Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions - answers by EducateFirst

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As a parent you may choose private tuition for your child to:
  • catch up if he/she has temporarily fallen behind at school
  • learn a subject outside the school environment
  • give him/her a head start in school
  • focus on areas where improvement may be required
  • ensure he/she receives attention to detail on a one-to-one basis that is often not possible in a classroom environment.
  • It can be difficult for parents to assess whether their child may require a personal tutor. However, you can ask your child how he/she is getting on at school and whether he/she feels that additional help at home would benefit. You can always speak to your child's school teacher to help identify any areas where improvements can be made. Even if a child is performing well at school, some parents decide to have a personal tutor to ensure their child continues to receive the best possible support to achieve the grades needed for college/University or a even a particular career.
    Yes. In addition to helping students become more proficient in a particular subject, private tuition can:
  • raise levels of school performance
  • help increase confidence
  • bring enjoyment and motivation in a subject
  • develop study skills and discipline that can be applied across a number of subjects.
  • Each child is unique. In the same way, each child may require a specific type and level of assistance with his/her education. EducateFirst offers a tailored tutoring service to help meet the needs of each individual child. We recognise the need for a good, solid education to lay the foundations for your child's future.
    EducateFirst specialises in teaching all subjects, with a focus on core subject areas (English, Maths and Science). We recognise that the majority of children require additional support and assistance with these and related subjects than any other subject. One or more of these core subjects are often necessary requirements for college/University admissions and are of interest to potential employers.

    All subjects covered?: Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths, History, Geography, Languages (including English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Italian), Music, Religious Education, etc.

    All education levels covered?: Primary (KS1 and KS2), Secondary (KS3), GCSE (KS4), A-Level (KS5), Degree, etc.

    Need tutoring in a specialised subject? Contact us to see if we can help.

    We offer class (group) and home tuition.

  • Class tuition takes place at education centres, including Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Subject covered are Maths, English and Science. Students from the age of 5 to 16 years are welcome. Each 1-hour lesson costs ONLY £6.25.
  • Home tuition involves a tutor travelling to your home address at a date and time that is convenient for you. The cost of tuition varies depending on the level of education and your location - please contact us for a quote.
  • Class tuition:
    Each lesson lasts for 1 hour. Students requiring tuition in a single subject will attend the learning centre for 1 hour, two subjects for 2 hours, and three subjects for 3 hours.

    Home tuition:
    Each lesson typically lasts for 1 hour (minimum). However, 1.5- and 2-hour lessons can also be booked (subject to the tutor's availability).

    Our Staff:
    EducateFirst uses qualified teachers who specialise in specific subject areas. Many of our teachers are either currently working or have worked in schools. From time to time we also use tutors who may not have a teaching qualification, but have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to teach. In addition, we provide additional training/guidance to all our staff.

    Background & Safety Checks:
    All our tutors are checked to ensure they are certified to work with children and hold a valid Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau [CRB]). This ensures that our tutors have no criminal background or police record. In addition, we request our tutors are registered with The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). These additional measures are being brought into place to further protect your child. EducateFirst will ensure all its tutors fully comply with this requirement. Your child's security is of paramount importance to us and any tutor who fails to provide evidence of registration with the ISA will not be allowed to tutor your child.

    Note: As of 1 December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Certificates with the CRB logo are still valid and can be used by tutors.

    EducateFirst offers a diverse range of services:

  • Career services include CV and personal statement writing, help with completing job applications and advice on job interviews

  • Editorial services include report writing, transcription service, proofreading, preparation of tailored Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations to suit any need (personal, professional or academic).
  • We teach Maths, English and Science. Students can register to attend any or all subjects.
    To minimise the pressure on students, there is no initial assessment when you join. Students in Years 1-9 (KS 1-3) are assessed on a monthly basis and will sit a test at the end of each month. For students in Years 10 & 11 (GCSE / KS4) there is no formal test at the end of each month. Tests and other learning strategies are applied as and when required during the course of the year.

    Parents will receive a monthly report summarising their child's progress. In addition, parents may arrange a face-to-face appointment with their tutor. Please note that we recommend one appointment every 2 months.
    No, our students do not use computers in class. We have found that students learn better using the traditional pen-to-paper and whiteboard methods. However, where necessary, our tutors may use a computer and/or projector to show visual aids including PowerPoint presentations to enhance your child's learning.
    Fees
    Our tutoring sessions cost only £6.25 per hour (that’s £25 per subject, per month).

    Payment is taken on a monthly basis in advance of the tutoring sessions.

    Unless otherwise stated, each month usually comprises 4 weeks. If there are fewer weeks in the month (e.g. during the month of December due to the Christmas holidays) then the fees for the month with be adjusted accordingly.

    In addition to the monthly fee, there is a fee of £10 per subject to pay each academic year for the materials that are used at the learning centre.

    An overview of the fees is provided in the table below (best viewed in landscape mode):


    Number of subjects
    Fee for lessons
    Fee for materials
    Total fee for first month*
    Total fee for subsequent months*
    1 subject
    (e.g. Maths)
    £25
    (per month)*
    £10
    (per year)**
    £35
    £25
    2 subjects
    (e.g. Maths and English)
    £50
    (per month)*
    £20
    (per year)**
    £70
    £50
    3 subjects
    (Maths, English and Science)
    £75
    (per month)*
    £30
    (per year)**
    £105
    £75


    How to pay
    Preferred options:
    • Standing order – contact us for a form
    • Credit/debit card OR PayPal – click 'Pay Now' below
    Pay Now
    Other options:
    • Cash – in person at the centre during class times on the last Saturday of every calendar month ONLY.
    • Cheque – payable to ‘EducateFirst Ltd’ and send to PO Box 400, Leeds, LS14 9ET (include your name and address on the back of the cheque).
    • Bank transfer – contact us for details.

    When do I pay?
    Payments can be made at any time during the month, but cash can only be accepted on the last Saturday of every calendar month, which is also the deadline for all payments. Please see our academic calendar for details:

    Academic Calendar
    The duration of each lesson is 1 hour.

    How Our KS1–3 Classes Work

    Key Stages 1-3

    *Your tutor will cover basic topics from the National Curriculum at the beginning of the academic year. This is to ensure that students understand and are familiar with the basic principals. As your child progresses through the year, more advanced and challenging topics will be covered. The work covered in our sessions may not necessarily be aligned with what your child is learning at school the same week, but if your child attends the full academic year, they will cover all key topics on the National Curriculum. For maximum benefit, we recommend that a child attends lessons for the full academic year (October to June).

    We do not formally give homework to our students who attend our tuition classes. However, if a child does not complete their work in class, the tutor may ask them to complete the work at home and bring it in to the next lesson. In addition, if the tutor feels that a child needs additional practice, then the tutor may set some homework as and when required.

    When homework is set by the tutor, we encourage parents to ensure that homework is completed in time for the next lesson.
    We offer monthly student reports, informing parents of their child's progress.

    Parents can also arrange a face-to-face appointment directly with their tutor to receive verbal feedback. We recommend one appointment every 2 months.
    Our main tuition centres are located in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Select a centre for details:

    LeedsBradfordHuddersfield
    Classes run every Saturday throughout the academic year. Please see our academic calendar:

    Academic Calendar

    The timings for each class varies at each tuition centre. See timings at your learning centre:

    LeedsBradfordHuddersfield
    As there is no long-term contract for students, the number of students in a class can vary from one month to the next. Generally, there are 2 to 10 (max) students in any class.
    With EducateFirst there is no long-term contract for students attending our tuition centres. You are only committed to attending the month for which you have paid.

    To cancel tuition and give up your place to another student, simply drop us an email or call a member of our team.
    Although we specialise in core subjects, Maths, English and Science, we have tutors who are able to teach all subjects on the National Curriculum as well as some specialist subjects.
    Fees
    The cost of home tuition varies depending on:
    • the level of education (e.g. GCSE)
    • any special requirements (e.g. a specialist tutor)
    • your location (the tutor will travel to you).
    Fees typically range from £18 to £30 and include all tutor travel costs. Please contact us for a quote.  

    How to pay
    Preferred options:
    • Standing order – contact us for a form
    • Credit/debit card OR PayPal – click 'Pay Now' below
    Pay Now
    Other options:
    • Cheque – payable to ‘EducateFirst Ltd’ and send to PO Box 400, Leeds, LS14 9ET (include your name and address on the back of the cheque).
    • Bank transfer – contact us for details.
    When to pay
    • Your first lesson: You will be required to pay for your first lesson in advance (before we contact our tutors for their availability).
    • Subsequent lessons: We will send you an invoice at the end of each calendar month for lessons that you have had. Your tutor will ask you to sign their timesheet every time you have a lesson. This will be used to calculated the total number of hours/lessons you have had.
    Each lesson typically lasts for 1 hour (minimum). However, 1.5- and 2-hour lessons can also be booked (subject to the tutor's availability).
    Registration is simple and FREE. Follow the link below and complete the online registration form. A member of our team will then contact you with details.
    Home Tuition
    You may cancel at any time.
    All cancellations must be done in writing or email to both the tutor and EducateFirst.
    At least 1 week’s notice must be given when no further tuition is required.

     

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