Redbridge Tuition started officially in 2007 as most tuition companies do; by hiring out a classroom every Saturday morning. We taught how most tutors teach – by using the usual books. That was fine for the first couple of years, but more and more frustration grew due to the differences between the teaching methods that we used and those of the different schools that the children attended. By 2012, we were running classes in 5 different locations; each one a hired classroom, so the frustration was now five-fold.
In 2013, we decided that we needed a permanent base and by 2014 opened our first centre in Seven Kings, Ilford. This proved to be successful and better than the impermanence of hiring classrooms.
In 2019, we opened our second permanent centre on High Road, Loughton, to satisfy the demand of students travelling distances to come to us.
We therefore now have a centre in South East Redbridge and on in South West Essex.
We have gone from strength to strength with previous students having come back and asked us to provide GCSE and A Level classes, as they liked our teaching methods and working ethos.
Our materials/teaching methods
In 2009, we were still using the standard books available for the 11 plus but were finding that a lot of the materials did not suit our teaching style and ethos.
The teaching was fragmented and not achieving the sort of results we knew we should be able to achieve.
So we started developing our own materials for all of the 11 plus topics and set out a teaching syllabus, much in the way that schools do. However, the syllabus was based on the 11 plus, which is what we were mostly teaching at the time.
The results improved dramatically as we now had cohesion between our teaching methods, our ethos and our values.
Now, we use resources created in house and the structure of our materials and classes makes the learning fun for the children and enjoyable for the tutors.
We are now also in the process of creating our own KS3 and GCSE resources. These resources are created by the tutors who actually teach the children meaning they are subject specialists and know exactly what level to pitch at.
Our tutors are all specialists in their field who enjoy working as a collaborative with Redbridge Tuition. Together we have over 60 years of teaching under our belt.
We are now in the process of launching a franchise that specialises in 11 plus.