27th March 2020
Good news – our online virtual classroom is ready and we are looking forward to seeing everyone next week!
After looking at various options, we have decided to use Zoom to run the online sessions. Zoom is easy to use and we will be sending the link and code before the first session. If you have not used Zoom before and would like to test it out ahead of the first session, please use this test link. ZOOM TEST
The online sessions will run for 60 minutes instead of the usual 80 minutes as some may find it difficult to focus after an hour of online tuition. However, the teacher will be available for 90 minutes for those wanting the extra time. There will also be the opportunity to chat with other students for a few minutes before and after the session just to keep things as close as possible to an in-centre experience.
Another essential for the online sessions is iKip which some students are already using to access their homework. Login instructions will be sent as needed. Once completed homework is returned, it will be marked and returned to the student.
We are now able to offer online assessments. If you would like to book an asssessment please feel free to test the compatibility of your device with our platform and familiarise yourself with it before completing an assessment booking form which you will find on our home page.
20th March 2020
All students whose tuition is paid by their school or the local authority will continue to receive their tuition as normal
For all Year 11 Students who would like to embark on their A-Level studies early we will be providing their tuition at the lower GCSE tuition rate until the new academic year in September
Following the government announcement on Friday 20th March, it is with a heavy heart that we will be closing the Centre from Monday 23rd March. To help us adjust as a business to the government directive, we will bring our Easter break forwards, so will be closed for all lessons for the next week. We will not be able to offer holiday sessions during this time.
In order to restructure our tuition services, and to ensure that we are compliant with the new government directives, we will spend the next week preparing and training staff to be able to offer alternative tuition services for your children.
It is our intention to resume tuition for your children from Monday 30th March, and we are aiming to be able to offer a range of flexible options such as flexi lessons, which allow children to undertake work programmes at home, online face to face tuition with a physical teacher, and physical face to face tuition should this be acceptable, safe and appropriate based on the up to date advice from the government.
We will be in touch over the following week to let you know exactly where, when and what services we can offer to your children to continue to support their education.
This is an extremely difficult time for many thousands of people, and we would like to personally thank you for the incredible support you have shown us during this period so far. We’d like to say a heartfelt farewell to our Year 11 students whose tuition came to a sad and abrupt end this week. It has been our pleasure helping you prepare for the next phase of your learning and the efforts you have put in will most certainly help your progression into further learning.
Allowing us to spend the next week to plan, prepare and retrain will enable us to offer you a first class service moving forwards through these difficult times.
If you would like to speak to us, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01724 853935. Our phone lines will continue to be answered as usual.
Gareth, Clare & the Kip McGrath Scunthorpe team