Hazelwood Tutoring

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1-2-1 tutoring, assignment support and homework support by qualified teacher & lecturer who has over 19 years’ experience with a wide range of abilities & ages incl SEND, behavioural issues & lack of confidence.

Operating as usual


With GCSE & A-level results done, and my last two learners through their exams & onto bigger, exciting things, it’s time for Hazelwood to close - for now at least! Who knows what the future holds? You can still find me at Skware Peg Rownd Hole so please follow if you haven’t already!


Last post (maybe) on results day for a while.

While it’s lovely to celebrate results & share them on social media, it can be really hard if you’re on the other side of this - which I have been as a parent, and also with my own A-level results which were, thankfully, in the days before social media.

It’s true that in the big scheme of things, GCSEs, A-levels and vocational quals are just a stepping stone, and there are lots of us who have done well despite low grades. However, right now it feels like the end of the world. Right now, it feels like all those hopes, dreams and plans have disappeared. Right now our teens will be feeling pretty crappy. They don’t need platitudes and ‘look at Uncle Bob and how well he’s done with 2 GCSEs and a BTEC First in care’. They need us to sit with them in their darkness, and let them know that we still think they are the most important humans on the planet. They need to know that we will support them whatever they decide to do next, and we have opinions and advice that we want to share with them - but only when they’re ready.

This year’s cohorts have had it tough. If the last 7 days have not brought the grades they wanted, they are allowed to be angry, pi**ed off and are allowed to feel that it’s just not fair - because it isn’t. Education is struggling anyway, and add to that a pandemic, missed terms of education & strikes, and everything has been pretty s**t, really.

If they’ve done well, celebrate & share away, and do whatever you want to do. If they haven’t, just be there for them, and try to celebrate how proud you are of them, for getting this far, for reaching the finish line.

Class of 2023, cohorts of 2023, I am in awe of your resilience. I am in awe of your determination. I am in awe of every single one of you.

Whatever comes next, you’ve got this.

Class of 2023, you are all magnificent.


And I’m done. Wow, so, so emotional. A huge thank you to all the parents for letting me be a part of their children’s lives. As a very wise man once told me as I started my teaching journey, teaching is a privilege, and it’s been an absolute privilege to teach so many amazing teens over the last 3 years.


After an amazing 3 years of offering tutoring, my last lesson is tomorrow evening. I’m now teaching in a small special school, so I haven’t taken on any new students since last summer and Hazelwood will close at the weekend. Thank you to all of my learners for making the last 3 years so much fun, and good luck in everything you do. Go and make the world a little more sparkly, and do whatever makes your souls sing!

Emma xx

Square Pegs and Round Holes: Surviving the Rollercoaster of SEN Parenting and Enjoying the Ride! 18/05/2023

Amazon are increasing their printing costs next month, which means the print book price will increase too (Kindle will stay the same) so if you want a copy, save some money & buy today!!

Square Pegs and Round Holes: Surviving the Rollercoaster of SEN Parenting and Enjoying the Ride! This is the book I needed to read 15 years ago. It is an informative memoir of my experience of parenting children with additional needs – the good, the bad and the painful. I hope it will let people know that they’re not the only ones going through hard and incredibly tough times, and some hint...

Square Pegs and Round Holes: Surviving the Rollercoaster of SEN Parenting and Enjoying the Ride! 10/05/2023

And, just in case you missed it, my book about parenting SEN (& parenting in general) was published on Amazon back in Feb - link below.

Square Pegs and Round Holes: Surviving the Rollercoaster of SEN Parenting and Enjoying the Ride! This is the book I needed to read 15 years ago. It is an informative memoir of my experience of parenting children with additional needs – the good, the bad and the painful. I hope it will let people know that they’re not the only ones going through hard and incredibly tough times, and some hint...


After a fabulous 3 years tutoring, it's almost time for Hazelwood to close. The learners I have had the pleasure to teach and tutor have been amazing, and now that I'm back in the classroom, I have two learners left who will be leaving me in the next month or so. I will be closing this page at the end of May, but my SEN page, Skware Peg Rownd Hole will carry on!


Home Education... do you home educate your children? Are you part of a home education network?

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We have a few questions we'd like to ask, so if you're interested in giving us your views, please send us a direct message!


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Good luck to everyone starting GCSEs today. You’ve had a horrible 2 years, and just to be in that exam room is an achievement in itself. When you turn over your paper, just breathe, take your time and do the best you can.

GCSEs 2023: all you need to know 11/05/2022

For Y10 & Y12 parents - looks like the plan next year is for GCSEs and A-levels to be as they were pre-pandemic, but possibly more spaced out! Not sure I agree with this, COVID has had a huge impact on learning, but I don't think there's much we can do, except keep being there for our teens, and keep trying to help them fill any gaps!


GCSEs 2023: all you need to know Department for Education confirms return to 'full subject content' for 2023 GCSE and A levels


Exam season is here! SATs start next week, and GCSE and A-levels follow very soon after. It can be a horrible time, and even more so after 2 years of COVID exam restrictions.

I hope that everyone taking exams over the next two months gets the questions they have revised, and that they get the grades they are hoping for. However, exams are not everything. Over the next few weeks, I will share real life stories of people who didn't get the grades they wanted or needed, but who have actually done ok - and I am one of them!


I’m reposting one of my favourite infographics showing how dyslexia affects so much more than just reading

Author/Artist: unknown



Photos from Hazelwood Tutoring's post 28/04/2022

It’s a long time since I’ve taught with a bearded dragon in the classroom, and don’t think I’ve ever had one this orange in a lesson!


Planner for next year arrived this morning - big thanks to Doris and Fred!!


Book research - if anyone knows anything about ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and would be willing to talk to me, please get in touch!
My Square Peg book is well over half way done now, but I need some first hand info on ODD, either from someone who has been diagnosed, is a parent/carer or someone who has been diagnosed, or has worked closely with someone. All info will be confidential, and I will let you read my words before they become part of the book.
Thank you!

No English and maths GCSE, no university student loan, plans say 23/02/2022

This is worrying - if funding for degree courses are dependent on 4s or above in maths & English GCSE, and more then 3 Ds at A-level, this will impact lots of learners. I'm also wondering how functional skills will be viewed if this goes ahead. I managed to read the Times article without a subscription, but have shared a BBC link with less detail too!

No English and maths GCSE, no university student loan, plans say It's part of new government proposals to shake up England's higher education system.


What a fabulous morning with a group of home learners at talking about Neolithic life, animals and witches!


If you have anything to add, you can message me here, on Skware Peg, or on my personal FB (Emma Salt)


The Royal Institute Christmas lectures this year are all about viruses, immunity and testing. The first one is on now (BBC 4, 8pm) but if you have budding scientists or GCSE/A level biology or combined science students with you, get them to watch it on iPlayer! An excellent visual and informative explanation of how it all works!

strictly spoiler…. 18/12/2021

strictly spoiler…. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Strictly Come Dancing (link here) and how incredible this series has been. This post talks about the 2021 winner so if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t r…


What an amazing term it’s been! I’m now signing off til 2022. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Timeline photos 30/11/2021

This looks very exciting!!

Our competition has launched! 🚀

Children aged 4-11 have the chance to design a logo that will be featured on rockets launching from UK spaceports in 2022! 🎨

The rockets will take satellites into space, which will take important measurements that can help protect our planet from climate change. 🌎

Head to logoliftoff.org.uk to enter!

Read more 👉 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-space-logo-design-competition-to-inspire-children-across-the-uk

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