22 September 2012
On a warm and bright September Saturday afternoon EducateFirst opened its doors to the long-awaited open day at the Grange Interlink in Bradford. The event took place after months of planning and raising awareness of the educational support available to the local community. Following in the footsteps of similar events over the years in Leeds, Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the Bradford open day was a huge success. With over 250 attendees this was our largest free open day event to date.
This was a great opportunity for parents and students to find out about EducateFirst as a company and the work various members of the team have done over the years to support local communities with their educational needs.
The community of Bradford welcomed our ongoing learning initiative and responded with a fantastic turnout on the open day. Attendees took full advantage of the service, discussing their educational needs, goals and objectives with our qualified teachers. In addition to the wealth of materials and resources made available on the day for attendees to browse through, the event was further fuelled with complimentary food and drink, as well as the chance for children to enter a FREE prize draw to win some great prizes, including an Epson colour printer, FREE lessons for 1 month, a digital mini photo frame and a large novelty pen – winners will be announced during the start of our academic term in October.
Following the interesting feedback from the community of Bradford there is clearly an unmet need for educational support in the area with many students failing to reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions. Both parents and students welcomed our learning project and fully supported the company’s efforts to run classes in Maths, English and Science for children aged 5–16 years. Prior to the open day many students had already registered to attend classes – the remaining places were were quickly reserved by attendees on the day. Such was the demand for educational support that many of our classes are now full and we are unable to accept any additional students. Classes are scheduled to start on Saturday 6 October 2012 and will run every Saturday at the Grange Interlink and continue throughout the academic year.
The classes aim to provide full educational support to local children with the use of tutoring programmes aligned with the current National Curriculum. The classes will also help students build their confidence as well as develop and improve their essential life skills and communication skills. Many parents were keen to learn whether this will be a short- or long-term project. We are committed to supporting local school children and will endeavour to continue working with local tutors to ensure the support is available for as long as it is required by the community.
Private tuition was once regarded as a ‘luxury’ service that was only affordable by a select few. Here at EducateFirst we do not believe that private tuition should be a ‘luxury’ service and have strived to make the service an affordable necessity by offering advanced private tuition from only £5 per lesson – to our knowledge the lowest price offered by any professional private tutoring organisation in the UK.
The team at EducateFirst would like to thank members of the team who worked extremely hard over the past few months to make this event a tremendous success. We also would like to thank our teachers for their time at the event, staff at the Grange Interlink Centre as well as the various local businesses that supported the initiative. Last but not least the community of Bradford deserve a special thank you for welcoming our team to their city and we look forward to working with them and providing them with the highest standard of private tuition they expect and deserve.