Welcome to Bury Tuition Centre’s Blog


Bury Tuition Centre is now registered with OFSTED.


We are very pleased to announce that as of the 10th Feb 2013 we are now registered with OFSTED. There are a number of benefits to customers as a result of this registration.

Child Protection To be registered with OFSTED as a childcare provider, we have to meet certain standards of child protection. Both centre owner /teachers are fully trained in Paediatric 1st Aid and our centre is very safe and secure. Although we did already make sure that Health and Safety and child protection was a priority, the OFSTED registration will give you peace of mind to know that our policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and to a very high standard. Working Tax Credits If you receive working tax credits, you may be able to claim as much as 70% of your money back from tuition, meaning that tutoring could cost you well under £10 per hour. For tuition by fully qualified teachers in a professionally equipped tuition centre, this is very affordable extra help for your child! To find out if you are eligible to claim working tax credits, call the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900. Employer’s Childcare Vouchers If you receive childcare vouchers as part of your salary you can use these to pay for your child’s tutoring. We will need to register with your childcare voucher provider to do this. If your employer doesn’t currently offer childcare vouchers, ask them whether they would be willing to look into it. Both employees and employers can make Tax and National Insurance savings by using the childcare voucher schemes. These payment methods can also be used throughout the school holidays too for any sessions that you want to book. Call us today on 0161 797 7707 to book an assessment and discuss high quality professional tutoring by fully qualified teachers that the government or your employer can contribute towards.


GCSE Exam Results 2012 – Advice for GCSE Students Who Fail Exams 2012

GCSE Exam Results Announced in England on 23rd August 2012

It is only a few days until the GCSE exam results are disclosed and there are many students I am sure starting to wonder “how did I perform?”, “did I pass?”, “what will I do if I didn’t pass my exams?”.

This is an incredibly stressful time for students who are about to embark on their future as an adult.  Many teenagers are not yet equipped with the skills to see the bigger picture and it is important for them to realise that if they fail exams and their planned academic future is in doubt, there are other options to take.  I hope parents will give their children time to process the news and not be judgemental.  When the time is right, these are some options that you can consider:

How to Appeal Your GCSE Result.

If you expected to pass or get a better grade in your GCSE exams, speak to your form tutor immediately.  If they agree, they can request a re-mark or recount. If you are still unhappy, your school or college can appeal to the awarding body, and then finally, if necessary, to the independent Examinations Appeals Board.

This is the link to the official Office of Qualifications and Exam Regulations Website which has all the information you need to make an appeal. http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-support/94-articles/162-exams-doctor

Other Options

Further educaton at sixth form college or further education college courses may still be an option.

Talk to the National Careers Service

“Exam results can be an anxious time as young people find out what they have achieved and think about which direction to go in next. Some might be pleased with their results while others may be feeling disappointed or confused about what to do next.

“Whatever the outcome, there are options available and help and support at hand. There is a lot to think about so it’s a good idea to take some time to explore different career paths to ensure you make the best decision for you. By contacting the National Careers Service, young people can find out exactly what their options are at a time and in a way to suit them.”


Bury Tuition Centre

We have many exam students who have been attending Bury Tuition Centre for the past year in preparation for the GCSE exams. We are anticipating great results!  If you would like help with GCSE English, Maths or Science for 2013/2014, now is the time to start preparing.  Call us now on 0161 797 7707 to arrange a FREE assessment.

Tuition in Bury ; Qualified Maths, English and Science Tutors at Bury Tuition Centre

Finding the Right Tutor for your Child in Bury

A good education is very important for children to reach their full academic potential and many children receive an excellent education at our local schools,  sail through school work and achieve excellent exam results without the help of additional tuition.  Every child is unique and some children can fall behind at school, lose confidence and struggle to catch up.  If gaps in learning occur in a child’s education, especially in Maths or English, it can be very difficult for some children to move on and fully grasp the subject, which can result in a lack of confidence, poor results at school and ultimately poor exam results.

Is Your Child Underperforming At School?

By talking to your child, asking questions and helping with homework, parents should have an idea if there appears to be any issues.  If you have concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher and ask for feedback and how you can help them get back on track.  Whether your child is in Year 1 or entering an exam year, some extra tuition can make a huge difference.

How to Find the Best Tutor To Suit Your Child’s Needs.

If you decide on extra tuition, how do you choose the best tutor to teach your child?  You just have to do a local Google search to find many listings for tuition.  Your child is unique and you have to make the decision based on your child’s personality, needs and of course budget is also a major factor.  These are the main categories of tutors and some advice to help you make that decision:

1. Why Choose a Tutoring Centre?

Why choose a  tutoring centre as opposed to a private tutor who comes to your house?

  • In a centre, children gain a sense of purpose from children around them
  • The tutor does not hover over them but allows some independent work whilst at the same time being there for support.
  • Students more quickly become independent learners if shown what to do and then to be given space to do it on their own.
  • Learning Centres have valuable teaching resources readily at hand.
  • Students feel less isolated and provide motivation for each other in a group situation

2. Why Choose Bury Tuition Centre Centres versus Other National Tuition Organisations?

Bury Tuition Centre in the UK is owned and run by a fully qualified teacher, a member of the General Teaching Council and hold full CRB certificates.

Every tutor employed within our centres must also be a fully qualified and experienced teacher and we have background CRB checks performed on all tutors.

The other main national organisations are in the main  not run by qualified teachers and employ “instructors” to oversee childrens’ tuition, Therefore always ask to see teaching credentials.

We have exclusive written and online computer resources designed by teachers for Bury Tuition Centre which are not available anywhere else.  Resources are used by teachers to compliment our tuition – never replace it.

Every child follows their own individual learning programme and every lesson includes one-to-one teaching.

Our students are never left to complete endless worksheets or computer exercises.  Whilst this method may help some children, for example, those learning their times tables, this in our opinion is not teaching.

How do other organisations assess children academically if they are not teachers?  At Bury Tuition Centre, we are all experienced local teachers and have a thorough knowledge of the local school curriculum.

From our FREE educational assessment, can identify areas of weakness, gaps in learning and prepare a lesson plan tailored to help each child fulfill their academic potential.

Homework is provided and every student must complete this on their own without parental help.  This is an important part of the process and completed homework can help us gauge how a student is progressing.

Our lessons are for 80 minutes as opposed to an hour.  We feel that this is the optimum lesson time for most children and gives teachers adequate time to teach and then go over lesson plans and goals.

When comparing costs of tuition, please take this into account.  At Bury Tuition Centre, our current fee is £25 per session but this is for 80 minutes and not 60.

3. Why Choose a Private Tutor?

There are many private tutors who list their services as a tutor and will come to your house to tutor.  This may be beneficial for some children who are shy or easily distracted and this suits your personal circumstances.  Make sure you interview the tutor and these are some points that you should take into account:

  • Tutors do not have to be qualified teachers to advertise as a tutor. Anyone can offer tuition.  Make sure you check teaching qualifications and experience. Like teaching, tutoring is a professional skill.  A good tutor will use resources to assist in their teaching methods but never replace teaching.
  • Not all qualified teachers are great tutors and some tutors who are unqualified can provide great tuition.  Whoever you choose, make sure you have confidence in their abilities and ask for references.
  • How will the tutor assess your child?  Are they fully aware of the local school curriculum and how to accurately determine your child’s working level for a subject?
  • What resources will they use to tutor your child?
  • As this person will be in your home and often left alone with your child, please ask to see a copy of a current CRB certificate to ensure that your child is in safe hands.
  • Ask for regular feedback on your child’s progress.

Arrange an Assessment at Bury Tuition Centre

If you would like to find out more, you can click on the following links for more important information or to make contact with me online.

Alternatively, please call myself, Shazia Tahir, on 0161 797 7707 to discuss any aspect of your child’s education.

The Assessment Process and How We Teach

Subjects We Teach

Find Out More About Our Teachers

Connect with Us on Facebook


Top 10 Study Tips for Exam Students – How to prepare for Exams

Student support: Top 10 Study Tips

Do you find study hard work? You’re not alone. But help is at hand. These tips have been used by some of our most successful students. Try them and see how you go.


Write down the goal you want to achieve and display it prominently above your desk. This helps you focus and having your reason, front of mind, might motivate you to study harder.


Clear your study area of non-study related distractions: mobile phone, toys (that means your iPod!), non-study related books and magazines, photo frames (unless the photo motivates you to be a more productive studying machine) and other junk. Your room should contain only what you need to study well.


Rather than just allocating a time frame to study, say 7pm to 10pm, allocate time to sit down and get through a certain amount of work. Having a designated workload means that you have a result-orientated goal. This minimises any time wasting during the ‘allocated study hours’.


Find the best time of the day/ night when you are most productive. Do your low-brain activities (easy tasks/subjects) when you are not in your zone of effectiveness and plan your high-brain activities (the trickier ones) when you are in the zone!


Working smarter means working harder. Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts and the marks you receive at the end of the year generally correspond to the amount of work you put in.


Regardless of the amount of work you set out to accomplish in your holidays, you need to plan for it. Whether you choose to do no work at all, a little bit, or study 10 hours a day every day, the trick is evaluating which approach suits and works for you.


It’s one thing to know your subject material, but knowing it in great detail and having it committed to memory is how you will excel. To raise yourself above the learning stage and start to master the concepts, you need to commit to going the extra mile, be an effective note taker, understand how all the information fits in together and be able to quickly tailor and reproduce information.


Aim to know everything you need to know, in the detail you need to know, prior to the exam. Sound like a dream exam day? It needn’t just be a dream if you plan properly.


Develop a simple routine to have a light, healthy breakfast and ensure you stay calm. Once you are in the exam room, focus and regain your calm. When you are allowed to start on your paper, look at the questions and ration your time, read the question carefully and re-read before answering. Always spend 5 minutes planning your essays before starting to write.


By monitoring your stress levels, managing your mental and physical wellness and having a healthy social life you are creating a study/ life balance.

Welcome to Bury Tuition Centre’s Blog

What a fantastic reaction we have had to the exciting changes at Bury Tuition Centre!


 I am Shazia Tahir and I am the owner and Principal Teacher at Bury Tuition Centre in Bury, Lancashire. I am a qualified teacher and together with my other tutors (also fully qualified and experienced teachers) we have had the most amazing year.  Our students have worked so hard and every student has made fantastic progress.  We are delighted that we still maintain a 100% success record in entry to Bury Grammar School in the local entrance exams and we are feeling very positive about the success of our GCSE students in English, Maths and Science.

Why I Decided to Start Blogging

Although we already have a website at http://www.burytuition.co.uk I wanted also to be able to post articles about exciting news and initiatives that are happening at our centre but also write articles that will be useful to parents in the Bury area about local education and events in the Bury area.  I have so many ideas and I have also lined up some guest bloggers to share their knowledge with the Bury community. You can subscribe to our blogs by email and receive notifications for all future posts by clicking on the link on the right hand side of our site.

Supporting the Bury Community

I was born and educated in Bury. I teach in Bury and this is where I choose to live and raise my family.  I would be interested in hearing from local Bury people who would like to be a guest blogger on our site. Obviously, our target demographic is parents within the Bury area so we would love to hear about local school fetes/open days, local charity events, success stories in the Bury community and any way we can help promote the community of Bury.  Please contact me on 0161 797 7707 if you would like to contribute an article and of course, I will be pleased to return the favour.