As with all parents, we know you have questions. Find answers to some of the commonly asked questions on this page.
Why should I choose private tuition?

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.

How do I know if my child needs a tutor?

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.

Are there any additional benefits of having a personal tutor?

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.

Why should I choose EducateFirst for my child?

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.

Which subjects does EducateFirst specialise in?

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.

What types of tutoring do you offer?

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.

How long does each lesson last?

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).

Are your tutors qualified to teach?

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.

In addition to tutoring, what other services do you offer?

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).

Which subjects are taught in class?

We teach Maths, English and Science. Students can register to attend any or all subjects.

How will you assess my child?

To minimise the pressure on students, there is no initial assessment when you join.


Years 1-9 (KS1-3)

Students in Years 1-9 are assessed on a monthly basis and will sit a test at the end of each month. Parents will receive a monthly report summarising their child’s progress.


Years 10 & 11 (GCSE / KS4)

For students in Years 10 & 11 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.

For all students, parents may arrange a face-to-face appointment with their tutor. Please note that we recommend one appointment every 2 months.

Do students use computers in class?

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.

How much does it cost and how do I pay?


Our tutoring sessions cost only £7.50 per hour (that’s £30 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)
(per month)*
(per year)**
2 subjects
(e.g. Maths and English)
(per month)*
(per year)**
3 subjects
(Maths, English and Science)
(per month)*
(per year)**
*One month usually comprises 4 weeks
**One-off payment to be made every academic year

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

How long is each lesson?

The duration of each lesson is 1 hour.

What do you teach for Years 1 to 9 (KS1 to 3)?

How Our KS1–3 Classes Work

Key Stages 1-3

*At the beginning of the academic year, our syllabus will cover basic yet essential topics from the National Curriculum. This allows students to understand and become familiar with the basic principals. More advanced and challenging topics will be covered during the course of the academic year. Please note: the work covered in class may not necessarily be aligned with what your child is learning at school the same week. However, children attending the full academic year will cover all key topics on the National Curriculum. We recommend a child attends classes for the whole academic year (from October to June) to gain maximum benefit.

What do you teach for Years 10 & 11 (GCSE)?

How Our GCSE Classes Work

Will my child receive homework?

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.

Will I get a progress report?

We understand that parent’s want to know how well their child is doing in class. We therefore encourage parents to discuss their child’s progress with the tutor.
Simply approach your child’s tutor at the beginning or end of the lesson to book a 5-minute appointment. When you attend your appointment, our tutors will provide verbal feedback on your child’s progress, highlighting areas of strength as well as areas for improvement. Where necessary, the tutor may also provide parents with hints and tips on how they can support their child with their educational needs at home.
We recommend parents make one appointment every 2 months to receive progress feedback from our tutors.

Where are your learning centres?

Our main tuition centres are located in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. Select a centre for details: 


Leeds     Huddersfield     Bradford

When do the classes run?

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: 


Leeds     Huddersfield     Bradford

How many students are in a class?

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.

Are you Ofsted registered and do you accept childcare vouchers?

Although we are not Ofsted registered, we follow Ofsted guidelines when offering our services at our learning centres. In doing so, we ensure to provide a safe environment for your child in which they can learn and excel. Read more!


We are unable to accept childcare vouchers. However, to support students and their families, we only charge a minimum fee to help us cover the cost of the tutoring service at our learning centres. At £6.25 per hour, we believe this to be an affordable service and excellent value for money.

How do I register for classes?

Registration Process

The Registration Process
NEW Student? Register NOW 

How do I cancel?

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. You may cancel at the end of any calendar month.

To cancel tuition and give up your place to another student, simply drop us an email or call a member of our team.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any lessons cancelled or not attended. See our standard Terms & Conditions.

Need to contact us?

Office opening hours:
Weekdays 9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am – 7.00pm
Sundays 10.00am – 4.00pm

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Maths, English & Science Tuition For Ages 5-16 • Limited Places • ONLY £7.50/hr

Maths, English & Science Tuition • ONLY £7.50/hr