What makes a successful scholar – After-school tuition and revision classes? – Part 1

What makes a successful scholar – After-school tuition and revision classes? – Part 1

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. We have a teacher recruitment crisis 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 to this, we have had so many reforms in the education system over the past few years yet GCSE grades are far behind the expected levels. 

Thankfully – all hope is not lost.

Many schools now offer after school tutoring and after school revision classes to support GCSE students that are at risk of failing.

Schools are aware that private tuition can be extremely effective and they know that not all parents can afford to pay for private home tutoring. Many secondary schools now have revision sessions around the clock including lunch time 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 the 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 the age of 16, were approximately two years ahead of their state school peers in all subjects. It’s not surprising that 98% of independent school students achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in comparison to only 51% of state school pupils. Data from the Depatment 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.

Temi Kamson
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