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> An established brand and business model
> Voted one of the top 100 franchises in the UK
> Over 300 centres across the UK
> Low startup costs: £7,000 to £15,000 +VAT on average
CEO Ed Hyslop presents at conference

Have you thought about joining our growing nationwide network of tuition Centre Managers?

We’re looking for like-minded and motivated individuals with the desire to run their own business helping children reach their full potential in maths and English. Beyond the financial rewards, the hard work pays off when parents share the significance of your role in helping their children to succeed. It is important to us that potential franchisees have the qualities needed for the role – to ensure that working together is the right move for you and us. We want all of our centres to reflect our values and flourish. We will let you know what you can expect from us and how we will assist you in making your business a success. If you are interested in taking the next step, please fill out the form below.

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Benefits of Joining First Class Learning

Outstanding tried and tested materials

Our maths and English programmes have been created by a team of qualified specialists, with a wealth of experience in the education sector. All of our resources are designed to meet the learning objectives of the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. As no two children are alike, we start by assessing every child - irrespective of their age or ability. As the Centre Manager, you will be provided with the tools and training to complete comprehensive diagnostic assessments in both maths and English. By determining a child's strengths and the areas they need to work on, you will be able to create a unique learning programme for every child.

Comprehensive training and support

This includes: – an intensive three-day training course – access to the ‘Operations Manual’ – an extensive bank of resources to help you – extensive study materials, available in print and on demand – a full range of marketing materials – a mentoring programme, connecting you with an experienced Centre Manager for those all-important first few months of operations

A proven and profitable business model

Our business model ensures you get a high percentage of profits, as your class grows. You can choose the days and times that suit you and your venues, as well as the tuition fee structure for students at your centre. With different ways to set up and run your centre, there's enough flexibility to work around your circumstances. Our aim is to support you every step of the way to achieve your goals as a Centre Manager.

Low start-up costs

The cost of a franchise varies, depending on where your centre is situated. Your initial costs will cover: - initial training - website setup and access to the Centre Managers Portal (CMP) - marketing and business support - an Accelerator Launch Package worth c.£2,000 - exclusive rights to operate FCL centres and use the FCL brand in your territory. For a detailed breakdown of costs, sample worksheets and marketing materials, speak to one of our advisors today. Furthermore, in your first month we discount your franchise fee 100% and then provide a 50% discount on your franchise fee for a further three months, to allow you plenty of time to enrol your first students.

Proven automated marketing

We’ve optimised our online marketing strategy so that we have the combined online presence of all our 300 centres, and we invest heavily in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to ensure your centre is always ranking high in search rankings. The more you talk about what you do, the higher our rankings in Google both locally and nationally – which translates into jumping to the top of the page when searching for English and maths Centre Managers. To make running and marketing your centre easier, we’ve added a host of materials for you to order online whenever you need them.

Your own protected online space

We will create your microsite within our national website, so that you can shout about your successes. Your personalised centre page allows you to tell the world about yourself, your centre and what’s unique about it. You can personalise your site by adding testimonials and providing updates. At the same time, prospective customers will be reassured by the First Class Learning brand, our sector-leading programmes and our scale and track record. This combination of 'local touch and national strength' is very compelling to parents seeking the best support for their children and will help you grow your business. All Centre Managers also have access to an exclusive discussion forum, allowing franchisees to share in each other’s successes and discuss any business-related matters they encounter.

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Hear from our franchisees

Franchising - a word from our Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive, Ed Hyslop, talks about the support available to new franchisees and how we help you get going. We also hear from two successful Centre Managers (Simon Deacon, North Leeds and Rachel Holdom, Burnham-on-Sea) describing their experiences and how First Class Learning differs from the competition.

Why I chose FCL

Raxita Kantaria (St Johns Wood) talks about the life choice she made and the improvements to her work life balance when she left a job in the City to become a First Class Learning Centre Manager. Her lifestyle benefited as she became her own boss and put her family first – running a First Class Learning tuition centre was an ideal fit.

Why is First Class Learning for you?

We hear from Polly Warren (Brighton) who illustrates the benefits of the franchise world as an ex-teacher – being part of a larger organisation that has established branding, marketing and business model while receiving guidance and encouragement from the many other experienced Centre Managers in our network.

Inspire confidence in the next generation of children


What's the best bit about being an FCL Centre Manager?
Not only will you be joining one of the UK's leading tuition franchises, there are many other benefits of opening a tuition centre with First Class Learning. Of course, you'll love the reward of working with the children and improving their outcomes. On top of that, you'll enjoy a flexible lifestyle where your business works around you, and you can confidently deliver our highly regarded maths and English programmes in a structured way.
Can I open a franchise alongside another job?
First Class Learning is a great option for those looking for a part time franchise opportunity. Due to the flexible nature of how FCL works, as a franchisee you will choose when to open your tuition centre for classes. This means you are free to run your centre around another job, or family commitments. Our flexible model makes it equally well-suited to franchisees who wish to make running their Centres their full time job
How are territories allocated - how far would my sales area extend?
We allocate tuition centre territories by individual postcode (for example SW19, M11, B3, and so on). These are priced based on their individual demographics including population.
How do I recruit staff to help if needed?
Many First Class Learning tuition centres provide an excellent opportunity for high-attaining undergraduates to gain valuable work experience in a setting where they can respond to queries and assist with the smooth running of the centre.
What can I expect from First Class Learning given I'd be working under its umbrella network?
First Class Learning is proud of having a flexible working culture which provides a level of autonomy to its Centre Managers. We are primarily here to support Centre Managers with Head Office staff dedicated to that sole purpose. You have the chance to shape the culture and environment of your tuition centres and your business while encouraging your students to reach their potential. You would also be part of our community of 250 other franchisees, all running FCL Centres. This community of Centre Managers communicate with each regularly via our dedicated discussion forum, the 'FCL Hub', which provides a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, advice and best practice across the network. We also have an annual conference where all Centre Managers meet up to share experiences and celebrate successes.
How much training and support will I receive to set up and run my business?
As a First Class Learning centre manager, you will receive lots of franchise training when you join the network. Firstly, there is an intensive three-day training course covering each of the core programmes as well as how to assess students and plan their progression. Subsequently, there are various support structures: Head Office support (including a full online Operations Manual), a mentoring scheme, Business Booster workshops and, of course, your ever-helpful fellow Centre Managers who are accessible via our closed online network. When you open a tuition centre with First Class Learning you'll be surrounded by advice and guidance to help your business become a success. There is also a marketing starter package - the FCL Accelerator (see below) - which is run so that we can work closely with you to set up all of your social media requirements, amongst other things, with the minimum of fuss and effort on your part.
What skill-sets would be desirable for a new Centre Manager - need I have teaching experience?
The most desirable attributes are fluent communication skills and a passion for working with children. Although some of our tuition centre managers join First Class Learning as an alternative to teaching, you will be fully trained to deliver the First Class Learning tuition programmes, so while teaching experience would be beneficial, it is not a requirement. Other attributes, such as business experience are also helpful, however again full training and support is given in these aspects too. An adequate level of education to degree standard or equivalent would be expected.
How will I know the appropriate level to start each student and what work to set them?
FCL currently has over 15,000 maths and English worksheets to choose from so we ensure you are trained and equipped to test the ability of each student accurately using our unique skills assessment tests to help you and focus tightly on their individual needs – helping to This will ensure that you keep them happy, interested and challenged all at the same time! Our maths and English programmes have been created by a team of qualified specialists, with a wealth of experience in the education sector. All of our resources are designed to meet the learning objectives of the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
What marketing assistance is available?
As part of your initial investment, you will benefit from the FCL Accelerator starter package. We get you up and running by providing your FCL related website presence, as well as your social media and Google accounts. At the appropriate time to suit your centre launch, we will then promote your business with tried and tested online advertising that will boost your Google ranking and leave you with a lasting dividend of strong Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). To make running and marketing your centre easier, we've added a host of materials for you to order online whenever you need them.
What locations are currently available to open a tuition centre in?
First Class Learning currently has over 300 tuition centres across the UK, but as the UK's fastest growing tuition franchise, there are still many areas where we are yet to have a Centre. We are always on the lookout for new centre managers to fill areas that First Class Learning does not yet operate it. If you would like to find out more information on which territories are available, please contact us.
How many tuition centres will I be allowed to open?
You can open as many tuition centres as you feel are viable within your own territory. Importantly, new centres cannot be located less than 1.5 miles from your nearest neighbouring First Class Learning centre, in fairness to other Centre Managers. Some franchisees run several centres across multiple territories.
What is the process of joining First Class Learning's franchise network?
If you're wondering how to set up a franchise business and are interested in opening your own tuition centre, simply fill in this form below and we will be in touch to discuss the next steps and get you on your way to being our newest franchisee.
How much does it cost to open a tuition centre with First Class Learning?
If you are looking for a low cost franchise opportunity, First Class Learning could be perfect for you. The franchise cost is dependent on the demographic strength of the territory. The price ranges from £8,000 to £16,000. Please get in touch to find out more on the franchise cost in your area.

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