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AGE: 7 - 16 Yrs. | Mon to Fri (9am to 5pm)
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Touch Typing for Kids & Teens – a skill for life
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Hope is a unique non-denominational charity for children. The Hope Centre for Cognitive Education is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of learning potential using the methodology of Professor Feuerstein. The Centre helps students with a variety of learning and developmental difficulties ranging from bright under-achievers to those with complex needs including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, Downs Syndrome.

The methods include Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment programme (IE) a structured thinking skills programme taught individually or in groups and is designed to complement and underpin a regular school curriculum and Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) which develops the learner’s cognitive functions. Mediated Learning involves the child as an active participant in the learning process, making the child consciously aware of how he is thinking. The Centre works as a multi-disciplinary team and actively encourage parents to become mediators with their own children and are invited to participate in teaching sessions.

British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy

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The college holds a free weekly clinic for children treating many conditions including: asthma, eczema, hyperactivity and weight problems.

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Ursual Matthews - Craniosacral Therapy

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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

Does your baby or child suffer:
  • Crying, Irritability
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Sickness, Colic
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinus and Adenoidal Problems
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Headaches and Pains
  • And More.

Craniosacral Therapy helps the body's inherent healing ability to release stresses and strains, caused by enormous forces the baby is subjected to during the birth process. It will help the system to resolve the problem and work in a more balanced way.

For further information please call the number above.

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The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to the other UK nations.

We are not resourced to provide advice or support directly to families with disabled children or children with SEN. We signpost families on to relevant organisations. Visit our website for information on national policy that impacts upon disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and their families as well as details of organisations that provide advice and support.

Grooms Holidays

Affordable, Accessible, Memorable
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Grooms Holidays provide the opportunities for people with disabilities to go on vacation with friends and family to accessible locations at affordable rates and enjoy a memorable holiday.

Discover new places, new faces in beautiful Britain. With its golden beaches, rocky shores and lush, green countryside there’s sure to be somewhere just right for you. What takes your fancy? We offer a select choice of hotels and self-catering accommodation around the UK. There are a variety of attractive coastal and countryside holiday choices to suit different tastes. We have personally selected the accommodation for its suitability to provide the facilities needed and access for those with various degrees of disability.

Grooms Holidays is part of John Grooms charity, the UK’s largest provider of accessible holiday properties.

Email: holidays@johngrooms.org.uk

Web: www.groomsholidays.org.uk

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31 Webbs Road, London SW11 6RU
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Drug free, natural and non-invasive treatment of development and learning problems, including:
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysphasia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Panic Attacks

The David Mulhall Centre was opened in 1995 and has since successfully treated thousands of children and adults. Please phone, write or e-mail for an initial consultation.

E-Mail: info@davidmulhall.co.uk

Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford Cornwall PL32 9TX
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The Rose Walton Centre

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For cerebal palsy children and associated disabilities. The centre provides pre-school education for children 0-5 years. We belong to scope's network of schools for parents using methods inspired by those of the Peto Institute in Hungary. Programmes are designed to stimulate and awaken the child's senses and encourage self awareness through activities which are fun for both parent and child.

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Leicestershire
Since 1977, the Peter Le Marchant Trust has provided day trips and longer holidays for disabled and seriously ill people of all disabilities and all ages on specially designed canal boats. Over half our passengers are aged under eighteen.

From April to October inclusive, “Symphony” takes 26 people on day trips (including weekends), “Serenade” takes 10 people on 3/4 night holidays, and narrowboat “Melody” is available for weekly hire by a family or group with at least one disabled member. Charges are kept to a minimum so as not to exclude any groups. The remainder is raised in donations.

Mr Pinschof

Clinical Psychologist
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For those families seeking help and advice regarding children's behavioural and emotional problems. The approach taken is to examine parents childhood experiences and their own parenting practices, their own emotions and expectations of their child with a view to making adjustments to the way they deal with their child.

37 years experience of clinical psychology with children and parents including 32 years within the NHS. Face to face one hour appointments in London and Bristol.

Please contact us on the above number.
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Dave Martins School of Martial Arts and Fitness

Family Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Wharf Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RR
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We are a full time Martial Arts school catering for all ages from 5 years old teaching Taekwondo and kickboxing. The smaller childrens classes are called Little Ninjas, we also provide a special needs class on Saturdays.

Web: www.t-k-d.co.uk

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Toybox Agency

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Established for nine years, Toybox offers a professional tailor made service to all our clients. We provide permanent staff for families, nurseries, playschemes and schools, covering Sussex, Surrey and South London as well as having an established emergency staff team for staff sickness and holidays. Overseas positions with families and Mark Warner are available for permanent and temporary assignments. Applicants are personally interviewed, police checked through CRB and all references checked before being sent out on assignments.

A member of the Federation of Small Businesses, Care Standards and Best Bear, we pride ourselves in the quality of our service.

All consultants are trained professionals and most are qualified Nursery Nurse or carers.

Please call:
(01883) 722322 for Sussex, Surrey and London areas.
(020) 8686 1766 for South London area.

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Aspire National Training Centre

Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4LP
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ASPIRE - The Association for Spinal Injury Research, Re-habilitation and Re-integration. This training centre is the first of its kind in Europe, it's equally suitable for everyBODY. 25 metre swimming pool, gym and dance studio.

We do all sorts of sports parties including swimming, football, basketball, cricket, netball and rounders. Can't decide which party to have? Try a 'Megamix' party!
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Penniwells RDA Group

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Provision of riding lessons for disabled people of all ages and standards. Open seven days a week. Fun and physiotherapy combined.

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Surrey County Arts

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The main services provided by Surrey County Arts are:
  • Music Lessons on a wide range of instruments and voice
  • Workshops and Residential courses
  • Music Therapy and teaching support for Special Needs
  • Classroom support related to national curriculum, GCSE and 'A' Level
  • Surrey County Youth Theatre
  • Dance and Drama opportunities.

And more …. Log onto the website for full details.

Web: www.surreycountyarts.org.uk

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Greenbank Sports Academy

Greenbank Lane, Sefton park, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 1AG
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Sports academy with football coaching run by fully qualified football coach. Coaching given to children aged 8-18 years every Monday from 5pm - 6.30pm. Caters for special needs.

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Fairley House School

Building brighter futures for children with dyslexia and dyspraxia
South London
Fairley House was founded in 1982 for children aged 5-14 with specific learning difficulties. We specialise in offering therapy as an integral part of a child’s education not simply as a ‘bolted on extra’. Our whole school approach means that children are taught in small classes and small groups by specialist teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

We emphasise the development of the whole child, helping him or her to gain confidence and self-esteem through an encouraging and nurturing ethos. The children have plenty of opportunities to develop sound academic and social skills and to become independent.

Senior Department
30 Causton Street
London
SW1P 4AU
(020) 7630 3750

Junior Department
220 Lambeth Road
London
SE1 7JY
(020) 7630 3789
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Pure Living Collection

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Pure Living Collection is an online store that sells a fabulous range of luxurious duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and associated bedding products. This website offers invaluable advice on the most appropriate bedding available for children.

Children just love the feel of the soft light-weight, hypoallergenic Spundown Duvets. Mums love them too, for this is the award winning duvet that just loves to be washed, time and time again. For summer the 3.0 tog Pure Cotton Duvet is a popular choice of children’s duvet as it will help your child maintain a regular temperature on warm summer nights.

The polyester hollow-fibre filling of the Anti Allergy Duvets and Pillows contain material in which house dust mites cannot live, thus playing a major role in helping to relieve allergies caused by them. Alternatively, the Anti Allergy Duvet, Pillow and Mattress Protectors all provide an effective barrier between your child and the dust mites and their allergens.

Pure Living Collection also offers some pillows with slightly less filling and therefore perfect for smaller shoulders, whilst waterproof mattress protectors offer their mattresses protection against those all too common accidents and spills.

Web: www.purelivingcollection.com

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Special Needs Toys
Online Fax: 08707 117153

Excitim is a family business run by Gloria and Mike Taylor. We specialise in age appropriate, switch adapted, special needs toys for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. Our range of award-winning toys are designed to help promote eye tracking, hand-eye co-ordination, finger control, body movement and stimulate investigation and curiosity. Our most popular switch adapted toys include:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Freddie Fish Bubbles
  • Talking, Singing and dancing character toys

Older children find our switch accessible camera and iPad switches an easy way to take pictures, play music and use switch accessible iPad apps.

See our website to view our full range and buy securely online. You can also read what parents and professionals say about our toys on the ‘User Testimonials’ page, check out the awards we’ve won and read our Blog to find out about new toys, organisations we support and lots more.

Feel free to get in touch – we are really friendly and may be able to help you find something just right.

Mulbarton Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club

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Gymnastic and Cheerleading classes for children age 3 upwards, fun, safe classes for all levels of abilities including gymnastics and cheerleading for children with disabilities.The club holds an annual show and a club competition each year as well as performing at displays.The children also work for badges & certificates which gives them great encouragement and gains confidence.

Web: www.mulbartongymclub.co.uk

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ACT Psychology Service is run by a Chartered Educational Psychologist. I can provide cognitive and learning assessments for children and young people, advice on behaviour and emotional problems, help for anxiety and phobias, including exam anxiety.

I have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with a variety of additional needs, in particular Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia, attachment and Dyspraxia. I am trained to offer cognitive behaviour therapy and am qualified as a life coach. I can offer support to you to minimise the impact of separation and divorce on your children. I am available to work with children and young people or to provide help and support to parents through consultation.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, The Association of Educational Psychologists and am HPC registered.

To book an assessment or a consultation please contact me.

The Osteopathic Centre for Children is a registered charity committed to the osteopathy care of children.

At the OCC clinic in London, babies and children come for treatment with such diverse conditions as asthma, cerebral palsy, colic, Down's syndrome, eczema, sleeplessness and the more common childhood ailments. Pregnant and post-partum women are also cared for.

The OCC is further committed to research into the effectiveness of osteopathy, and the raising of public awareness that osteopathy is for children first. More than 25,000 treatments are given at the clinic in London every year and no child is ever turned away for want of a family's ability to pay.

London Clinic
Osteopathic Centre for Children
15a Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0ND
Tel:(020) 7490 5510

Manchester Clinic
Osteopathic Centre for Children
Phoenix Mill, Piercy Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7HY
Tel: (0161) 277 9911

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Who says there's nothing to do in the holidays?! UKSA are running a variety of new activity clubs for 8 - 15 year olds, giving them the opportunity to get wet, make new friends and have lots of fun!

Choosing which discipline to pursue when you're new to watersports can be a real dilemma, so why not try them all? The summer camps and multi-activity programmes include taster sessions in Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Kayaking from our experienced and qualified instructors. And with a full programme of social activities and team games, we'll ensure the week results in non-stop action. Discos, Iron Man competitions, dragon boating, raft-building and lots more are added into the mix for spice and variety.

It's a great way to make new friends, explore new watersports, and ensure those long summer holidays pass with fond memories you will look back on for the rest of your life. Interested? Check our website for more information.

Email: info@uksa.org

Your Child Can (www.yourchildcan.co.uk)

Advisor for families with children with special needs
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15 Hurrell Court, Hurrell Road, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1HT
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Alan is a professional Children's Entertainer and appears regularly at Private and Corporate functions, Schools, Carnivals, Fetes, Playgroups, Handicapped Centres, in fact anywhere children want fun and laughter. Alan's audiences have ranged from 6 to over 600 and ages from 2 to 100 years. He presents his shows in costume as "The Wizard", "Wizz The Magic Clown", "Al The Magical Tramp" or "Mr. Glitter The Magician". His shows include puppets and real live rabbits. He has appeared on TV, Film and Stage and is a member of Equity.

35 Treeside Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5FY
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Please visit the website or contact the Centre for further information.

Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6NL
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Frewen College has been providing specialist support for young people with dyslexia and other related needs for over 60 years. Both Junior and Senior schools are based in beautiful surroundings in the Wealden countryside, on the borders of Kent and Sussex with extensive grounds and playing fields. We offer day and boarding places for boys and girls aged 6 – 16 years.

We provide a unique combination of curricular and pastoral support. Every pupil is seen as equal with individual talents and abilities. Developing these talents is central to the education we provide. Our experienced team, most of whom have specialist dyslexia training, will do all they can to help pupils overcome their problems in the way that best suits the individual child and help them fulfil their full potential. We maintain average class sizes at below six, and one to one mentoring is available when needed.

Frewen College is one of a few schools which is a charity run by an independent educational trust.

Private Tuition in Berkshire
Berkshire Mob: 07557 378788

Bracknell Tutors have been established since 1989 offering expert one-to-one tutoring in basic skills; reading, writing and arithmetic covering English, Maths and Sciences up to GCSE and A-Level throughout Berkshire.

We offer:

  • Over 25 years, Full-time experience in coaching and developing courses
  • Unique coaching material and methods for lasting skills and study techniques
  • Superior track record, with Top marks in entrance exams and scholarships
  • In-depth support, with educational counseling base on personality profiling

For more information on our great value packages, please contact us or visit our website:

Miranda Cox

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I am a psychotherapsit working from Bideford, North Devon and have been qualified for 20 years. I am registered with UKCP and have an Enhanced CRB check.

I have a certificate in counselling children and adolescents and offer a wide range of play and creative materials and methods for children to use as they explore any troubles they may have in a safe, private and friendly place.

I work in a practical and professional way with, eg, traumatic experiences, wetting and soiling, bereavement, bullying, family relationship struggles, difficulties at school, shyness and anger and can also suggest strategies to help handle things in a clearer way.

Parents/guardians are welcome to come and meet me first for an informal, confidential discussion.

There is disabled access.

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Whizz-Kidz

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Whizz-Kidz is a national charity that improves the quality of life of disabled children and young people up to 18 by providing them with customised mobility equipment such as powered wheelchairs.

We also offer wheelchair skills training, advice and information and campaign to raise awareness of disabled young people's needs. Many of those we help become members of our Kidz Board, acting as our ambassadors and getting involved in projects and events.

Through this support Whizz-Kidz has given nearly 4,000 disabled children and young people the chance to enjoy an independent life at home, at school and at play.

Web: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

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The Disability Martial Arts Association was sent up in January 2007 We are a wide supporting network for people with disabilities and their families who are or who wish to be involved in martial arts.

We have set up a data base of Martial Arts Academy’s School’s and Club’s in the UK. That will teach people with all types of disabilities. When people phone us up we can give them a telephone number of the said organisation.

We have joined forces with Sho~Shin Budo Kwai, who run a summer camp every August information will be on our website. We have also joined forces with the Disability Martial Arts Festival. The Festival was started by the late Terry Taylor.

Email:dmaa@blueyonder.co.uk

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The Parent Support Service, run by a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, provides practical, professional guidance for common parenting concerns such as: difficulties with children and adolescents' behaviour; problems with eating and sleeping and strained family relationships. Face-to-face parenting guidance is available for parents in Bristol (UK) and the surrounding area. For certain difficulties, telephone and email support is also available for parents across the UK. The service specialises in increasing parents' understanding of their child's behaviour and equipping parents with practical strategies for improving family relationships.

The Parent Support Service also provides psychological therapy for children and adolescents, using brief, evidence based techniques to address emotional concerns such as: anxiety; fears & phobias; depression; low self-esteem; obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress. Assessment for social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder is also available.

Northamptonshire

Aspirations Wellbeing is a sports, leisure and cultural trust that manages the Pemberton Centre and Splash Leisure Pool, both in Rushden and the Nene Centre in Thrapston.

We aim to provide a variety of great value for money events and activities for children and adults to assist a full and healthy lifestyle.

Activities for children and young people, activities for people living with a disability, a wide variety of Group Fitness Classes, swimming lessons, racket and team sports, SPIN® cycle group classes, venue hire plus entertainment all come within the range of what we do.

Our aim is to work co-operatively with partner organisations to offer the best range of leisure and cultural facilities for local communities.

Activities for children include: Dance classes, football coaching, martial arts, swimming classes for babies and children, gymnastics and cheerleading. Plus birthday parties, school holidays clubs and workshops.

To see details and the full range of what we offer, please visit our website:

Nene Centre, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4JY
T.01832 734090
E.nene@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Pemberton Centre, H E Bates Way, Rushden, NN10 9YP
T.01933 350324
E.pemberton@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Splash Leisure Pool, Station Road, Rushden, NN10 9SJ
T.01933 410505
E.splash@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

The SALTO Centre, 98 Camford Way, Luton, LU3 3AN
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Gymnastics for all from 18 months to adult in the Luton & Bedfordshire areas. All abilities welcome.

British Gymnastics Association qualified coaches in General Gymnastics, Pre-School, Sports Acrobatics and Special Needs. We also run daily Playgym sessions for preschoolers, Classes for Home Educated Children and also have the only dedicated Youth Fitness Gym in the county.

Email: info@saltogym.org

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The Dore Programme is quite unique: it is a personalised physical exercise routine designed for children (of 7 years +), adolescents and adults with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. It consists of:

  • a full assessment with our qualified doctor
  • daily computer-generated exercises carried out at home
  • regular progress assessments

The Dore Programme lasts between 12 and 18 months and has been successfully completed by many thousands of people since it was developed over 10 years ago. Now, DORE is the trading name of Dynevor CIC, a social enterprise, which has owned the rights to the DORE Programme since 2009. The Programme is also an intervention of choice for SEN pupils in several UK schools.

To find out more and to learn what others are saying about Dore, visit our web site www.dore.co.uk. If you’d like to chat to one of our experienced Programme Consultants, please call 0333 123 0100.

Online support for people with a specific learning difficulty
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Helping children with emotional & behaviour problems
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Many children don’t want to, or cannot, talk about their problems. Play therapy is very effective for children aged 3 to 12. The child chooses from a range of activities in the play room. These include: drawing and painting, sand tray, clay, puppets, musical instruments, story-telling, role play. The Play Therapist focuses closely on the child, communicating using the media the child has chosen. Although of course, the child can talk about their problems, when they are ready, on average research shows only 8% of the session is spent in talking.

Between 73% and 84% receiving play therapy to Play Therapy UK’s standards show a positive change – the more severe the problems the higher the change. (Based on over 10,000 cases).

Because play therapy works through unconscious processes, it is important that practitioners are fully qualified and meet the highest standards of practice. Play Therapy is now regulated through the Professional Standards Authority’s Accredited Voluntary Register scheme. The PTUK Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists warrants the quality and effectiveness of its Registrants. Using unregistered therapists can be dangerous.

Play therapy improves a child’s ability to learn and reduces the chance of adult mental health problems.

Home Schooling & Private Tutoring
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The World-wide Education Service (WES) is one of the leading providers of home education courses worldwide. We supply accredited comprehensive, up-to-date learning courses for children aged 4-14 years. No previous teaching experience is required.

WES is designed to create a school in the home, this is particularly beneficial where education facilities are limited or, where there is a need to "top up" local school education.

Our service includes:

  • An initial assessment of your child’s educational level.
  • Courses tailored to the individual needs of your child, based on the National Curriculum of England.
  • All necessary books and materials to support the subjects.
  • An introduction from your WES personal tutor who will advise and support you in your role of teacher.
  • Regular assessments of your child’s progress.
  • A final report detailing your child’s educational level to hand on to future schools.
  • A Certificate of Completion

WES is also able to offer a home schooling package for special needs children. Coursework can be adapted to accommodate specific requirements.

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