessons (and those cancelled with less than 48 hours notice) are paid for. If a child is ill another lesson will be arranged, where possible, by mutual agreement.

Clearly this is subject to the individual concerned: some pupils progress rapidly whereas others take some time to gain confidence and steadily improve. Please note: it can take time for trust and rapport to be built between any tutor and child. In the initial stages of tuition, my focus may be in developing the pupil’s confidence in maths, subsequently their understanding of maths and ultimately their mathematical progress. My pupils have made significant progress at school, improving their position within their maths class and exceeding their predicted GCSE grades.

I strive to provide the best possible service, and do everything in my power to help grades and skill sets improve. I can offer your child the best opportunity to achieve their mathematical potential.

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