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6 advantages of effective small-group tutoring

For parents- best choices for your early reader

advantages of effective small group tutoring

There are several practical advantages to choosing small group tuition over one-to-one tuition when deciding on the best literacy support for your child. In this post, I have outlined 6 key features of small group tutoring, the benefits of why it is an effective choice, and the results that children experience.


small group tutoring for KS1 children

What is small group tutoring?


According to the EFA, small group tuition is one teacher or tutor working with two to five students in a group, allowing support to be focused on a small group of learners.


Research shows that small group tuition focused on reading has on average 4+ months of additional progress per year for primary children.



There are several practical advantages to choosing small group tuition over one-to-one tuition when deciding on the best literacy support for your child.


In the following chart, I have outlined the 6 key features of small-group tutoring, the benefits of why it is an effective choice, and the results that children experience. Hopefully, this makes it crystal clear why small group tutoring is an excellent choice to make.


features of small group tutoring


benefits of small group tutoring


results of small group tutoring

​1.) Personal attention from the tutor

children get plenty of focused support and motivation

Faster progress and better results

​2.) Children talk and listen to each other

real chances to listen and speak

children speak naturally and with confidence

​3.) Children learn from each other

children's teamwork skills improve

children learn faster

4.) Children help each other

children's language and social skills improve

children learn more than just literacy eg. social skills and vocabulary skills

5.) Children make friends

children have a fun, fresh change from the classroom

children's motivation and confidence increase

​6.) Price-effective for parents

​offers an effective way for children to learn

the same or better outcomes compared to 1:1

Effective Small Group Tutoring

When choosing small-group tutoring for your child, it is important to find a highly trained tutor with an effective approach to get the best results. Evidence shows that small-group tuition is more effective and has a greater impact when the tutor works closely matched to learners' needs and offers children positive feedback and keeps children fully engaged in their lessons. This works particularly well in small group reading practice.


Final thoughts...

All children learn differently and only you know your child best. If your child has high learning needs, one-to-one tutoring might be the better option. However, if your child needs a general boost of confidence, focused support and to close their learning gaps in reading, small-group tutoring is an excellent choice.


It’s hard to always combine the teacher and parent roles at home. Imagine how helpful it would be to have a tutor by your side to guide your child’s learning and give you some trained, experienced insights into how your child is progressing.


That’s exactly what I can help with. I can assess your child’s reading level to give them exactly the right support. You’ll get monthly progress reports and noticeable results. And the advantage of my small-group tutoring is not only that your child will make excellent progress, but they also get to make new friends too. That’s a huge motivating factor for all children and an extra bonus for home-schooled children.


Have a chat with me to find out how I can support your child. Places are limited so get in touch today.

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