For most parents, expectations of the school years run like this: get into your preferred school, complete primary, get into preferred secondary school, complete years 7-11, get into sixth form of choice, complete years 12 and 13. Easy, simple, straightforward.
For some parents and children however, the path through does not run quite so easily.
What happens if your child is unthinkably hit by a severe illness that requires long periods of time away from the classroom? What if they contract a chronic condition that results in frequent bursts of shorter absences? What if they incur a sudden and life changing injury that changes everything about the family, the child, the parents, and the education? What happens then?
This is where many parents come to the conclusion that a great tutor can really save the day.
By law, if your child is away from school due to injury or illness for more than fifteen days, the school is obliged to inform the council, which should result in continuing education through the period of absence via home teaching, hospital school, or a combination of both.
In reality, this can be very difficult to achieve – especially if the absence is caused by a sudden illness or accident.
At the hot points in a child’s education like year 6 SATs and entrance exam preparation, or years 10-13, many parents can feel an overwhelming burden of responsibility for making sure their child doesn’t fall too far behind. More often than not, this can feel like a very lonely place to be, and this is where tutors come in.
A great tutor will work with a child out of school on a one to one basis on bespoke work decided between parent and tutor. If this work can be planned with some input from the school itself then even better. In reality, the pressures faced by teachers today can mean this is a low priority.
Even though the child concerned may not be physically, or mentally, able to manage more than an hour each day of focused work, maintaining the learning journey is vital to successful reintegration once they are able to return to school.
One to one tuition means a tutor can focus precisely on what your child needs. Keeping up with their classmates and this term’s topic is one option, but there are alternatives. Covering material that you know your child finds challenging, or more general work on the basics can prove an invaluable way to strengthen the building blocks of progress which in turn, builds confidence in a child who needs all the help they can get. In this way, a little time out of the classroom can actually be put to good and productive use.
One to one tuition means a tutor can focus precisely on what your child needs. Keeping up with their classmates and this term’s topic is one option, but there are alternatives.
When the worst happens, it can be a real struggle to see beyond the next treatment or appointment. Knowing that someone else is on that journey with you and can take some of the responsibility is undoubtedly a big relief.
School is such an important part of every child’s life – even children who might normally be reluctant learners would always opt for time in class when the alternative is a hospital ward. Feeling connected by continuing to learn, and keeping the brain active brings all kinds of cognitive and social benefits. Ultimately, this all makes for an easier reintegration, and for some families, the ability to put a period of injury firmly in the past.
For children for whom a chronic condition may result in life-long education gaps, tutoring is one way to ensure that damage caused by time out of class is limited. If your child can form a positive and nurturing relationship with a caring tutor – then even better. That relationship will foster positive feelings even in the face of healthy challenges. Away from the pressures of the school environment where keeping up with peers may feel like a daily struggle, knowing that your child can open up to an proficient tutor with lots of experience can be a blessing.
For children for whom a chronic condition may result in life-long education gaps, tutoring is one way to ensure that damage caused by time out of class is limited.
Periods of ill health or injury are not something anyone would wish for a child. Managing complex discussions with medical professionals, as well as pain, illness, or life-changing injuries are all difficult enough for adults, never mind children. Such instances shake everyone in the family and make normal family life difficult to cope with – especially if there are siblings involved as well. A good tutor can help to take at least some of the strain off your hands. Knowing your child’s best educational interests are taken care of by someone that can come to your home and fit around difficult schedules, just makes life easier at a time when nothing seems easy at all.
Every child benefits from one to one tutoring, but some children deserve a little extra something special, and this is when tutors really can save the day.