Marvellous Minds Tuition Centre

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Alternative Provision

alternative provision

We offer a range of affordable, flexible education services to students who require alternative provision to mainstream education.

We work closely with local schools and authorities to ensure that students, regardless of background and circumstances have access to high quality education.

100% of students asked say that their academic achievement has improved since attending our tuition centre.

English Tutors

Our English Tutors focus on instilling key skills such as spelling, punctuation and grammar, comprehension, and writing. Our unique learning materials developed in-house by our team of tutors guide students through topics on the national curriculum and stretch their learning to go beyond what they focus on at school. Using a range of fun and interactive teaching methods our enthusiastic tutors help students feel more confident at school and succeed in any upcoming exams.

Private English Lessons

Our English lessons are fun and interactive, designed to enthuse students about all aspects of English. For our primary school students learning is centred around building key skills in all of the core areas of the National Curriculum and students are encouraged to read widely to build those all important language skills. In many of our English lessons we also teach Creative Writing, using various fun and exciting writing prompts which help students develop their writing skills and have fun with writing!

For our secondary school students, we also focus on teaching the analytical skills needed for reading a wide range of texts, whether 19th century texts, poetry or a Shakespeare play. Our English tutors are well versed in the different exam boards at GCSE and A level and know the requirements and what is needed to do well in these important exams.

Our small class sizes allow us to tailor the work to suit a student's individual learning level and needs. We can focus on any aspect a student finds challenging, building the skills and confidence needed to do well in English.

Maths Tutors

Using our own teaching resources developed by our team of maths specialists, our maths tuition is fully aligned with the national curriculum and meets requirements of entrance exams such as the 11 plus. Our small classes and individualised teaching approach offer students the opportunity to learn at their own pace, whilst our maths tutors use a multi-sensory approach including verbal explanations, on the board explanations, and various teaching prompts such as clocks, counters, number lines and flash cards to support all types of learners.

Maths Resources

The teaching resources we use are fun and interactive and students are given booklets to take home for homework, should they want it. The work gets marked and feedback is given in the next lesson to ensure that the topic taught is consolidated.

Some key primary topics include; the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), algebra, angles, shape, space and measure and roman numerals.

At secondary level some key topics covered are algebra, probability and statistics.

Our maths tutors are also familiar with the different exam boards at GCSE and A level and will work through past papers with students in our GCSE and A level courses to teach maths exam techniques, in addition to the theoretical concepts, and show students how to achieve top marks in the exam.

Private Maths Tuition

Many students who seek support in maths lack confidence in their abilities. Our friendly team of maths tutors work with each child to help build their confidence by covering basics from which to further build upon and going through concepts as many times as needed for the student. Our private maths learners thrive in our supported learning environment and are able to meet their learning needs, whether that is to feel more confident at school or get the best grades in upcoming exams.

We would recommend giving us a call to discuss your child's private maths learning needs and how we can help. We also offer a free assessment with feedback (for primary school students) or a trial lesson (for secondary school students) which allows a student to get a feel for the teaching and structure of the maths lesson.

Science Tutors

Our science tutors are engaging in their teaching approach and cover topics in a dynamic way. For example, a lesson on the structure of cells might start with looking at images of cells and a group discussion on what cells are, where they can be found, and the history behind the discovery of cells. Students may work in pairs to begin to explore cell theory, using images to reignite their understanding of cell structure. Here students will learn that all living things are made of cells and be given cards with items to categorise as being something that is living or something that is not living.

Students will be given material to read and watch to further deepen their understanding of cell theory and the associated scientists, before being given the opportunity to assess and prove mastery of the concepts they have learnt. The assessment might come in the form of worksheets with multiple answers as well as open-ended questions to really help students understand and show off their understanding of the topics learnt.

Science Lessons

Our science lessons help students with process-oriented, exploratory work expected for younger year groups as well as a more conceptualised approach to science. We want to ensure that our science lessons offer plenty of opportunity for a student-centred and active learning experience.

At every stage of the science lessons at Marvellous Minds Tuition Centre, our Science tutors are on hand to help students engage with and understand the science topics learnt. Our small classes offer the perfect balance between individual attention from the science tutor and group discussion and interaction with other students. This individualised approach means that we can cover specific areas that students need help with or even look beyond the curriculum for a certain year group for those students who need to be challenged and stretched academically.

11 Plus Course

We cover English, Maths, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning in our popular 11 Plus course and have expert knowledge into the differences between providers such as CEM, GL or ISEB.

We recommend that children start their 11 Plus preparation at least 12 months before their exams, as we do not believe in "hothousing", however many choose to start earlier. Our tutors are well versed in the different requirements for the 11 Plus, whether for grammar, private or state schools. Our teaching materials are developed to suit the selective schools in your area.

"Marvellous Minds is amazing, fun and educational. It has helped me to improve a lot and the tutors are really nice. I would rate Marvellous Minds with 5 stars!" (Umaayah, aged 11)

11 Plus Mock Exams

We understand preparing for the 11 Plus can bring stress to families and we want to try and reduce that stress as much as possible. Our classes incorporate regular mock exams and exam technique practice so that your child is equipped with the skills and confidence to perform well in the 11 Plus. We are also always happy to offer advice to parents on navigating the 11 Plus process.

11 Plus Tuition

Our small group tuition means that students receive extensive one-to-one support from their tutor while enjoying benefits of interacting with like-minded peers. Our 11 Plus course focuses on the topics across all 11 Plus subjects that will feature in the exam, as well as exam technique which we find is a key skill for students to have in order to do well in the 11 Plus exam.

To help students perfect their exam technique we offer regular mock exams with feedback. Our mock exams will give students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the sort of questions that will come up in the exams and they also get a sense of what the exam experience will be like on the day, mainly the experience of sitting an exam in a timed condition. We also offer a fun and intense 11 Plus revision course over the summer holiday period which covers all of the key 11 Plus topics as well as daily mock exams with marks and detailed feedback from the tutors.

As students preparing for the 11 Plus are expected to cover topics beyond their year group and work at a high academic standard, the course will not be suited to everyone. To ensure that students can get the most appropriate support and make the most of their tuition, we recommend an initial assessment so that we can ascertain their level and recommend the best course of action. We are always happy to discuss a student's specific requirements, academic goals and the support that we can offer so to find out more about our 11 Plus course or to book in for an initial assessment do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Aylesbury Grammar School

  • Aylesbury High School

  • Bedford Modern School

  • Bedford Girls’ School

  • Bedford School

  • Kimbolton School

  • Rushmoor School

  • St Andrews School

Why Choose Us for Homeschooling?

Here at Marvellous Minds Tuition Centres, we offer a unique home schooling programme that is flexible and tailored to each student. Our clients have the option of blending our monthly after-school memberships with private one-one tuition at our centre, or in some instances our small daytime homeschooling groups, for any subject required.

Our students receive the social and academic benefits of learning in a school-like environment, however, our class sizes are far smaller, students receive one-on-one support, individualised learning and our tutors are far more accessible.

Our centres are bright, friendly and often less intimidating to students that may not be ideally suited to traditional schooling.

When and where do the homeschooling lessons take place?

We usually recommend a mix of private tuition and class lessons for homeschooling students at our centre. Private tuition is entirely flexible and tends to take place in the morning/daytime during the week. Our class lessons follow our usual timetable, so take place in the afternoon/evening and on weekends.

The suggested schedule is entirely flexible depending on the needs and aims of the student. Some students tend to ease themselves into a regular timetable when starting with us, slowly increasing their hours over time.

Once we have established a student's level in a certain subject, and discussed their academic goals and plans for further study, we will suggest a timetable. We can also make further adjustments based on the tutor's suggestions and the student's progression in a certain subject once the tuition is underway.

There is regular homework set in all of the subjects studied, and tutor's will review completed homework and help students where necessary.

Term Dates

We tend to follow the National Academic Calendar for our home school students, particularly for students aiming to re-enter mainstream schooling. However, this is flexible and up to your own discretion if you would like to continue lessons throughout holiday periods.

Private Tutors

Our private tutors are specialists in their teaching field and can offer tuition in any subject at any educational level, helping students prepare for exams such as the 11plus, GCSEs and A levels as well as university admission tests like the UKCAT, BMAT and LNAT.

The private tuition tutors we work with have outstanding academic backgrounds and teaching experience alongside the ability to build a great rapport with their students. The private tuition support is individually tailored and targeted to help students boost their skills and confidence and reach their academic goals. All our tutors are DBS checked and receive safeguarding and first aid training.

We take great care when matching a student with one of our private tutors ensuring the tutor's educational background, specialist teaching field and teaching style is a suitable match for the student.

Our private tuition takes place at our tuition centre and we ensure the private tuition we offer is scheduled to suit a student's timetable, offering daytime, evening and weekend classes.

Working with one of our private tutors means students can learn at a pace that is suitable for them. Our tutors are able to cover a lot of material in a short space of time and they are often able to help a student get to the level they need to be at very quickly. For those students who have missed out on school or need to recap topics our private tutors are able to go through the content methodically to ensure each student catches up and becomes comfortable and confident with the material covered.

Education Beyond School

Alternative Provision at Marvellous Minds

At Marvellous Minds Tuition, we provide educational services to a range of schools and local authorities from our Ofsted registered tuition centre, helping students with a wide range of needs receive an outstanding education in a small, safe and empathetic environment.

education beyond school

Our flexible service includes both one-to-one tuition, small group classes, or a mixture of both. We provide quality feedback after each session of tuition to help ensure students are meeting their learning goals as well as feeling supported.

We cater to each child's individual needs; our tailored tuition programme can take place on or off-site, during or outside of school hours and for as few or as many hours as required. We are able to make the most of your budget, whilst tailoring a programme specifically to your needs.

Students are also able to take both GCSE and A levels exams with us, outside of school. Contact us on 01234 480 949 for more information.

Examples of types of students who have benefited from our alternative provision include:

  • Students with Special Educational Needs

  • Students who are homeschooled

  • Students who are non-native English speakers/students who have recently arrived to the country

  • Students at risk of becoming permanently excluded from school or students who have been excluded from school

  • Pupils with mental health issues who are unable to attend mainstream school

  • Pupils who have been bullied at their previous school

  • Pupils who have been taken out of school due to the Covid pandemic

special educational needs

Pupil Premium Funding

With our extensive experience, we are able to deliver our flexible tuition programme, funded by Pupil Premium, to schools across Hertfordshire.

We provide schools with experienced and passionate tutors who work closely with students, allowing them to reach their full potential and bridging attainment gaps within education.

Short term, our tutors are able to prepare selected students for their exams. Long term, we can work closely with students throughout the academic year, delivering an extensive education programme.

We pride ourselves on being the perfect solution for both Students and School Leaders, delivering top quality education, whilst also maximising a specific budget.

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