Clara James Tutoring

Clara James Tutoring


Have you got a passion for helping children to succeed?

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dawn Strachan and found out about her unique children's tuition franchise where not only every child is treated as an individual, but every franchisee is too.

Here's what she had to say about what qualities make an ideal Clara James Tutoring franchisee:

"A franchisee needs to be willing to listen to the child and adapt to that child’s needs. A franchisee needs to be motivated and ambitious. Building a business isn’t easy but it’s rewarding and so satisfying. They need to recognise that every person that gets in touch is someone they can help and not just someone who can help them reach their bottom line. Tutoring needs to be a passion as well as a business."

Their caring ethos of seeing the individual extends to everyone they work with. Could joining the Clara James Tutoring team be right for you?

Read the interview in full via our website and head to Clara James Tutoring to find out more.

We boost confidence and knowledge in maths and English from KS1 right through to the end of GCSE's in the comfort of your own home and online, through a range of activities that are tailor made to your individual needs.

Clara James Tutoring offer to give the best possible help. We can provide lessons online or in your home (Government Guidelines allowing) so that you don't need to venture out on these cold, dark evenings. We provide everything that will be needed in the lessons so there is no extra out lay for the parents. We use a range of resources so that we cater for every learning style. We make the lessons

Operating as usual

Aylesbury-based business celebrates 10th anniversary after going from one woman's part-time local venture to national acclaim 28/02/2022

Aylesbury-based business celebrates 10th anniversary after going from one woman's part-time local venture to national acclaim

Aylesbury-based business celebrates 10th anniversary after going from one woman's part-time local venture to national acclaim Dawn hopes to turn the business into a franchise in the future


Are you looking for something more than a job? An opportunity to make a genuine difference to the lives of children struggling with their maths.

For the past 9 ½ years we have worked hard to build a reputation for genuinely caring and doing the very best that we can to provide one-to-one tutoring in the comfort of the child’s home and online.
If you want to join the amazing team of tutors, I have working with me you must be flexible in your approach to supporting each child.
Willing to travel in and around the Thame and Aylesbury areas.
Ideally have a background in education, though this isn’t essential and full training will be given.
In return we will offer you £18/hour (online) £22/hour when you travel to the child’s home.
Full training and support throughout.
Above all I think that we can offer you an opportunity that will give you a sense of pride, variety, achievement. You will be a part of a team which has got an amazing reputation and no two days are ever the same.
If you are interested, DM explaining why you want to join us. A copy of your CV may compliment this, but a generic letter / just your CV will not be considered.
I look forward to speaking to the right person soon


What sort of resources will your child relate to when you look for a tutor?

Whenever we work with a child we always give them a variety of resources to choose from for several reasons. It helps us to create multiple memories so that it is easier to recall the information when needed, it makes the lesson more engaging and enjoyable, it also ensures we are accommodating more learning styles.
What type of resources will you use in your lessons? Will you create your own or use those provided by others? Maybe you'll use both. That's what I advocate, that way you are opening up more possibilities

#Becomeatutor #starttutoring #startatutoringbusiness #creativelearning #tutoring

Big (1988) - Algebra Help Scene 09/01/2022

Big (1988) - Algebra Help Scene

Brilliant film and true insight into what makes a good tutor

Big (1988) - Algebra Help Scene


Word searches are a great way to support our children with spelling and reading as well as being great fun.
I hope you enjoy this one
Merry Christmas from everyone at Clara James Approach and Tutoring


Day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas.
Dot to dots are great for recognising sequences of letters and numbers. Also for practicing the skills which will help with fine motor skills


Timeline photos 08/12/2021

Really enjoyed this lesson. The resource was downloaded from TES. Brilliant fun.


12 days of Christmas-mazes
Many children struggle with handwriting. Sometimes it's because of immature fine motor skills. The skills needed to complete a maze are ideal for practicing handwriting.
Have a go and enjoy!


12 days of Christmas to help support your child's learning. Snowflakes may not seem immediately related but the fine motor skills required to cut/create these will help your child with these. In turn they will support your child's handwriting. Enjoy, I'd love to see what you create!


Here's the 7th activity for Halloween. I hope you enjoy it. The PDF version can be downloaded by clicking the link in our bio.
As you play the game why not create a poster of images and words with words that you find.
I'd love to see what you have created this week. So, please tag us in your Halloween activities. #happyhalloween


Mazes are a greater way to help children with hand writing practice. The skills needed to follow the maze are very similar to those needed to correctly form a letter.
There are hundreds of mazes that you can download for free.
Other suggestions include drawing, colouring, sewing, dot-to-doys, to name but a few.
For more ideas to support your child, pop across to the membership group for 30 days free.
I look forward to seeing you there. Have a great weekend x


I love this game. Its pretty much like pictionary. Pick a word and draw it. Everyone else has to guess what you're drawing.
Once guessed, write the word correctly next to the image.


Another game for you to enjoy. Happy Halloween!

Pick a word, but don't tell anyone else the one you have chosen.
Now draw it. Everyone else has to guess what your word is.
Once guessed, write the correct spelling next to it.
The idea behind this game is that you are creating a visual, a kinaesthetic, & an auditory memory making it easier to recall the spelling in future.
Enjoy the game!
Check out more of our #Halloween activities below


As the next of our Halloween activities we've decided to have a competition.
We are looking for your child(up to 16 years old) to write a spooky story.
The winner will receive a £25 Amazon voucher!
Once you've written your master piece, send it to us at [email protected]
Suggestions on how to write a compelling story can be found in the 7 Halloween activities in the Clara James Approach. If you're not a member, you can join and get the first month free, then leave again if you wish.
Looking forward to reading your story.
The closing date is Sunday 31st October
#halloween #competition #writeastory


Today's Halloween activity for Halloween. Enjoy!

I love these 5 -minute challenges.

The aim is to both / all of you to spend 5 minutes trying to think of three words for each category (where it states 3 words from Halloween, rearrange the letters in the word to create 3 new ones - you don't have to use them all)

At the end of the 5 minutes compare your answers. It's not a test! It's meant to be fun. You may choose to extend the time to give you and your child more of a chance to complete the task
Good luck and enjoy!

#home education


Have a great Tuesday. Here are 12 anagrams for you to share with your child. Enjoy!

Day 2. Can you rearrange the letters to find 12 words associated with Halloween? Enjoy x



Enjoy these and have a great week x

Learning doesn't need to be dull. So, this week I will be posting 7 fun Halloween activities for you to share with your child this week. Enjoy!



This is something I believe in very strongly

Yesterday I created a post on how important it is that we work on our children's confidence as well as their knowledge when we are helping them to learn.
I am sure it becomes an increasing spiral of success when we support their learning in a way that is suitable to them:


If you're looking for resources to support your child at home, this might help

We now have over 20 resource bundles in the Clara James Approach. They range from synonyms to times tables. Comprehension to prime numbers.

Thank you to everyone who has joined me there. And for those who join us, I look forward to seeing you there x


My gorgeous grandson, Alfie
#lovereading #lovebooks📚


I hope the school term is off to a good start.
If you have any problems, please do ask. Whether it's a quick question about their maths or English, or the more permanent support of a tutor, we can help.
I have some amazing tutors who work for me and I can recommend each and everyone of them with confidence. I always think, would I be happy with this person supporting my own child?
If we can be of any help at all, please do ask.


Time away from work with little Alfie and my 2 girls x


Grab this if you are interested. Have a great evening x

After the success of "The Beach" I've put together a new course for you to enjoy with your children. It incorporates 5x tables, fine motor skills alongside suggesting how these could be used to create more "academic" projects for older children #learningactivities


Have a great Sunday and enjoy the sunshine 🌞
#sunshine #summertime


If any of you work with / have a dyslexic child, I hope that this might help x

A while ago I wrote a course to support parents in understanding dyslexia and working with dyslexic children. Over the weekend, I added it to the Clara James Approach for you.
It doesn't involve many images as I wrote it before I learned the joys of how to use Canva. But I hope what it does include is information that you will find helpful and can put into use when supporting your own child.
Don't forget, the first month is free and there is no contract/ commitment to stay, so even if you just pop in for the course and leave again, there is nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I hope to see you there.
Warmest wishes
Dawn x

Clara James Tutoring updated their address. 15/08/2021

Clara James Tutoring updated their address.

Clara James Tutoring updated their address.

Timeline photos 11/08/2021

Good luck to you all, you deserve your hard work to be acknowledged


Weekend thoughts...
Have a great weekend

#tutoring #clarajamestutoring


Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're doing x


Here's a free course I've just finished creating, I hope you enjoying doing the activities as much as I enjoyed creating it x

I've just finished creating a free course for you to help you entertain your children this summer. The goal is to combine maths, English and creativity. I must admit I have really enjoyed making it.
I hope you enjoy the activities, I think everything can be created with either very little or no cost.

Enjoy x


Prepositions are nothing more than a word that explains the position of something:


The count down has started until the term officially finishes!
Whatever you're doing this summer, keep safe and enjoy!


How's your morning going? I've been creating a project for the membership group based on the beach ⛱
I love doing things like this. Definitely doesn't feel like working 😕
Once I've finished making the slides/videos, I'll create the resources and the handbook.
message me if you want to be kept up to date 📅 on progress
Enjoy your day! X
#learning #creativelearning #education #homeschooling #homeeducation #summerholidays #summeractivitiesforkids

Our Story

Originating in 2012 our goal has always been to offer to best possible support in maths and English as we can for those as young as key stage 1 up to the end of GCSE, or adults returning to education.

My background was special needs and early years and in my ignorance I believed that everyone taught through using a range of resources that would suit the individual needs of the learner. Furthermore, I wrongly presumed that tutors provided a range of activities that would make the lessons varied and consequently help the learner retain the information they were studying.

I was wrong. I acknowledge that a lot of people like to see a pile of worksheets completed, but for most people, worksheets alone won’t help them recall the information when it is needed.

As an example, if we were working on our times tables we might play a snakes and ladders game with a different question on each square. We might play pairs or the lily-pad game. Our version of tic-tac-toe or bingo. Games help us to relax and also allow for repetition without it becoming boring.

Videos (show all)

Long division
Working out HCF and LCM
We will be tutoring over the summer break
Percentages of a quantity
Because we always prided ourselves in offering a range of resources and travelling to the student's home, we have been a...
Using exclamation marks and question marks
Get to grips with using speech marks
Algebraic fractions
Tonight's live will go over doing the bus stop method before exploring long division tomorrow
Helping with handwriting practice



Weekly emails offering parents techniques on how they can support their children with their maths and English homework.
Training courses for parents
Online support forum for parents wanting to support their child with maths and English
Recently published book available through our website




Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 3pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 3pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 3pm
Thursday 8:30am - 3pm
Friday 8:30am - 3pm

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