Worthing Tuition Centre Blog

Summer 2022 Games Jam Blog

This year, as so many of our students from different courses had expressed an interest in games design and with the launch of my new Creative iMedia Games Design distance learning course in September, we decided to run a summer of online sessions dedicated to joining the OpenGameArt games jam.

As we move through each weekly session, I’ll be adding a gallery of everyone’s work (if they want to share it) here alongside some updates on what we’re all coding. If you are signed up to the Games Jam, please us our online message board to talk to me & others in our group!

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Week 1 – 8th June : Digital Art

Our first session was dedicated to creating 2D art for our games using the Pixilart website.

The rules of the Open Game Art Summer Games Jam mean that any art that we want to create ourselves must be created & uploaded to the OpenGameArt website before 1st July.

Check out some of the fantastic creations that we created as a group!

If you’d like your art featured, please add a link on the group message board.

Week 2 – 15th June : Animation

Animating our sprites this week was so much fun! As we created our sprites last week, this week we brought them to life using our chosen games development tools by setting the frames of our sprites and creating the code which turned them into animated objects.

As some people finished their animations in the sessions, we also looked at the beginnings of collision detection.

Whilst most people opted to use Scratch (we love Scratch!), some decided to use GameMaker which is a more complex tool and is used as part of the Creative iMedia course as well as being used by professional developers to create well known games!

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Beans flying pidgeon was created from several detailed images put together as one object

Animated images went from simple shapes to some fantastic digital images, all created with Pixel Art.

This session was a good opportunity for us to introduce some of the similarities and differences between our development platforms. It was also great fun explaining why using Scratch isn’t just for beginners – each new idea can be planned out using the Scratch code blocks to create an example algorithm which can be coded in text later!

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Wynter’s game has Sonic riding Yoshi through a forest

Creating our animated images also sparked some useful discussions about copyright and what makes an image a copy vs “inspired by”. With our example games, we suggested that it was ok to use characters that we wouldn’t use if we were going to publish the game.

For our final games, we’ll be checking that none of our art work will land us in hot water!

Games jam animated sprite
Holly’s slime used 4 frames and animated at 4 frames per second (FPS)

Week 3 – 22nd June : Character Movement

Today’s session was aimed at character movement and controlling a sprite using the keyboard. This also meant looking at different ways to add in collision detection to stop our sprites whizzing off the edge of the screen!

Rocco game movement
Rocco made use of extra sprites to create a barrier at the edge of the screen

As with all weeks, sharing code & images has been up to individuals and so the images shown do not represent every peron who is part of the group.

Movement of sprites was different for everyone with some people using WASD, others using arrow keys, and some opting to create jumping movement using the space bar.

This section was where Scratch and GameMaker showed a real difference as some of our group opted to set themselves a challenge by learning the GameMaker scripting language.

Although this caused some frustrations, we’re so proud of everyone’s efforts this week as it’s been a huge learning curve for everyone!

Game animation

Don’t forget that you can get help or share your work in between sessions on the Summer Games Jam 2022 message boards.

Week 4 – 29th June : Collision Detection & Announcing The Theme!

Today was our final practice workshop before we start creating our real games from the 1st July! It was great seeing some of the work that group members have been doing this week, learning about their chosen platform.

This week, the theme of the OGA Summer Games Jam was announced as SLIME! This means that all games we create & submit in July will need to have a slimey theme of some kind…

Part of today’s session, was making sure that we had a safe account set up on www.itch.io (if you are unsure about safety features, please ask!) and that we had selected “Join Jam” on the OGA Summer Games Jam entry page.

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One of the rules of the Games Jam is that at least 6 assets from anywhere on the OpenGame Art website must be used & credited in every game. These can include artwork of our own & these will count towards the 6 assets if they are uploaded to the Open Game Art website before the deadline (1st August 2022).

As our group uploads their assets, we will share them here – please add your credit and link to the message boards to be included in our list :

AssetOpenGameArt LinkCredit
Cute Slimehttps://opengameart.org/content/cute-slimeTitle: Slime Animation
Author: TeachAllAboutIT
URL: https://opengameart.org/content/cute-slime
License(s): * CC0 ( http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/legalcode )

Today’s work focused on collision detection and generating extra “clones” of objects in a game and gave everyone a chance to spend some time working on their ideas and practice games.

Scratch spawning of clones

We also looked at how to add credits to games by adding Credits to a Scratch Game, or as a Credits screen in a GameMaker / Unity game.

Adding credits to scratch

Am I Revising Too Much?

With exam season about to get into full swing after several years of teacher assessment, it seems a strange question to ask, but stop and ask yourself “Am I revising too much?” Just how much is too much? And how much should you study during the holidays leading up to exams?

Even teachers and tutors are out of practice and are finding this year a shock to the system with revision. Over the past few years, our skills in striking a delicate balance between head in the books and head space need sharpening. In particular, those of you sitting A Levels in 2022 are the first in generations to be sitting exams for the first time at age 18.

Exams are not just about the ability to simply recall key words, but being able to apply then in context; and this is where long term memory techniques are needed! Comitting information to your long term memory requires a combination of repetation of similar topics in small chunks, and a low stress environment.

According to Barnaby Lennon, ICS (Independent School Council) Chairman and former Headmaster of Harrow, students should be revising for 7 hours each day for most of the Easter Holidays. This applies to both gcse and a level students. Whilst I don’t entirely disagree with him (and certainly don’t disagree with his methods), my own approach uses the 10-minute approach that can be applied to any year group.

The 10 minute method is usually applied to the amount of time for homework during a usual term time. But can be easily adapted to plan revision during the holidays full stop new line the system suggests 10 minutes of study for each year of education per day. For example, in year 11 in the UK, you’ve been in formal education for 12 years:

12 x 10 minutes = 120 minutes or 2 hours per night

This means that over 5 days you’ll be studying 2 hours per night or 10 hours per week when also attending school with usual lessons.

Revision takes time
Revision takes time. But how long?

Using Barnaby Lennon’s theory, if you continue your 2 hours of homework time throughout the holidays and add the time you would usually be in class (5 hours) then 7 hours makes perfect sense. However, class time also includes group discussion, admin (register, answering questions, other disruptions) so working individually may not actually require quite so long.

Instead, try this equation for working out your revision schedule (even if your exams are looming large, it’s not too late to set a schedule!):

10 Minute Rule (TMR)  = (Year Group + 1) x 10 minutes

TMR x 5

Add (2 x Number of Subjects)

Using this, the average Year 11 with eight GCSE subjects could calculate their time in the following way:

TMR = (11 + 1) x 10 = 120 minutes per day (2 hours)

(TMR x 5) + (Subjects x 2)

(2 x 5) + (8 x 2)

10 + 16

= 26 Hours per week during the holidays


  5.2 hours each day

But how do I spend that much time studying?!

Breaking down your revision into manageable chunks will help. using the calculation above, you could cover all 8 subjects each day with 40 minutes per subject.

Study for 80 minutes, then build in a 20-minute break. The example below shows how you could divide your eight subjects into smaller, more manageable daily chunks. This is a technique called “time chunking’ that many bloggers and vloggers use to maximise their time:

12.40Computer Science
1.20Science 1
2.40Science 2

For the days you want to go out with friends, or just have a little downtime, split the study in two or get started little earlier. Don’t be tempted to remove the breaks though! It’s important to give your brain some time to digest the information – just like you wouldn’t go for a run straight after a meal.

If you’re struggling to set out your study plan, you can always use a timetable templates like my Painlessly Planned Revision planner to help get organised. Just remember to spend more time revising then planning!

Congratulations To Our Students of 2021

Congratulations To Our Students of 2021

The class of 2021 has had it tough and results week for us was unusual in a number of respects. Overall, our students who attended tuition with us achieved some incredible results, with not just a 100% pass rate, but a 100% B-A* at A Level and 55% grade 6+ at GCSE (with 100% grade 4 or above).

Celebrating results is such a small part of our journey, but it’s the ultimate end to a journey that we’re incredibly proud to be part of.

got an A!!!!  So pleased and thank you for all your help. 

Parent – AS International Computer Science

We were also able to offer assessment help to a number of private candidates through linked private exam centres such as Tutors and Exams. Pulling together invigilated assessments and tutor assessed grades for both GCSE & A Level was not easy and a huge thank you from me goes to all of our tutors who helped get these students over the line at a difficult time for everyone.

I’m over the moon with my A*A*B. Thank you very much for all your help, you’ve been amazing!

Student – A Level Maths & Further Maths Assessment

This year we had an inkling of some of the results as we had been involved in assessment which meant that we’d been keeping some pretty massive secrets for a few months. As with all assessments, these had been through vigorous moderation and we were delighted that all grades went through this year without changes and some positive feedback from moderation panels.

We were absolutely over the moon for our students, some of which had worked through the most upsetting circumstances to come out the other end with the option to start the new academic year in a far better place than ever predicted. We are incredibly proud of how each and every one of our students worked.

Hello, I am really happy with my results. I got into my firm choice! Thanks for being part of my journey as my tutor.

Stelli – A Level Computer Science Assessment

This year, we’ve taken some time to enjoy the relative peace of the last few weeks of the summer and appreciate the hard work that goes in from students, tutors, and parents to get such well deserved grades. All of this has been added into our annual reflection which will help us to improve what we do and carry on supporting our students no matter what turns up to challenge us!

I managed to achieve an A in computer science, an A* in maths and an A* in Economics (+ a B in further maths AS from the year before). 

But all in all I can truly say I’m the most proud of my grade in CS as we put the most effort possible into achieving that grade. It’s funny to remember the first time we spoke and I said I would like, maybe a B, probably a C and wow how that changed!

Thank you so much for your kind wishes and I too am wishing the best for the future students you may have, and the furthered development of TeachAllAboutIT. Im sure your students this year did amazing too 😀

Take care Holly and the team!

Josh – A Level Computer Science Home Ed

Reflecting on Tuition During 2021

We’re now in our third year of gathering data from both students and staff as part of our ongoing reflections. This is to ensure that TeachAllAboutIt stays focused on our primary goal of making education accesible & enjoyable to everyone. Writing a public post on how we’re doing never gets any easier, but I maintain that being transparent about our feedback is a positive thing – even when we get things wrong.

Key Performance Indicators

This year, I’ve added in KPIs as we have grown as a company and these help us to focus on what our ethos is and how our work helps everyone to acheive this throughout the year. Feedback has still been evaluated using the formal teaching standards as I believe that these help us to remain focused on tuition as a profession.

Student Outcomes

Maintain our 100% pass rate for all students

2021 exam results

Student Attendance

Increase student attendance rate from 92% (2020) to 95% each term

Student attendance 2020/21

Enrolment Numbers

Increase number of lessons taught to 700 by 01/07/2021

Actual: 1051

Hours tutored 2021


Increase turnover in excess of current year planned budget to fund development of a further GCSE course and additional Home Education session in 2022

Courses Developed Summer 2021

September 2021: iGCSE ICT Course & KS3 Computing Course

Home Education Groups for 2021/22

Reflections on Feedback

Back in our first blog at the end of the 2018/19 year, I talked about the vulnerability that publicly posting our feedback online created, but since then I have had several opportunities to refer back to our data and hold firm that if we’re going to make a claim about our tuition, then we need to be able to back that up! Although we’ve remained relatively small in terms of tuition companies, we were always aware that maintaining the same level of feedback as we grew would be difficult, particularly as we pride ourselves on emotionally investing in the success of our students.

As with previous years, I have divided each section of our reflections into the eight areas of the Teaching Standards which are a key aspect of what we believe makes us professional tutors. Any parent or student can expect the same level of professionalism from us that they would from a school.

Teaching & Learning

1. A teacher (tutor) must set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils

Working independently is one of the ultimate goals for a tutor in our opinion. If our students are able to leave us as independent & confident learners, then we have fulfilled our purpose. Part of this is through challenging students in lessons which isn’t always an entirely comfortable process and as we have moved through one of the most difficult years for our students in a long time, encouraging them to move away from their comfort zone has been more difficult.

Student Survey: I am encouraged to develop independent problem solving / learning skills


I am encouraged to develop independent problem solving / learning skills
66. 7% strongly agree
33. 3% agree


As part of our staff survey, we also asked staff their opinions on their own motivation and whether they felt well supported. This was an important question to us as we know that staff who do not feel supported and motivated will find it difficult to inspire the same in their students. Despite the difficulties of the past year, I am delighted that we’ve ended this year with an overwhelmingly positive response from both staff and students.

Staff Survey: I am happy with my role & responsibilities

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2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils

Progress doesn’t always need to be reflected in exam results, and we are equally thrilled with the personal growth that many of our students have made this year through developing confidence academically and socially. With many of our students spending almost all of their GCSE or A Level courses in unusual circumstances, we’re incredibly proud of the resilience and maturity they’ve shown.

Ali review

Parents have been generous enough to leave public reviews which reflect the data from our students & tutors. These reviews often comment on some of the key aspects that our parents and students are looking for and it is good to see that many of the reviews focus on the enjoyment of learning and strong relationships that we are able to build with our students.

With that said, tracking progress has been an important part of ensuring that the work that we do is adding value to our students’ education. With exam results released on the 10th and 12th of August, we will be able to formally track one of our main targets for the year – even though we were involved in the teacher assessed grades for a number of our students, we are unable to release any achievement data until these dates.

Student Survey: I am encouraged to challenge myself in lessons


I am encouraged to challenge myself in lessons 
66. 7% - strongly agree
33. 3% agree


Staff Survey: I am aware of the expectations of my role and that of others

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3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

Curriculum knowledge comes from a number of aspects of our tuition. Back in 2019, as a single tutor this was easier to track as it was a case of ensuring that I was following knowledge based CPD and was able to support students as a qualified teacher in my subject. In 2021, offering a range of subjects with a team of tutors requires us to look at different aspects to ensure that our curriculum knowledge matches or exceeds that in schools. This year we have focused on the following:

  • Recruitment of qualified teachers
  • Payments to staff based on the formal teacher salary scales
  • Development of e-learning courses in line with formal curriculums
  • Access to tutor specific CPD through the Tutors Learning Network

Student Survey: I feel well supported in my learning


I feel well supported in my learning
strongly agree - 100%


Although we asked our staff a number of questions regarding development and knowledge of the curriculum, as some of these are identifiable, we have chosen to publish only anonymized data. One of my targets for this year was to ensure that staff felt valued in the work that they did despite us growing as an organisation. Part of this was to ensure that our pay rates match those that would be found in school and fully reflect the knowledge and expertise of each member of staff, both tutors and admin. In a similar vein, it is important that we are able to justify tuition charges to parents which may appear initially high but ensure that we are able to provide the best possible service without overcharging.

Staff Survey: Compared with someone doing a similar role in other organisations, I feel that I am rewarded fairly

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4. Plan and teach well structured lessons

Over the past 18 months, we have implemented our new student portal for booking and feedback. Whilst this has been met with very positive feedback from our parents and students, it has been a difficult transition for tutors whose workload has increased. Over the lockdown period and since schools have reopened, our focus has been primarily on direct support of students rather than the creation of new resources. This is an area which we have once again begun to work on in the summer of 2021.

I am pleased that we remain with positive feedback about the results and support that we offer despite having been through a period of both significant change and growth.

Student Survey: Resources and support are good


Resources and support are good
strongly agree - 83. 3%
agree - 16. 7%


In order to plan and teach well-structured lessons, it is important that staff have access to the tools and resources that they need. This may be in the form of access to our own resources, booking through our student portal, or simply the provision of equipment where required.

Staff Survey: I have access to the tools & resources needed to complete my role

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5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils

Tuition is primarily about adapting to the individual needs of a student, particularly when working one to one. Unfortunately, this often means challenging the student to work in ways that they have not considered before in order to make progress or build confidence. Working outside of your comfort zone is never an easy thing to do and often we ask our students to take risks in our lessons that they may not feel comfortable doing in a standard classroom.

Whilst the student feedback on the choice about how to learn has changed significantly since 2019, this is reflective of us working with students where our primary aim is to build confidence through trying out the “tough stuff” in a low stakes environment. Our student feedback remains primarily positive, but is an indicator to us to consider the involvement of our students in understanding why a particular style of learning will work for them.

Student Survey: I have a choice about how to learn new things


I have a choice about how to learn new things
strongly agree - 83. 3%
agree - 16. 7%


With the change of our company structure from an individual to a team of tutors by 2021, it was important to ask our staff whether their own contribution to teaching and learning was recognised. It is important to me that every tutor can make a positive contribution and feels that they have autonomy in their tutoring rather than following a strict style.

Because of the relationships that each tutor builds with their students they are best placed to understand the style of learning that their students require – therefore, one of our targets was to foster an environment where tutors had the ability to make decisions on lessons whilst following our policy of ethics.

Staff Survey: I feel recognised for my contribution to TeachAllAboutIt as a Company

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6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment

Assessment within a tuition setting looks very different to a classroom where we are supporting one to one students who also attend a formal course of study. Much of our assessment is discrete and verbally provided within a lesson which our students may not see as assessment (and in our opinion they should not be focusing on identifying feedback, but instead reflecting on their own learning).

Student Survey: I feel well prepared for tests, exams, and coursework


I feel well prepared for tests, exams, and coursework
strongly agree - 50%
agree - 16. 7%
neutral - 33. 3%


One area which has been much improved over the past 18 months has been our online testing platform which remains under development for the summer of 2021 enabling us to implement more formal feedback into our e-learning platforms. This coupled with the introduction of our student portal in April of 2021 where students are provided with written feedback after each lesson. This is also emailed to parents each month and has enabled us to improve formal feedback. However, there remains room to utilise this better to help our students feel more prepared for formal assessment.

7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

Creating a safe learning environment for tuition often looks very different to that of a classroom setting. Within both one to one and small group sessions, it is vitally important to us that our students feel respected and encouraged – this includes our core values of active anti-discrimination.

Despite our group lessons expanding, and as such the potential for behaviour management to be more difficult, our student feedback of feeling respected and encouraged has improved since 2019. For us, this is one of the key aspects of attending tuition as many of our students arrive with low confidence and through strong positive relationships with their tutors are able to make better progress.

Student Survey: I feel respected and encouraged in lessons


I feel respected and encouraged in lessons
strongly agree - 83. 3%
agree - 16. 7%


It is not just our students that we want to feel respected and encouraged. We asked our staff directly how strongly they felt that we promoted an environment which encourages staff and students to respect individual differences and promotes respect for diversity.

Staff Survey: I think that TeachAllAboutIt respects individual differences (e.g. cultures, working styles, backgrounds, ideas, etc.)

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8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities

The final aspect of the teaching standards document is sometimes difficult to pin down as fulfilling our wider professional responsibilities could technically include anything. For us, this final aspect is all about building strong relationships with our students and ensuring that we are upholding tuition as a professional role in a similar way that we would if we were teaching.

One of the more difficult questions to ask our students is if they find their work interesting and enjoy the lessons – it is always difficult to hear that a student is not enjoying their lessons, but this year it has been a learning moment for us as tutors to understand that sometimes lessons are not enjoyable because we are assisting a child through a difficult period of their life. In this case, we will do our utmost to identify how we can make this journey more enjoyable and work on the process of resilience.

Student Survey: I enjoy my lessons and find the work interesting


I enjoy my lessons and found the work interesting
strongly agree - 100%


Personal & Professional Conduct

Although the personal and professional conduct section of the teaching standards sometimes feels like an aside to the numbered standards when completing an appraisal, for us the personal and professional conduct as tutors is our number one priority. Over the past 18 months there has been an enormous expansion of the number of tutors offering assistance to students through both private means and the government funded National Tutoring Programme.

Although we were not accepted by the NTP in 2020 as we were unable to support the volume of students that they required as a baseline, this has enabled us to focus our efforts on a smaller number of students and promote our ethos of offering high quality, professional tuition. In the second year of running, we have chosen not to apply to the NTP, but instead apply for voluntary Ofsted registration, something we were unable to do until we were in a position to offer in person “childcare”.

We will also continue to work alongside local education authorities, who have enabled us to ensure that we are matching or exceeding the professional performance of the larger tuition agencies.

Teachers (tutors) uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:

  • treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
  • having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being, in accordance with statutory provisions
  • showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others
  • not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways, which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.

Our students continued to feedback to us that they have good relationships with their tutors. Our small team has been overwhelmingly employed due to their combination of expertise in their subject and strong ethical beliefs of encouraging students to learn to love the learning process and fostering strong positive relationships to promote educational progress.

Student Survey: I feel that I have a good relationship with my Tutor


I feel that i have a good relationship with holly
strongly agree - 100%


Teachers must have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach, and maintain high standards in their own attendance and punctuality

Our primary ethos remains that education should not have barriers based upon accessibility or learning style and this is reflected in the feedback from both our staff and our students. Although the question regarding equality and diversity may seem like a standard question within every staff survey, this is in fact one of the most important questions that we asked our staff members.

Without the promotion of equality and diversity within our organisation, our ethos of encouraging individual students and promoting positive relationships would simply not happen.

Staff Survey: I believe that TeachAllAboutIt promotes equality, diversity, and human rights in everything that we do

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Asking our students whether the quality of tutoring is good will of course be a subjective question. However, it is important to us that our students and parents feel that the quality of education that we provide is of a high standard. Many education organisations talk about high expectations, but we prefer to see this as a natural consequence of our everyday practise and not simply on a poster.

Student Survey: The quality of tutoring is good


The quality of tutoring is good
strongly agree - 100%



Finally, having requested a good number of quantitative questions we also asked our students for further comments on improvements that they would like to see in the coming academic year. Although there were not many suggestions a few were highlighted that we would like to add to our targets (if these suggestions were from you, thank you and we are listening to your requests).

Staff were also provided with extended comments for every question that we asked and were encouraged to provide feedback as this allows us to facilitate a positive working environment.

Possibly add a way to track what homework has been setWe will talk to the developers at Tutorbird to see if there is a way to add this into the student Study Log
Still don’t love TutorBirdThere are some areas that we are looking to streamline with this – although the system isn’t going away, we’re looking at ways to make this better
More summer clubs to get involved with physically and online for teachers who get bored in the holidays!This feedback was the perfect prompt to get you involved in course development & improvements ready for September. This summer, we’ve launched an in person summer school and we have extra online groups running in the new term.
More in person activity at the Tuition Centre (subject to government restrictions)This is something that we are encouraging more and have more students now attending in person. Both Worthing & Adur Chamber and STAR Team training have booked the space for their own training and we are continuing to advertise the space locally.
More hours for my job, maybe working a full day on a Monday?With the launch of the new Home Education games club on a Monday, this has enabled us to extend Admin / Tuition Centre hours to a Monday afternoon from September 2021.
Becoming an exam centre, but I know that’s something that we’re looking atThis is a difficult process, but we are in regular communication with the Tutors & Exams Centres which has enabled us to offer Functional Skills at the tuition centre and although it doesn’t solve the issue of travel, it allows us to support our students with a well known and respected exams centre.

Following on from the feedback of both students and staff, we have been able to update our KPIs for the next academic year and put in place further targets for the autumn.

Staff Survey: I am proud to be working in this organization

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Why I Chose Elective Home Education As A Teacher

But you’re a teacher? A qualified one, yes. So why did I choose to home educate as a teacher having worked in the system for so long?

Before our youngest child asked us if we would consider home education, I had taught for a decade in schools as a secondary & sixth form teacher of Computer Science, already been tutoring full time for several years, and had recently opened our tuition centre in West Sussex. During the second school lockdown in the UK they approached me with a detailed list of pros and cons to argue why they should remain at home when everybody else returned to school despite being in the first year of their GCSEs. So no biggie really

Bean home education
Reading is enjoyable when you’re comfy

My youngest had always struggled with the rules and regulations in school and although they had never really been in trouble and worked incredibly hard, their anxiety had peaked on joining key stage 4 and unlike many children their mental health had actually improved during the first lockdown when they had the independence to study in a way that suited them. Without any distractions of whether their school uniform was perfect, or whether they were sitting in the right way and looking attentive, their grades sailed through the roof. We had a sensible looking child who went from averaging predicted grades of 3s and 4s to one with bright green hair but averaging actual grade 6s, 7s and 8s.

How do I argue with a child who has managed to independently improve their grades so much?

I had been reluctant to home educate as I had worked within the home education community for some time and the majority of parents talked about unschooling which was something that made me personally uncomfortable (although I am aware that this works very well for other families). My background as a teacher and our preference as a family for structured education seemed at odds with many of the things that other parents were saying. As we investigated the possibility of them staying at home to study, I discovered a full community of home educators like myself who follow a structured form for their children and access small online classes to support their own curriculums.

Prior to any of this conversation I had been running an IGCSE in computer science aimed specifically at home educated students for two years and whilst the numbers were low, those who completed the course had 100% pass rate. Gaining are better understanding of home education through being there myself personally, has allowed me to extend this to several groups including a full key stage three curriculum for computing which is something that I have taught for many years but have now adapted into a more flexible home education course.

In becoming a home educator myself, I have begun to understand some of the struggles that a number of parents go through in understanding a complex curriculum, made even harder by a lack of information and clarity from local authorities who simply walk away aside from an annual letter. I remain in a privileged position that I understand far more about the exam system as I work regularly with exam boards, and I have begun to use this to assist other parents with understanding the expectations from colleges and universities who often have very little understanding of home education.

Isn’t Home Education Expensive?

Bean photography
Creative courses are both easier and harder to access in Home Education

One of my major considerations when we opted to home educate was the cost. Although on a daily basis there is certainly a lower cost as there is no uniform, no leather school shoes that raise a shine, no suitable hairstyles… this is subsequently outweighed by taking on full responsibility for all resources and exam fees which start at around £150 for each exam.

We added to this financial load by identifying practical groups for photography and several subjects where they would see a tutor on a regular basis to support the work that we were undertaking at home. This was in part to assure me that we were following the correct path and making sufficient progress, but also because of the boost in confidence that these weekly lessons give them. It’s certainly not the most cost efficient option, but I am booking their “gold service” of individual time and the results are quite evident. At school, education wasn’t free (I distinctly remember being paid to teach!) – and tutors are paid an equivalent rate; it’s just directly.

So why did we opt to home educate if we are going to follow a structured form of education anyway?

We are raising an independent child who has taken responsibility for their own learning and has removed the ceiling placed on them by standardised tests and progress tracking. This is not to say that the standard school system is not perfectly appropriate for the vast majority of students, but in experiencing an alternative to the norm, my long-held belief that education should be individualised to support the person and not the institution, has grown much stronger. I’ve taken Bloom’s Two Sigma Problem & proved his point. Whoops?

Creating a Tuition Co-Working Space in Worthing

Since moving from classroom teaching to tuition two years ago, one of the main aspects that I have found that is missing from my working life is access to a custom designed working space that suits both me and the students that I work with. After trying out a number of solutions, including hiring co-working office space I realised that in order to have the space that works for us as tutors I’d have to create it myself!

The Worthing TeachAllAboutIt Tuition Centre has been in development for a number of months and it is an enormously wonderful feeling to be able to share with you the results of all the hard work. In designing the centre, we have included the needs of a variety of tutors and students and adapted our plans to include the more recent requirement for social distancing.

Where Are We?

We’re located in 303 Tarring Road, Worthing on the ground floor of a delightful Victorian building that was once a sweet shop! As soon as we visited, we knew that this was the perfect place for us and our students. Being in West Worthing allows us to be away from the bustle of the town centre, but easily accessible by public transport as we’re 180m away from the train station!

Being close to West Worthing has also meant that we’re closer to many other small independent shops and the past few weeks has really opened my eyes to quite how many other small businesses there are locally. We’ve already discovered an absolutely fabulous small coffee shop, which does mean that my cinnamon bun intake may increase exponentially…

Tutor Co-Working

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Tuition space for independent tutors to hire with us.

Finding suitable space away from the home for private tuition has been increasingly difficult, so we have purposely designed the front area of the centre to be used by local private tutors seeking a quiet & comfortable working space alongside their tutees (whether that is in person, or online).

Co-Working space is a flexible way to work within an office without the pressure (and cost!) of an ongoing contract, but with the benefits of a desk, WiFi, and the office kitchen. Tutors can hire a desk for just a day, or on a more regular basis with everything they need included (WiFi, refreshments, reception area). Co-Working space is available for tutors from 10am – 8pm with an option to reduce the cost through regular bookings.

Our Co-Working spaces are open plan and laid out to allow for social distancing. We have also reduced the number of bookings for each space to one per day to allow each “station” to be fully sanitised – tutors are given a “tutor pack” for the day including stationary (to keep) and a mug (returned & sanitised) to ensure that no equipment is shared.

Student Study Support

Study desks

Not all tuition is the same, and our homework / study clubs run on Tuesday & Thursdays for 1-3 hours after school providing a quiet working space for a range of subjects with a qualified teacher on hand to provide supervision and support where needed.

Each student is assigned an individual, adjustable desk creating a comfortable environment for them whether they are completing Maths, English, or even Art! At present, the desks are arranged to allow for students to face away from others and we will continue to monitor public health advice on desk positions.

Our study club runs from 3.30pm – 6.30pm each Tuesday & Thursday during term time. The majority of the sessions are supervised by me (Holly), but will occasionally be run by other fully qualified tutors. A second member of staff is always in the building.

Online Tuition & Private Exams

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An additional two “office” areas have been created at the back of the centre for online tuition and the ability for students to sit on-screen exams.

The middle room is occupied by me (Holly!) where I run my Computer Science tuition alongside supporting other tutors through the Tutor’s Teaching & Learning Network, and run online CPD for teachers on behalf of NCCE. This room also contains two exam stations for IT exams. This space also allows me to support students who need a little more quiet during in-person tuition, or where lessons need to be less formal – there’s even space to study on the floor! (… think robotics!)

The back room is occupied by Jay Shurey of TeachAllAboutIt – Film & JQS Media where he runs his Film studies tuition and distance learning courses. We’re absolutely delighted to have Jay as a permanent fixture in the centre!


Accessibility is a huge factor for anywhere that I work (especially as a wheelchair user), so even though the centre is in an old Victorian building, we’ve added lots of accessibility features. You can see a full accessibility statement here where details of the centre including physical access are listed in full.

TeachAllAboutIt was founded on the idea that education should be accessible for all, including students and teachers. Where a tutor or student requires additional access, we will always be willing to discuss potential improvements.

A Note on COVID Safety

In order to open safely to the public, we have introduced a number of precautions to increase protection for tutors, students, and their families.

  • We are currently unable to provide students with laptops although they are welcome to bring their own pre-charged devices.
  • We request that all students over age 11 and parents wear a mask within the tuition centre unless medically exempt.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided and we ask that everyone uses this upon entry and exit.
  • Each student will be provided with a dedicated study pack including pens, pencils, & paper which will be stored within a plastic folder which is cleaned after use to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Students will be provided with refreshments as part of the study club. All refreshments are pre-wrapped to meet hygiene standards.
  • We have reduced the capacity and placement of study desks to enable social distancing.
  • Desks & chairs are fully disinfected with alcohol-based wipes after each use.