Up4learning was set up by Gayle McCrorie, a fully qualified primary teacher with experience of working across the full primary curriculum. Gayle has worked in both the state and private sectors.
18 years after qualifying as a teacher, with a wealth of experience in primary teaching and additional experience in Support For Learning, Gayle was asked to privately tutor a young child over the summer holidays so the child didn’t experience what is known as the ’summer slide’. At this point, Gayle realised parents wished to hire the services of tutors to supplement the education children were receiving in school. Rather than tutoring children within the family home, which is full of distractions and can be isolating, Gayle decided that up4learning’s tutoring sessions would take place in studios which were distraction-free and better suited to collaborative learning. The first studio opened in Prestwick. The feedback Gayle received from students and parents was amazing and within 6 months Gayle was looking to open a further up4learning studio in Troon to cope with demand. Word was spreading across South Ayrshire about the fantastic service up4learning was providing and parents were starting to book their children in, a year in advance of starting school to ensure they would have a place at up4learning alongside attending primary school.
Are your primary tutors qualified teachers?
The tutor working with your child is a qualified primary teacher, who has been carefully selected as he/she has experience of teaching children using interactive methods.
Gayle is really is fantastic. She has helped my wee one become more confident. He loves all the different games which reinforce his learning. Just been to Parent’s Night and his class teacher commented on how well he is doing over the past few months. Thanks again Gayle, I’m one happy mum.
I think that up4learning has been a very positive influence on my son. Targeted help on literacy and numeracy has made a real difference and has built greater confidence and word attack.
The teaching of key concepts through play is fantastic and removes the barrier to more traditional learning that my daughter had acquired.
I think it offers a very supportive and nurturing learning environment for my daughter. Her confidence grows with every session and she is now no longer ‘afraid’ of doing her maths homework.
How much does a tutoring session cost?
An initial trial session costs £18. Thereafter all one hour sessions cost £20.
Do you offer discounts?
If a child attends more than one session in the same week on a regular basis, a £5 discount will be applied to the second session.
Do you offer any family discounts?
If 2 children for the same family attend within the same week a £5 discount will be applied to the second session.
Sessions last one hour.
We are open 7 days a week and more importantly, throughout the school holidays.
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Are your primary tutors qualified teachers?
Yes, our tutors are qualified primary teachers, who have been carefully selected as they have experience of teaching children using interactive methods. Our tutors are PVG checked.
Where do you tutor?At up4learning we have studios in Prestwick and Troon, where our tutoring takes place. Our studios are distraction-free, allowing the children to focus on the activities. We don’t offer home tutoring in student’s homes, as we see the benefits of collaborative primary tutoring in distraction-free studios. Our studios have been described as “happy places” where children love to come. Our studios are centrally located allowing parents to pop out for a coffee, visit the supermarket or just enjoy some ‘me time’ knowing their child is in safe hands.
Why do you tutor in groups?Collaborative working is great for young children as they can work together, learn alongside each other and share ideas. Working in small groups also allows the children to actively participate in games which bring an element of fun to tutoring sessions and helps relax anxious children. Our parents tell us collaborative tutoring is great for boosting self-esteem and they have noticed the benefits. Our methods really do work and teachers have reported they have seen the benefits back in school.
How big are the primary tuition groups?All of our standard learning groups are capped at 4 children.
The studio/toilets at both Prestwick and Troon are accessed by a maximum of 2 steps.