After School Study Club
SPARK After School Study Club offers one-to-one tutoring to young people
of school age. Staff collect the children from local schools and drive/walk
them to our club. Children from schools further afield are welcome but
parents make their own travel arrangements. All study club sessions start
with mental maths and hand writing skill drills. We are not a playgroup! However, we offer Fun with learning activities!
We are proud to be supported by the University of Reading "Student Tutoring" programme by providing the children with many of our volunteers tutors who serve as role models to the children at Spark centre Study Club.
Before your child commences study with SPARK Tutoring Centre, he or she will be assessed by the Centre staff. This assessment will help to determine the specific needs of your child and ensure a suitable starting point in the course. This assessment is repeated regularly to ensure your child is making significant progress.
At The Study Centre
Once enrolled, your child attends tutoring sessions after school on your preferred days. We are open
Mon-Sat weekly, but children are not obliged to attend everyday as we are conscious of extra curriculum commitments like swimming, dance, football, etc on some days of the week. We offer the flexibility to allow for such essential physical activities for young people.
At the Study Centre, she or he will be supported on a one-to-one; first to complete any homework from school, followed by their mental maths test. Your child would then be set more work on the same topic as their school homework by a team of core curriculum subject specialists tutors with a wealth of experience in primary, secondary and special needs education and a commitment to enhancing children's learning.
At SPARK, we believe that our approach, based on your child’s current topic at school offers your child an opportunity to consolidate their class work by offering them the opportunity to practice the same skills taught at school at that time of year during their tutoring session at the centre. Their personal tutor will be on hand to provide the necessary support if they are struggling and give them time for extra practice of same skills in a bit not to overload a young brain. Your child will then have the opportunity to discuss his or her work and progress with their tutor during their session assessment at end of day. Each visit to the Study centre should take between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes to allow sufficient revision time and complete home work after school.
A holiday club for 11-plus exam tutoring runs during all school holidays.
What's the point of homework?
Homework is designed to help students reinforce key concepts, process and solidify new information, provide time for extra practice of skills, and reflect on how much they've learned. SPARK provides the right atmosphere to achieve these objectives.
Don't do the homework for your child.
Most teachers use homework to find out what the child knows. They do not want parents doing their children's homework but do want parents to make sure homework is completed and review any mistakes to see what can be learned from them. SPARK provides the right resources (staff & material) to achieve these objectives. Programme and Assessment Fees will be discussed at the time of application.
Our After school club is a safe and secure place for children and young people in Reading, to go after the school day has finished for a few hours to engage in fun and relaxing activities and additional supported study.
We transport or escort learners to our centre in Reading town centre, near Oracle, on London Street, at a minimum charge.
The After school club runs from 3:00pm (or when the school day ends) to 6pm.
Are there teachers to help with homework?
Fully trained staff will supervise children and young people at all times. We provide a tutors and resources such as access to the internet to support extra study.
Are the staff police checked? Yes all staff will have to be DBS/CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.
What happens at the SPARK After School Club? This is different at primary/junior/infant school in comparison to secondary school, although the Spark after school club is safe, secure and well supported.
The After School activities for primary school children will provide fun, interactive and relaxing activities such as games or arts and crafts.
The after school club activities for secondary school children is more structured and a tutor will be available, as well as other resources to support extra study.