Secondary (GCSEs)

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Secondary Phase/GCSE Tuition Enquire

Covers Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14) and Key Stage 4 GCSE (ages 14 to 16).

Having one-to-one tuition can be a very effective way to support secondary age students with their schooling. Subject to availability, we are usually able to find you a tutor to teach most of the subjects taught at secondary level. There is a wide range of good reasons for choosing to use a tutor during the secondary phase of learning, including:

  • Catch-up support To catch up with their peers; if they have for some reason fallen behind (e.g. due to a period of illness).
  • Confidence building To help students to build their confidence, either for a specific subject/s or to build their confidence in learning in general.
  • Stretching and strengthening If for some reason they are not being fully stretched at school in a given subject such as English or maths.
  • Subject specific support To provide tailored support for a student who wants to excel (or who is struggling) with an important part of the curriculum e.g. help with their maths or sciences.
  • GCSE Preparation To support and prepare students for their GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications, for which obtaining the right results can be critical in determining what further study (and/or career) options are going to be available to them.
  • Study Skills support Secondary school students are expected to start to develop the skills towards becoming independent learners. This is often an area where some students struggle to adapt, and when one-to-one tuition can be very helpful.
  • Learning difficulties To provide tailored support for a student who is struggling, due to having a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia or dyscalculia (see our Special Education Needs page).

Core subjects taught at Secondary:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

Additional subjects taught at Secondary:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages e.g. Dutch, French, German, Spanish
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE (personal, social and health education)
  • Religious Education

Note At secondary level, it often not possible to have the same tutor for different subjects e.g. maths and English. This is because most tutors specialise in teaching either English and/or humanities or math and/or sciences, but not usually both.


GCSE Preparation:

No matter the level, exams can be a very stressful time for both students and parents alike.

Understandably, students can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on multiple subjects they have to learn. It’s likely that they will perhaps feel confident with some subjects, but not with others. Often this is because they are not fully aware of all the key revision techniques and so feel like they are fighting a losing battle.

This is where having a personal tutor can help hugely. Tutors can support students to be prepared for their exams, buy helping them to plan their revision well and by showing them how to use key revision techniques, and filling in those vital gaps in their knowledge and understanding, all of which will boost their confidence, and help them to do well when it comes to the day of their exam/s.

For parents, a personal tutor can help relieve exam season stress; knowing their son or daughter is getting the focused attention they need in order to achieve their potential and gaining the results necessary for the next step of their educational journey.

Top tip! – always plan ahead: It is always best to pre-empt the need for a personal tutor, and get arrangements put in place early, rather than waiting until the exam date is looming up fast; by which time it might be too late to get in enough tuition time (or you might find there are no tutors with availability at that stage of the academic year).

If you think your son or daughter might be struggling with exam preparation or if they have asked for help, then act now! (don’t wait until it looks as though they might under-perform or even fail).

You can also take a look our Top Ten Study Tips for a good head start. Or watch the video below from BBC Bitesize.


New grading system for GCSEs from 2017…

From Summer 2017, students taking GCSEs in England will have received a mixture of number and letter grades. The first subjects under this new system are English language, English literature and maths, with most other subjects adopting the new grading system by 2019. Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades. See below…

Tutor Secondary and GCSE; Norfolk Tutors; GCSE grading, enquire here

For further information or to enquire about personal tuition please complete our enquiry form to provide us with all the initial details required, or feel free to call on 0800 862 0603.