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The Good Schols Guide review of The Basic Skills Centre
Founded in 1999 by William Winterford, a gentlemanly but battle-scarred teacher who was becoming less and less enamoured of the way education in the UK was headed. He ran the company until 1st January 2014, when he handed it over to Gillian Carberry, a sweet-faced lady from the north, married with 3 grown-up children. Gillian comes from 3 generations of teachers and trained in Durham, specialising in art and primary education. Her teaching career took her to a school in Scarborough which Ofsted itself described as ‘a sink school with failing standards’. Her own teaching, however, was singled out for praise, and she was initially reluctant when her husband took a job in Kent and the family had to move.
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: ‘They won’t just tell you what you want to hear and take your money – they are realistic with you, and that includes bringing tutoring to an end if they feel it might become a crux or has run its course.’ read more
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." read more
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