Zero as a Placeholder

“Mum, did you know that MATHS stands for Mental Abuse To Humans?” How can we help our children with their maths homework when the learning techniques are different from what we learned?

Work it like a Mum

Ali had the opportunity to chat to the inspirational Elizabeth Willetts, who runs Investing in Women and is a champion of supporting working mums. Grab a cup of tea, settle down on the sofa and take a listen to the podcast!

Window to the World

The benefits of learning a language are undeniable. So how can we encourage our children to start learning a new language? It doesn't just have to start in school.

  • 11 Plus Classes

What is Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning?

The concept of Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning is a mystery to many. It is not a curriculum-based subject and therefore rarely taught in school. However, many educational establishments use it as part of their 11-plus assessment. Read more about it here!

What is a Surd?

Only too often, one of my girls has a piece of maths homework which leaves me somewhat baffled! Our fabulous maths teacher, Kate, kindly answers the question: What is a surd?

What impression do you get?

Free comprehension and SPAG lesson with a Harry Potter theme! Designed to help children score full marks on challenging comprehension questions.

To Write or Not to Write?

Many children (and adults) fail to see the purpose of writing unless there is a reason for it. So how can we encourage even the most reluctant of writers?

Times Tables – What is all the fuss about?

What is the importance of learning times tables? Free lesson video demonstrating a cool hack for the 9 times table. Did you know that children in Year 4 complete a multiplication check? Find out more information here as well as some handy hints for supporting your child.

The Moral Maze of the 11 Plus

According to the Sutton Trust, only 3% of entrants to grammar schools are entitled to free school meals when, in selective areas, the average proportion of pupil premium children is 18%.

The GBA Top Tips for Summer

Please click below to see some of the GBA top tips for entertaining your children in July and August 2022- whatever the weather!

The GBA Book Club

Join Ali on Mondays at 4.30pm for engaging activities and discussion on popular children's books. Suitable for all children in Years 4 -6.

  • Year 1 Teaching

Term Dates

Please make a note of our term dates for academic years 2022/23 and 2023/24


Rather than battle with our children over technology we look at how it can improve the standards of education and the way children learn.

Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” A common phrase but unfortunately words do hurt and bullying has only gotten worse within society.

  • GBA Join the Tutors' Association

Secondary Teachers Talk

Now school is out, we took the opportunity to ask a few of our secondary teachers, in the key subjects of maths, science and modern languages a few questions. All three still work in school, so who better to help in these unusual times!

Revision Ready

This course is run by the very lovely Nichola, who is a highly-experienced teacher of 26 years, with a masters in Psychology. In this unique, four lesson, individual programme, Nichola will share her knowledge of effective and practical exam prep and provide motivational coaching too!

Mind the Gap

Does anyone else need to lie down in a dark room after trying to help their child with maths homework? Maybe it is just me? I am guessing not..

Independent School Interviews

With demand for places at independent schools at an all time high, performing well in the interview is becoming increasingly more important. Read Ali's guide to acing the interview process and book an interview prep session with one of our experienced team.

Exam Prep Marking Service

We are pleased to announce our new practice paper marking service for students sitting entrance exams.

Education For All

My part-time supermarket delivery job has taught me a few things about social mobility and, at GBA, we are committed to our belief that EVERY child has the right to reach their academic potential.

Better Together

Never has there been a time when parents have been more concerned about their child’s education. Private tutoring is no longer perceived as 'elitist' but rather something that can come in many different forms.

Be Kind to Your Mind

With an alarmingly high number of young children suffering from mental health problems, it is never too early to teach our children the art of mindfulness.

Are You Sure They Are Related?

One conundrum so many of us parents are facing is the difference in progression between siblings. Why is it that one will do their homework and the other won't?

2023 11+ Success Stories

Our Eleven plus class of 2023 have amassed the most incredible set of results and have incredible futures ahead!

Arrange an online teacher today!


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