At Home-School Tutoring, we help children with learning difficulties to develop confidence and a love of learning through supportive one-to-one tuition tailored to each child’s individual needs and character. Read on to find out more.
Children who have some learning difficulties – who need to go at their own pace – can often find school a very frustrating place. Gradually, unless their needs are recognised, they can suffer low-self-esteem and underachievement. Some children become fearful of going to school as a result, which can later lead to illness or school phobia.
We need to recognise the need for special help as early as possible. Sadly, for many children, needs can be missed until they reach their early teens or even later as they struggle with their schoolwork.
Uncovering strengths with one-to-one support
Fortunately, individualised one-to-one tuition can help children with learning difficulties to overcome the barriers to learning, and realise their potential. Our private tutors, who are patient and understanding, can assist pupils to learn at their own pace in the comfort of their own home.
SEN Code of Practice defines a learning difficulty as ‘a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age’.
While children with general or ‘global’ learning difficulties experience problems reaching expected attainment levels across the curriculum, specific difficulties – such as dyslexia or dyscalculia – may be reflected only in particular areas of learning (e.g. literacy or numeracy).
Children with specific learning difficulties may therefore be able to do well in other areas – and can often excel in other aspects of learning and achievement when given the opportunity.
Learning at the child’s own pace
Individual one-to-one tuition is often invaluable for children struggling in school because, unlike classroom teachers, a tutor can give a child their full attention and ensure the level and pace of teaching is suited to the child’s personal needs.
If a child becomes frustrated or fails to secure a particular concept or skill, a private tutor is able to give them the time and space to ask the questions they need to fully understand a concept or master a skill. A personal tutor can then adapt lessons according to their pupil’s specific requirements and employ a variety of teaching methods and strategies to ensure the pupil remains engaged with learning, rather than becoming disheartened.
All children have their own learning styles and preferences, and a home tutor can help children who may feel disengaged in the classroom to discover a learning style that they can enjoy. When the teaching methods used play to a pupil’s strengths and preferences, confidence and self-esteem can grow and the greatest leaps in learning and skills development can be made.
Home tutors can also make sure all progress made is consolidated before new concepts and skills are introduced. By only introducing new ideas when they can build upon established concepts and skills, tutors can ensure pupils’ memories are ready for new information, and avoid overwhelming them.
Experienced SEN tutors
Home-School Tutoring’s special educational needs (SEN) specialists have helped many pupils to engage with learning and succeed at school and beyond.
Margaret Sweetland, Home-School Tutoring Director, says: “Our SEN specialists have helped pupils of all ages with learning difficulties to overcome past frustrations and find new enjoyable and effective ways to learn.
“Whether you would like tutor support to help a pupil with general learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger’s syndrome), please do contact your local Area Advisor.”
Parents can find contact details for their local Area Advisor by browsing our locations or entering their postcode or nearest town in the search box above.
Home-School Tutoring has provided quality home tuition for over 30 years. All tutors are suitably qualified and committed to delivering attentive and effective tuition. Certificates of qualifications are verified, references are obtained, and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are made.
Home-School Tutoring is also currently inviting applications from tutors and SEN specialists interested in joining Home-School Tutoring. See Become a Tutor for details.