Tutors Valley - About us
Tutors Valley is made up of highly-experienced professionals who have been working in the education industry for the past 3 decades. Our team includes PHD doctors and subject specialists who together form an important part of the Tutors Valley advisory board. Between them, they have amassed 20 years' teaching experience in UK, in subjects such as English, mathematics, biology, and chemistry, among others. We also provide dedicated course administrative support, which parents can reach out to at any time.
We offer traditional one to one tuition where our specialised tutors visit your home or we offer online tuition for this we use the latest innovative technology which includes a highly competitive interactive white board, this enables parent and student to upload course materials with ease. Each session is recorded for parents to review their child's progress, parents simply rewind the session's video to view. Plus, our online academy allows students to interact with blogs and universities, and sessions are also compatible with iPads and tablets.
The founder of the Tutors Valley team has been working for the past two decades in the technology industry, for companies such as ECB (European central Bank), BBC, Lloyds TSB bank, Barclays and so on, as a result, Tutors Valley utilises state-of-the-art technology.
There are many advantages of one to one tuition including helping the student to feel empowered, confident and 'heard'. So many times we hear how students feel lost in a classroom situation, as the teacher cannot hope to dedicate time individually to pupils that actually just need that little bit extra guidance. At Tutors Valley we offer this in two ways. We have a choice of 'online' or 'at home' one to one tuition, either way, your child receives dedicated, individual attention and help. There are many advantages of one to one online education, but we know from parent feedback that time is a very important factor. Tutors save time on travel, which means sessions start punctually, and parents have full control and convenience without the pressure of having to prepare the house for the tutor.
Only after assessing and analysing students' needs do we match student and tutor. This then becomes your dedicated tutor throughout your time with us, ensuring continuity in learning. Our approach to finding the best tutor for each student also takes into consideration learning goals, the student's personality and preferred learning styles.
Progress reports form an important part of the tutorial process. After each class, the tutor produces a session report with lesson feedback and once a month our Head of Education consults with parents and pupil to give more comprehensive feedback on a pupil's progression.
We cover all National Curriculum subjects for all phases of education. From Key Stage 2 mathematics tutors to Key Stage 4 science tutors, our subject specialist teachers also include science, languages and English tutors. Because our tuition is tailored to National Curriculum learning objectives, you can rest assured in knowing that each class will be relevant and working towards national assessment and test objectives.
We know from experience that a pupil-centered learning environment lets you, the student, truly progress, develop and strengthen your knowledge of your chosen subject or subjects. With one-to-one private tuition, students learn at their own pace, without peer pressure or distraction of a busy classroom.
One of the many advantages of online tutoring is that learning can happen in different environments and locations. Many pupils have classes in their home, but of course, with a virtual classroom, lessons can take place wherever our students happen to be. Parents and students have told us that they love the flexibility and freedom of being able to book and experience classes wherever they happen to be throughout the UK.
If you're a parent, perhaps you'd like to make use of group classes for your children. We can accommodate classes such as these in your home, which are ideal for siblings as well as individual, one-to-one classes.
The welfare and safety of our pupils and students is paramount. So you can have peace of mind in knowing that, as with any education setting in the UK, our tutors undergo all the relevant background and safety DBS checks necessary to work with children and young adults.
Our Advisory board
Professor John Lydon
Professor John Lydon is based at St Mary's University, London and is the Programme Director for Catholic School Leadership and also the Director of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) Programme.
Dr Lydon gained his PGCE from the University of Liverpool before later gaining his MA in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Surrey.
In October 2013, Dr Lydon was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Academic and Professional Qualifications:
- Awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) October 2013
- PhD (University of Surrey)
- MA (Catholic School Leadership – St Mary’s University
- TDipM (Teachers' Diploma in Management)
- PGCE (University of Liverpool)
- BA (Hons) (Dunelm)
Internal University Committees:
- Member of St Mary’s University Higher Education Review Working Group
- Member of St Mary’s University Validations and Review Committee
- Representative of the School of Education, Theology & Leadership on the University Ethics Committee
- Member of the School of Education Theology and Leadership School Validation and Review Committee
External Involvement (Consultancy / Professional Bodies / External Examining):
Examining including date
- Internal Examiner for PhD Dissertation St Mary’s University October 2011
- Senior Section 48 Inspector (Inspection of Denominational Education under the OFSTED Framework for the Inspection of Schools 2005) for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton- Inspections carried out since 2004. Six inspections carried out in 2013-14.
- Member of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers since 2008 – Elected for a Second Term October 2012
- Executive Treasurer of Catholic Association of Teachers Schools andof England & Wales
- Representative of the Roman Catholic Church on the Religious Education Council of England and Wales
- Foundation Governor of Salesian School Chertsey 2000- present
- Foundation Governor of Salesian Battersea 2002-2011
- Foundation Governor of St John Bosco Wandsworth 2012-
- Chair of Secondary Heads of RE Diocese of Arundel & Brighton 2010-2011
Melanie Robinson BA Hons PGCE/HE/FE ( Head of English)
A Qualified Lecturer of English and teach all levels and abilities of English, from Employability Skills to Further Education & HE to ESP (English for Specific Purposes) & ESOL
I have been fortunate to have worked in a variety of colleges & schools in Yorkshire and surrounding areas and have experienced a wide variety of student/pupil ability. I ensure students achieve and invariably, exceed their expectations, whilst motivating, encouraging and supporting their learning.
Consequently, with careful planning of lessons, a vast range of resources, together with a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of inspiration, I ensure achievement in even the most reticent of learners.
I believe a holistic approach successfully delivered, whilst supporting the educational needs of students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds works best. This way I find that the teaching and learning process is easier for all, as it ensures each student has an equal opportunity to develop and flourish, whilst reaching their full potential.
English teaching is both a demanding and a fascinating area to be involved in, as language and its developments are central to our culture and identity.
Subsequently, to be in a position to influence and inspire all learners to extend their language powers and knowledge in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing is a great achievement and a privilege to play a part in.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education HE/FE - (University of Huddersfield- 2001-2001)
BA Hons English - (University of Huddersfield- 1998-2001)
City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching- ESOL/ Literacy/ Numeracy
ASDAN Teaching PSD-Centre Co-Ordinator Qualification (2011)
Vernon Ronald Stanislaus DeCruz MMGI DIP Marketing, MIM.
Vernon DeCruz now retired was a Master Member of the Grocers Institute, Obtained a Diploma in Marketing and was a member of the Institute of Marketing.
He Served in the UK Food Industry at National and International level. Responsibilities included travelling to major manufacturers on the five continents.
Service in the Food Industry culminated in the establishment of his own multi million pound UK Distribution Company operating Nationally and Internationally.
An active member of the Roman Catholic Church he was elected as International President of the Catenian Association an international organisation of 9000 plus Catholic lay men.
Vernon DeCruz says, having had demonstrations how Tutor Valley operates I believe its an efficient and cost effective way of developing ones knowledge on a varied and wide ranges of topics/subjects.