Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your questions feel free to give us a call on 0845 463 1342 – we’re happy to chat!

iAchieve 11+ Tuition FAQs

At Learning Academies we have a reliable (96%) pass rate prediction, meaning that we are able to offer you, as parents, a highly reliable indicator of your child’s likelihood of exam success. Not all students who pass the 11+ go on to be offered a place at the school of their choice and, whilst we can give you a very good indication of this, the exact score required to secure a place at a selective school varies from year to year and from school to school.

Many of our students take the 11+ ‘for the experience’ and enter the exam in order to ‘test their skills’ and experience the challenge of an external exam – without a clear certainty of success. We have a fully inclusive policy at Learning Academies and, for us, the main criteria for a child to sit the 11+ should be their desire to do so. We do not deter children from taking on the 11+ just because they may not pass. When this is the case we are always honest and open about that and, in all cases, and will always ensure that the tuition undertaken will never be wasted. iAchieve 11+ tutoring provides a first rate platform for the selective entrance examinations but is also highly beneficial for SATs preparation and a successful transition to secondary school. We advise all parents to be wary of exaggerated ‘pass rate claims’ as this really does depend on the cohort of children undertaking the test itself. We are confident that iAchieve 11+ will exceed your expectations and will prove a to be a great opportunity for your child.

Yes. We have a number of children who are home tutored and we fully respect your right to do so. We are able to offer support to you and your child in the areas you feel need further consolidation or extension. We can also support you as parents in accessing exam boards and look to be part of your child’s team. iAchieve can be a great way for your child to work alongside peers in a safe and supported environment. We’d be delighted to support you towards achieving your goals. Please feel free to give us a call to chat this through.

 

At Learning Academies we are committed to creating opportunities for all. We recognise that all children are unique and that ‘one size does not fit all’. Matthew, our Director of Education, was previously Headteacher of a special needs school in Suffolk and, as such, his knowledge and experience of supporting children with a wide range of needs is first rate. Our tutors are all highly experienced in their field and will do all they can to support your child. The iAchieve Extra Tuition programme offers individual tuition within a small group setting (maximum group size of 6) so we are able to develop resources and materials to suit your child’s own, specific needs. That said, we have to recognise that small group tuition is not for all. Some students with severe and complex needs are better suited to 1:1 tuition and we will always be honest and open in regards to what we can do and where our limitations lay. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your child’s needs and we will do our best to support you.

The iAchieve 11+ Programme has been developed to maximise your child’s chance of exam success. We offer a highly effective tuition programme that builds upon your child’s existing strengths and offers targeted tuition in the areas identified for development. Participation in the iAchieve 11+ Programme is not only a great foundation for success in selective examinations but is also an effective preparation for SATs and transition to Secondary School.

Each student follows their own unique programme of study which will combine specific 11+ tutoring with the opportunity to apply skills to 11+ practice papers. 11+ Tuition is offered in the areas identified for extension. This may include; maths, English, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, writing composition, reading comprehension, punctuation, spelling and grammar.

Your child will also be able to opt onto our popular Mock Exam Days. These are provided once a month in the summer term proceeding the 11+. iAchieve Mock Exam Days provide a great opportunity for your child to work under test conditions in a new and unfamiliar environment.  This helps reduce ‘exam day nerves’ and will give you valuable feedback on your child’s progress. The papers delivered on each Mock Exam Day are written specifically for iAchieve and will not have been previously published prior to Mock Day.

In Year 5 we strongly recommend that students study for 2 hours a week. This enables Session One to focus on exam preparation using conventional, paper-based practice papers whilst Session Two will continue to focus on the delivery of specific tutoring in the areas identified for development and extension.

 

The most important attribute for any 11+ student is a willingness to ‘give it a go’, a sense of self-motivation and a willingness to work hard. We welcome students of all abilities and will always be honest in our assessment of their likelihood of selective exam success. Our ongoing assessments will give you an accurate picture of your child’s progress and attainment levels and this, combined with our highly experienced tutor feedback, will help you know if your child is ‘right’ for the 11+.  Similarly our popular 11+ Mock Exam Days give your child a great opportunity to test their skills under exam conditions on previously unpublished 11+ Papers. All children sitting an iAchieve 11+ Mock Exam get a written report on their results as well as comparative data that shows their percentile scores against their peer cohort.

 

The skills developed whilst on the iAchieve 11+ Programme are highly transferable and will stand your child in good stead for the transition to secondary school.

iAchieve Extra Tuition: Maths & English FAQs

Mostly, yes! Our tutors work in small teams so at each iAchieve Centre your child will meet 2 or 3 tutors. Your child’s group will have its own specific tutor and they will very quickly build a strong and positive relationship with your child. However, from time to time, we rearrange the groups to ensure your child is placed with the person best suited to meet their needs.   Our Tutor Teams know, not just their own individual students, but will also those attending the session as a whole.

There are two core iAchieve Programmes; iAchieve Maths & English and iAchieve 11+. Students can swap between the programmes at any time. Some children study just one subject whilst others focus on a ‘mixed’ programme of maths and English. We invite you to talk through your child’s particular needs and we will then suggest and build a programme, specifically tailored to maximise success. We work from foundation level right up to providing GCSE support. We plan individually for each child and are therefore able to build a programme specifically to your child’s specific needs.

We know that tutoring in small groups is highly effective. Critically, it gives each student a chance to work in a supportive and progressive environment. They are able to work and apply their knowledge independently as well as have focused time with their tutor to develop and explore particular skills. Our group sizes never exceed 6.

iAchieve groups are organised with consideration given to a number of factors. These include: area of study, age and ability. We also consider which of our amazing tutors would best suit your child’s style of learning and personality! Our tutor team is exceptional and they will very quickly build a strong and positive relationship with your child.

We’re open 6 days a week! Monday to Saturday! All iAchieve Centres can be found on our Home Page. Just scroll down once you land there! If you click on a Centre pin it will tell you the day that centre opens. For a ‘handy quick list’ of Centres and their days and times, just click HERE.

Yes, for sure! As you will see from our ‘Meet the Team’ page – we have an incredible team of tutors – all of whom genuinely have the ability to nurture and encourage their students. We work hard to encourage our students to become assertive learners, confident in their abilities and willing to take risks with their learning. The beauty of the iAchieve maths & English tuition programme is that we are able to plan and work individually with your child – this means we have the perfect opportunity to ‘go back’ and revisit areas that they might have found difficult or simply not understood. Our students work in small groups (maximum group size of 6) but each child within that group will follow their own areas of study so there is no pressure to ‘keep up with others’ – instead the children are encouraged to set their own personal goals and to work to achieve these. The iAchieve Extra Tuition Programme celebrates success and your child will soon be bringing home certificates of achievement, positive postcards home and working towards their own challenge medals. Whatever your child’s needs we will be determined to help.

Please do call to talk through your child’s needs, the more we know about our new students the better.

Yes. We have a number of children who are home tutored and we fully respect your right to do so. We are able to offer support to you and your child in the areas you feel need further consolidation or extension. We can also support you as parents in accessing exam boards and look to be part of your child’s team. iAchieve can be a great way for your child to work alongside peers in a safe and supported environment. We’d be delighted to support you towards achieving your goals. Please feel free to give us a call to chat this through.

 

At Learning Academies we are committed to creating opportunities for all. We recognise that all children are unique and that ‘one size does not fit all’. Matthew, our Director of Education, was previously Headteacher of a special needs school in Suffolk and, as such, his knowledge and experience of supporting children with a wide range of needs is first rate. Our tutors are all highly experienced in their field and will do all they can to support your child. The iAchieve Extra Tuition programme offers individual tuition within a small group setting (maximum group size of 6) so we are able to develop resources and materials to suit your child’s own, specific needs. That said, we have to recognise that small group tuition is not for all. Some students with severe and complex needs are better suited to 1:1 tuition and we will always be honest and open in regards to what we can do and where our limitations lay. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your child’s needs and we will do our best to support you.

It really depends on your child.  Most students study for one or two sessions a week. A number of our iAchieve Centres are able to offer double sessions, enabling children to stay on for an extra session with a short break between the two.

Double sessions are particularly useful for students studying for the 11+ or for those that wish to do an hour of both maths and English. We recommend that, ideally, all Year 5 11+ students, study for two sessions a week. This enables us to focus one session on ‘Exam Technique’ (where students test their skills on practice and test papers) and a second session that allows the tutor to focus in on areas for development.

The best thing to do is give us a call and discuss your child’s needs. We are confident we can help you select a centre that will suit their needs.

Learning Academies have excellent links with schools across the region. With your permission, we write to every child’s class teacher and give them an opportunity to share school targets with us. These are fed in to our own assessments and enable us to plan and deliver a programme that is perfectly matched to their needs. This joined up working enables us to maximise impact both at the Centre and, critically, back in school.

At Learning Academies we recognise that our students are growing up in a world that enables them to use digital technologies to accelerate their learning.  We invest heavily in new technologies, ensuring that every student on the iAchieve Programme has access to their own digital tablet during sessions where this would be beneficial.

These are used to enhance and complement our first rate, ‘traditional’ tutoring.  We are working with some of the countries leading digital education companies and through these partnerships we are able to provide access to some highly effective learning platforms. These are NOT used to replace traditional tutoring. Far from it! They are tools used by our tutors to support, reinforce and extend elements of each child’s learning. No time is wasted marking worksheets and the instant feedback enables our tutors to focus in on areas for development. Our writing recognition software enables children to use their tablets to write and show working out, confident that the systems in place are sufficiently intuitive to recognise this.

Yes, the iAchieve Maths & English programme enables us to plan individually for each student and therefore ensure that the work we set is challenging and highly relevant. We frequently work above a child’s year group and will often find that our students respond well to the challenge of working above their expected levels.

The beauty of private tuition is that we have the freedom to teach specifically to your child! We are not restricted by a whole class curriculum or the pressures of a large class size. So, yes, we are most certainly able to cater for those that are gifted and talented.

iAchieve Payment and Bookings FAQs

We love to talk!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

You can contact us by telephone at 0845 463 1342 or by email at info@learningacademies.co.uk.

Or, you can reach us by post at Academy House, 39 Hazel Close, Thorrington, Essex, CO78HJ, England.

If you are a fan of social media why not look us up on Facebook and Twitter! We’d love to link up!  Our FB page can be found by clicking HERE whilst our Twitter feed can be joined by clicking HERE.

At Learning Academies we have a range of policies that are designed to ensure your child experiences a first rate tuition service. These cover a range of areas and are listed below.

If you are a customer of Learning Academies and wish to request a copy of any of our policies please just email info@learningacademies.co.uk and include the policy reference that you require.

LA01 Recruitment Policy

LA02 Behaviour and Organisation Policy

LA03 Health and Safety Policy

LA04 Social Networking Policy

LA05 Equal Opportunity Policy

LA06 Complaints Policy

LA07 E-Safety Policy

LA08 Safeguarding Policy

LA09 Data Protection Policy

LA10 Quality Assurance Summary

LA11 Maternity Policy

LA12 Grievance Policy

LA13 Disciplinary Policy Guidance Notes

LA14 Disciplinary Policy

 

When you complete your booking form online, giving your child’s key details, you will be prompted to a link that will take you to a complete copy of our booking terms and conditions. You will also be sent a copy of this in your confirmation email.

For your ease, we include a copy of our terms and conditions below. Just click on the link and download.

Learning Academies Terms and Conditions

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions in regards to these.

 

This year’s calendar for each iAchieve venue can be found beneath the map and address for each centre.  This can be downloaded and printed as a PDF by following the relevant link.

To find your centre click HERE and choose the relevant Tuition Centre and, once you’ve found that, choose your programme of study (maths & English or 11+). That will take you to the relevant page. All you need to do then is follow the link below the address.

If you can’t find what you need, just drop us an email and we’ll send you a copy of the calendar you require. info@learningacademies.co.uk 

 

We try to keep our notice period down to a minimum and just ask for one months written notice of your intention to leave. This enables us to advertise your child’s place and ensure that tutors can plan a proper end to your child’s programme of study.

You can email your intention to leave to info@learningacademies.co.uk or send this by post to Academy House, 39 Hazel Close, Thorrington, Essex, CO78HJ.

If you choose to return to iAchieve we’d be delighted to welcome you back. We do not charge an additional enrolment fee for our returning students.

 

 

 

We split the annual cost of tuition over twelve equal, monthly payments and these are payable monthly in advance.

By splitting the payments equally (regardless of the number of weeks that fall in each month)  it makes the payments more manageable for our parents and more straightforward when you are setting up your direct debits.

The monthly fee due depends on the iAchieve Study Option that you select for your child. The various options are shared below. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

 

iAchieve Extra Tuition – Term Time (37 weeks a year x 1 hour) = £53.95 pcm.

iAchieve Extra Tuition – Fully Year (50 weeks a year x 1 hour) = £72.95 pcm.

If you opt to study for 2 hours a week then a 10% discount is applied to both sessions, with prices as follows;

iAchieve Extra Tuition – Term Time DOUBLE SESSION  (37 weeks a year) = £97.10 pcm.

iAchieve Extra Tuition – Full Year DOUBLE SESSION  (50 weeks a year) = £131.25 pcm.

 

The majority of our customers opt to pay their fees by Direct Debit using our secure collecting service, Go Cardless. You will be notified by Go Cardless in advance of each Direct Debit payment leaving your account so full control over your payments stays with you. If Go Cardless are unable to collect your agreed fees they will notify you, as the customer and us as the service provider. We will make contact with you and can action a ‘retry’ if you would like us to try again.

Learning Academies is committed to working in partnerships with our families and we ask that, should you experience difficulties in paying your child’s fees, that you contact us to arrange a mutually agreeable payment schedule. We do not allow accounts to fall more than 2 payments (2 months) behind, unless by prior arrangement. So, please do contact us if you are experiencing difficulties. We’ll do our very best to work with you.

You can contact our Finance Manager, Laura Ballard on 0845 463 1342 or by email to info@learningacademies.co.uk

 

 

If your son or daughter is unable to attend an iAchieve Extra Tuition session then we just ask that you let us know. You can call the Learning Academies office on 0845 4631342 or email info@learningacademies.co.uk. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given but we will always endeavour to offer an alternative session. You might opt to attend a double session (if these are offered at your child’s iAchieve Centre) or book in for a session at our Saturday School, based at Essex University. Your child is welcome to attend any iAchieve Centre (Monday-Friday) where a space is available. Please give us a call and we will arrange this for you.

We are a Ltd Company registered with Companies House as Learning Academies Ltd. We are registered in England under Company Registration Number 6206322. Our VAT number is 174498369.

Our registered office is at Academy House, 39 Hazel Close, Thorrington, Essex, CO78HJ. All prices on our websites are inclusive of VAT.

The safeguarding of our students is of paramount importance to us. We take every possible measure to ensure their wellbeing and safety is met at all times. Learning Academies is a member of SAFE CIC and we ensure that all tutors hold a clear, enhanced DBS Check. These were formerly known as CRB checks. In addition, our lead tutors have completed OFSTED approved Paediatric First Aid Training.

All staff undertake Safeguarding Training and we have our own designated safeguarding leads. We always promote a culture whereby any member of the Learning Academies Team can make a direct referral, in accordance with current best practice.

iAchieve is an approved Learning Destination with the Essex Children’s University and an approved UK Learning Provider. Similarly, Learning Academies is a Gold Member of the Essex Safeguarding Board and is able to access training via Essex County Council.

We always maintain adequate public liability insurance cover and complete Risk Assessments at all our centres.

If you feel there are any areas upon which we could improve please do get in touch. We would really value your feedback.

 

The iAchieve Enrolment Fee is £30 and is a one-off payment to secure your child’s place on the iAchieve Extra Tuition programme.

This payment is a contribution towards their resources, subscriptions and the enrolment administration process.

Throughout your child’s time on the iAchieve Programme they will receive a number of certificates, medals and positive postcards home. You will be pleased to hear that we never charge extra for these.

Payments for iAchieve Extra Tuition are generally made via Direct Debit. The annual cost of tuition is split equally over 12 months to make payments manageable and consistent for you as parents. This is the same for our Term Time Only students as well as for our Full Year students. This means that Term Time Only students pay a share of their annual fee in August but do not study. Payment for tuition fees is due monthly in advance.

Your first payment will be due on or before your child’s first session and then, on or around the same date each month thereafter.

At Learning Academies we use a Direct Debit payment scheme processed by GoCardless. GoCardless is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2009, registration number 597190, for the provision of payment services. GoCardless is a BACS approved bureau.

Once you complete your booking form online you will be passed to a secure Direct Debit page on our website where you will be asked to complete your account details to finalise your booking on the iAchieve Programme. Once completed You will be taken back to a confirmation page on our Learning Academies website.

You will receive notification from Go Cardless to confirm that your Direct Debit Mandate has been set accepted. You will also receive a second notification from Go Cardless to confirm the payment schedule set up for your child’s tuition. Notifications are always sent by Go Cardless 2-3 days prior to any payments being taken – so you remain in complete control.

Please rest assured, you can cancel a Direct Debit payment at anytime before a payment is due to be made. However, it is worth noting that if your Direct Debit is cancelled it is not possible to reinstate it, unless a new Direct Debit mandate/subscription is agreed.

If you need to change any payment or the date of payment please contact us and we will do our best to help. Just call 0845 463 1342.  If you change your bank / current account provider you should ask your new bank to switch your existing Direct Debit over to your new account to ensure instalments are not missed.

Go Cardless’ Direct Debit scheme is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee which protects You against payments made in error or fraudulently. It also means that you can get a full and immediate refund from your bank for any payment taken in error.

We would prefer it if you could make your booking online as our Enrolment Form gives you a great opportunity to share key information relating to your child. However, if you would prefer to make your booking by phone then you’d be more than welcome. Just call us on 0845 463 1342 and we will work through the form with you. For bookings made by phone, you will need access to your bank account number and sort code. These will be processed through the GoCardless secure Direct Debit service. A copy of the Enrolment Form will be completed on your behalf and will be passed on to you for signing.