The Grammar school debate, is it better than Comprehensive?

The grammar school debate and whether or not its education is superior to your average comprehensive school are very much still present. With a lot of media attention and studies that have investigated this pressing debate, it seems there is both evidence and opinions that favour each side of the argument.

The core argument seems to state that Grammar schools can offer better opportunities for children who attend, over those at a Comprehensive school. We want to take a closer look at this most talked about statement and others that surround the debate, and wonder what do you think?

Do Grammar schools offer better opportunities?

So the question has been asked, time and time again, if in actual fact, grammar schools offer better opportunities in the future for the students who attend. The Independent published an article last year that concluded that they are no more successful than comprehensive schools at getting their pupils into elite universities.

This statement was steeped in evidence and an analysis based on 7,000 people, carried out by the University of Manchester and researchers at the Institute of Education. What should also be noted is that although backed up, this is not conclusive, and the debate is still on-going.

Will this discussion ever be resolved?

Do Grammar schools enable social mobility?

This was believed to be the case for grammar school attendees from years ago, back in the 50s and 60s and seems to be a misconception from both back then and in the present. While social mobility may have been higher during the 50s & 60s, this cannot have been due to a grammar school education, as so few  poor children attended.

What can also be said for poor or disadvantaged children who do attend grammar schools today is that they are under-represented, even those who obtained good grades in primary schools.

A modern take on Grammar & Comprehensive schools

As a neutral perspective, we here at Accelerate recognise that all education can have its positives and drawbacks. One system won’t fit all and it is totally down to the individual. Not all children or pupils will take to Grammar school, just like not everybody will with Comprehensive.

We like to offer tailored tutoring that can cater for a range of needs to improve your child’s education. We believe that one-to-one or small group tutoring can be the best addition to whatever education your child is receiving.

We have trained staff to cater for this, and we ensure all our clients have a plan mapped out from the beginning designed around their best learning styles and the end goal that both you and they want to achieve. No child should be deprived of the ability to succeed, or accelerate. Call 0330 123 4341  today to learn more about each of our styles of tutoring and to book your first session.

The Ultimate 11 Plus Exam Checklist

Here at Accelerate Learning, we have put together a helpful Exam Checklist for you to download and give to your children before their big exam day!

Make sure your child has the correct tools and equipment on the day and if there is anything else they might need, there is a handy notes section on the right hand side they can fill in themselves.

With exam periods come great pressure, so it’s really important to stay calm, collected and organised. Use the check-list to channel an organised attitude, and the rest will follow.

If you want to prepare by acquiring our help in tutoring your child for key stage exam please contact us here for free assessment.

Best of luck! 

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How You Can Get the Best Education

As parents, all we want for our children is the best, whether that in education, social interaction, development and general life opportunities. Specifically within education, ensuring our children get the best possible around is increasingly important.

With schooling systems, curriculums and teachers being very much decided for our children, it can become a slight worry of ours when our children aren’t getting the best at school, and there is nothing we can do to change that.

Have you ever considered extra-curricular tutoring as a way of taking your children’s education into your own hands, and providing them with the best possible?

Here at Accelerate Learning we offer an environment that is known to propel our client’s education into realms beyond the daily classroom. We have a team of qualified teachers who are qualified to educate up to GCSE level. Our centres are Ofsted registered and all our staff are DBS checked and trained in child safeguarding.

Tailored specifically to your child’s needs

Should you like to look into our Accelerate Learning tutoring services, we offer each child an initial assessment that really looks closely and carefully into exactly what tutoring needs show up. This allows us to determine the best suited service to your child’s needs, while also basing them on you and your sun/daughters educational objectives.

We also offer a tailored service that can fit right into your already busy schedule and life that balances work, life and having children. We like to offer flexible times that can easily slot into your daily lives, including Saturdays.

Choose your environment

We offer the opportunity for one-to-one tutoring, small group tuition or computer based. We have an input (based on the initial assessment) as well as yourself and your child, on deciding which environment would be best suited to their needs.

Our computer based tuition is delivered in small groups (maximum 6 pupils), blending adaptive learning platforms, bespoke extension materials as well as traditional learning methods to ensure your child’s learning is maximised.

Our small group tuition offers peer interaction as well as individual support, in groups no larger than 6. This small number allows tutors to get to know each pupils learning techniques, rather than handling 25 other children at once. It is a great way to improve interactive skills and confidence as being a part of a group.

And finally our one-to- one tuition is a bespoke session tailored to just your child in a personalised setting of your own home.

Each one of our tutoring services creates a much less constrained and typical environment of a school classroom. We have created an environment that removes these pressures, and rather creates a much more relaxed environment. This we believe makes for a much more successful tutoring session.

Our beliefs

We believe that each and every child deserves equal opportunities in education in all key stages. Education is a core element in our children’s lives and we believe they, as well as you as parents, should have a say and control over the progression of their education.

We offer the three tiered tutoring as a way of ensuring there’s a service that is both affordable and achievable for everyone.

Review & Feedback

And finally we like to ensure we offer the correct assessments along the way, usually every 6-12 weeks to monitor progress. This is designed for both ours and your benefit. We understand and appreciate the importance of progressions and therefore ensure we stay on top of this throughout our tutoring.

We can identify key areas that have improved immensely, as well as pick up on areas that haven’t so much, in order to pay more attention to these areas going forward. We will provide you with a report at the end of each term so you can see for yourself how we, and your child is doing.

We can guarantee that with the support of our tutors you will see great improvements in your child’s confidence, motivation and performance in test results. This works to continue to motivate them to succeed further on in their education too.

We ensure that only the leading tuition resources from market leading UK publishers are used, and for affordable fees pupils aged 5-15 can subscribe to our on-line learning platforms, right from home.

Read what our tutors, parents and kids say about us and take a closer look into our services, and what we could be doing to improve your children’s education, today!

“Accelerate have exceeded my expectations. They have come to know my daughter very well and been able to work with us in a way that’s right for her. Through this exam prep experience her confidence has soared.”

 – Mum of Lizzie, Year 5

“My tutor was easy to talk to and work with. She took a genuine interest in my Maths GCSE and I achieved a higher grade than I was predicted.”

 – Robert O’Reilly, Year 9

“Through fifteen years of tutoring experience I have found that teaching in Accelerated Learning Centres is a valuable investment to any child’s education and success, whether preparing for 11+ entrance exams or attaining their levels at school.”

 – Steve Davies, Tutor