End of Spring Term

Spring term at HomeMadeEducation has come to an end, evidence for grades has been submitted, and we are wishing well to our learners who are leaving us for pastures new – and welcoming new learners to a variety of short courses and GCSE/IGCSE courses! I thought I’d share some of my favourite feedback from this year:

~~”All done. Thank you so much Kate Sneep for everything over the last 2 years. After leaving school after being bullied we found you like a shining star and My daughter has LOVED every class and all 4 subjects that you have encouragingly taught her over the last 2 years. The education department could learn a lot from you. Thank you for your dedication and passion to teaching. ❤️”

~~”Thank you for being such a wonderful tutor in the two years that you’ve taught me Business and Economics. I have now finished my GCSEs and will probably go to collage for A-Levels so it is unlikely that I will take another one of your courses, but business and economics were some of my favourite subjects and every good subject needs a good tutor to teach it, and you were definitely one of the best :)”

~~”He has thoroughly grown to love Economics – you have instilled an enthusiasm for a subject which he was initially sceptical about! Thank you. Wishing you warm wishes and with our sincere thanks”

~~”I just wanted to say that she has really enjoyed the course – she really didn’t want to study English at all, so you should think of this is a big endorsement! DD will never speak up in the lessons, but this is not any reflection on her engagement with the course or your teaching; it’s just not her thing. In fact, she was really motivated, put a lot of work into it and I think she got a lot of confidence from it. I think once she knew that she could just write as ‘DD’ and not have to follow someone else’s plan just to pass and exam, she was much more comfortable.”

~~”thank you so much for the course I have absolutely loved every minuete of it!!”

~~”Just wanted to say thank you so much for providing those prep for IGCSE English classes. DD is really enjoying her classes and she even told me Monday that she can’t wait until Tuesday. When I asked why she replied that she really likes the English classes with homemade! (That’s a comment from a girl, who would break down in tears last year, over any writing basically)”

~~”I really enjoyed this course. I really like that during the lessons there were questions about the extract… I always looked forward to this class and have enjoyed it all throughout the course. I would definitely recommend this course.”

~~”Thank you so much for teaching me this year! I’ve loved every second of it, and am planning on continuing both English and Psychology for my A levels. Thank you so much for making all my GCSEs as easy as you can, I appreciate it so much 😊”

~~”Daughter said Kate’s Business course notes are far better than the book (which she also did has). She found the book so dry and enjoyed Kate’s course notes. Kate’s notes include keywords (you could make flash cards) and the practice questions and activities are really helpful.”

~~”You are the best teachers that we have met in this country. My son first time said, that he liked the teachers!!! Thanks to you, Kate and Caitlin, he had faith and love for a real teacher!”

~~At http://www.homemadeeducation.com, young people make every day amazing!

Why Your Young Person Should Consider Choosing IGCSE Economics, as a subject

IGCSE Economics doesn’t tend to be one of the most popular IGCSEs, which is such a shame! Not only is it fascinating (did you know Economics is a social science, like Sociology?) and informative (deciphering financial news broadcasts will become a doddle) but it’s also extremely valuable in real-life (why are interest rates so important; how can we protect the environment and still create jobs; who cares about minimum wage law). Not only that – it is inspiring – more than 50% of my IGCSE students go on to study Economics at A-Level because they are so inspired by the subject (that they knew very little about, before starting IGCSE. Here is some of my most recent feedback:

” Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for economics, the lessons and the TAGs. I found the lessons very enjoyable and interesting, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m looking forward to starting economics A level in September; because of this course you’ve opened up a whole new subject for me to explore!”

“Thought id let you know I’ve started a business, I’m selling sweet cones for Eid (its the equivalent of Christmas for us) so far I’ve had 11 responses, some quite large. Thanks for teaching me Business and Economics! … I thought I’d just update you on what happened with my business, I sold 140 sweet cones and I had over 600% more profits than the original investment”

“He has thoroughly grown to love Economics – you have instilled an enthusiasm for a subject which he was initially sceptical about!  Thank you. He is going on to study Economics at ALevel”

“Thank you so much for all the tuition, in sociology and economics. They are both subjects that I wouldn’t have thought I’d enjoy, but absolutely loved, found really interesting and will come in useful in general life.”

M and I would like to say a huge thank you for the excellent Economics course you have provided. M has found the content and resources to be exceptional and the online lessons combined with homework and recaps has been very effective at helping him learn. He has developed a love of economics and his learning has steered his future in a new direction. What started out as his ‘extra’ subject has now become his most prominent and inspiring one.  I will let you know what happens with M but for now he would like to study Economics at A-level next term if all goes to plan. Once again, sincerest thanks for your fantastic educational provision and tuition.

Why Study Economics? Money makes the world go around. It plays a big part in politics, society, law, geography, and almost everything else in life. Understanding how people, companies, and countries control their money is one of the most valuable skills to any employer. But, economics is much more than pounds and dollars. It’s a fascinating study of psychology, sociology, of why people make the decisions they make, and how resources are spread out around the world. (UCAS)

Spring News!

Well, we are having an exceedingly busy spring at HomeMadeEducation, managing the TAGs (Tutor Assessed Grades) process for over 150 young people, to ensure they get their grades this Spring, after exams were cancelled. We are delighted to be ensuring they have every chance of success this year!

In other news:

*our updated Spring brochure is available now, it can be found on our FAQs page; we have some delightful new courses available

*all of our September-start GCSE/IGCSE courses are now between 80% – 100% full; if you were waiting to enrol, you may want to do so sooner rather than later! (Don’t despair if the course you are interested in is full, there is a chance we may add an additional section)

Drop us an email if you have any questions or queries!

Announcing! ….

The NEW Spring/Summer/Autumn schedule of late-Primary, Secondary, GCSE/IGCSE and A-Level courses is LIVE now.

We have some old favourites and some exciting new courses available, do have a look, you’re sure to find something amazing for your young learner.

With a track record of fabulous feedback, personal home ed experience, professional expertise and a tremendous result in this past autumn’s GCSEs/IGCSEs … you can count on HomeMadeEducation to provide delightfully unique distance learning.

Our courses always fill fast, so have a look on the webpages or download the catalogue from the FAQs page, and let us know how we can help!

Interactive Courses and Clubs – New for Summer 2021

ZOOLOGIST CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ Covering a new animal each week, we explore naming, kingdoms, habitats, ecosystems and conservation. From the teeny weeny to the massive, from animals with wings to those that have tusks, from bright pink to deep green – we take a virtual magnifying glass to the life of an amazing array of creatures. A unique Club, perfect for 9-11 yr olds.

THE ALICE CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ come through the looking glass and join a world of adventure with Alice and friends, as we explore all manner of curriculum subjects, through a variety of fun and fascinating Club activities. Playing cards, flamingos, hats, tea parties and much more are used as ‘jumping off’ points, to explore topics from science to history – no two weeks are the same in Alice’s life! A unique club, perfect for 9 – 11 year olds.

LEADER OF THE LAND (spring/summer) ~ being a world leader takes courage, determination, creativity and just a wee bit of “just do as I say!!”” Develop your leadership and problem-solving skills by taking charge of an island nation – you’ll have some tough challenges to face, some tricky dilemmas, some extra-ordinarily risky choices to make. But you won’t be on your own, you will have trusted, experienced advisors there by your side, to help you along your way. You’ve got a few months to make your mark – will it be an impressive one?! A unique critical thinking course for 11 – 14yr olds.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CLUB (Spring/Summer) ~ Children are idea factories, problem solvers, creative thinkers! In this Club, we introduce entrepreneurial thinking and the principles of start up opportunities – guiding and supporting children to develop ideas and make decisions, from branding to marketing and ultimately bringing their idea into reality. Young people learn by real world experiences, the challenges and rewards that come from being an entrepreneur. Suitable for young people aged 11-14.

And if you are looking to stay on track with the curriculum, Ellis’s Worldventures are perfect: click PRIMARY or click SECONDARY

We hope you find something perfectly unique for your perfectly unique young person

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 – 5 different courses 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 video story
    • Ellis’s Update – story document
    • engaging and interactive activities
    • (all 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

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