How Much Difference Can an Hour a Week Really Make?

An hour a week seems like such a small amount of time each week, so how can it make such a difference?

It’s easy for us to sit here and tell you how brilliant we think we are, and how much of a difference we can make to your child’s confidence and their grades but, as parents ourselves, we much prefer to hear from other families about their experiences:

“The results have been spectacular – going from a predicted E to a predicted B and actually enjoying learning!”

Jenny and her son Sam, Ely

“Being able to cover topics on the National Curriculum with a private tutor and have the topics explained to her at her level of understanding has set her up superbly to cope with the topic when introduced in the classroom”.

Verity and her daughter Isabel, Cambridge
For more kind words from our amazing clients – take a look at our testimonials.

So how are we able to achieve this in just one hour a week?

Did you know that families who home educate are often advised
that home-schooled children require 1 hour of tuition a day, or the equivalent of 10 minutes for every hour they are in school. Due to the one to one attention they receive, education is focused and very effective.

This advice varies slightly between local authorities but one hour seems a common guide. This figure is also in keeping with the tuition provided by local authorities to sick children who are unable to attend school, where they tend to provide around 5 to 8 hours tuition a week.

The number of families’ homeschooling, or elective home educating (EHE), is growing in this country and it’s estimated that over 50,000 children are currently home educated in the UK with this figure rising by as much as 80% per year.

Another increasingly popular way of educating is Flexi-Schooling, where the child attends school for part of the week and is educated at home on the other days. Although it has existed for years it’s hard to know how common it is, as neither the government nor Ofsted keeps figures. However as the baby boom puts increasing pressure on primary school with class sizes constantly growing, it’s likely that more parents will start thinking about it.

For many people home educating isn’t a viable option, and even Flexi-schooling can prove difficult as at least one parent would need to not work or only work part-time, and the head of the school also has to agree to it. In these instances home tuition can be a great resource, giving children valuable one to one time with a qualified tutor, to help gain confidence in an area they may be struggling with or simply to provide more time to spend on topics that they enjoy.

So how much of a difference can we actually make in an hour?

Well, quite a bit.

If you are interested in finding out more about home tuition with Tutor My Kids and how it could work for your family, take a look at the link or email or call us on 01223 858421 for an informal chat.
All our tutors are fully qualified teachers and have current DBS checks. If you’re a teacher who could spare an hour or more a week to make a real difference to a child, take a look at our tutors page or get in touch for a chat!