We provide SEN Tutoring on the Wirral for children with dyslexia, dyscalculia and other specific learning difficulties. During your first consultation session with us, we will prepare a plan of action, showing you where your child is up to in their learning and where they need to be. We will detail the steps necessary to get them there and explain what the next course of action should be. We will email this plan to you. Once you have it, you are free to book tutoring sessions with us, or to go elsewhere. There is no obligation, and no contract.
After a free telephone consultation, you will come and visit us in either our Irby premises, for younger children, or our Higher Bebington premises, for older children and teenagers. There, we will listen to you as you tell us about your child, and we will give you our advice and support.
If your child is present at this session (and some parents choose not to bring their child, which is also fine) then we will assess them so that we understand their strengths and weaknesses. If you have any reports or information about your child, we would encourage you to bring that to the session – it helps us to understand the bigger picture about your child.
We are patient, kind, supportive and helpful. Each hour-long lesson costs £50.
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Unlike other tutors, we don't follow a generic workbook or teach group sessions – we believe that your child is unique, with unique skills and experiences, and that's why we prefer to plan our lessons from scratch, based around your child's specific needs.
We know that young children learn best through play. Therefore, our teaching sessions are fun, interactive, specifically tailored to your child’s interests, and relevant to their stage of learning. We offer bespoke lessons which teach early literacy and numeracy skills, whether they are already in school or not. We teach children from the age of three.
Perhaps you are concerned that your school-age child is only heard read once a week, in a group? Maybe you would like them to have one-to-one time with a teacher, that they are not getting in school? We can help. Maybe you are worried that your child has special educational needs, but they don’t have a diagnosis. We can help.
At the end of the Reception year, children are expected by the Government to be reading, writing and able to add and subtract, amongst many other skills. Maybe your child was born in the summer, and is almost a year younger than some of the children in their class, or maybe they just are not yet ready to begin to learn formally, in large groups. Our patient, kind specialist staff can help.
As parents ourselves, we do understand the worry you feel if your child isn’t achieving their potential. We can help you to understand the demands of the school curriculum, see where your child is up to in their learning, show you how to negotiate the maze of acronyms and jargon surrounding education, and find a path that suits you and your child.
Here at Metamorphosis, we use, where required, the DALP - Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme, a structured, cumulative and highly specialised programme which is used to formulate an individualised programme for your child.
"Effective interventions ‘personalise learning’ by matching provision to meet children’s individual needs and quicken the pace of learning for those with literacy difficulties, thus narrowing the attainment gap with their typically developing peers." (Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties - An Independent Report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, June 2009)
The aim is to build skills and knowledge from basic phonics through to coding attack skills, (identifying and labelling vowels and consonants); suffixing, (e.g. adding/changing/understanding word endings); punctuation and syntax (understanding the rules and how language works). The result is incredibly empowering for our young people.
The higher order skills workshops we offer as part of our SEN tutoring on the Wirral focus on the skills required to access texts at a higher level. These include skimming and scanning for a specific focus, picking out explicit and implicit information, comprehension and inferencing skills, and evidencing using source material from texts.
These skills are vital for a range of exams from SATS through to GCSE and beyond.
We offer assessments to apply for exam access (Reader, Scribe, Laptop, Extra Time requirements) through our in-house Specialist Assessor who is approved by the Joint Council for Qualifications Examining Board and is on the Register for Qualified Test Users (RQTU) with the British Psychological Society. This means that you can use our Assessor's report and the Form C required for your child's Exams Officer to apply. Please ask for more details – we are very happy to explain this process to you.
It’s our experience that sets us apart. How many tutors can say that they have 15 or more years of teaching experience, and post-graduate qualifications too? We are qualified teachers, highly specialised in our fields, and we love teaching. We are, of course, fully DBS cleared too – that means we have had stringent police checks. We are patient, kind, supportive and helpful. We work with children, parents, schools, paediatricians, speech therapists, educational psychologists, school nurses, social workers and health visitors to get the best possible outcomes for your child. We plan individual lessons based on your child's strengths and needs; we don't follow a generic scheme – instead, we choose the best activities and resources based on our specialist knowledge.
You are your child’s first teacher, and as such you know your child better than anyone. However, we have the experience and expertise in the classroom to be able to understand the specific nature of the support your child needs – whether that’s literacy, numeracy, exam technique, self-confidence, organisational skills or learning behaviours. The skills we teach are more likely to be embedded if they are practised at home too. We will set homework – but often this will be a game or activity that isn’t formal in nature. We don’t want to overload children, and we will work with you to assess the demands of their school work and balance this for your child. We provide an ongoing email support service for you as parents, for as long as your child is having lessons with us.