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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HOW AGENCIES & SCHOOLS CAN BEST WORK TOGETHER

In a time when tutors and teachers, schools and agencies will come together, we bring you a conversation as topical as any.

Our guests in this episode speak from years of experience in the fields of tutoring and teaching which, as this discussion goes some way to proving, are not worlds apart.

Johnny Manning, Founder of Manning's Tutors, is a specialist in working with schools and has, for over 10 years now, been working with Amy Welch, Headteacher at Lambeth Academy in South London. Joining us as well is Tom Seddon, a class teacher and Science Lead at an inner-city primary school in West Yorkshire.

With the National Tutoring Programme highlighting the importance of tutoring partnerships with schools, Qualified Tutor is committed to using the knowledge and deep connections formed to bring guidance, advice and discussion to the wide range of individuals, schools and companies working to 
make the NTP a success.

THE MAGIC OF TUTORING: HOW TO BRING YOUR STUDENT'S LEARNING ALIVE

Neil Cowmeadow knows a thing or two about tutoring.

Having worked in the consultancy industry, Neil found that teaching people gave him the greatest joy in life. Today, he has a long waiting list of future students and smiles most broadly when he's jamming along with a student.

Neil is a specialist guitar tutor and inspires all students he works with to enjoy their own music. While other music tutors and teachers have struggled with the move to online tuition, Neil has thrived.

Neil is also the producer and host of his own podcast, The Tutor Podcast - it's one of our very favourites and, having run for over two and a half years now, there is something there for tutors of all kinds. Go have a listen

“THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN MUSIC, JUST NOTES YOU WANT AND NOTES YOU DON’T WANT”

AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACH FIRST TEACHER ON THE POWER OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TUTORS

Eli Baigel understands the obstacles and barriers that lockdown has imposed on education.

As a Teach First teacher in his first year, he has perhaps undergone one of the most complex and arduous introductions to the already-demanding world of education for many years, possibly ever.

Working alongside this as a tutor, Eli has witnessed first-hand how students and educators have had to rework all skills and techniques they had taken for granted.

“STUDENT WELLBEING IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PREREQUISITE TO STUDENT LEARNING”

PODCAST WITH NEWLY-QUALIFIED QUALIFIED TUTOR ALUMNI

After another incredible 4 weeks brimming with discussion, learning and connection, we have come to the end of our 4th Qualification for Tutors Tier 1 cohort.

We are immensely proud of our newly qualified Tier 1 tutors - they brought the course alive and added great value and new perspectives to the content that we delivered:

Josh Elwell: Maths tutor and Maths and Statistics undergraduate student
Lee Silve:
 Maths tutor and Editor in educational publishing
Jessie Pitsillides:
 Founder of the student mentoring programme, Mentor Jr
Catherine Griffin:
 experienced piano and music teacher
Adem Hursit:
 current Mathematics PhD student and long-time Maths tutor
Alethea Norman-Rhodes:
 TEFL teacher and History of Art BA Graduate, University of Leeds
Enrico Green:
 current BSc in Biology student at the University of Exeter

ONLINE TUTORING AND HOW BEST TO MAKE EFFECTIVE USE OF THE SUMMER BREAK, WITH GREEN TUTORS FOUNDER, GEORGINA GREEN

As the first murmurings of face-to-face tutoring emerge, after 4 months of exclusively virtual learning, it has become clear that online tutoring is here to stay. The jumps in EdTech that have been made will not simply disappear, rather online learning has established itself as part of the teaching and learning landscape for good.

Qualified Tutor brings Georgina Green, Founder of Green Tutors and several buzzing online teacher and tutor networks, to the QT Podcast to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date explanation of the speed at which online tutoring is moving and how tutors can stay on top of their skills and the wider knowledge they need to provide continuously high-quality support and advice for students.

Qualified Tutor provide support, expertise and tutor training in light of the newly-announced National Tutoring Programme and, as the leading voice for such a programme, this is a coming together of experts in a crucial time for tutoring and education in Britain.

“STUDENTS SHOULD, AT THE BARE MINIMUM, BE TRYING TO READ AS REGULARLY AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THAT HELPS TO KEEP THE BRAIN ACTIVE”

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN TUTORING: THE WHY AND THE HOW, WITH MARTIN ROWE, HEAD OF OPERATIONS AT THE CPD CERTIFICATION SERVICE

Continuing Professional Development is an important and widespread fixture of the education sector. 

And yet, it is not a widely available option for tutors.

Martin understands the significance of bringing this crucial facet of training to the world of tutoring. Over the course of the conversation, we explore why continuous training is such an essential part of a tutor's service and how a lack of commitment to ongoing personal and professional development suggests a lack of care.

In a crowded space, training is a differentiator. This could not be more true than in the domain of tutoring where individual tutors, agencies and education charities compete for the finite pool of students and learners. Those who commit to improving their practice everyday will be those that shine through.

Qualified Tutor provide support, expertise and tutor training in light of the newly-announced National Tutoring Programme and, as the leading voice for such a programme, this is a coming together of experts in a crucial time for tutoring and education in Britain.

“TRAINING DIFFERENTIATES PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING PLACES FROM THOSE WHO AREN’T”

HOW THE TUTORS' ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS TUTORS WITH JOHN NICHOLS, PRESIDENT OF TTA

John Nichols, President of The Tutors' Association, joined us to discuss how TTA are supporting and serving tutors in this tricky time.

TTA is the largest tutors' membership body in Britain and, as such, play a crucial role in fostering and building relationships between individual tutors, tuition providers and policy-makers.

With the National Tutoring Programme at the forefront of tutoring and education today, Qualified Tutor and TTA come together to provide up-to-date advice and support to tutors looking to get involved in the programme.

Qualified Tutor provide support, expertise and tutor training in light of the newly-announced National Tutoring Programme and, as the leading voice for such a programme, this is a coming together of experts in a crucial time for tutoring and education in Britain.

“Sticking to a plan is the worst possible thing to do as a tutor ... it scraps half the advantage of being one-to-one.”

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH LEE ELLIOT MAJOR, PIONEER OF THE NATIONAL TUTORING PROGRAMME, AND QUALIFIED TUTOR, LEADERS IN TUTOR TRAINING.

Qualified Tutor and Lee Elliot Major come together to discuss many of the current issues in the educational landscape, as well as the fundamentals of empowering students to become independent learners.

Lee is a keynote speaker, published author (we are avid fans of "What Works") and columnist who’s been spearheading the movement to address this country’s low social mobility and unequal education landscape.

Lee has also formerly been Chief Executive of The Sutton Trust (with whom we are working closely to provide tutor training & support) and is the Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter - importantly, this is the first position of its kind in the field of social mobility making Lee a true pioneer and a leading voice in this area.

Qualified Tutor provide support, expertise and tutor training in light of the newly-announced National Tutoring Programme and, as the leading voice for such a programme, this is a coming together of experts in a crucial time for tutoring and education in Britain.

PODCAST WITH QUALIFIED TUTOR ALUMNI

After another incredible 4 weeks brimming with discussion, learning and connection, we have come to the end of our 2nd Qualification for Tutors cohort.

The brilliant names who joined us and can now proudly call themselves qualified tutors:

Alexander Gabran: Tutor at Mentor Jr
Daria Hassan: Postgraduate and Arts Events Manager
Seth Burkett: Ghostwriter and Freelance Social Media Manager
Camilla Dunhill: University of Oxford graduate, experienced tutor and singer
Soraya Dhanani: Student Tutor
Dolly White: Edinburgh University MA
Tom Lloyd: University of Oxford graduate, experienced tutor and writer
Rebecca Mierloiu: Student Tutor
Lucy McIlgorm: University of Oxford graduate, experienced tutor and actor

PODCAST WITH MENTOR JR FOUNDER, JESSIE PITSILLIDES

Jessie has galvanised a group of motivated sixth-formers to mentor primary school students.

This jam-packed 25 minutes contains a host of fantastic tips for student tutors to train up during this period, and continue their professional development from learning to teaching to mastery.

“Mentor Jr is about addressing the really uneven playing field that exists in education today.”

PODCAST WITH QUALIFIED TUTOR GRADUATE, VICTORIA GIBBS

Victoria has been an incredibly valuable contributor and course participant and we wish she could join every cohort we run!

In her professional role, Victoria places tutors in residential jobs and this experience has given her amazing insight into the skills that tutors must display and develop to continue to provide a high-quality service.

“Nothing that you ever do in terms of CPD will ever go to waste… it’s such a positive thing.”

PODCAST WITH QUALIFIED TUTOR ALUMNI

Our first cohort of Qualified Tutors recently graduated after completing 4 weeks of close learning and interactive live discussion.

Here, we spoke to them about their experiences and the tools they’ve taken into their tutoring.

They are:

Dan Wardle: Business Studies BA, University of Leeds

Victoria Gibbs: Manager, Tutors International

Eli Baigel: Teach First teacher

Rose Matthews: Biochemistry MSc, University of Oxford

Lachie Ayles: University of Oxford graduate

Evie Miller: English Literature MA

Claire Cant: Teaching Assistant and Tutor

Helen Kenworthy: Director, The Complete Works

Omaria Haq: Founder, Perfect Score Tuition

PODCAST WITH VIKKI LIOGIER, NATIONAL HEAD OF EDTECH & DIGITAL SKILLS AT THE EDUCATION & TRAINING FOUNDATION

Vikki bought her first Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator pack in 1993 and hasn't looked back since. She brings with her extensive expertise in how to implement EdTech into the learning environment and how to learn digital skills to master your all-round teaching and tutoring ability.

“We are trying to break the isolated environment for educators.”

PODCAST WITH PLAY FOR PROGRESS, WHOSE WORK WITH REFUGEES LEADS THE FIELD

We spoke to Head of Relationships, Anna MacDonald, and Senior music tutor, Simon Roth, from Play for Progress - a charity changing the lives of traumatised young people

In this upbeat and heartwarming conversation, Anna and Simon take us through what improving a child’s confidence through music truly means.

“It’s that real joy of seeing one kid inspire the other.”

PODCAST WITH THE AMAZING ORCHESTRA FOR ALL

Chatting to Head of Programmes, Anna Williams-Haines, and NOFA Ambassador, Harrison, from Orchestras For All, we explored how live music and performance inspires young people.

A rich, in-depth look at how music gives students a voice in a creative and refreshing way

“Mentoring is about improving the all-round ability of the student … and looking out for their overall wellbeing.”

PODCAST WITH VISHAL BHOGAITA, FOUNDER OF EDUC8ALL - WHO ARE CREATING AN ONLINE TUTORING PLATFORM

A rich discussion of key, practical guidance for online tutoring. A must-listen for anyone involved with or aspiring to get involved with e-learning and digital skills.

“Do you have a back up system if your connection cuts out in the middle of a tutoring session?”

PODCAST WITH SUSANNAH HARDYMAN, FOUNDER OF ACTION TUTORING - WHO PLACE VOLUNTEER TUTORS IN SCHOOLS

An exploration of what the global disruption will mean for less advantaged children in this country. Susannah is an incredibly inspiring communicator and leader - this is important for everyone, not just educators and those involved in social mobility.

“I think we’re going to be needed more now than ever.”

PODCAST WITH MORDECHAI KEET, 6TH FORM STUDENT

To try and get a better understanding of the situation in schools during this time, this week we're speaking to Mordechai Keet, a 6th form student whose A-level preparations have been severely disrupted by the enforced school closures. Mordechai is a committed and engaging student with big plans for the future and here, he is able to give a brilliant new take on the situation.

PODCAST WITH SOPHIE FROM TUTOR IN A BOX, A SUBSCRIPTION SITE FOR TUTORING RESOURCES.

Tutor in a Box curate fun, open-ended resources and teaching notes to support home learning - just when we need it most!

“If you’re wondering whether you can make a go of tutoring, I say give it a go!”

PODCAST WITH THE EXUBERANT ‘MR MATT’ - MATT MAZUR FROM TURTLE DANCE MUSIC.

Matt’s combined specialisms in musical theatre, autism and early childhood development make for a magical musical experience.

“WE HELP CHILDREN TO COME OUT OF THEIR SHELLS…”

PODCAST WITH JOSH, A LANGUAGES TUTOR WHO USES TUTORING AS A FLEXIBLE JOB IN BETWEEN STUDYING AND WORKING.

Josh’s patient, calm approach is just what many students thrive on.

“Tutoring a student is full of unexpected twists and turns.”

PODCAST WITH LUCIE, A FULL TIME LANGUAGES TUTOR WHO HELPS NEW TUTORS TO GET STARTED TOO.

Lucie’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm shine through in this lovely chat.

“I love learning new grammar points. Is that just me?”

PODCAST WITH FRAN SPALTER, WHO’S BEEN TUTORING IN HISTORY AND POLITICS FOR 20 YEARS, AND HAVING A BLAST!

"Even the teachers with the best will in the world can't necessarily cater to all the students all the time."

PODCAST WITH JULIA SILVER, FOUNDER OF QUALIFIED TUTOR

The Qualification aims to raise the bar in tutoring, find out more about the vision behind the vision in this focused and reflective interview with Julia.

“Tutors build confidence, don’t they? That’s what we really do.”

PODCAST WITH DANIEL SUNSHINE - EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE MATHS TUTOR

In this upbeat and entertaining podcast, Ludo and Daniel chat about the joys of tutoring.

“The most wonderful thing in tutoring is that amazing sound ‘…Ohhhhh!’ It’s the sound of the penny dropping!”

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