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Tips for one-to-one tuition

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By Jennifer Beckleseducation writer

We provide advice for helping children in a one-to-one setting

With the number of Key Stage 2 children due to receive one-to-one tuition set to double to 315,000 in 2010-2011, the presence of one-to-one tutors in schools is becoming more pronounced. Working with a child in this context necessitates a particular approach – at the start of their journey, tutors are equipped with a detailed toolkit and induction training. The following is advice is written with one-to-one tutors in mind, although the activities can easily be adapted for use by class teachers, too.

One-to-one tutor

Unlike a class teacher, a tutor does not have a cupboard full of resources to hand. However, many opt for a wallet of invaluable essentials to ensure variety, interest, and good session structure. Some portable essentials include:
  • Laminated number lines
  • Wiper boards and cloths
  • Dry wipe pens
  • Laminated blank domino cards (create your own domino game using dry wipe pens, for example times tables, number bonds, words with different letter strings)
  • Multilink cubes
  • Laminated, high-frequency word flashcards
  • Key textbooks for the ability range you are working with and list of reading comprehension questions
  • Ruler, pencils, rubbers
  • Maths or literacy games to break up the session
  • Notebook
  • APP levels
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