Today on Bristol Mum is an interview with Rosie Hamps from Explore Learning. Explore Learning offers maths and English tuition for children aged 5-14 years at three different Explore Learning locations in Bristol.
If you are a regular reader of Bristol Mum, you will know that I have a keen interest in children’s education – both formal and informal – and I was keen to know more from Rosie about Explore Learning as well as any useful advice that she could offer Bristol mums.
I hope you find this interview interesting.
1) Please tell me about Explore Learning.
Explore Learning provide maths and English tuition to 5 – 14 year olds of all abilities. Our centres are open 7 days a week, meaning Explore tuition can easily fit in to busy family life.
2) Can any child attend an Explore Learning tuition session?
Providing they are aged 5 – 14, of course! We work with children of all different abilities and educational needs.
3) Where in Bristol are your tuition centres?
We have 3 centres in Bristol: Emersons Green, Bradley Stoke and Cabot Circus.
4) How is a child’s individual programme of work drawn up?
First of all, we meet with the child and their parents to discuss their needs. When we have decided on an initial programme of work, each child goes through an assessment period to enable us to draw up targets for them to work towards. Their programme of work adapts to their strengths and weaknesses to ensure they are engaged in their work, whether they are finding school tricky or top of the class.
5) What does a typical tuition session involve?
Children are greeted by one of our friendly enthusiastic tutors, and given their progress chart so we can track their achievements. Each member works on their own individual programme of work the can include maths, spelling, reading and writing. One of our tutors is nearby to motivate the members and ensure they are enjoying their session. As a reward, children get to spend 15 minutes taking part in education games in our special ‘surf club’ area once they have completed their learning session.
6) How do you motivate children at Explore Learning?
To ensure we get the best from each child, Explore is a vibrant and lively place to learn. Children are rewarded for their short-term and long-term achievements. Based on their achievement, each member is rewarded with ‘Lizard Cards’ at the end of each session. These are collected and can be redeemed for prizes in the long term.
7) Please tell me about the Explore Learning tutors.
Our enthusiastic tutors are always there to encourage our members and answer their questions. There are never more then 6 children per tutor, which means the tutors can explain problems in new ways to suit the individuals learning needs.
8) How does Explore Learning work with a child’s parents and school?
We provide feedback at the end of each learning session, detailing what each child has done well in, and anything they may have found tricky. Alongside this, we hold regular parents meetings to set targets and talk through a child’s progress in more detail.
We work closely with many local primary and secondary schools, holding free literacy and maths events throughout the year. We also hold Teacher and Head Teacher open days at Explore centres, so teachers can experience Explore Learning for themselves.
9) How do you track a child’s progress?
For each activity a child completes, a score is recorded and fed back to the parent at the end of their session. During the regular meetings we hold with each parent, we discuss reports that detail how each child has progressed since they started with us.
10) How can a parent book their child on a free trial session and what would this trial session involve?
Trial sessions are held seven days a week and can be booked by calling your nearest centre, or by visiting http://www.explorelearning.co.uk to fill in a free trial form so one of our tutors can call you to discuss your child’s needs. The trials sessions last approximately 1 hour and gives the whole family a chance to see the centre in action. We discuss your child’s requirements in detail, introduce you to some of our tutors and show you exactly how Explore Learning works.
11) What is the best advice that you can give parents in terms of helping a child succeed at school?
Provide encouragement and praise – One of the most terrifying things for children – both boys and girls – is fear of getting things wrong. So, it is important to surround them with positive messages that they can be great at school. Encourage them to show you their work, and tell you about their day, providing praise for achievements (however big or small!) to help boost their confidence!
If you would like to book your child on a free Explore Learning trial session, you can contact your local centre: Emerson’s Green 01173 709702, Bradley Stoke 01454 626764, Cabot Circus 0117 9349499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Explore Learning website to find out more about Explore Learning.
*Disclosure: This was a sponsored post.