Clare Potter Tuition

Primary school teacher with over 20 years experience offering Private Tuition.

Operating as usual


When you have a neurotypical child, you feel reasonably assured that class participation and decent study habits will result in good grades. These kids have close friends. They get invited to participate in social things like dances and weekend gatherings. They make the teams, auditions organizations and clubs.

But when you have a child with certain differences, this is often not the case. Learning may take longer, both academically and socially. Despite their tremendous efforts, results are often a fraction of their peers and social acceptance is fleeting, setting them up for painful comparisons and bitter frustration. Instead of a fun and fulfilling experience, school can become a breeding ground for depression and anxiety, and assignments a battle ground at home. It is exhausting for parent and child alike.

This is the week of SPED (Special Education), Autism, Dyslexia, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) awareness.

For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognize their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of ALL people.

Recognize that the "playing field" is not always a level surface.

Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value enough. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted!!

If you choose, please copy and paste this in honor of all children who are deemed "different". Our world would be far less beautiful without them.



1 place left on my new Thursday 11+ group. Suit a Y4 or Y5 pupil 😊


NEW 11+ tuition group starting on Thursdays. Msg me if interested!

Safeguarding and child protection for tutors | NSPCC Learning 11/01/2023

Safeguarding and child protection for tutors | NSPCC Learning

Fellow tutor friends. Standard stuff, but well worth a read.

Safeguarding and child protection for tutors | NSPCC Learning Are you aware of the measures you need to take to help keep children safe as a tutor? See our safeguarding and child protection advice.


Received a letter today from a pupil I no longer teach. Absolutely made my week! So fabulous and thoughtful 😊💗


Wishing all of my pupils and their families a Happy New Year!! It’s your 11+ year!! 🎉


Wishing all of my wonderful pupils and their families a very Happy Christmas 🎄 🎅🏼 Thank you for all of my lovely gifts!


The classroom is now closed for Christmas! 🎄🎅🏼🎉


When thinking about the order of operations, a common misconception is that you do multiplication before division and addition before subtraction.

This useful diagram helps overcome this idea and confirms that they actually carry the same weight!


Congratulations to ALL of my 11+ pupils!! Some absolutely amazing results. So proud of each and every one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The 11+ results have begun to trickle in… remember that whatever the result, your best is always good enough 😊


Last 11+ lesson today! Good luck to all of my pupils taking their exam on Monday. I’ll be thinking of you 😊 Stay calm! You know it all ⭐️


Exactly why I love what I’m now doing 💗 I get to TEACH!!!


Timeline photos 19/09/2022

Timeline photos

Small adjustments make a huge difference.
There is no reason for changes like these not to be put in place, and to become part of usual practice. They benefit autistic pupils and ALL pupils.


The classroom will be closed on Monday 19th September to mark the funeral of
Queen Elizabeth II.
Lessons will be rescheduled.





Still a couple of places left on Wednesday’s 11+ mock! Message me if you’re interested 😊


The classroom is now closed until Monday 22nd August.
All messages will be answered when I return! Many thanks 😊

Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’ 08/08/2022

Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’

Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’ Sir Richard Branson has a knighthood, a Caribbean island, a rocket and several billion pounds to his name, but he still thinks of himself as a bit of a rebel. O

Timeline photos 08/08/2022

Timeline photos

Always. 💕


I have 1 space left for a 2 hr group 11+ revision session this afternoon.
Please message me to book.


I have a few spaces now available for 11+ over summer. Please message me for further information!


Apologies, I am unavailable until Monday 8th August. I will reply to any communication when I’m back in the classroom 😊


Immensely proud of all of my pupils who sat their first full 2hr mock 11+ test today! You’re all amazing


A little pet therapy during some Maths this week 😊

Timeline photos 10/07/2022

Timeline photos

When we guide our children, we reflect deeply on what they need to move forward- what stressors need to be removed, what skills need to be worked on, what relationships need to be repaired. When we punish our children, we are engaging in a power dynamic- it's about control, not growth.


Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’ 09/07/2022

Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’

Richard Branson: ‘Dyslexia is my superpower’ Sir Richard Branson has a knighthood, a Caribbean island, a rocket and several billion pounds to his name, but he still thinks of himself as a bit of a rebel. O

I Wish I Knew: Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your Spirit 09/07/2022

I Wish I Knew: Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your Spirit

She spoke to the teachers,
they told her to sit
to wait for her turn
and to speak with respect

She spoke to her parents
they told her to try
to never give up
to work hard and strive

She spoke to her friends
they told her to change
to act more like them
to stop being strange

She spoke to her self
she wondered what’s wrong?
why don’t I fit in?
why cant I belong?

And finally when
her exhaustion was high
she wandered bereft
out into the night.

She spoke to the moon
and the stars let her see
you’re already enough
why can’t you just be?

You sparkle with life
you’re so full to the brim
why worry about
the need to fit in?

You’re made of pure sunlight
with so much to share
don’t walk down the same road
you're not going there…

Donna Ashworth
From ‘I Wish I Knew’

Art by the wonderful Catherine McMillan, Art

I Wish I Knew: Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your Spirit I Wish I Knew: Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your Spirit


11+ mock tests available over the summer holiday. Contact me for further information 😊


Are you expecting your son or daughter to sit the 11+ in September? Have you registered? 2 days until the closing date!


Summer dates have been e mailed!
If you’re interested in 11+ mocks, please get in touch. No need to be a current pupil to attend.


Look out for an e mail in the next few days regarding summer bookings and 11+ mocks!






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