Who are they?
Unit 3D Hillgate Place
18-20 Balham High Road
Email: [email protected]
We have met Mentor Education staff. In addition, 22 clients and 22 tutors have completed an on-line survey.
The Good Schools Guide review of Mentor Education
For Mary Lonsdale (BA English & classics, Leeds Uni; ICAEW fellow), owning and running this agency is a breath of fresh air. Having started out in chartered accountancy, living the corporate high life working at the likes of KPMG and Boots, then later setting up her own accountancy firm after her first child, she grew to loathe it because she found it ‘so dull’.
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The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants offer assessments in English, maths and in reasoning. Most schools assess these subjects when considering a child for a place. This is especially important for children coming from different countries with different educational systems. But there can be many reasons for checking a child's progress in these basic skills. Contact us for further information +44 (0) 203 286 6824.
The 11+ is the entrance exam procedure for getting your brightish little button into a fee-paying or state grammar school. Much of the country abolished the 11+ several decades ago for state schools, but a few local authorities, such as Bucks and Kent, retained a large number of grammar schools and run county-wide entrance tests. In some other areas, such as Barnet and Kingston, a few grammar schools exist in tandem with the comprehensive system found in most of the country. These grammar schools set their own entrance exams.
Review snapsot: Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university level (‘but we hold our hands up if we can’t help, for instance we recently had to turn down a tutoring request from a property development student,’ says Matthew). Specialist subjects currently span biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English language, English lit, geography, history, RE, philosophy and ethics, psychology, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, PE, business studies and economics. Small amount of 11+ and 13+ also on offer from non-teacher trained tutors.
Review snapshot: "Back in the early noughties, friends Ekaterina Ametistova and Anna Kunitsyna (who met at Moscow State University, where Ekaterina did an MSc in maths and Anna an MSc in physics) spotted a growing demand for tailored tutoring services among local Russian families. ‘Anna has two children and was increasingly hearing about the shortage of tutors available,’ says Ametistova.
Review snapshot: DT increasingly works in independent schools, including Habs and Sydneham, but more interestingly in state schools - to help small groups of struggling students, which they offer at a reduced rate. ‘The fact that DT does this work in state schools is the reason I work for them,’ one tutor told us.
Review snapsot: Founded in 2010 by laidback yet super-efficient Leah Warren BA (English, Uni of Leeds) PGCE (Secondary English, UCL Institute of Education), who has 18 years’ teaching and tutoring experience and is still going strong on both fronts, working on a supply basis in at least one local school per term (including JFS and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys) and currently takes around a fifth of all Watling Tutors sessions. Later joined by admin assistant Ruanne Sher, a South African who cut her teeth at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse and is a local mum to three children, and Nicola Price…