We have visited Simply Learning Tuition’s offices in Battersea. In addition, 30 clients and 31 tutors have completed an on-line survey.
The Good Schools Guide review of Simply Learning Tuition
MD Nathaniel McCullagh failed (Nathaniel prefers ‘underperformed’) his A levels first time round, but sailed through them the second time (and went on to a viva for a first in archaeology from Durham University) because he ‘finally received brilliant teaching.’ And it was this that made him so passionate about providing private tutoring himself, something that he did for 10 years alongside a career in the film industry, before setting up Simply Learning Tuition in 2009. Friendly, passionate and voluble, he also takes an active role in the Tutors Association, which represents the wider industry. Team is completed by Katie Haigh, director of education, Sophie Taylor-Barthorpe, tuition manager, Emma Calkin, tuition consultant and Kerry Beale, client and tutor account manager.
Review snapshot: This is the Innocent Drinks (as in smoothies) of the tutor world – run by bright young things that have come in and shaken up all the industry norms, resulting in a friendly, energetic, highly branded, internet-savvy company with a clear edge.
Review snapshot: ‘It’s on the more expensive side, particularly for more experienced tutors, but it’s absolutely my favourite. They’re honest, on the ball and have the best quality tutors,’ concluded another parent. read more
Review snapshot: ‘We have families that stay with us throughout their children’s upbringing – then we look after their own children. This really does happen, with generations of the same family having worked with us.’ ‘Having a small register, we know our tutors personally. Some have been with us for many years which helps greatly in matching clients and tutors appropriately.’
Review snapshot: "Founded in 2006 by Kate Shand who is committed, passionate, energetic and hugely likeable. Clearly on a mission to deliver a top quality service to her clients – and her tutors – Kate is eloquent on the personal nature of the tutor-client-agency relationship and has a positively moral take on what she sees as her job."
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