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1 Jul 2020

Letter to Schools – The National Tutoring Programme

Monday 29 June 2020

Dear Head,

I hope your students are enjoying the Summer Term. After a disruptive three months, returning to the classroom will be a welcome change for many Year 10 and 12 students.

As you will know, the Government has pledged significant funding to support state school students to recover the learning time that was lost during the Covid-19 school closures, in part through the National Tutoring Programme. As a school leader, it is likely that your current focus is on reintegrating children into school life, and ensuring they are safe. However, in preparation for September, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce The Golden Circle – a network of 300 Teach First qualified teachers in London. Helping disadvantaged students has always been a big part of what we do, so we’re delighted to hear that the Government is making it a priority to support these students.

Tutoring complements teaching

Our belief is that tutoring complements teaching. While tutoring is not, and cannot be, a substitute for great quality teaching, it can be a powerful supplement. It enables students to revisit concepts, consolidate knowledge, and build confidence. Since 2017, The Golden Circle has supported hundreds of students to achieve their target grades, through one-to-one lessons delivered by inspiring teachers.

Our teachers

Our teachers have strong academic backgrounds. They all hold undergraduate degrees from Oxbridge or other leading universities, a UK teaching qualification, a minimum of two years’ classroom experience, and an enhanced DBS certificate. Many are also GCSE and A Level examiners.

We understand that the student and teacher rapport is essential for effective tuition and academic progress. At interview, our teachers demonstrate a passion for teaching and experience of delivering engaging and inspiring lessons. We also evaluate them against the following competencies: effective communication, empathy, understanding and motivation, organisation, leadership and self-evaluation.

Collaboration is key

We collaborate closely with schools. Our teachers regularly deliver workshops, small group tuition, and one-to-one tutorials for key students. We use an initial diagnostic assessment to identify our students’ knowledge gaps and establish their baseline understanding. We provide weekly progress reports detailing what was covered during the lesson, each student’s strengths and areas for development, and details of the homework set, if applicable. I have included some recent feedback from our school partners below.

As teachers who have trained and worked in Teach First eligible schools, and with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, this programme will enable us to make a difference to more students’ lives. We understand that the National Tutoring Programme is not going to be the answer to all of the academic needs in your school, however we’d love to be a part of your solution. 

Thank you for your time and, if would like to discuss any of the above in more detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Titley

BA (Hons), MA (Oxon), MPP, PGCE

Golden Circle Tuition Ltd. hannah@goldencircletutors.co.uk | +44 (0)207 887 2586 | +44 (0)7882122737

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