COVID-19

Tuition Arrangements for 2020-21

How will tuition be delivered if ‘social distancing’ does not permit children to return to the tuition centres in the short-term?

The courses will be delivered via remote working until the restrictions ease. Remote working will take the following format:

1. Weekly lessons:

Lessons will be provided through broadcast quality videos filmed by our most experienced class teachers (this will not necessarily be the teacher for the class you have booked). These videos will be posted weekly on the Parent Portal every Friday. During this video, the teacher will go through in detail the short diagnostic tests the children have done at home and will then give an extensive explanation of the homework for that week. The videos are filmed by a professional film crew on three cameras to ensure high quality vision and sound.

2. Books and materials:

All books and materials will be posted out monthly to parents well in advance of lessons.

3. One-to-one support:

a) Lesson times: The designated lesson times that parents have booked for will be observed. During this time, each week every child will receive one-to-one tuition from one of our trained classroom assistants to enable them to pick up test scores and address any issues from the tests or homework they did not understand. The assistants and supervisors will be equipped with tablet/laptops which will have two high definition educational cameras attached to them. One camera will be able to view a book and the other will allow the child to view the assistant working with them. Zoom technology will be used and this will also enable the whiteboard facility to be utilised. These individual sessions will last up to 45 minutes for each student. AE Tuition is currently investing heavily in the highest quality technology and infrastructure across all our tuition centres and we are training our staff in its use. Parents and children will only require a desktop computer, laptop or tablet and an internet connection to receive video calls.

b) Class teacher: The class teacher booked by the parent at the point of enrolment will lead the same team of two supervisors and eight assistants who would be in the classroom under normal circumstances. The class teacher and the two supervisors will be available to deal with queries and issues and there will be regular contact with parents when necessary. They will also be available to talk through specific issues with a parent at their request on any particular week. These teams will work in the same classroom and breakout space in the tuition centre where the children will eventually return to once the restrictions are lifted.

These arrangements will mean that a switch to normal working can be made immediately the COVID-19 restrictions finally ease. Normal working is as follows:

  1. Children will return to their classroom and breakout space at the tuition centre and be taught in the normal way by their class teacher who will go through the tests the children do in class and set the homework each week. This will be at the designated lessons times and with the teacher booked by the parent at the point of enrolment.
  1. All books and materials will be supplied directly to pupils at the tuition centres in the normal way.
  1. The two supervisors and eight assistants will work with children on a one-to-one basis in the standard way and in the breakout space. They will assist children with any issues or problems they have with their homework and monitor their progress.

At this point, remote working will cease for all courses.  There will be no option to continue remote working.

Pupils will now be expected to attend tuition weekly at the tuition centres in the class that was booked when they enrolled onto the course.

We trust that the remote working will be a short-term measure, but the arrangements we have put in place will ensure that we can provide the same high-quality tuition even under these circumstances and we can easily revert to normal working once that is possible.

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