There’s a lot more to English than the words we speak. Understanding the rules of spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence constructions, lie at the heart of effective communication and enable us to express ourselves clearly. When trying to persuade, inform, or debate with someone, a firm grasp of the English language can set you apart.
Studying English Literature develops a valuable and complementary skill set. Examining texts sharpens analytical skills and encourages students to think critically. Students develop strong research and essay-writing skills, while gaining insight into different cultures and philosophies.
“Studying English sharpens our ability to be analytical and critical thinkers.”
We assist students from Early Years to University level. Within our network, we have teachers who specialise in supporting dyslexic students or students with other special educational needs. We work patiently to build students’ confidence and use a range of teaching strategies to help them to progress in lessons. For students seeking academic challenge, we place experienced GCSE or A level teachers to introduce new ideas and take them beyond the curriculum.
We conduct an initial assessment to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses. For younger students, lessons focus on reading and comprehension tasks, balanced with imaginative creative writing. At GCSE and A level, we support students to analyse the set texts and anthology poems, structure arguments and develop strong essay-writing skills. As exams approach, our focus is on timed questions and honing exam technique.
We have experienced teachers with knowledge of the following exam boards:
At Key Stage 5, we also provide subject specialists for Cambridge Pre-U courses. We help tutors to stay up-to-date with curriculum changes. In addition to teaching, many of our tutors are also GCSE or A level examiners.
We encourage students to read widely, listen to audiobooks, and attend theatre productions. This is particularly important for primary students sitting 7+, 8+ and 11+ exams. Our English specialists have recommended some of their favourite books and poems to spark the imagination of children aged 7 – 12: