Useful links













Here is a selection of useful educational links, including schools, tuition agencies and exam boards.

Special offers

Camp Bonas

Camp Bonas is a five-day residential camp based in the Quantock Hills and run by Bonas MacFarlane. The programme combines outward bound adventures (fire-making, orienteering and raft-building) with the arts (poetry, drama, creative writing and storytelling) and has been inspired by their favourite children’s books.

Learning outside the classroom is something they are very passionate about, and they are thrilled to create this experience for their students. It is a perfect environment for children to test out boarding, meet a new social group and gain independence.

If you are an existing customer of Bonas MacFarlane, you will get a discount of £50. All you need to do is plug in the code TuitionBM, and the discount will be applied to your final invoice.

If you wish to find out more details about the course please call Jeremy on 07929782727 or email him at

Camp Bonas, A Week of Adventure

Camp Bonas is taking over Eaton House The Manor for a week of adventure training in the Easter holidays.

In this exciting new partnership between Bonas MacFarlane and Eaton House The Manor, children aged 8-13 years will enjoy a completely screen-free week embracing new, fun and hands-on experiences.

With over 25 years of providing group activities, holiday courses and residential tuition, Bonas MacFarlane harnesses the power of experiential learning to help children rewild their minds, build resilience and develop the mental agility required for successful academic careers.

30th March – 3rd April
9am to 4pm – Monday to Friday

Bring a packed lunch.

£475 – Book Now using the code ‘Tuition BM’.

Easter Revision Hub

Daily supervised learning with on-hand experts to help students manage their revision and daily schedule. Instilling good study habits, educating pupils on how to revise and reinforcing the benefits of maintaining a good diet and having a good night’s sleep.

Each morning there is the option to work-out with a Bonas MacFarlane personal trainer. We will provide breakfast; cereals, fresh orange juice, granola, yoghurt, fruit, eggs, toast, coffee and tea before class begins.

The day will start at 0915 with a Bonas MacFarlane tutor helping the class structure their daily schedule; setting clear aims and objectives, offering study skill tips and revision guidelines. Sessions will be broken up into short and longer bursts so pupils remain focused on their individual objectives.

During break time tea, fruit and biscuits will be provided. We ask pupils to provide their own packed lunch.

Every day will finish with a review of their progress and a group discussion will be encouraged to help pupils better understand how to work more effectively.

These controlled and managed revision weeks aim to help pupils get out of bed in the morning, help motivate them to want to revise, while remaining alert and keeping healthy. Often pupils struggle to revise independently and get distracted at home, we hope by working in a collaborative environment will help inspire them to succeed.

Throughout the week, A-level courses and GCSE one-to-one lessons with Bonas MacFarlane tutors can be booked on an individual basis.

Bonas MacFarlane are renowned for the outstanding capability of their tutors. All have excellent academic records, coupled with proven abilities to motivate, educate and communicate.

For more information on our bespoke programmes, please see below.

The cost per day – £70, inclusive of VAT. This will include

  • Morning with a personal trainer (optional)
  • Food for Breakfast and break times (optional)
  • Supervised revision, 0915 to 1645
  • Senior tutor to help structure pupils daily objectives and review progress at the end of the day
  • Priority to book one-to-one classes

*Bring your own lunch

£70 per day – Book Now

Exam Papers Plus

You can get £5 off all orders over £40 at Exam Papers Plus when you enter the code nickdale at checkout.

Atom Learning

Atom Learning is a KS2 online adaptive learning platform, covering English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Atom Learning combines high-quality, teacher-made content with sophisticated technology to keep students on their individual, optimal learning paths. Atom Learning is designed to consolidate KS2 knowledge and help those preparing for senior school entrance assessments such as the 11+, the ISEB Common Pre-Tests and the London Consortium tests.

If you click here and quote qSpnTRQh as your discount code, you’ll receive 10% off any subscription you decide to take out.

‘The prices displayed in the table below are pre-discount. Subscribing via my code will reduce all subscriptions by 10%.

If you sign up for a year long subscription, you will automatically receive a 20% discount off the total cost: signing up via my code will give you a further 10% discount.

  • Signing up for a Premium subscription for 12 months via this link: £518.31
  • Signing up for a Standard subscription for 12 months via this link: £431.91
  • Atom don’t offer a 20% annual discount on a Basic subscription, so using this link will just give you 10% off the total payment.

The 7 Day Exam Plan

If you’re looking for help with exam technique, try The 7 Day Exam Plan from The Exam Coach.

  • Cover the essentials of exam success in just 7 days by listening to a 10-15 minute audio message each day delivered on WhatsApp.

  • Receive messages every weekday (Mon – Fri) throughout the rest of the school year to help you stay on track and do the right things at the right time.

  • Have The Exam Coach in your corner throughout crucial times such as holiday revision and exam season.

If you’d like to transform the way you study for your exams, sign up for The 7 Day Exam Plan for just £79. You can even message The Exam Coach on WhatsApp for 30 days free!

Bespoke Tuition

Bespoke Tuition has kindly offered a FREE 45-minute online tutorial if you quote ‘Nick Dale’ when you contact them.

Kings Tutors

Mention ‘KingsNickDale’ when you book a lesson with Kings Tutors to get 5% off the normal hourly rate.


Types of school

The terminology for schools in the UK can be quite confusing, so here’s a quick guide.

  • Private schools charge fees and are not run by the Government, although they have to follow certain rules. They are also known as independent schools, and the most famous ones such as Eton and Harrow are- confusingly – known as public schools
  • Grammar schools are state schools and don’t charge fees, but they are academically selective and have a very good reputation. There are only 164 of them left.
  • Comprehensive schools make up the vast majority of free state schools and generally have the worst reputation, but there are exceptions.
  • Faith schools have to follow the national curriculum, but they can choose what they teach in religious studies and may have different admissions criteria and staffing policies to other state schools, although anyone can apply for a place.
  • Free schools are Government-funded but aren’t run by the local council, which means they have more control over staffing and curriculum. However, they’re ‘all-ability’ schools, so they can’t use academic selection processes like grammar schools.
  • Academies are state schools that are funded by the Government but run by an academy trust, a charity that controls how funds are spent and how the school is managed.
  • City technology colleges are independent schools in urban areas that are free for pupils to attend. They’re owned and funded by businesses as well as the Government and specialise in practical and technical skills.
  • Special schools are schools for children aged 11 and over with special educational needs. They can specialise in one of four areas: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health, or sensory and physical needs. Within each area, they can go further, for instance by catering specifically for children with autism or visual impairments.

The Independent Schools Council has a searchable database of private schools here, but I’ve listed the major ones in the Greater London area and elsewhere.

Greater London

Abercorn School
Alleyn’s School
Bancroft’s School
Channing School
Charterhouse Square School
City of London Freemen’s School
City of London School
City of London School for Girls
Dulwich College
Eltham College
Emanuel School
Eton College
Francis Holland School
Garden House School
Godolphin & Latymer School
Guildford High School
Hampton School
The Harrodian School
Harrow School
Highgate School
Ibstock Place School
James Allen’s Girls’ School
King’s College School
Kingston Grammar School
Knightsbridge School
Lady Eleanor Holles School
Latymer Upper School
Marymount International School London
Mill Hill School
North Bridge House School
North London Collegiate School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Palmers Green High School
Putney High School
Queen’s College, London
Royal Grammar School
South Hampstead High School
St Benedict’s School
St Dunstan’s College
St James Independent Schools
St Paul’s Girls’ School
St Paul’s Juniors
St Paul’s School
Surbiton High School
Sylvia Young Theatre School
The Harrodian School
The Latymer School
Tiffin School
University College School
Westminster School
Westminster Under School
Wetherby School
Whitgift School
Wimbledon High School
Wycombe Abbey

Outside London

Ampleforth College
Benenden School
Blundell’s School
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Fettes College
The King’s School Canterbury
The Manchester Grammar School
Marlborough College
Millfield School
Oundle School
The Perse School
Roedean School
Rugby School
Sherborne Girls
Sherborne School
St Edward’s Oxford
Stowe School
Tonbridge School
Wellington College
Winchester College

School open days

John Catt’s School Search – Calendar of Open Days at Independent Schools

Tuition agencies

Adrian Beckett Tutors
Athena Tuition
Bespoke Tuition (just quote ‘Nick Dale’ for a free 45-minute online tutorial)
Bigfoot Tutors
BOFA 11 Plus
Bonas MacFarlane
Bright Young Things Tuition
British Home Tutors
Carfax Private Tutors
Dulwich Tutors
Enjoy Education
Explore Learning
First Class Tutors
First Tutors
Fleet Tutors
The Golden Circle
Harrison Allen
Holland Park Tuition
Ivy Education
Kensington & Chelsea Tutors
Keystone Tutors
Kings Tutors (mention ‘KingsNickDale’ when you book a lesson to get a 5% discount on the hourly rate)
Knightsbridge Tutors
Kip McGrath Education Centres
Laidlaw Education
Learn Happy London
Libra Education
Mentor & Sons
My Private Tutor
Osborne Cawkwell
Pegasus Tutors
Personal Tutors
Search Tutors
Select My Tutor
Shawcross Bligh
Simply Learning Tuition
Superior Learning
Tavistock Tutors
Titanium Tutors
The Tutor Trust
Top Tutors
Tutor House
Tutor Hub
Tutor Hunt
Tutors International
UK Study Centre
UK Tutors
Westminster Tutors

Exam boards

Falcons Interview
Pearson Schools & FE Colleges


123 Help Me – Much Ado About Nothing
15 Best Children’s Books of All Time
Amazon Children’s Books Store
Apptitude – Free resources for tutors (Facebook)
Apptitude – Free resources for tutors (LinkedIn)
AQA Year 11 Guide to GCSE Writing Section
BBC Bitesize – Writing to persuade, argue and advise
Common spelling mistakes
Creative Writing tips at 11
Descriptosaurus, by Alison Wilcox – Word Dynamo
English Linx
English Revision Aid 1
English Revision Aid 2
English Revision Aid 3
English Revision Aid 4
English Revision Aid 5
English Revision Aid 6
English Revision Aid 7
English Revision Aid 8
English Revision Aid 9
English Revision Aid 10
Mr Heath’s Class – Super Sentence Openers
My English Pages
Online Literature – WB Yeats
Phrasal verbs (Off2Class)
RFP Evaluation Centers – Flesch Reading Ease Readability Score
Smart Words
Spark Notes – A View from the Bridge
Spark Notes – Doctor Faustus
Spark Notes – Dracula
Spark Notes – Emily Dickinson
Spark Notes – Jane Eyre
Spark Notes – Lord of the Flies
Spark Notes – Of Mice & Men
Spark Notes – Othello
Spark Notes – The Canterbury Tales
Spark Notes – WB Yeats
Standards Schmandards – Readability Index Calculator
University of Bristol – Punctuation exercises
University of Ottawa – The Parts of Speech
University of Ottawa – Conjunctions
University of Ottawa – The Structure of a Sentence
Wikipedia – Jane Eyre
Wikipedia – The Pardoner’s Tale
Word list for Years 5 and 6

James Billot – Speed Distance Time Test
Math Warehouse – Angles of a Polygon
Maths Revision – GCSE
Maths Revision Aid 1Maths Revision Aid 2Maths Revision Aid 3Maths Revision Aid 4Maths Revision Aid 5Maths Revision Aid 6Maths Revision Aid 7Maths Revision Aid 8Maths Revision Aid 9Maths Revision Aid 10Maths Revision Aid 11Maths Revision Aid 12
My Maths
Times tables questions
Wiki Answers – Diagonals of a Polygon
Wikipedia – Trigonometry

French – Imperfect Subjunctive – Subjunctive
French Tutorial
This Is Language – French videos and transcripts
Wiktionary – French frequency lists, words 1-2000


Aztec Sailing – Admiralty Charts
Aztec Sailing – Theory Class
British Offshore Sailing School – RYA Day Skipper Syllabus – Tidal
RYA – Day Skipper
RYA – Shore-based Instructors
Sail Train
Visit My Harbour – Cowes Harbour

Dyslexia – Spelling Rules
Special – SEN Supplies
Wikipedia – Synthetic Phonics


Assessment Day
Atom Learning
BBC Learning
Department for Education (QTS)
Department for Education (writing assessment)
Homework Helpline Hub
Internet 4 Classrooms – MS Word Keyboard Shortcuts
K5 Learning
Khan Academy
LNAT Practice Tests
Pass the QTS Skills Tests
Primary Resources
School Entrance Tests
Steve’s Learning
Teachers Pay Teachers
Teaching Success
TES – Teaching Resources
TES – Classroom Toolkit
TES – The secret world of the über tutor
Wikipedia – Keyboard Shortcuts