Tom is now in Year 10 and studying for his GCSE’s. Tom attended a Springboard centre (what we now call Literacy Lab) at Kingswood School when he was in Year 3. Tom believes his time with us gave him a passion for studying English. His ambitions of studing at LSE to become a Spin Doctor are directly attributable to the time he spent working with our tutors.
1) What do you remember most about your time with The Children’s Literacy Charity (then known as Springboard)?
It was a really nice atmosphere. I think my tutor’s name was Irene, and she was really nice and patient with me. I used to read books at the end of every session and that really helped me to get to grips with, and establish a love for, English language.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about the difficulties you were facing before you started attending?
My handwriting and spelling was very bad. I wasn’t reading at home at all. Having one-to-one really helped me to get reading and to get excited about reading more and more.
3) Can you remember what the tutors did to help you?
I remember doing spelling exercises which helped me a lot, but there were always lots of really interesting ways they would help too, for example with games and play-based activities using cards.
4) When you reflect back on your time, how much do you think the one-to-one tuition helped you to succeed with your education?
Attending when I was younger provided me with a lot of confidence. The atomsphere was always really welcoming, very patient and supportive, and that went a long way to helping me feel more positive about both myself and in discovering my abilities.
5) If you could explain to someone else what it felt like to receive our one-to-one tuition, how would you describe it?
The school centre or Literacy Lab I went to is a truly amazing place, where you will always feel that you’re wanted and cared for. The tutors make learning really easy by using games and techniques that can go a long way to helping you get excited about not only reading but developing strengths with reading and spelling but with handwriting, speaking and listening too.