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What makes a successful scholar – After-school tuition and revision classes? – Part 1Narrowing the gap
Do revision classes and after-school tuition a successful scholar make? With so many challenges and changes facing the state school education system, it would be too easy to blame it all on poor teaching and poor leadership in schools.
However, there is more to it than meets the eye. A teacher recruitment crisis is causing schools to struggle with teacher recruitment and retention. We have schools struggling with low budgets, and headteachers have warned that their schools are struggling financially (updated March 2016). In addition, we have had so many reforms in the education system over the past few years, yet GCSE grades still need to catch up to the expected levels.
Thankfully – all hope is not lost.
Many schools now offer after-school tutoring and revision classes to support GCSE students at risk of failing.
Schools know that private tuition can be highly effective, and they know that not all parents can afford private home tutoring. Many secondary schools now have revision sessions around the clock, including lunchtime Maths tuition sessions, after-school science tuition sessions, English tuition classes during form time and last-minute Easter holiday booster classes for young people that are at risk of not achieving a C-grade.
The problem still persists.
You only have to look at independent schools to see that the state schools are seriously behind in their attainment. The University of Durham recently released a report confirming that students in independent schools, by age 16, were approximately two years ahead of their state school peers in all subjects. It’s unsurprising that 98% of independent school students achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE compared to only 51% of state school pupils. Data from the Department for Education 2013.
So what can we learn from independent schools? What are the things that independent schools are doing right that we can teach young people in state schools? Read part two to find out more.