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The Benefits of One to One Tuition

One to one tuition is proven to have numerous benefits for those pupils needing additional support. January is the ideal time for schools to consider this option. Read on to discover the many benefits of one to one tuition.

our favourite roald Dahl booksThe New Year brings with it a focus on boosting Primary pupils progress in English and Maths for the SATs in May. Secondary pupils are preparing for their upcoming GCSEs later in the academic year. Secondary pupils below level 4 are most in need of additional support at this time. Our Business Development Director, Nailah Ahmed, outlines the benefits one to one tuition can have for these pupils. Exploring the many ways in which these sessions can complement classroom learning.

What is one to one tuition?

One to one tuition involves a teacher or a teaching assistant giving a pupil individual learning support. It could take place outside of normal lessons, as additional teaching (after school, summer school). Alternatively, it could replace other lessons during school hours. Short, regular sessions (three to five times a week) over a set period of time (ten to twelve weeks) appear to result in optimum impact. A typically effective programme involves 30 minutes of tuition, five times a week, for 12 weeks.

How is one to one tuition different from classroom teaching?

With tuition occurring on a one to one basis, tutors can focus their attention fully on a pupil and their individual learning. This is a huge advantage compared to normal classes of twenty to thirty pupils. In a classroom environment, a teacher’s time is divided and individuals needing extra support can easily become overlooked.

Classroom management – It may seem that there is little or no classroom management required in a one to one session. However, there are still key decisions to be made about how the ‘classroom’ is set up, where the tutor and the pupil should sit and how physical resources should be managed.

Roles and relationships – The usual roles of a large classroom group often change in a one to one environment. There is often a shift away from a teacher-centred dynamic. As a result, the learner takes on a much more equal role in making decisions about their learning.

the benefits of one to one tuition

Timing and structure – One to one classes move at a pace decided by the learner and their needs, rather than around a termly structure. There is also flexibility in the length of class. Meaning sessions can be timed around learning aims rather than a traditional timetable.

Pressures – The fact that both tutor and learner are alone together for the duration of the class gives the session a different kind of pressure. Sometimes greater, sometimes less. For example, there is considerable pressure because both are ‘always on’. The need to achieve results can be much greater for the tutor too. However, the learner may feel less pressure because there are no other children in the class. Although possible in a classroom setting too, this virtuous circle can be harder to maintain in a larger group. At school, students can be self-conscious in their learning and susceptible to negative peer pressure. Yet in the safe space of a one-to-one lesson, a student can admit they don’t understand without embarrassment. One-to-one tuition can, therefore, create the perfect emotional and motivational context for learning. When a student’s self-confidence in learning flourishes, they can go on to achieve extraordinary things – with or without a mentor to guide them.

Why is it effective?

In a one to one setting, a tutor is able to focus on the individual learner’s needs. A teacher may not be able to do this in the traditional classroom. This creates a supportive environment in which there is a higher disclosure of misunderstanding. This means that mistakes can be corrected immediately. There are also more opportunities for prompting and self-correction by the learner in a one to one setting. This kind of individual support is flexible and tailored to the pupils needs. A variety of activities and resources keep pupils focussed and engaged throughout the session. This helps to develop pupil confidence through appropriate use of praise and reinforcement of concepts.

Individual tuition provides an increase in learning time, which may be used for practice and engaging activities that expand on classroom work. The individual tuition can be linked to prior learning and objectives are that are clear and shared. As a result, learning is transferred from tuition to the classroom.

One to one tuition is also effective in putting learning into context and linking to pupils’ interests, which enables pupils to make better connections. Questions are used to develop the pupil’s thinking and understanding of subject matter.

One to one tuition from Supply Desk –  Love to Read

At Supply Desk, we have experienced first-hand the benefits that one to one, and small group tuition, can achieve. Our reading intervention programme, Love to Read, is proven to boost pupil progress and reading ages by up to 2 years in 10 weeks.

Suitable for children aged between 6 – 15 years, the programme is delivered by dedicated Love to Read Tutor (provided by Supply Desk). The tutor will work with pupils on a one to one basis and provide 20 minute sessions, twice a week, for 10 weeks. Assessments will be completed at the beginning and the end of the 10 weeks with regular weekly progress reports completed to track pupil progress. We guarantee all pupils will make progress within the 10 weeks, that’s our Progress Promise.

Contact us today to find out how Love to Read can support reading and attainment in your school. Call 0800 027 2737 to speak to your local branch team.