How We Teach – what makes us different from school?

How we teach at Impact Tuition?

Who teaches?

Only fully qualified and experienced teachers deliver lessons at our centre. Lead teacher and centre owner, Kelly Barrett, has been teaching since 1995 but left classroom teaching in 2011 to start Impact Tuition because she wanted to spend more time with her children and get a dog! Kelly is now training with the British Dyslexia Association to be a specialist Dyslexia and Dyscalculia teacher, as her real passion is working with children who may struggle at school due to SEN. The other teachers at Impact are Eileen, Gary, Julie, Mairead, Rosie, Liz, Sam, Youssef & Yogeeta. They are all subject specialists and form a tight-knit team – we don’t have a high staff turnover! All the staff have enhanced DBS checks and many of them work in Trafford and Manchester schools.

What are lessons like at Impact Tuition Urmston?

We teach in small groups with no more than 4 pupils per teacher, many groups have only 3 children, ensuring lots of attention is available for each child. Each session lasts for 1 hour and twenty minutes which is broken down into different learning activities. We do teach for the full 80 minutes, some tutors advertise a 75 or 80-minute session but include a 10-15 minute break in this time. We find that our pupils are perfectly happy to have refreshments while they work and remain on task for the entire 80 minutes.

Every child receives a combination of one to one teaching time, computer activities and paper-based activities. As the pupil: teacher ratio is much smaller than in the average classroom, children get more teacher attention and feel more confident to ask questions than they may do in the classroom environment. They are also able to develop their independent working skills and gain motivation from the small group they are working with.

We aim to teach each child in the way that suits them as much as possible; some children learn by doing and may benefit from educational games, some love technology and are highly motivated by using one of our handheld tablets or our interactive whiteboard to learn. We use lots of multi-sensory resources to make our lesson engaging and motivating. Many children need more repetition of key concepts than they get at school and teaching in different ways enables consolidation without getting bored!

Our teachers are all parents themselves, with school-age children and understand what it is like to be a busy working parent with children at school. We aim to also help you support your child at home so that they get the most out of tuition.

All children love praise and rewards, we ensure that the children work in a positive learning environment where their work is valued and they are given lots of praise for hard work, progress and achievement. Many of our parents comment on how much their child’s confidence has improved since they started coming for tuition. We aim to have a positive, nurturing environment, with high expectations of all children.

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