Here is a selection of useful educational links, including schools, tuition agencies and exam boards.
Atom Learning FREE Online Summer Courses
Throughout July and August, my partners at Atom Learning are running free, online, intensive summer courses across English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and creative writing for Key Stage 2 pupils.
Atom’s courses are designed to consolidate and build understanding and allow pupils to get a head start on the next school year.
I’d highly recommend taking part in Atom’s courses to ensure your child feels confident and well-prepared for September.
Click here to view Atom’s Summer Course Schedule and book your child’s place.
Special offer – up to 30% off!
Atom Learning is a KS2 online adaptive learning platform, covering English, Maths and 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’ll automatically receive a 20% discount off the total cost. Signing up using the qSpnTRQh code will give you a further 10%, giving you a 30% discount overall!
- 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.
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Summer 11+ Revision Courses
With so much school missed, students embarking on the tough 11+ process in the coming academic year may be feeling the pressure more than ever. Bespoke Tuition continues to provide 11+ specialist tutors who can offer personalised one-to-one support in this area and help students to perform to their highest potential across all areas. To provide that little bit of extra support, Bespoke Tuition is pleased to have selected Griffin & Bell as our favoured, experienced provider of Online 11+ courses (max. 12 per group) to give students going into Year 6 an extra boost this summer before any pending assessments. Read on to discover how we can help your tutees to do themselves justice in their exams via these online skill-building courses that will develop exam strategy, technique and confidence.
11+ Course record
Past participants in these 11+ courses have earned places at: St. Paul’s (Girls’ and Boys’ Schools), Westminster, North London Collegiate, City, Habs, Highgate, UCS, Merchant Taylors, Eton, Francis Holland, South Hampstead High, Latymer Upper, Godolphin, Notting Hill & Ealing, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey and many more. Several have been offered Academic Scholarships.
11+ Course content
Working with up to 12 pupils, each course will cover comprehension technique, creative writing, consolidation of key maths topics, problem-solving skills, handling nerves, time management, non-verbal and verbal reasoning tips and an interview workshop. The course finishes with mock tests in English and Maths. The material is specifically designed to get pupils ready for the challenging autumn term, and to arm them with the tools and techniques that will really help in the tough 11+ / pre-test process to come.
- First course dates: 14th to 17th July, 10am – 1pm each day (4 x 3 hour days)
- Second course dates: 21st to 24th July, 10am – 1pm each day (4 x 3 hour days)
- Third course dates: 25th – 28th August, 10am – 1pm each day (4 x 3 hour days)
- Fourth course dates: 25th – 28th August, 2pm – 5pm each day (4 x 3 hour days)
Cost for each course (12 hours per course plus an invaluable detailed written report containing strengths/weaknesses assessment, school selection if required, tuition strategy and resources): £395
Due to high demand after this disrupted school year, there will be four 11+ groups over the summer. These four courses will all feature the same material, so we only recommend students sign up to one of the summer groups. It will be a great way to consolidate curriculum material and rebuild confidence and motivation after Covid-19. Following the course, families will also receive advice on school selection and tuition based on pupils’ performance. We expect high demand for these courses this year and would encourage you to please inform your tutees of these courses and get in touch with us ASAP if interested.
To book a place, please send an email to email@example.com or call the office on +44 (0)207 3856795.
Employability Accelerator Programme (18-26 years old)
Bespoke Tuition is pleased to offer a £200 discount on the Employability Accelerator Programme, designed to offer real, practical support for young adults during this extraordinarily turbulent time – for whatever their next step may be. By creating a programme of invaluable career mentoring from FTSE 500 recognised executive coaches, intensive and focused work experience, and with an award-winning learning platform, Employability Accelerator aims to ensure that participants stand out and accelerate their prospects, whether ensuring their place at university, internship, graduate job or first step on the career ladder. The programme is currently delivered online and is carefully tailored to suit each individual’s goals, aspirations and abilities.
- Get Prepared. The pandemic has made career development more difficult. Our programme is specifically designed to work in a virtual environment. How students use this summer can significantly change future employability – don’t waste it.
- Experience Work. Exposure to real work as early as possible is integral to success. Over a third of recruiters who took part in a Highfliers survey of the graduate market* warned that ‘irrespective of their academic achievements, graduates who have had no previous work experience…have little or no chance of receiving a job offer.’
- Motivate. We are passionate about students realising their potential, no matter what. In a time where a Prospects survey** showed ‘66% final year students feel negative about their future careers’ and ‘83% are lacking in motivation,’ the programme is designed to elevate enthusiasm and motivation to achieve the best future for the next generation, even in the face of challenging circumstances. Watch video.
- 2-weeks of work experience and tailored personal development sessions
- Ongoing one-to-one feedback from professional Coaches to ensure you master core business skills and personal development
- Recommendations, application support and improved confidence to optimise your employability chances
Duration and hours
The programme lasts for 2 weeks and aims to replicate the structure of a working week, running from 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday. There is social activity too with your managers, coaches and peer group.
Students must typically be a minimum of 18 years of age and currently students or recent graduates. For the work experience project, students will be organised into groups of around 5 peers.
Dates and pricing
The Programmes run throughout the summer and over Christmas 2020. Please click below to be taken to more information about current programme availability and price.
If you quote ‘Bespoke’ on application, you’ll receive a special £200 discount. There are still spaces available for 6 and 20 July. Apply now.
You can get £5 off all orders over £40 at Exam Papers Plus when you enter the code nickdale at checkout.
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.
Charterhouse Square School
City of London Freemen’s School
City of London School
City of London School for Girls
Francis Holland School
Garden House School
Godolphin & Latymer School
Guildford High School
The Harrodian School
Ibstock Place School
James Allen’s Girls’ School
King’s College School
Kingston Grammar 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
University College School
Westminster Under School
Wimbledon High School
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
The King’s School Canterbury
The Manchester Grammar School
The Perse School
St Edward’s Oxford
School open days
Adrian Beckett Tutors
Bespoke Tuition (just quote ‘Nick Dale’ for a free 45-minute online tutorial or consult the Bespoke Tuition Teaching Resource Bank)
BOFA 11 Plus
Bright Young Things Tuition
British Home Tutors
Carfax Private Tutors
First Class Tutors
The Golden Circle
Holland Park Tuition
Kensington & Chelsea Tutors
Kings Tutors (mention ‘KingsNickDale’ when you book a lesson to get a 5% discount on the hourly rate)
Kip McGrath Education Centres
Learn Happy London
Mentor & Sons
My Private Tutor
Select My Tutor
Simply Learning Tuition
The Tutor Trust
UK Study Centre
123 Help Me – Much Ado About Nothing
15 Best Children’s Books of All Time
20 English Idioms with their Meanings and Origins
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
DFE English Curriculum
Dictionary.com – Word Dynamo
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
Neuro Balance Centre
Online Literature – WB Yeats
Phrasal verbs (Off2Class)
RFP Evaluation Centers – Flesch Reading Ease Readability Score
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
Words to learn – Years 1 and 2
Words to learn – Years 3 and 4
Words to learn – 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
Times tables questions
Wiki Answers – Diagonals of a Polygon
Wikipedia – Trigonometry
Aztec Sailing – Admiralty Charts
Aztec Sailing – Theory Class
British Offshore Sailing School – RYA Day Skipper Syllabus – Tidal
RYA – Day Skipper
RYA – Shore-based Instructors
Visit My Harbour – Cowes Harbour
Age/Grade/Year Equivalents Table
Age, Year and Curriculum Stage for UK, US & IB
Cottar’s Colouring Book Pictures by Aimee Cass
Dance Mat Typing
Department for Education (QTS)
Department for Education (writing assessment)
Grammar School Insider
Homework Helpline Hub
Internet 4 Classrooms – MS Word Keyboard Shortcuts
LNAT Practice Tests
Minerva Tutors TV
Pass the QTS Skills Tests
School Entrance Tests
Teachers Pay Teachers
TES – Teaching Resources
TES – Classroom Toolkit
TES – The secret world of the über tutor
Type by Touch
Wikipedia – Keyboard Shortcuts