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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 https://www.childrensfranchise.co.uk/franchisor-interviews and head to Clara James Tutoring to find out more.
Ashley

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

30/10/2021

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

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

29/10/2021

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
#halloween
#handwritingpractice

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
#halloween
#handwritingpractice

28/10/2021

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.
Enjoy.
#happyhalloween

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.
Enjoy.
#happyhalloween

28/10/2021

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

27/10/2021

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

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

26/10/2021

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!

#Halloween
#home education
#learningactivities
#learningactivitiesforkids
#learningactivitiesforkidsathome

25/10/2021

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

#halloween

24/10/2021

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!

#Halloween

07/10/2021

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:

https://clarajamestutoring.co.uk/creating-confident-learners

06/10/2021

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

05/10/2021

My gorgeous grandson, Alfie
#lovereading #lovebooks📚

My gorgeous grandson, Alfie
#lovereading #lovebooks📚

01/10/2021
21/09/2021

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.

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.

07/09/2021

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

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

06/09/2021

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
#learningactivitiesforkids
#learningactivitiesforkidsathome
#Learningactivitiesforkidsteaching
#homeeducation
#homeeducationideas
#homeeducationUKks2
#confidentlearners
#confidentandinvolvedlearners

https://www.udemy.com/course/the-tree-incorporating-maths-english-creativity/?referralCode=586F1EBD5B5CEFBF32E0

05/09/2021
05/09/2021

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

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

16/08/2021

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

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

07/08/2021

Weekend thoughts...
Have a great weekend

#tutoring #clarajamestutoring

Weekend thoughts...
Have a great weekend

#tutoring #clarajamestutoring

30/07/2021

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're doing x
#weekend

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're doing x
#weekend

21/07/2021

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

https://www.udemy.com/course/the-beach-keep-your-child-entertained-this-summer/?referralCode=99D26C42B6432B6B5D6E

21/07/2021

Prepositions are nothing more than a word that explains the position of something: https://clarajamestutoring.co.uk/prepositions

Prepositions are nothing more than a word that explains the position of something: https://clarajamestutoring.co.uk/prepositions

16/07/2021

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

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

15/07/2021

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

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

15/07/2021

Not sure if this is procrastinating or genuine work, but enjoying myself anyway...

How's your morning going? It's not done yet but I've been working on something a bit more creative for the holidays. The goal is to create a "project" based on the seaside. ⛱

It will include creative ideas such as paper mache, sewing, cutting, painting, etc. But also an element of maths and English, including the 8x tables, writing poems, etc. I'm just creating the slides for the video, then once that's done I'll need to create the resources and workbook. I'll keep you posted on progress 🐙

13/07/2021

A family I have got to know through tutoring are going to be running a book club for home-ed children in September and she's asked if I can help to run it.
Can't wait!
When the kids were little the bus from one end of town to the other cost 10p. It stopped outside a book shop where they sold 3 children's books for a pound. With 3 children this was clearly a sign I couldn't ignore!
It was fair to say I house looked like a library. (We also went to story time each week at the library which meant I could pick up a further 10 books / ticket.
I love books... Some women love shoes, handbags and fashion, that has escaped me, but for me, you can't beat a book :)

A family I have got to know through tutoring are going to be running a book club for home-ed children in September and she's asked if I can help to run it.
Can't wait!
When the kids were little the bus from one end of town to the other cost 10p. It stopped outside a book shop where they sold 3 children's books for a pound. With 3 children this was clearly a sign I couldn't ignore!
It was fair to say I house looked like a library. (We also went to story time each week at the library which meant I could pick up a further 10 books / ticket.
I love books... Some women love shoes, handbags and fashion, that has escaped me, but for me, you can't beat a book :)

12/07/2021

As the school term comes to an end and an increasing number of children are self isolating, we're offering you a month's free membership to the Clara James Approach. Hopefully you will find relevant games and resources there to support your child with their maths and English to help them to catch up over the coming weeks.
Just click on our website link and it will take you straight there 😃.
#learning #englishgrammar #confidentlearners #education #learningthroughplay #learningstyles #homeschooling #homeeducation #homeeducator #homeeducationuk #learningactivities #learningactivitiesforkids

As the school term comes to an end and an increasing number of children are self isolating, we're offering you a month's free membership to the Clara James Approach. Hopefully you will find relevant games and resources there to support your child with their maths and English to help them to catch up over the coming weeks.
Just click on our website link and it will take you straight there 😃.
#learning #englishgrammar #confidentlearners #education #learningthroughplay #learningstyles #homeschooling #homeeducation #homeeducator #homeeducationuk #learningactivities #learningactivitiesforkids

09/07/2021

Enjoy the weekend x

07/07/2021

Fingers crossed for this evening!

Fingers crossed for this evening!

10/06/2021

This spider-gram is an extract from the course I am putting together to help parents support their children in doing their homework, which for many people is a daily battle. I hope this helps and if you would like to sign up for the course, please do let me know and you will be one of the first to hear when it goes live. #homework #parenting #mathstruggles #homeworkstruggles #timeablingyourchild'shomework #ClaraJamesTutoring #education #learning

This spider-gram is an extract from the course I am putting together to help parents support their children in doing their homework, which for many people is a daily battle. I hope this helps and if you would like to sign up for the course, please do let me know and you will be one of the first to hear when it goes live. #homework #parenting #mathstruggles #homeworkstruggles #timeablingyourchild'shomework #ClaraJamesTutoring #education #learning

04/06/2021

Tag me and let me know
#homework #learning #education #mathsupport #ks1 #ks2 #primaryeducation #clarajamestutoring

Tag me and let me know
#homework #learning #education #mathsupport #ks1 #ks2 #primaryeducation #clarajamestutoring

02/06/2021

I was talking to a friend of Angel's. Annabel is 22 and just been diagnosed with ASD. With her permission I wanted to share this with you. I thought it would be insightful for a lot of us:

I was reading the section about how describing autism as a spectrum can often hinder understanding because people think of something like the electromagnetic spectrum and think autism is a straight line from ‘mild’ to ‘severe’ and I remembered an amazing infographic I found the other day that I think might be useful for your pamphlet or something, or even as a poster? Basically it’s just a really great little visual explanation.

Just because someone is verbal and has relatively low support needs (i.e. The ones who would have been previously diagnosed as Aspergers) it does not mean that they are any more intelligent or worth more than people who aren’t verbal and need a lot of support.

I think too often we look at someone considered ‘low functioning’ who cant talk and look after themselves etc and see ‘other’, we see just disability and have low expectations.
People like me are just better at blending in or ‘masking’ we’re not actually any more intelligent or useful than any other autistic person. That's why terms like ‘Asperger's’ contributes to abelism. I think some people who use it (whilst knowing it’s history) just want to think of themselves as better than others or ‘almost normal’ when in reality that is quite naive.

Also very importantly I believe that functioning is fluid. Someone is not ‘high functioning’ or ‘low functioning’ constantly, it fluctuates throughout life.
For example there are times when I can solve really complicated beaurocracy problems involving a lot of people in my second language, but there are also times where I can’t physically speak and shut down. There are times where I can use everything I have learned to be a good listener, but there are also times where I have overestimated what I can do again and get burnt out like now where I can’t control emotions at all and it’ll be extremes of mood over the tiniest things. There are times when I can wince and suck it up when I'm going to the big supermarket or my someone is making noise with keys or coins or jewellery, but there are also times when I can’t wince and suck it up and it is unbearable.
I was never given any allowance for the times I couldn’t cope, I was never given any support at school or breaks/accommodations when I needed them so I had to learn to mask and survive, there simply is no choice for children like me. A famous Bob Dylan song goes ‘Well you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone’ and I think that sums up how it is for children like I perfectly.

A bit of a drawn out explanation but what I mean is that I think ‘high-functioning’ is often a created state through necessity by those who are in a lucky enough situation to have the creative thinking processes to achieve it. So called ‘high functioning’ people are often denied support, and ‘low functioning’ people are denied agency. That’s why I completely agree it’s wrong to try an classify what is a neurotype by the disease criteria of ‘mild’ and ‘severe’.

I was talking to a friend of Angel's. Annabel is 22 and just been diagnosed with ASD. With her permission I wanted to share this with you. I thought it would be insightful for a lot of us:

I was reading the section about how describing autism as a spectrum can often hinder understanding because people think of something like the electromagnetic spectrum and think autism is a straight line from ‘mild’ to ‘severe’ and I remembered an amazing infographic I found the other day that I think might be useful for your pamphlet or something, or even as a poster? Basically it’s just a really great little visual explanation.

Just because someone is verbal and has relatively low support needs (i.e. The ones who would have been previously diagnosed as Aspergers) it does not mean that they are any more intelligent or worth more than people who aren’t verbal and need a lot of support.

I think too often we look at someone considered ‘low functioning’ who cant talk and look after themselves etc and see ‘other’, we see just disability and have low expectations.
People like me are just better at blending in or ‘masking’ we’re not actually any more intelligent or useful than any other autistic person. That's why terms like ‘Asperger's’ contributes to abelism. I think some people who use it (whilst knowing it’s history) just want to think of themselves as better than others or ‘almost normal’ when in reality that is quite naive.

Also very importantly I believe that functioning is fluid. Someone is not ‘high functioning’ or ‘low functioning’ constantly, it fluctuates throughout life.
For example there are times when I can solve really complicated beaurocracy problems involving a lot of people in my second language, but there are also times where I can’t physically speak and shut down. There are times where I can use everything I have learned to be a good listener, but there are also times where I have overestimated what I can do again and get burnt out like now where I can’t control emotions at all and it’ll be extremes of mood over the tiniest things. There are times when I can wince and suck it up when I'm going to the big supermarket or my someone is making noise with keys or coins or jewellery, but there are also times when I can’t wince and suck it up and it is unbearable.
I was never given any allowance for the times I couldn’t cope, I was never given any support at school or breaks/accommodations when I needed them so I had to learn to mask and survive, there simply is no choice for children like me. A famous Bob Dylan song goes ‘Well you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone’ and I think that sums up how it is for children like I perfectly.

A bit of a drawn out explanation but what I mean is that I think ‘high-functioning’ is often a created state through necessity by those who are in a lucky enough situation to have the creative thinking processes to achieve it. So called ‘high functioning’ people are often denied support, and ‘low functioning’ people are denied agency. That’s why I completely agree it’s wrong to try an classify what is a neurotype by the disease criteria of ‘mild’ and ‘severe’.

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

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

Telephone

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Aylesbury
HP197

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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