SPARK was created in 2007 with a specific objective to provide One-to-One
teaching to support young people struggling with mainstream
education including excluded students and NEETs.
Outside school times - After school, weekends and holidays, the Centre serves as a community learning resource where
everyone can join in for Computer Based Exams, Educational and ‘Fun’ activities, thus improving their social skills as well as their academic skills.
Over time, while still retaining its support for school age learners, SPARK has developed a range of services to promote Employability skills for young adults Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs) by providing Functional skills tests.
The Education Centre is equipped with technology that supports a number
of leading IT based teaching packages covering literacy, numeracy and
SPARK has a fully equipped and approved computer-based Testing centre
for Pearson VUE, Kryterion, Prometric, and STA skills
tests and 'Life
in the UK' and Functional skills as well as our core one-to-one tutoring provision for everyone (strictly segregated, as required by law).
SPARK provides One-to-One tutoring in all core subjects, for SEND
and "Gifted and Talented", 7 days a week, excluded student support, an after-school study club and holiday study club with supervision and care to support working parents. SPARK is the only local provider of study club to boost learning out of school time Ofsted registered and inspected to ensure we meet the requirements.
SPARK also offers 11+ preparation courses for pupil for entry into grammar and independent schools. Courses run all year on Saturdays 10 to 2 pm.
We are flexible and can arrange a convinient time to suit individuals.
Where required, transport to the Centre is provided from school or home. Just ask!
SPARK helps anyone who is looking for a teaching or support role in education. So if you are looking for a job as a teacher, teaching assistant, PA, librarian, office/administrative assistant/manager or any support role in education, come visit us at the SPARK Education centre, where you will find lots of advice, contacts with local schools and tips to guide you as well as the latest jobs.
We are also able to help sign post you if you are thinking of a career in the education sector.
SPARK liaises with the Reading Voluntary Action Group (RVA) and Reading University Student Volunteer scheme to promote opportunities for volunteering in a number of areas: receptionist, administration, learning support, IT tutoring, science and maths teaching, website design and marketing. Graduates and students from University
of Reading and Thames Valley College have gained valuable work experience while
on placement as volunteers through this partnership, providing benefits both for themselves, our community and SPARK.