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Saturday Surgeries™️

Group tuition:
KS3 English

English classes for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Small group sizes. All exam boards. One simple price.
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Consistently high results, year in, year out
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On average, our English students increase their grades by 2.0

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Suitable for all exam boards

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Lesson playback for missed sessions & revision

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Ideal for top-up learning & filling in knowledge gaps 

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Virtual Backpack for all handouts & activity materials

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Taught by expert verified DBS-checked tutors

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Parental access, hosted on Amazon servers & GDPR compliant

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Safe space to learn from the comfort of your own home 

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Real-time progress tracking & Lab Reports™️

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Online Parents’ Evenings

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Online homework submission

Overview of group tuition classes

Introduction 
Our Saturday Surgeries™️ are group KS3 English classes for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils studying the National Curriculum. These are hourly tuition sessions, held once a week, and are suitable for school pupils, homeschooled learners, external candidates and international students. 
Some students need to top-up their learning and fill in knowledge gaps, whilst others need more support with catching up and improving their overall confidence. For others, they need guidance in preparation for the transition to GCSE. Our tutors follow the National Curriculum and schemes of work will be covered in chronological order.
Classes are suitable for all exam boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Cambridge, WJEC and Eduqas. Tutors have a sound knowledge of the syllabus guidelines and grade boundaries. Assessments are susceptible to changing frameworks and so parents and pupils will have peace of mind that we are up to date with these changes. 

Content
Students will study critical analysis, creative and narrative writing, past exam paper practice, grammar, spelling and punctuation, writing skills, reading skills, spoken language, fiction and non-fiction reading and writing, poetry, Shakespeare and soft skills. 

Class size
There is a maximum of 7 students per class so that tutors are able to allocate time for each individual. This also allows for pupils to get to know each other in their groups and encourage peer-to-peer activities and enables tutors to get to know their tutees’ strengths and areas for improvement. 

Year groups
Our classes are based on abilities and skill sets rather than age and year group. This has increasingly become the case since Covid. There is well-documented evidence to show the efficacy of mixed abilities groups and this is our preferred approach. Our tutors combine a hybrid model of:
● scaffolding activities
● open-ended questions
● breakout rooms
● peer-to-peer exercises
●  independent tasks. 
Over the years, we’ve found that activities can be viewed as revision for some students and covering new ground for others. We encourage students to book a free Assessment with us so that we can evaluate their abilities and skill set before registering. 

Platform
Our Learning Dashboard is an all-in-one platform for your calendar, in-built Zoom, homework submission, grades, lesson materials and in-app notifications and reminders:
● During class, tutors will use breakout rooms, polls and chat for maximum engagement. 
● Students will be given access to their Virtual Backpack with lesson resources, handouts and class corrections.
● Classes can be recorded for playback and revision with your permission. 
● Homework will be assigned to students every week and need to be submitted on the platform for the work to be graded and added to their Gradebooks. 
● Students are welcome to message their tutor on our learning platform if they have any follow-up questions.  

Real-time progress tracking
Parents are given access to the platform so they can monitor their child's calendar, homework, progress and communication. Lab Reports™️ are sent every 3 months, Gradebooks list homework marks and we also hold Online Parents’ Evenings. 

Membership 
We have one simple membership price of £70/month, which is £17.50/class. Membership begins the day you sign up (there are no fees), you can cancel anytime and there's a no-quibble money-back guarantee.
Classes are:
● Wednesdays at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
● Saturdays at 11am - 12pm.

Safeguarding policies
Our lessons are hosted on Amazon servers for data security and we follow strict GDPR, privacy and child protection policies. Classes are taught by verified and interviewed DBS-checked tutors and we endeavour to create a safe space to learn from the comfort of your own home.

Class content

Critical analysis

Analysing characters, themes, mood, narration, structure, setting and form.

Creative and narrative writing

Studying audience, tone, purpose, persuasion, tone, developing ideas, drafting written work and structure.

Past exam paper practice 

Studying techniques and unseen activities from past assessments and exams.

Grammar, spelling and punctuation

Revising fundamental grammatical constructions and the appropriate use of grammar, verb tenses, spelling and punctuation.

Writing skills

Studying audience, tone, developing ideas, drafting written work, structure and different styles such as descriptions, arguments and persuasion.

Reading skills

Including comprehensions, summarising, characters and structuring longer responses.

Spoken language

Rehearsing speeches and presentations and performing plays and poetry.

Fiction reading and writing 

Examining audience styles, viewpoints, purpose, using structure and language for effect, how to engage readers, using evidence and textual comparisons.

Non-fiction reading and writing 

Learning how to write introductions, body of text and conclusions, writing speeches and letters, presenting arguments and analysing structure.

Soft skills

Effective note-taking, assessment skills, organisational skills, study habits and revision techniques.

Poetry

Studying rhythm, open and closed form, structure and poetic techniques.

Shakespeare

Studying characters, themes, language, context and performance across his literary works.

Learning Dashboard & App

Our all-in-one platform for your calendar, in-built Zoom, homework submission, grades, lesson materials and reminders.

How it works

Our booking process is straightforward, from assessment to registration.

1. Book a free assessment

Book a call with one of our Assessors on the phone or a video call on Zoom and we’ll evaluate your child's English level, determine the areas they need to improve on and answer your questions.

2. Register for monthly membership

We'll send you a link to register. Monthly memberships are £70/month (or £17.50/class). There are no sign-up fees and you can cancel anytime. We'll introduce you to your child's tutor and send you a welcome pack to get started.

3. Access the Learning
Dashboard and app

One platform for your calendar, in-built Zoom, messages, homework submission, grades, recordings and lesson notes. Plus, in-app notifications and reminders. Parents also get access so they can see everything their child does.

4. Attend weekly lessons

Your child is ready to improve their English! Sessions are Wednesdays at 5:30pm - 6:30pm and Saturdays at 11am - 12pm. Their tutor will guide them before, during and after each lesson.

5. Keep track of progress in real-time

Your child will receive their marked homework, useful handouts, Lab Reports™️, wellness check-ins and grades in their Virtual Backpack.

Simple booking system

FAQs

How much is the membership?

We offer one simple monthly membership of £70/month which is £17.50/weekly class. Membership begins the day you sign up.

How do I sign up?

We recommend you book a telephone call or Zoom assessment so that we can evaluate your child's ability and carry out a placement test. We'll then send you a link to register to our membership.

Which syllabus is taught?

We teach the English National Curriculum to ensure that all students follow the advised syllabus.

What if I miss a session?

We’ve got that sorted! Each session will be recorded and added to your dashboard and app so that you can play them back. Playbacks are also useful for revision.

Can I attend on Wednesday and Saturday?

For simplicity, we advise students to sign up to either the Wednesday or the Saturday session.

Do you offer any other days/times?

We have a waitlist for other days and times in the week. Please email us your preferences and we'll keep you updated.

What are the term dates?

We follow the half-term and holiday dates set by councils in England. Confirmation will be added to the community platform area so parents and students can plan in advance.

What are your safeguarding policies?

All tutors have valid Enhanced-DBS checks. Parents are given access to the platform so they can monitor their child's calendar, resources, reports and communication. Our platform is hosted on Amazon servers for data security and GDPR compliance. Please also see our Child Protection, Privacy and GDPR policies.

How can I cancel?

You can cancel anytime. Simply login to your account and cancel the membership. You'll still have access to the platform and resources until the last day before your payment due date.

Can I pause my membership?

You can - please contact our support team to enable this.

What's the class size?

There is a maximum of 7 students per class so that our tutor is able to allocate time for each individual. This also allows for pupils to get to know each other in their groups and encourage peer-to-peer activities. We have a strict policy on class sizes for your reassurance.

Will there be homework?

There will, all homework will be assigned to students on the platform. Students will need to complete their work and submit it to their tutor online to be graded and added to their Virtual Backpack.

How can I check my child’s progress?

All parents will have access to the platform so they can see their child’s sessions, posts, resources, homework and grades. Lab Reports are sent every 3 months and we also have Online Parents’ Evenings.

Can I join anytime?

You can! Our 2021 intake begins on Wednesday 8th September. Our group classes follow the National Curriculum so all syllabus topics and schemes of work will be covered in chronological order, week by week. You'll also have access to previous lesson playbacks and resources from the beginning of the academic year.

Will it be the same tutor every week?

It will, having the same tutor provides consistency with your child’s learning and enables them to get to know your child’s strengths and areas that need to be improved. 

Do you offer group tuition for other year groups?

We have a waitlist for other tuition year groups, please contact us to add your name to the list. We also offer 1:1 sessions. Book a call or assessment with us so that we can tell you more.

When are the Parents' Evenings?

Online Parents' Evenings are included free of charge for all parents and guardians. These are Q&A sessions to discuss your child’s progress, strengths and areas for improvement. The dates will be confirmed upon registration.

What about half-term and holidays?

Classes will continue during half-term and Easter as this is a good opportunity to regroup and catch up. During the Christmas and summer holidays, tutors will assign work in the platform to be submitted and be available to answer any questions. We recommend checking in during these periods when you can to top-up learning and refer to the resources and lesson playbacks.

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