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Whickham Learning Centre

Maths English GCSE SATs
First Class Learning provides structured worksheet-based programmes which promote independent learning and study skills so that your child gains the confidence to tackle new concepts, bridge gaps and develop knowledge.
  • Programme focused on the National Curriculum
  • Priced per child, per subject, per month
  • Managed by an experienced teacher

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address Fellside Methodist Church Ancaster Road Whickham NE16 5BQ
parking Availablephone 07721 529 306
opening times
Wed
15:30-17:30

Maths and English Tuition at Whickham

Welcome to First Class Learning Whickham where children learn to succeed. We are delighted to support children in the local community, of all ages and abilities, with both maths and English tuition.

Through our structured programmes, we personalise each child’s learning path, which is targeted to fill any existing gaps in their understanding and promote development of existing knowledge. This helps with their schoolwork, builds confidence and develops independent learning skills.

Our maths and English programmes are flexible and tailored to learners' individual needs and abilities, so students move on only when they are confident with a topic. Regular testing ensures that the best possible progress is made. The 'little and often' approach, with plenty of repetition and practice, really does make a huge difference.

How we work

The Centre Manager will complete a free maths and English assessment with your child and provide informative feedback on their strengths and areas to improve. They will also recommend a personalised learning programme to meet your child's needs. If you feel happy with our plan and that we are the best option for you and your child, they will then be able to start attending regular classes at the centre. At the centre, your child will be supported as they work through their personalised learning programme. Between their weekly centre visit, they will also receive a programme of daily bite-size homework tasks to further embed and consolidate the learning from the centre.

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Stephen Ainsley

Centre Manager

The Whickham First Class Learning Centre is run by Stephen Ainsley BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc who is a teacher with a wealth of experience at both primary and secondary level. He is fully trained to deliver the First Class Learning study programmes. Every First Class Learning Centre Manager holds an enhanced DBS certificate (CRB).

Tuition Services

Maths

The First Class Learning maths programme is designed to equip your child with the fundamental skills required for success in school mathematics. Using a range of resources, it covers all the essential areas of the school curriculum.

English

Our English programme concentrates on reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, creative writing and handwriting. The initial diagnostic testing assesses the child's needs so that we can provide an individualised programme.

FAQ

How does FCL differ to 1:1 tutoring?
FCL offers structure and daily practice with a ‘little and often’ approach, enabling the child to retain what they have learnt and gain confidence. It also develops a good study habit and independent learning rather than becoming dependent upon others teaching them.
How will FCL help with my child’s school work?
By bridging gaps and developing confidence, a child’s attitude can become more positive, whilst at the same time our programmes provide them with the skills sets required to transfer through to their school studies.
Can I sit with my child while they do their work at the centre?
If a child is worried about coming along to their first session, we will work with parents to settle them in. However, you will not need to stay for long as once a child has experienced the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, they are happy to stay on their own. We aim to encourage independent and confident students.
If I join, am I tied into FCL for a set amount of time?
No, not at all. FCL is primarily a long-term programme, not a ‘quick fix’. However, there are many reasons why you may need to discontinue, so I ask for just 1 month’s notice.

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