Centralise UK Compulsory Education NOW

Imagine if we had just one body setting examinations for 16 year olds in the UK. The government is constantly looking for ways to save money; printing costs alone would save millions. I don’t think parents and the public in general have any idea of the ludicrous work load put upon Examination Officers these days. At many schools it is a full time job! At many private schools children in the same class will be sitting different exams for the same qualification! Mistakes are often made because of the complexity of so many different papers for the same subjects. Results comparisons are meaningless and standardisation is virtually impossible.

We need ONE body setting the examinations for core subjects at 16 and EVERYBODY should sit identical examinations for each subject. This would save money, raise standards, avoid errors and make statistical comparison of results have some meaning.

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Web safety is all about parental control in increasingly complicated tech world…

** Web safety lessons urged for infants ** Children as young as five should be given lessons in how to use the internet safely, campaigners have urged.

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Much of this is about parental control! As a father of three young children I can see how computer use and the internet is of increasing interest to the young. As children become ever more I.T. savvy it is extremely important that parents carefully monitor the content they are accessing.

Publishers of unsuitable websites aimed at the young should also be held strongly to account.

Also, ever more sophisticated mobile devices are equally if not more problematic as they are far more difficult to monitor.

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Facing up to online private tuition

As pupils across the UK ready themselves for the new school year an ever growing number of parents are turning to private tutors to top up their children’s classroom education.

 

The recent launch of Webtutornet.com, the UK’s first dedicated, safe and secure online private tuition resource run by Kensington & Chelsea Tutors, could well change the face of private tuition forever.

 

Nevil Chiles, founder of K&C Tutors and an education expert with over two decades of experience as a teacher and tutor within the education sector, has spent two years developing the technology behind the idea and he’s already received a lot of positive feedback for this innovative approach.

 

Nevil explained “Over the last decade since launching K&C Tutors I’ve witnessed a rapid growth in the demand for private tuition from across the social spectrum.

 

“With the recently much publicised dip in GCSE and A Level results it is likely that this trend will continue regardless of the economic climate. After all who doesn’t want to give their child the best possible start in life?

 

“Webtutornet is an idea I’ve had for some time and I decided to develop it into a service back in 2010. Clearly the internet is playing a bigger part in our lives and there’s no reason why face to face private tuition can’t be delivered over the web, provided that the technology is right.

 

“It is important to note that this isn’t some Skype style approach; this software has been written to our specifications specifically for the purpose of delivering live lessons online.

 

“We have tried to replicate every possible facet of a face to face meeting between teacher and student. Every tutor and student that registers receives a special pack that contains headphones, a webcam and a mouse pad and pen that allow tutor and pupil to access shared online resources both safely and securely during a tutorial.

 

“There is no software to download as it is entirely web based,” added Nevil.

 

One Oxford-based mother who has already utilised the online tuition service remarked: “What a relief to find someone who was able to communicate clearly and effectively with my daughter, and all without me having to be a taxi service or wait around whilst lessons were going on. It was brilliant!”

Tutors have also been quick to sing the praises of Webtutornet with Maths teacher Angad Rihal commenting: “Webtutornet offers an innovative method for delivering lessons to students. As a tutor it provides me with unrivalled flexibility and helps to incorporate technology and IT into private teaching.”

 

For more details visit www.webtutornet.com.

Face to face online private tuition that’s NOT Skype!

A pioneering new online tuition service has recently launched that will revolutionise the delivery of private, personalised, home-based learning for English, Maths, French and many other subjects.

Webtutornet.com, established by Nevil Chiles of Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Ltd has been in development for two years. It allows teachers and tutors to deliver personalised lessons to students using the internet.

Face to face online private tuition that’s NOT Skype!

A pioneering new online tuition service has recently launched in the UK that will revolutionise the delivery of private, personalised, home-based learning for English, Maths, French and many other subjects.

 

Webtutornet.com, established by Nevil Chiles of Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Ltdhas been in development for two years. It allows teachers and tutors to deliver personalised lessons to students using the internet.

 

Nevil, who has worked within education both in the UK and abroad for over two decades, explained: “This is the first online tutorial resource that has been specially designed to exactly mimic the experience of a one-to-one lesson without leaving home.

 

“This is not Skype! We have written the software specifically to do the job. It has all the facets of a live lesson but teacher and pupil could be on opposite sides of the planet! It is the result of two years of hard work,” added Nev.

 

Teacher and pupil can see and hear each other, share and annotate documents and ‘write’ on documents using a specialised mouse. There is a virtual notepad, Open Office to work with popular document formats and a number of other innovations and features.

 

The new site features a number of informative videos that clearly explain the process for both tutors and pupils.

 

Nev went on “Initial feedback from both students and tutors has been immensely positive. Home visits for private lessons will continue but I firmly believe that this offers an excellent alternative for the delivery of private learning.”

 

After registering, each tutor and student receives a set of equipment that includes a headset, a webcam and a mouse pad with specialised mouse that is used like a pen. There is no software to download as the system is entirely web based but files and documents can be safely and securely shared online between tutor and student.

 

Nev added: “The ethos behind webtutornet.com is more than just to provide a way of delivering lessons online, it is also to create a social network for learning.

 

“The tutors set their own rates of pay and you can study their profiles and availability to select the tutor that best fits your needs. It offers all the subjects you would expect but the sky really is the limit, both in subject matter and the location of teachers and students,” added Nevil who set up Kensington & Chelsea Tutors in 2002.

 

One of the first tutors to use the system gave it a definite thumbs up. Angad Rihal, who provides tuition in Maths, amongst other subjects, commented, “Webtutornet offers an innovative method for delivering lessons to students. As a tutor it provides me with unrivalled flexibility and helps to incorporate technology and IT into private teaching.”

 

As Adrian Chiles, who hosts the site’s video content, says, “Learn about anything, at anytime, anywhere. It’s just like having a personal tutor at home, virtually!”

 

For more details visit www.webtutornet.com or follow on Twitter @webtutornet.

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