What ages do you work with?

I tutor children in Years 1 to 6. I am also very happy to continue working with children who have moved up to Year 7 and would still like some extra support in the transition.

What qualifications and experience do you have?

I am a fully qualified primary teacher. I gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2004. I have taught across key stages 1 and 2. I specialise in years 5 and 6 and have excellent knowledge of the Y6s SATs. As well as classroom teaching, I have worked in educational roles for museums and charities, bringing a varied and unique set of knowledge and skills to my practice. I have been tutoring since 2011. It started as a side-line alongside my main employment. Since July 2020, I have been tutoring full-time with the creation of Karen Lander – The Top Cat Tutor and operate a professional, personalised tuition service.

How much does tuition cost?

The investment for Bespoke 1:2:1 tuition is £250/month (1 hour weekly sessions) or £150/month (30 minute weekly sessions). This includes not only your weekly sessions, but also my planning and preparation time creating your child’s bespoke session, your monthly progress report and consultation, background admin, and maintaining my continuous professional development to ensure my service is up to date and of the highest quality.

Please see my Services page for more information about 1:2:1 tuition.

How do I pay?

An invoice will be sent at the end of each month for the following month’s sessions. Payment must be received before the first lesson of the next month. Payment is via bank transfer.

What if we can’t make a lesson?

As a small business, I am unable to offer refunds for missed or cancelled lessons. Where possible, I will offer to reschedule any missed bespoke 1:2:1 lessons at another mutually convenient time, or “bank” that session to be taken at a later date.

What if we are late?

For bespoke 1:2:1 sessions, if you have not joined the session after 5 minutes of the start time I will contact you to remind you. The session will be kept open for a further 10 minutes after which it will be closed. If you join the session before it closes, the lost time will not be made up and the session will finish at the usual time. If you do not join the session in time, I will offer to reschedule it for a mutually convenient time. If this is not possible, the lesson has been missed and is non-refundable.

What if you cancel a lesson?

If I have to cancel a lesson, I will first offer to re-arrange for another mutually convenient time, or failing that will credit the lesson to the following month.

What if I don’t want to continue with lessons?

When the time comes to stop lessons please give one month’s notice in advance. Any lessons already paid for are non-refundable.

How long do you recommend a lesson should be?

This depends on the age of the child and their needs. As a general rule, children in Years 1-2 find 30 minute lessons enough. Some people choose to have two 30 minute lessons a week. For children in years 3 upwards, an hour a week works well. More sessions can be added depending on your needs.

What will my child do in a lesson?

That depends on your child’s needs and what we are working on. Each lesson is individually planned based on the outcomes of previous lessons so it is totally bespoke to the needs of your child.

I do not follow set schemes of work or set out a plan of work covering several weeks or months in advance. I find out what your child can do and where they need support, and work at their pace on what they need. How long that takes varies from child to child.

Activities might include working through questions together to develop understanding, using online tools (such as maths manipulatives or flashcards) or playing educational games. Your child may be shown a picture or video clip to inspire creative writing. They may be asked to write or draw something and send me a photo. We may use online books or extracts of texts to develop reading fluency and comprehension skills, and also to develop writing skills by understanding how authors have chosen to structure their writing to best effect. The possibilities are endless! Each session contains a mixture of activities in different formats so attention and enjoyment are maintained.

Does online tuition really work?

Do you set homework?

No. Research suggests that at primary age, homework does not have any significant impact on progress. It is more important that children have time to rest, play, read and enjoy themselves!

My child is in Reception. Can you help?

No. I have no training or experience in Early Years (including YR). If you are looking for support for children in Year R, I recommend finding an Early Years specialist.