Where it all started
Big Fish Tutors started in 2011 as a response to issues in education in Wembley. We found that children speaking English as a second language (most often those from minority backgrounds) were experiencing difficulties when communicating, which affected their academic performance at school. Also, large class sizes meant that even with school teachers’ best efforts, these children could get ‘lost’ among the class with their individual needs not always being met. It was clear that smaller groups were needed to provide a comfortable environment where children could develop their personal interactions and practice their English through participation. Our mission was to raise resilient independent learners.
Big fish Tutors was an immediate success among parents of children in Wembley and their feedback was strongly positive. In particular, parents appreciated the individual attention their children were getting in English and Maths whilst still being able to learn National Curriculum syllabus. They also admired the personal growth strategies that were largely integrated into the learning, e.g. children practiced how to work in teams and how to be respectful when others are speaking.
How our scheme developed
Over time, it became apparent that parents wished to be more involved in their child’s studies at Big Fish Tutors. In 2013, we incorporated a structured parents feedback session into our approach. At the end of every session, tutors spent the last ten minutes with parents explaining which methods were taught during the session and outlined students’ strengths and targets. They also answered any questions raised by parents. The parents feedback session helped parents understand the National Curriculum methods and encouraged them to work with their children at home. It was extremely well received by parents and saw a great boost in students’ moral and academic success.
Where we are now
Since 2011 we have helped over 1200 students. In 2020, Big Fish Tutors provides English, Maths and Science tuition in Wembley, Harrow, Edgware, Pinner and Ruislip.
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