About us

About us

 At Growing Young Minds we are experienced and qualified teachers with full DBS checks. At G.Y.M we believe that we are always learning and this is no different for our teaching team, we are one family learning and sharing ideas with each other to ensure that we provide the best quality education for all.

What Growing Young Minds Offer

  • Established small groups of no more than 4 children of the same age and studying the same subject.
  • All sessions are teacher, rather than worksheet, led; enabling you to personally make an impact in each lesson.
  • Supportive manager, who is also an experienced teacher, a Governor and has built up the company from conception.
  • Lessons will be held at our base in either Tooting or Earlsfield, so no need to travel from lesson to lesson.
  • A competitive hourly salary.

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Our Tutors

Alongside Founder Joanne Powell, Growing Young Minds has seven further experienced tutors, all of which are qualified teachers with DBS checks.

Joanne Powell

Hi, my name is Joanne Powell and I am the Founder and Lead Tutor of a successful tutoring company – Growing Young Minds, which is based near Tooting Overground station.

I am an exemplary Primary School Teacher, with a BA degree in Primary Education. Becoming a teacher was always my ambition, and I am proud to have over ten years experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I am extremely passionate about lifelong learning, with a strong belief that everyone has the ability to reach their full potential. Furthermore, it has always been a personal ambition of mine to try to help to prepare children for the ‘real world’. Truly believing that the activities and tasks used by Growing Young Minds are vital to link their learnings with real life experiences. I believe that G.Y.M can teach these at a personal level, which is sometimes not always achievable during their school attendance. Personally and professionally, I have faith that if your child is given the opportunity to attend G.Y.M sessions they can achieveing their goals.

Joanne Powell

Hi, my name is Joanne Powell and I am the Founder and Lead Tutor of a successful tutoring company – Growing Young Minds, which is based near Tooting Overground station.

I am an exemplary Primary School Teacher, with a BA degree in Primary Education. Becoming a teacher was always my ambition, and I am proud to have over ten years experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I am extremely passionate about lifelong learning, with a strong belief that everyone has the ability to reach their full potential. Furthermore, it has always been a personal ambition of mine to try to help to prepare children for the ‘real world’. Truly believing that the activities and tasks used by Growing Young Minds are vital to link their learnings with real life experiences. I believe that G.Y.M can teach these at a personal level, which is sometimes not always achievable during their school attendance. Personally and professionally, I have faith that if your child is given the opportunity to attend G.Y.M sessions they can achieveing their goals.

Oana

Hi, my name is Oana. I am a fully qualified teacher and tutor at Growing Young Minds.

Alongside being a qualified teacher, I have a BA degree in both English and French Language and Literature. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher having taught abroad for three years and in the UK for the last six. I have experience in tutoring children in Maths across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3; English in both Key Stage 1 and 2; as well as Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning which prepares children for the Wandsworth Test.

My teaching style is friendly and approachable with strong subject knowledge. This allows me to help my pupils achieve excellent results whilst making the sessions enjoyable. Over the past four years I have provided tuition for both primary and secondary school pupils and I am extremely proud of every single one of them. My pupils work extremely hard and each week they demonstrated a determination to succeed. This hard work has paid off as they have secured places in outstanding secondary schools such as Wilson, Wallington County Grammar and Graveney.

I look forward to supporting and challenging more children to become successful in their next academic steps.

Rachael

Hello! My name is Rachael and I am a fully qualified teacher. From a young age, I always wanted to teach; this led to me completing a degree in English and Communications at the University of Liverpool. After moving to London, I received my PGCE in Primary Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, and began my career as a teacher. I have lots of experience in Year 6, where I have aided children through their final year of primary school: completing SATs and preparing for secondary school.

I have always been inspired by teachers who can provide an encouraging and engaging learning environment, and this is what I aim to do in all my lessons. I believe that learning styles should be flexible to the child’s needs and that the skills they are acquiring must be transferable to a range of different contexts throughout their lives. I thoroughly enjoy sparking the imagination and creativity of children whilst helping them to achieve the progress and attainment that they are aiming for!

Cindy

My name is Cindy, I am originally from a small town in North-Western Ontario. I graduated from a university in Canada with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Education. My first full time teaching job was as an English Language teacher in a middle school in rural Japan.

After leaving Japan, I moved to England and have been here for over 20 years now – working and raising my family. I have extensive experience across the primary phase.

I currently work in a local primary school, which I love. Across the week, I teach in Years 2 and 4 as well as support other teachers with planning and differentiation for children with additional learning needs.

I believe children learn best when they feel safe, respected and happy. Every child is different and learns in their own way and this should be valued. Watching children make progress and grow in confidence is what got me into teaching in the first place. Teaching is the only job I’ve ever had as well as the only one I ever wanted.

I believe learning should be fun. When it is, they make the most progress and this is how success should be measured.

Sam

Hello, my name is Sam. I am a fully qualified teacher and tutor at Growing Young Minds.

Since achieving a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Teaching with a specialism in English at Kingston University in 2013 I have been successfully teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2, with the last few years teaching in Year 6.

Since joining Growing Young Minds I have built up my experience in tutoring children in Maths and English; as well as in Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning which prepares children for the Wandsworth Test.

I like to make my lessons enjoyable and informative, which I achieve with my fun teaching style along with my strong subject knowledge. Agreeing with the vision of Growing Young Minds that we must prepare children for the ‘real world’; I am inspired to help prepare children for what’s to come.

Shelagh

Hi, my name is Shelagh. I am a fully qualified teacher and tutor at Growing Young Minds.

My first degree was in History and Politics and then I commenced with a sales and marketing career in the telecommunications industry working across Europe. After a period of time as a full time mother I decided on a complete career change and embarked on teacher training. I gained my PGCE in 2011 from St. Mary’s University and since then have taught in both state and independent schools.

My teaching philosophy is to take a hands-on, enthusiastic approach to create a learning environment that is characterised by investigation, inclusion, fun and a sense of achievement. I have a sound knowledge of the theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children and have developed specific intervention programmes for children with additional learning needs.

It is extremely important to me to encourage children and help them build confidence so that they are not afraid to ask questions or take risks and where they feel part of a learning partnership with their teacher. I believe that when children are appropriately supported, challenged and praised for their efforts this enables them to see their own progress and to take pride in their learning.

For me, teaching and learning is about encouraging children to think, to reason, to collaborate, to ask questions, to be curious and to develop a love of learning to prepare them for applying knowledge in real life situations.

Sam T

Hi, my name is Sam, I am originally from South Africa where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2010. Following that I specialised in Special Needs Education which has helped me to ensure that I meet the needs of all the learners I teach.

I immigrated to London in 2012 and have taught in several state schools since. I have experience teaching across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, although in the last few years I have been teaching in Years 1 and 2.

I always strive to create a learning environment where my pupils feel motivated and encouraged to explore their potential and take on greater challenges in their learning. I try to bring humour and fun in every lesson so that the students are engaged, excited and willing to learn.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Are your tutors qualified?

At Growing Young Minds we only use qualified and experienced teachers, all of which have up-to-date DBS checks. We utilise our tutors own strengths and experience to ensure that all children receive a bespoke and dedicated lesson each week.

Why group sessions and how many children are in a group?

At Growing Young Minds we believe in group sessions. There has been numerous research projects undertaken and the benefits of group learning are clear. Some of the reasons include:

 

• Pupils who learn in groups are more motivated and enthusiastic about learning.
• Builds children’s self-esteem.
• Learning in a group contributes to creativity. In a group there are students with different personality characteristics and this variety will bring diversity of ideas.
• Lack of reliance on an adult teaches children to be more independent in their learning.
• Pupils learn how to support each other, overcome shyness and discover leadership qualities in themselves.
• It allows us to play games and have fun whilst still making exceptional progress.

How are we different from other group tuition?

We like to think of ourselves as offering a private school approach with really small class sizes.

 

  • Growing Young Minds has a maximum of four children per group.
  • The children are all of the same age and studying the same subject area, we directly teach the children as if they are in school but in a very small group.
  • We segment the lessons so that the learning is rapid, interactive and always on task.
  • We combine games, team work and written tasks to engage each learner.
  • We are not a worksheet based system and provide reactionary support, changing and tailoring the lessons to suit each child’s needs and abilities.
How do we prepare children for the 11+?

Over the years Growing Young Minds has supported children who are looking to take the 11+, during this time we have used our experience and expertise to develop a successful programme which combines test experience with high quality teaching. As we teach each group separately the tutor will ensure that the lessons are tailored to suit your child’s strengths and areas for development, covering the curriculum needed to ensure they are confident when taking the 11+ exam.

How do we prepare children for the Wandsworth Test?

At Growing Young Minds we provide a specific Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning lesson that will help all children prepare for the Wandsworth test. We focus on all elements in the GL assessment used by Wandsworth, providing children with the confidence and understanding on how to answer each question type.

We also run a successful revision course during the summer holidays. This is a fun and a fast paced course that will help deal with any last minute misconceptions and provide lots of opportunities for test practice.

Where and when do the lessons take place?

Our lessons take place in two venues, near Tooting Overground Station 6 days a week and Eddie Catz, Earlsfield on a Wednesday. We provide lessons between 4pm – 7pm daily and have some lessons on a Saturday morning.

How do we monitor progress?

As each tutor is an experienced teacher we monitor the progress of each lesson, adjusting the lessons and future planning to ensure that we meet all the children’s needs. G.Y.M tutors also highlight the curriculum expectations to ensure that they are covering and extending children through the National Curriculum. We believe in regular formal assessments that allows us to monitor progress but also allows us to highlight gaps in the children’s learning, thus aiding our future planning.

How much does tuition cost?

Our English, Maths and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning sessions are £100 each month per subject area.