Announcing – New Exam Skills and Revision Sessions

“Thank you SO much for the exam technique lesson … it was a game changer!”

www.HomeMadeEducation.com has a wide range of GCSE/IGCSE exam preparation and exam skills courses available starting in January, to help your young person develop both the skills they need and also a portfolio of work showing their knowledge and progression.

See the full range here … https://homemadeeducation.com/portfolio/exam_revision/

NEW! Ellis’s Worldventures

World-ventures – covering 5 core subjects, our inquisitive character ‘Ellis’ will take learners on an incredible journey through different times and places, exploring key curriculum topics along the way.

An unconventional ‘course’ where you can step into Ellis’s life of adventure and exploration. Written in first person, to the young person, Ellis brings ideas and concepts embedded within an entertaining storyline. These courses are designed to teach key curriculum ideas by building in foundation concepts without repetition and traditional ‘practice questions’.

Your young person will be eagerly anticipating Ellis’s weekly updates (with a lesson buried within!), activities, and interactions … a creative and interactive way to develop pre- and early-Secondary stage knowledge.

Structure:

  • Worldventures runs over 50 weeks, with weekly updates every Monday
  • Each week brings Ellis’s “update” which includes:
    • a new engaging and interactive 30min video story
    • story document
    • engaging and interactive activities
    • (with curriculum content built in!)
  • Just log in to our learning platform each week, and find the latest update from Ellis’s worldventure

Course Starts Dates: New enrolments for the full ‘course’ start on the 1st of each month, beginning January 1st 2021

Course Fees:  Available for a yearly subscription fee of only £50

Primary (9-11yrs) Click here

Secondary (11-13yrs) Click here

Tutors and Exams – Exam Centres in the UK

We are delighted to say that we are working in partnership with Tutors and Exams, to help ensure that our UK exam candidates have access to great value, friendly and accessible exam centres.

All of our learner families are now entitled to the Partner fee when quoting our specific partner code, when booking an exam with Tutors and Exams. Do also note that their Access Arrangement fees, detailed in the fees list, have been reduced by 50% for this year!

We hope this gives you help and piece of mind,

Kate

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. The company was established six years ago by husband and wife, Jenny & Chris Spraggett, both of whom have a wealth of experience working in the examination/education sector. In those intervening six years Tutors and Exams has evolved into a much valued and respected examination venue. 
 
Tutors and Exams currently have four examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Wimbledon and Doncaster. We anticipate opening our fifth centre, located in Cambridgeshire, this Autumn in readiness for January 2021 and Summer 2021 exam series. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). 

In addition to our examination centres we also have a dedicated Science laboratory based in Birmingham with the ability to deliver A Level Science practicals all year round (consecutive four day course for each subject, or intensive two day course over weekend).  We also have access to another Science laboratory located in a London school available to offer Science practicals outside of term time. 

In 2019/20 Tutors and Exams delivered examination assessment to over 2,400 learners. We cater for 95% of all GCSE/GCE and IGCSE subjects alongside Functional Skills and have a dedicated SEN specialist who can assist in organising access arrangements if required. 

We work in partnership with many large, respected distance learning providers, and we very much value the relationship we have with them to deliver high quality assessment to their candidates. We also accommodate private training organisations delivering qualifications to sizeable cohorts geographically spread throughout the UK. 
 
We provide examination facilities for a growing number of universities to facilitate their distance learning programmes.  The University of London, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Loughborough University and Edinburgh Business School are already valued clients. Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is also available too. 

www.tutorsandexams.uk

ANNOUNCING! January Start English Courses

Our English courses are in high demand and sold out very early this summer. We’ve listened to your feedback and requests, and are delighted to announce the following courses which will be available in January 2021! Please complete the contact form at the bottom of the page, to register your interest/pre-enrol (places are limited), and we will send you more information!

IGCSE English Language “INTENSIVE” (15 weeks £115)
An intensive version of our full IGCSE course covering all of the skills and strategies required for exam success through the study of a range of engaging extracts and writing exercises with detailed and personalised feedback for improvement. Edexcel and CIE exam boards will be covered specifically through board-specific assignments.
Course: EL1
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IGCSE English Language “EXAM SKILLS” (6 weeks £75)
Hone and refine your exam skills to boost your chances of success and receive detailed personalised feedback based on the exam criteria. This course covers key skills and strategies and offers insights into the demands of each of the different question types that appear on the exam paper. Edexcel and CIE exam boards will be covered specifically through board-specific assignments.
Course: EL2
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IGCSE English Literature “INTENSIVE” (15 weeks £115)
An intensive version of our full IGCSE Edexcel course covering all of the skills and strategies required for exam success through the revision of the set texts, reviewing key context, events, themes and characters with a focus on interpreting the writer’s use of language, form and structure. Improve the quality of your academic writing through practice exam essays with detailed and personalised feedback for improvement.
Course: EL3
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IGCSE English Literature “EXAMS SKILLS” (6 weeks £75)
Hone and refine your exam skills to boost your chances of success and receive detailed personalised feedback based on the exam criteria. This course covers the key aspects of analysing poetry, prose and drama and helps to improve the quality of your academic writing with a specific focus on the exam assessment objectives.
Course: EL4
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION”Macbeth (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES1
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION” – Romeo and Juliet (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES2
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IGCSE Shakespeare “REVISION” – any other play (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Shakespeare’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations.
Course: ES3
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – A View From the Bridge (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Miller’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM1
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – An Inspector Calls (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing Priestley’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM2
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IGCSE Modern Drama “REVISION” – Any other play (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the play with a focus on analysing the writer’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EM3
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IGCSE Modern Prose “REVISION” – Of Mice and Men (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the novella with a focus on analysing Steinbeck’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EP1
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IGCSE Modern Prose “REVISION” – any other text (8 weeks £80)
Revise significant aspects of context, review key scenes from the novel with a focus on analysing the writer’s use of language, form, and structure, explore key themes and character developments, memorise key quotations
Course: EP2
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Skills Builder – Creative Writing (6 weeks £60) – Foundation Level – 11+
A dynamic and fun introduction to narrative writing looking at skills such as creating a sense of place, structure, characterisation, narrative voice, and dialogue.
Course: EB1
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Skills Builder – Creative Writing (6 weeks £60) – IGCSE Level
An engaging and gentle approach to planning, interesting structural devices, ambitious vocabulary and literary devices, proofreading and editing.
Course: EB2
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Skills Builder – Transactional Writing (6 weeks £60) – Foundation Level – 11+
An introduction to non-fiction writing covering the conventions of a range of text types such as articles, blogs, reports, reviews, diaries, travel writing, nature writing, and formal and informal letters.
Course: EB3
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Skills Builder – Transactional Writing (6 weeks £60) – IGCSE Level – focuses on identifying the purposes of non-fiction texts, examining their structure and use of language, planning our own writing to incorporate relevant genre conventions, rhetorical devices, layout, language, structure, proofreading and editing.
Course: EB4
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Skills Builder – Analysing Literary Texts (4 weeks £45) – 11+
Explore a range of literary texts across poetry, prose and drama. Learn to analyse, interpret and evaluate the different forms and to comment meaningfully on the writer’s message and intention together with the impact on the audience. Explore the ways in which writers manipulate language, form and structure to achieve specific effects. Develop your understanding of the connections between texts and contexts and improve the quality of your own academic writing.
Course: EB5
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Skills Builder – Analysing Non-Fiction Texts (4 weeks £45) – 11+ Explore a range of non-fiction texts and learn to identify and evaluate the writer’s purpose. Become familiar with different genre conventions and how to comment meaningfully on the writer’s use of these. Practice producing your own nonfiction texts and learn to adapt your writing for different genres, audiences and purposes.
Course: EB6
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Skills Builder – Analysing Poetry (4 weeks £45) – 11+ – learn to analyse any poem through an exploration of poetic forms. Understand how poems work and practice commenting in a meaningful way on the writer’s use of language, form and structure through the application of a framework for poetic analysis. The course covers poetry across the ages and cultures.
Course: EB7
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Skills Builder – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (6 weeks £60) – 11+ – improve the technical accuracy of your writing through a range of fun and engaging activities together with strategies to help you to improve your spelling and punctuation and proofread your own work.
Course: EB8
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Introduction to Poetry (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore poetry through the ages, learn to recognise and use different poetic forms, learn to interpret poetry and to comment on the use of language, form and structure. Practice writing poems of your own, experimenting with imagery, rhythm, and voice.
Course: EI1
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Introduction to Drama (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore the purpose and experience of theatre throughout history. Learn about the structure of drama and aspects of stagecraft. Practice writing monologues and dialogue and learn about characterisation and character development.
Course: EI2
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Introduction to 19th Century Literature (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Immerse yourself in a range of 19th century literature and explore common themes and conventions. Familiarise yourself with the language of the age and learn to analyse and comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure. Explore the connections between significant historical events and the literature of the age.
Course: EI3
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Introduction to the Gothic (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Explore gothic conventions and their contributions to the modern horror genre. Learn to identify Gothic elements in film, literature, art and architecture. Explore the popularity of the Gothic in literature as a medium to challenge societal beliefs and expectations. Practice using Gothic conventions to produce your own piece of Gothic literature.
Course: EI4
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Introduction to Shakespeare (6 weeks £60) – 11+
Introduction to Shakespeare short course: want to explore the way that historical events and Elizabethan/Jacobean society shaped Shakespeare’s dramas? Want to understand the differences between tragedy, comedy, and history plays? Are you interested in how Shakespeare remains so relevant in the 21st century? This fascinating short course considers all these issues and more and provides an excellent contextual foundation for those looking to study English Literature further.
Course: EI5
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IGCSE English Language Preparation (6 weeks £60) – 13+
Get ready to begin your IGCSE studies next academic year by learning the basics of the skills that you will need to succeed. This course will help you to be able to read and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, read for meaning, use quotations, comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure, and make connections and comparisons between texts. We will also develop your writing skills by exploring the purposes and conventions of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, practice planning, drafting and editing and improve your vocabulary and use of literary and rhetorical devices.
Course: EE1
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IGCSE English Literature Preparation (6 weeks £60) – 13+
Prepare for the commencement of your IGCSE English literature studies next academic year by exploring poetry, prose and drama. Learn to use quotations from the texts to support your ideas and to comment on the writer’s use of language, form and structure, whilst at the same time improving the quality of your own academic writing.
Course: EE2
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Top Requirements in a Teacher/Tutor

We’ve run a small survey across a number of Teacher and Home Ed FaceBook groups, asking the question: ‘What is the most important quality, to you, in a successful teacher/tutor?’ (with 130 replies) Here is what we found!..

Top 6 qualities, as suggested by Home Educators:

  • Passion – 18%
  • Patience – 15%
  • Empathy – 15%
  • Flexibility – 10%
  • Kindness – 10%
  • Home Ed experience – 8%

Top 6 qualities, as suggested by Teachers:

  • Empathy – 18%
  • Builds relationships – 15%
  • Passion – 14%
  • Sense of humour – 13%
  • Patience – 12%
  • Respectful – 10%

Are these qualities important to you? They are all important to us, and are traits Kate and Caitlin bring to every course (and our students/parents agree, if you read our reviews). We hope that with whatever courses and tutors you use along your home educating journey, you find these qualities too!

Last of the Summer Mini Courses

This week, we said good-bye to the young people taking mini courses in July, and said hello to the new group taking the final set of 6-wk, small group, Summer Mini Courses!

Favourite feedback from the July group:
*Thank you so so so much for this class, I loved it more than any I’ve been to before!! I really enjoyed the teaching style and the wonderful teacher!

*I thought that this was an amazing course to take – thank you!

*Thank you so much for the lessons. I’ve really enjoyed it, and I’m certainly looking forward to starting the GCSE this September!

*I hadn’t done much psychology before and I’ve been really enjoying the fun and interesting lessons/homework throughout the course, thank you!

*Thank you Kate I have really enjoyed i wish it could carry on forever!

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Autumn Exam Update

HOT OFF THE PRESS:
AUTUMN 2020 EXAM NEWS Just published by Ofqual – the results of the consultation regarding the Autumn 2020 exam series. Link below. In short: a full suite of exams will be available and they will be identical in format and length and content to those that students would have taken this summer. Coursework will not be relevant. Aiming for October 2020 but still holding back on dates. We understand a timetable is ready – but not yet published.
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