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Summer Tuition, Summer Club
Summer is just around the corner and for students the long summer break is looming. After a strange and tumultuous year the summer holidays will no doubt come as a welcome break. That being said, after the impact of Covid on student's academic progress many parents and students alike are hoping to use some of the time over summer to catch up on missed learning, get up to speed with the curriculum and prepare for whatever academic challenges lie ahead. At Marvellous Minds we are delighted to be able to help with just this whilst also offering students of all ages fun, educational and creative activities to keep those minds active and engaged over the summer holidays! 
Exam Centre Bedford
With students about to start their final term of this academic year, many GCSE and A level students will have centre assessed grades on their minds. This will particularly be the case for private students for whom the assessment process won't be as straightforward as for those students registered with a school.  
 
Don't worry, we are here to help.. 
Back to School in Bedford
It is no secret that children of this generation love screens! Screens have become an integral and natural part of daily life for most young people and while they undoubtedly have many benefits, as parents we are also acutely aware of the damaging impact screens may bring and many of us are desperately trying to limit screen time for our children.  
 
 
After months of home schooling and social restrictions, children in the UK have spent more time than ever on electronic devices. This has been the safest way to access education and socialise with others amid the pandemic. However research shows that children who spend a lot of time on screens are more likely to develop eye problems, weight problems and trouble with reading and writing. They are also more likely to show a range of other physical, social and mental issues. 
 
However it is important to note that the use of screen time can't simply be categorised as 'bad'. Not all screen time is equal of course. Spending time on an educational site, watching a family film together or using using Face Time to connect with loved ones will have more benefits to a child than that child sitting alone passively watching a film for instance. 
 
In 2019 Dr Taren Sanders did a study on children and screen time, categorising screen time in to five categories; passive, interactive, social, educational and other. While educational screen time was linked to better results in school and brought no bad health effects compared to more passive screen time, the impact as reported by Dr Sanders was "quite small". The real problems showed up in children who spent more than eight hours a day on screens. 
 
At Marvellous Minds we appreciate that screen time can bring certain benefits and we appreciate that particularly during this challenging time of the current pandemic children will inevitably spend more time than usual on screens and parents have needed to rely on screens more to juggle the challenging demands of work, homeschooling and other chores. However, we also believe that we can help and do our bit to reduce the use of screen time in children and we know that when it comes to education and children's learning, screens will never be able to replace the human element of a really inspiring teacher. 
 
That is why at Marvellous Minds we have decided to offer a truly screen free learning environment for the students we work with. Students at our centre are taught by tutors-not computers. In each class our students will work with one or several tutors (depending on the size of the class), using our own written learning materials. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, contribute with their answers and discuss topics with peers within the class. Our tutors are always on hand to help with whatever a student finds challenging and by keeping our classes small we allow for a individually tailored approach to our teaching. We appreciate that students learn in different ways and our tutors are committed to finding fun and engaging ways for children to learn.  
Some of the learning prompts we use in our classes include alphabetic puzzles, pictures, clocks, counters, number lines, story cubes and flash cards. There are also a number of mini black and whiteboards in each of our classrooms which students are encouraged to work on. Interactive learning methods and structured teaching takes place instead of computer time. 
 
We would love to hear your thoughts on screen time. Do you think they have their place in the classroom? And how, if at all, do you think they should be used by teachers? 
Marvellous Minds Holiday Club
Our popular Holiday Club is back! This Easter we will be offering fun, creative and engaging Easter Booster Sessions designed for students to catch up on any missed learning, excel in their studies and have fun with our lovely team of tutors. 
 
Our sessions will be offered from 10am to 1pm on  
 
Tuesday 30th March 
Wednesday 31st March 
Thursday 1st April 
 
as well as 
 
Tuesday 6th April 
Wednesday 7th April 
Thursday 8th April 
 
The price is £30 per day with a discount for block bookings. We accept childcare vouchers. 
 
For more information about our holiday sessions or to reserve a space for your child click here to contact us 
Tuition Centre Bedford
Many parents across the country will be breathing a sigh of relief as today marks the day of the end of home schooling and the return to the classroom for students. After months of learning from home today is the start of the road back to normality and the effort to catch up on the loss of learning children have endured. 
 
 
Exam Centre Bedford
Since the start of the Covid pandemic an increasing number of families have taken their children out of school in favour of homeschooling meaning what was already a large number of homeschooled children in the UK is increasing even more. These children, along with other students who are not attending mainstream school for a variety of reasons such as bullying, exclusion and special educational needs, will therefore need to find an alternative setting in which to take their exams and gain their GCSE and A level qualifications. 
It’s safe to say the last year has been tumultuous at best and education of all levels has been greatly affected. With the disaster of this year’s exam results it's no surprise that both teachers and students are sceptical of the government's recent decision for GCSE and A level exams to still go ahead in the summer term. Given the amount of schooling students have lost and the disruption to their learning, many teachers, students and parents believe that exams should be scrapped altogether with some arguing that teacher assessed grades would be a more fair way of grading students. 
 
As it stands today schools and colleges will remain open during the current second national 4-week lockdown period and most likely afterwards too, even if the tight restrictions continue, and the government have stated that GCSE and a-level exams will go ahead in the summer term. However the Department of Education confirmed at the beginning of October that most GCSE and A-level exams will take place three weeks later than usual in 2021 in an attempt to give students more time to prepare. 
 
However, what this does mean is that one English and one maths GCSE exam will still take place before the May half term in order to “help manage disruption”. All other exams will be sat after June 7 and will continue until July 2. The government has also planned to engage with schools to address further potential disruptions and provide solutions to these. But again this will leave schools waiting more than 6 weeks to hear the ministers’ “Plan B”. 
 
Here at Marvellous Minds, we will continue as planned to get our students ready for their exams, regardless of when they take place, but these are uncertain times and we would love to hear what your opinions on the governments actions are and whether you think exams should still go ahead? 
Wellbeing for Education Return Programme
At Marvellous Minds Tuition we are passionate about developing our student's writing skills. That's why we cover Creative Writing as part of our in-house English curriculum and also run regular Creative Writing workshops with local schools and libraries. 
 
Recently our students have been busy using fun and imaginative ideas and literary devices to help add flair to their writing. We have listed some ideas below for writing tasks your child can enjoy getting stuck in to!  
 
 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
 
Charlie is adding a new room to his chocolate factory and you have the golden ticket to see this new and exciting room! 
 
Describe the weird and wonderful inventions you can find in this room. Remember to think about the five senses. What can you see, smell, hear, taste and touch? 
 
We would like to see you use some lovely adjectives and descriptive writing. Please also use some literary devices such as similes. * 
 
*This exercise can be adjusted depending on a student's age group and level. It can also be linked to relevant learning objective such as use of grammar like verb, adverb, conjunctions, punctuation or watever else you would like your studens to develop and use. 
 
Wellbeing for Education Return Programme
As schools across the country are preparing to fully re-open again for the new academic year the government has announced an 8 million pound backed programme which will provide schools and colleges the resources needed to support their staff and students with the emotional impacts of Coronavirus. The programme will be led by trained mental health professionals and experts and made available from September. 
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