We Are Hiring – Secondary Level Teacher

As a Secondary-level teacher, have you ever longed for the removal of endless, tiresome paperwork? For class sizes to be small (below ten) and for the pupils to be enthusiastic learners? Have you, quite simply, ever wished to be able to concentrate more on your passion for teaching and delivering an exciting and invigorating lesson?

 

At The Right Tuition Company (RTC), we ensure that our teachers get to focus on doing what they enjoy most and what they do best – teaching! In addition, we enable the means for our teachers to feedback to parents on how their child is progressing. Getting to know students, nurturing their talent and appetite for learning, as well as establishing a clear line of communication between parent, pupil and teacher, are just some of the distinguishing features that make this model of education so appealing to any teacher.

 

If you want to build your tutoring portfolio, are thinking of returning to work part-time, or even thinking about coming out of retirement, RTC have the teaching opportunities for you in any of our Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge or Rochester tuition centres!

 

Please get in touch with us via Facebook, the website www.right-tuition.co.uk, or call direct on 01892 800492 (TW/Ton) or 01634 814420 (Roch).

Hiring – Primary Level Teachers

As a Primary-level teacher, have you ever longed for the removal of endless, tiresome paperwork? For detailed lesson plans to be written for you? For fantastic, exclusive learning materials to be already-resourced and ready prepared? For class sizes to be small (below ten) and for the pupils to be enthusiastic learners? Have you, quite simply, ever wished to be able to concentrate more on your passion for teaching and delivering an exciting and invigorating lesson?

 

At The Right Tuition Company (RTC), we ensure that our teachers get to focus on doing what they enjoy most and what they do best – teaching! In addition, we enable the means for our teachers to feedback to parents on how their child is progressing. Getting to know students, nurturing their talent and appetite for learning, as well as establishing a clear line of communication between parent, pupil and teacher, are just some of the distinguishing features that make this model of education so appealing to any teacher.

 

If you want to build your tutoring portfolio, are thinking of returning to work part-time, or even thinking about coming out of retirement, RTC have the teaching opportunities for you in any of our Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge or Rochester tuition centres!

 

Please get in touch with us via Facebook, the website www.right-tuition.co.uk, or call direct on 01892 800492 (TW/Ton) or 01634 814420 (Roch).

We Are Hiring

Are you passionate about teaching?

Are you passionate about teaching? We are currently hiring primary and secondary school teachers at our Tunbridge Wells school and new Tonbridge satellite school.

If you would like to find out more please email arthur@right-tuition.co.uk with your CV.

 

Our founding school at Rochester was opened by Anita Clemens in 1988. 

Her daughter, Daisy Downes, came to work for the family business in 2006. In 2014, we decided to join with Arthur Ponsonby and start a Tunbridge Wells centre which was named Bright Young Things (BYT) Tunbridge Wells. In 2016, the company decided to re-establish under our new name, The Right Tuition Company. We now have centres across Kent, in Tunbridge Wells, Rochester and Sevenoaks.

We are very happy to have the chance to extend our years of knowledge in the tuition business to our new centres and are proud to have been able to keep it in the family.

 

Exam Stress

Exam Stress

In the lead up to exams, you may notice your stress levels increase.

Exam stress can start when you feel you can’t cope with revision, or feel pressure from your school or family. You might worry you’re going to fail or you won’t get the grades you need but we’ve got advice on coping with this.

It can seem daunting to talk about stress or anxiety. You might feel like nobody else is feeling this way.

But bottling up stress and trying to deal with it on your own can often make the stress worse.

 

When we feel anxious, we often give ourselves negative messages like: ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I’m useless’ and ‘I’m going to fail’.

It can be difficult but try to replace these with positive thoughts such as: ‘this is just anxiety, it can’t harm me’ and, ‘relax, concentrate – it’s going to be okay’.

 

You might have been predicted certain grades or put into a higher set, and feel if you don’t get the grade you’ll let your teachers or parents down.

Remember, exams are important – but they’re not the only way to a successful future. Lots of people achieve success in life without doing well in school exams.

 

If the stress gets to a point where it is overwhelming and is affecting your day-to-day life, try and speak to someone about it. Your school should have a service where you can speak to people about your concerns and will be able to offer more advice on how to manage it. If that seems like too big a step, open up to a family member or a friend about the pressure you feel.

You’ll be amazed to know that you aren’t alone in feeling like this.

 

Student Minds have published 5 tips to beating exam stress:

1. Keep it in perspective

  • Lots of people will tell you this, because it’s true – exams aren’t everything. Whatever happens in your exams, you can still be successful in life afterwards. So if you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, try to keep things in perspective.
  • Employers don’t just look at your exam scores. They’re just as interested in your attitude, your transferable skills and how well you’ll get on with other people.
  • Exam success doesn’t define you as a person. Everyone copes differently in different situations and there’s so much more to your personality than how well you can respond to an exam.
  • Think about how far you’ve come already. You’ve already done incredibly well to get to university, and stopping or failing exams at this point isn’t ‘throwing away’ your past success.
  • Once you’ve done an exam, try to forget about it. There’s nothing you can do about it, and worrying won’t change your mark.

2. Get that organised feeling

  • Picture your exams as a time-bound project. Are the exams 60 days away? That’s your 60-day challenge. Best of all, there’s a definite end point.
  • Work out the basics: which exams you have, how the marks are allocated, and how much you have to learn for each one. Don’t expect to learn everything; but having in mind where you’ll get the marks can help you prioritise.
  • Break your revision down into small chunks, and form a plan. Once you’ve got a plan, you won’t have any more dilemmas at the start of the day about what to work on.
  • Schedule in plenty of free time to unwind, and protect this time. Nobody can work all day every day. If you give yourself plenty of rest you can do the same amount of work in half the time or less.
  • Equally, don’t panic if you go slightly off schedule – tomorrow is another day.

3. Get into some good habits

  • These habits will help you concentrate as well as reducing stress:
  • Take frequent breaks. Psychologists say we can only concentrate properly for 30-45 minutes. You could use a technique like Pomodoro, that helps you to take regular breaks. When you do take a break make sure you don’t stay at your desk, you could go for a walk or even just make a cup of tea!
  • Eat well. Keep a good blood sugars level to avoid highs and lows of energy, by eating slow-release foods like bread, rice, pasta, fruit and veg.
  • Drink lots of water. People often underestimate how much hydration helps!
  • Think about when and where you work best. Not everyone is a morning person, and some people don’t find the library a productive place to work. There’s no one best place or time to work – it’s about what works for you.
  • Keep active. Even a short walk will do. Exercising is one of the quickest and most effective ways to de-stress. Fresh air will clear your head and perk you up.
  • Try to get about 8 hours’ sleep a night. If you’re stressed about not being able to sleep, there are lots of ways to aid a good night’s sleep.
  • Find activities that help you relax. Maybe it’s a hot bath, watching a TV show, or a creative activity. Schedule this down-time into your timetable.

4. Avoid bad habits

  • Check out this brilliant article on how NOT to cope with exam stress. Here are some highlights:
  • Don’t set yourself ridiculous goals. Nobody can revise 10 topics in a day! Avoid setting the day up to be a disappointment.
  • Don’t cut out all the enjoyment from your life. It’s tempting to decide you’ll just knuckle down to work and “focus”, but this is counterproductive – it’s impossible to focus without giving your brain rest by doing other activities.
  • Avoid stimulants. Caffeine, alcohol and drugs impede your energy and concentration in the long term. It’ll also make it more difficult to get that much-needed sleep.

5. Get support from friends and family

  • Don’t be put off by friends saying that they are doing huge amounts of revision. As already mentioned, that’s probably not actually a productive or efficient way of working long term. One of the key reasons people feel exam stress is due to comparing themselves to other people.
  • If you can, discuss with your parents what they are expecting you to achieve. Parents with steep or unrealistic expectations will just add unnecessary pressure. It’s helpful to let them know what you think you have the capacity to achieve, and to insist that the best way to get there is to have support from your parents, not pressure.
  • If you’re feeling really worried or anxious, chat to a good friend, family member, or tutor. It helps to get it out of your system, and they may well be able to help think about practical strategies to deal with exam stress.

 

 

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Right Tuition Academic Scholarship Scheme

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME

 

The RTC Academic Scholarship Scheme is designed to help four of the most academically capable children in the Rochester and Tunbridge Wells communities.

We assess children who attend our Year 4 into Year Five exam and offer the highest achieving students a 30% discount on our Year 5 course and Easter mock exam.

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents of bright and motivated children. It is our way of rewarding those parents, who make great efforts to support their child’s learning, enabling them to meet their full potential and recognising the importance of challenging the mind. In our small group settings, it is so important to encourage high achieving children to work to their full potential, and they, too, have a great role in helping to bring up the ambitions of the whole group.

The students who pay full price for classes at our centre are not tested before they join and so have varying abilities. However, a large percentage end up achieving scores which place them in the top 25 percent of the country by the time they transition into secondary school, most of them grammar. Our schools are not highly pressurised environments, we simply have the advantage of small groups (no bigger than 10) and consistent teaching staff, along with meticulous marking methods and excellent parental communication.

If the parent and child, accepted onto this scheme, are interested in taking the 11 plus, we will give them a 30% discount on our Easter mock exam to make sure they have all the necessary skills and in order to prepare them emotionally for the experience.

If this is of interest to you, please get in touch to book the Year Four into Year Five assessment.

A Lesson in Fun!

A Lesson in Fun!

 

In my experience, the fundamental characteristic amongst our nation’s great teachers, which enables them to be considered as some of the world’s very best, is the sharp wit and broader appreciation for the part played by humour within an engaging and invigorating classroom setting.

Just as we can all acknowledge the dire consequences of having a teacher that possesses all the charisma and humour of a wet flannel, we, too, can very much relate to the fond memory of a teacher that captivated an audience and inspired us to develop an inherent curiosity and an overall desire to learn. Within the present environment of high stakes testing, budgetary challenges and increased demands on educators and pupils alike, it is important to remind ourselves that, when humour plays a central role within lessons, individuals, as well as the class as a whole, benefit together.

A teacher’s razor-sharp wit is a vital catalyst towards building a healthy learning relationship through the joyful confluence of head and heart.

Moreover, a lot of recent research points towards the way in which humour can reduce stress and tension in the classroom, which, in turn, improves the ability of pupils to retain information and encourages an enhanced level of understanding. Above all, a teacher’s sense of humour can achieve a collective sense of pleasure and appreciation through the positive, emotional experience that the students share with each other and the teacher. Rightly or wrongly, I believe that our current education system has a tendency to shackle teachers to some overly strict parameters in which to operate; thereby reducing the potential for creative expression and overall fun to be enjoyed.

At The Right Tuition Company, we place the highest importance upon our fantastic teachers, both Primary and Secondary, feeling the freedom and flexibility to put their-own amusing, creative stamp on the lessons they teach.

Teaching is about establishing a strong line of communication and trust between pupil and teacher. The quickest way to achieve this goal is by making a pupil smile, laugh and become excited about learning. Learning should never have to be perceived as a chore; however, the prevalence of wit can have a lasting impact upon a child – be that turning a corner in the learning process or, quite simply, allowing a renewed approach and increased confidence to unfold.

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Preparing Your Child to Handle Criticism

Preparing Your Child to Handle Criticism

 

As a parent or teacher, it’s important to spend time thinking about how to frame feedback for kids. Whilst the desire is to avoid upsetting them, we all recognise that over protecting a child sets him or her up as very vulnerable when it comes to venturing out of the home.

“The trick is to get your child to learn how to handle criticism gracefully and learn from it,” says Parents advisor Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions.

 

The first step is not to be afraid to offer criticism yourself. Imagine you have always been praised and never received feedback on how you could improve; you would certainly be taken aback if a teacher or new friend told you had done something wrong or suggested you did it another way. It’s your responsibility as a parent to introduce feedback to your child and to teach them the tools for reacting appropriately.

 

Praise where praise is due… and in proportion. This study highlights the adverse impact of inflated praise on children especially those with low self-esteem.

 

“…inflated praise decreases challenge seeking in children with low self-esteem and has the opposite effect on children with high self-esteem. These findings show that inflated praise, although well intended, may cause children with low self-esteem to avoid crucial learning experiences.” – Brummelman et al. in study, “That’s Not Just Beautiful—That’s Incredibly Beautiful!”

 

Once a child is familiar with criticism it’s important you help prepare your child to deal with it when it arises. Here are a few steps:

 

Talk about feelings.

The emotions you feel when receiving criticism are instinctive and, as it often is with children, the reaction might be disproportionate. Rude retorts, crying or complete withdrawal are all perfectly normal and it’s your job to try and help your child to unpack why they react in this way, so that next time they can better deal with the criticism and move forward from it. Asking them how the criticism made them feel helps them to understand it and allows them to recognise the feeling in the future.

 

Equip them with tools.

Giving examples of how to deal with criticism can be super useful. Every scenario is, of course, different but this article covers some good examples of criticism and what appropriate responses might be – definitely worth a read so you have some suggestions ready should a similar situation arise.

 

Body language.

It can be tricky to get everything right but what you say is just as important as how you say it. When preparing to talk to a child, uncross your arms, put yourself eye level with the child, smile and keep your face relaxed. If you are tense when you hand out criticism, they will be tense when they receive it.

 

Good, Better, Best.

Never Let it Rest,

Until the Good is Better

And the Better is Best.

 

No one likes to be criticised but it’s a hugely important part of learning and by helping your child to understand how to cope and respond can only set them up for better self-awareness and personal development in the future.

 

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Get Reading!

Get Reading

Here at The Right Tuition Company, we think that there is nothing better than reading a good book! There are hundreds of great book choices out there!

Here is a list of some of the most loved children‛s books from the past 100 years. They are suitable for children aged 9-11.

Please go to www.booktrust.org.uk to find out more about each story or to search for recommended books suitable for younger and older children.

Don‛t forget, your local library is a great resource for books. If they don‛t have a book you‛re looking for, they will find it for you.

Happy Reading from The Right Tuition Company!

 

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Why Choose Extra Tuition?

Why Choose Extra Tuition?

There are many reasons for investing in private tuition. Here are 10 things you can expect to benefit from:

1. Much smaller student to teacher ratio

Because private tuition takes place in small groups or one-to-one, students are able to focus better and are taught in a way that specifically meets their own unique needs. Here at Inicio, students attend in groups of up to six children, but teaching is always one-to-one.

2. The right tutor

At school, you don’t have a choice about your teachers, but we match the child and the tutor following our first meeting with the child. This means students have a mentor who teaches in the most effective manner for their learning styles.

3. Extra review

Often in school there is only a limited time to review a child’s work and understanding. That may not always be enough. Having a private tutor gives students an extra chance to review the areas in which they may be struggling.

4. Peer Discussion

Our small class learning environments encourage students to share ideas and discuss.

5. Test practice

For students who struggle with studying for tests, private tuition helps them to develop better study skills and ultimately to perform better in exams.

6. Confidence

Because tutors develop a more personal relationship with their students, they are able to see and cultivate the potential within them. This is all too easy for teachers in school to miss, especially if a child is well-behaved or of average intelligence. This gives students increased confidence in their studies.

7. Saves parents and students time and effort

Parents with busy schedules don’t always have time to help their children with school work. Having a private tutor takes the pressure off (although we would always encourage parents to spend time with their children wherever possible!).

8. Stronger drive to perform to their very best

Because private tuition means the instructor is really focused on the success of the student, students are far more likely to have an increased drive to perform to the very best of their ability.

9. Safe environment for open discussion

Sometimes students may not be as willing to ask questions in a large class, but working with a private tutor gives them more confidence and the freedom to speak out.

10. Students get taught by innovative methods

Because private tuition is one-to-one, tutors are willing to experiment with new teaching styles that work more effectively for the student.

 

If you feel you or your child could benefit from a private tutor in Rochester, Tunbridge Wells or Sevenoaks then why not visit one of our schools to see for yourself and to talk with our friendly staff about the options available.

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