At The Education Hotel, the relationship between teacher and student sits at the core of our programmes. We aim to support schools, teachers and parents through workshops such as: careers guidance, exam preparation and dealing with exam stress. As many of our tutors are ex-teachers, we recognise the challenges that the education system can face, we believe that we help support schools by taking the pressure off of teachers, often working directly with parents and students.
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About Our Director
In addition to her role as Director, Jemma Zoe Smith remains heavily involved in tuition, working with gifted students online and face to face. She is often asked to speak in the education sector at conferences and schools in the U.K and internationally.
Jemma has extensive knowledge of the education sector. She has previously managed a residential tuition centre based in the U.K. and tutored families in Dubai, San Francisco, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hawaii and Kenya. Last year she supported students who were accepted into the top U.K. schools and universities. These included: Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College, Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey and Cheltenham Ladies College.
Jemma Zoe Smith graduated from Oriel College at Oxford University in 2013, having studied her BSc and Master’s degree in Biochemistry. She returned to Oxford University in 2017 to gain her teacher training qualification.
Schools and tutors share a goal: for our students to achieve their full potential. It’s long been the norm for schools to bring in external tutors for specific activities such as one-to-one music lessons – yet there are considerable benefits to getting tutors involved in other ways, coordinating their efforts with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students.
The role of a tutor is usually to focus on the specific individual needs of just one or two students, rather than needing to occupy an entire class as a school teacher does. This means that if you as a school leader are aware of a student who would benefit from extra support, a tutor may be able to help.
This can take a variety of different forms. It might be supporting the student after school, or during the school holidays. Tuition can similarly be targeted ahead of key exams, or in helping students with university applications. A tutor can also address underlying challenges for a student; for instance, supporting them in developing better study skills and organisational habits. Even a few short sessions could then be of benefit to the student for the rest of their school career.
While individual or small-group tuition is more usual, tutors don’t work exclusively with individual students. Many can also offer group workshops, providing expertise that a school might otherwise lack. For example, if a school doesn’t usually have students applying to Oxford or Cambridge, a tutor could run a workshop on how to succeed with applications to these universities.
And tutors can work with parents and teachers too. This could be teaching parents ways in which they can support their children’s education, such as if they have special educational needs, or in providing continuing professional development for teachers. The skill-set of tutors, their expertise and their flexibility can thus be harnessed in varied ways to support the needs of teachers, parents and students at your school.