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Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by bramblesarah, Mar 13, 2020.
Sorry, I actually meant KS3...
Well that's something of a hammer blow. I currently have eight students not in Y11/13 that I would think will continue tuition so while it's not a total disaster the expected loss of eleven Y11/Y13 students will make life difficult until some semblance of normality resumes, possibly in the autumn.
It is a blow, and it's tough to imagine the effect on the students - quite heartbreaking, in fact. Unexpectedly, my Year 13 student wants to continue, for now (I'm not sure what the message from the college has been) and two out of three of the Year 11s I have contacted/ heard back from, so far, want to continue (going on to do an A-level in my subject, a wish to maintain critical thinking skills etc.), so you never know.... there might be some light at the end of the tunnel?
My thoughts are with everyone. As is I only have 5 students left + 2 year 11's who want to continue. I have sent an email out saying that I will try but continuing tuition may not be financially viable. I am devastated, as are many of my year 11 students. Whilst I was at uni I worked at Tesco in the online shopping department. Looks like I may have to beg them for a job.
Really useful thread as this week has been tough.
I emailed my students early this morning, after writing on here, and they are fine about Skype. Some very nice replies. But now with the GCSE cancellation.... not sure how it will go.
Will keep checking in here though.
I’ve just been sending out messages to say that the responsible thing to do is to go to online lessons. I’m not sure if everyone will be willing, but we shall see.
Today I signed up for a free ‘converting to online teaching’ course on Future Learn - it might be useful to others too.
Have you tried bitpaper...v good free app, love it.
Bit paper looks interesting. Thanks.
Do you need a graphics tablet to use it?
This is devastating! All my GCSE and A level students have cancelled as the government have said the exams will not take place. All the work we put in this year has been for nothing! It makes no sense. Let A level and GCSE students have study leave between now and the exams and DO the exams!! Being self employed I will get nout from the government, I will of course have to pay more TAX in the future for all the money they are splashing out to people far richer than me.
I know I don't understand why you wouldn't let the students sit the exams. Even if it is a bit later in July and August.
Yeah think so. Also I think the owner gets to keep a copy of the son...but the interface is great
Snap.one dreadful mother just cancelled an hour before. Have known the family for four years. Wants a refund..nope! What rankles is she was all keen to carry on before they announced the closures, then when her kid gets told the gcse is cancelled, it’s Goodnight Vienna. Have spent all day talking at an iPad today and feel really depressed.
On the plus side, things are about to go bonkers with demand for daytime slots. And the entrance exams will not change. Probably..
I picked up 2 new ones yesterday, daytime slots until this is over.
Thanks for the heads up on bitpaper, I'll give it a go and see which I prefer.
I am refunding everyone's fees for 2 lessons as it's no one's fault that the exams have been cancelled. Why would they want to have lessons when they don't need it anymore-no need to revise for an exam that is no longer taking place?
How are you picking up new students? I really need some new students to cover for my old year 11s
For students who intend to go on to the A level of the subject in September, then having completed the whole GCSE content will be useful especially for the A level MFL, Science and Maths curriculums. All subject specialists will struggle to get their next year's Year 10s, 11s, 12s and 13s in the right place for academic success. So cancelling tuition isn't a good idea up until September.
The GCSE Maths and English pass mark went UP again in November 2019 and was expected to stay up this year. I don't think the examining boards will be lenient in 2021 as they will desperately need to make more money to make up for their huge financial losses this year. And the Year 11s and 13s may not be having a lucky escape when they are given grades they don't agree with and have only a few weeks to sit the assessments to change them.
There always is a problem with places for medical degrees so how the top medical schools are going to distribute places will be difficult.
The UK puts children through more official assessments than most countries. The Year 1 Phonics, the Year 2 SATs, the Year 6 SATs, GCSEs, A levels to name but a few.
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Thanks - sending well wishes and support to everyone,
Are your year 11 and year 13s continuing?