School closures and disruption to learning have been commonplace in the last year as a result of efforts to tackle the pandemic, meaning many pupils have lost out on valuable teaching time.

Children have now thankfully returned to the classroom, and while homeschooling and virtual learning helped to limit the negative impacts of the closures, it remains tough to replace the classroom activities and learning that was missed.

However, if your child feels they have significant gaps in their learning or are unsure of something they have been taught, there is an opportunity to help them catch up in the form of tutoring.

What disruption to education took place?

The impact of school closures could be felt for several years to come, as lost teaching hours mean there could be gaps in young people’s learning where some sections of the curriculum have been overlooked.

This is especially the case among pupils who missed sections of GCSE or A-level teaching, where elements of that lost learning may feature in follow-up courses and qualifications.

If your child falls into this category, tutoring could support them with getting their learning back on track by helping to plug some of the knowledge gaps which may exist.

How could a tutor provide support?

Face-to-face time with a teacher or tutor can be invaluable for providing reassurance on topics or cementing key theory and ideas.

The flexible nature of tutoring, and the capability to deliver sessions virtually, provides you with numerous options too, as the teaching support could be planned around your child’s school day or their time at home.

For instance, they could access one-to-one sessions during any free time in their weekly timetable while at school or could use refresher sessions in the evenings or at weekends to run through new material they have covered.

When should you consider a tutor?

Potential gaps in your child’s learning are more likely to come to light now they have returned to the classroom and are once again having active teaching time.

If they feel they have gaps in their learning or want clarity on some of the topics they have recently been introduced to, it could be time to seek a tutor to provide specific subject support.

A tutor could also provide assistance if your child is preparing to start GCSE or A-level subjects, and wants to ensure they are well-placed to do so.

In addition, the support of a tutor could help your child to consolidate skills such as the basics of essay writing or structuring answers – elements of learning which could be partially overlooked given that the majority of exams have been cancelled in 2021.

Ultimately, a tutor should help your son or daughter engage with their subject matter, which should provide them with a much-needed confidence boost after time away from the classroom.