Flintshire teacher sets up tutoring business

A FORMER West Cheshire College teacher has left the classroom and set up her own tutoring business.

Sharon Hughes has launched Tutors4GCSE, which provides tutoring for youngsters across the county in community venues including Mold Sports Centre, Connah’s Quay swimming pool, Broughton Community Centre and Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden.

The 42-year-old started Tutors4GCSE to inspire younger learners after seeing further education students who had lost all enthusiasm for learning maths and English.

She said: “I was teaching 16-19-year-olds, as well as adults who hadn’t got the qualifications they needed first time around. They had already switched off.  “I want to help children when they are younger to keep their motivation going and prevent them getting into this position in the first place.”

And Sharon, of Penymynydd, said the extra tuition is not just for pupils who find themselves struggling at school.  She said: “There are many reasons that children have extra help. Sometimes it’s because they need extra support, but other times they are doing well in a subject and this gives them the extra little boost to really excel.

“They are in small groups for the sessions, so there is a more relaxed atmosphere than a traditional one-on-one tutor.  This also keeps the costs down for parents who want to give their children additional support without being forced to pay high costs for private tutors.”

Sharon, a mum of two, said although setting up solo was daunting at first, she has no regrets. “It was scary to start with, but I was convinced this would be a success. I’ve never looked back,” she said.

Now Sharon, who also runs classes in Chester, is about to launch her first sessions in Wirral.  She added: “Fingers crossed that in 12 months time things will still be going well. “It would be nice to franchise the idea so that it can be rolled out in other areas.”

For more information visit www.tutors4gcse.co.uk

 

25th Aug 2011 by Kathryn Quayle, Chester Chronicle 

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