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Tutor workshops

This academic year we are introducing a programme of tutor workshops that will act as CPD (Continued Professional Development). Osborne Cawkwell endeavours to ensure that you receive basic training in a broad range of educational topics that are relevant, practical and engaging. We are adding a new section to tutor CVs to reflect when you have attended workshops, which clients will see when we suggest you as a tutor.


New Tutor Induction

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN9 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm
Lucy Cawkwell

We are running our first Induction session for tutors new to OC Tuition. This is an opportunity to be together as tutors and to share ideas and experiences of working with students. Activities include a pairs teaching exercise; discussion about the different ways we learn; and tricky situations you might find yourself in as a tutor.

  • Sarah our SEND consultant will talk about Learning Differences and practical tips you can use if you are working with a SEND student.
  • Dan, our Mental Health Advisor, will talk about different mental health issues and what to do if we do suspect our student is struggling.
  • The session will allow us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us better, so we can form the basis of a strong partnership moving forward. ​

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk


WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN15 January 2019, 2pm – 3.30pm
Sarah Cox

The aims of the talk are to:

  • Understand what Dyslexia is and how to spot the signs.
  • Understand the importance of a multi-
sensory teaching approach.
  • Gain practical strategies and teaching tips on how to support dyslexic learners.

Sarah is OC Tuition’s SEN/Dyslexia specialist and Senior Consultant. Sarah worked with Lucy at the Osborne Cawkwell office and as a tutor for six years until 2008, then gained a teaching diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia. She has a broad experience in education and has worked as an English tutor, EFL teacher, Dyslexia specialist and SENDCo working predominantly in London prep schools, training further in study skills techniques and NLP. Now that her children are of school age, she works during term time as our SEN consultant, working closely with parents, tutors and other 
education specialists.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Pia 11 Plus Tutor OC Tuition

Navigating Entrance Exams: Strategies for supporting families through the 11 and 13 plus

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 18 January 2019, 2pm – 3.30pm
Pia Carter

Pia’s workshop will look at:

  • Housekeeping and the right fit: a guide to practical considerations surrounding senior school admissions; requirements for 
different schools; deadlines for various applications; managing parental expectations, with the aim of ensuring that the child ends up at the school that is right for them.
  • The process: particularly applicable for boys where a tutor may start before the pre-test and work with the pupil until his 13+; what is the end goal of the tutoring; what benefits can be conferred over and above entrance into the desired school.
  • Exam technique: the exams can be 
idiosyncratic and there are tricks of the trade that can be employed to help the child through the exam itself, particularly 
to do with timings and mark schemes.

Pia has been tutoring since leaving Oxford in 2005 and thanks to her slightly unusual background of having a degree in English Literature and a Maths A-level, she has been able to give children an all round preparation for 11 and 13 plus entrance exams and CE. Over the course of 12 years specialising in this area she has developed a range of techniques for helping families to cope with this stressful time in their child’s education.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

​Mental Health

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 24 January 2019, 10am – 11.30am
Dan Licence

The aims of the workshop are to understand:

  • What the main types of mental health 
problems are in young people and how they can affect learning.
  • How to spot the signs and symptoms early on and prevent them from developing into a problem.
  • How to teach students with mental health problems, and what to do if professional help is required.
  • Please see the ‘Mindfulness’ workshop for Dan’s profile.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Will History Tutor OC Tuition

​Stepping Up: How to support students with the transition from GCSE to A-Level

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 30 January 2019, 1.30pm – 3pm
Will Tyson Banks

Tutors who take this workshop will learn:

  • The difference between GCSE(KS4) and higher-level learning (KS4+/KS5/ GCE Advanced Level), and how this relates to programmes at A-levels, IB, and Pre-U.
  • The ‘Independent Learner’: What it means, what skills students need to have, and how you can support students develop these skills alongside subject specific content.
  • The challenges of working with young adults and tips on how to best support them academically and pastorally.

One of the main reasons tutors are sought out is to help students who, while successful with their GCSEs, suddenly find themselves struggling when they move on to A-levels. Subjects students once considered themselves good at and enjoyed suddenly become an overwhelming challenge and leave them feeling well out of their depth. The failure to successfully make the transition from GCSE to A-level, also known as the ‘step up’, can have a negative impact on students leaving them demoralised and feeling unable to do well.

Will Tyson-Banks is a History specialist tutor with more than a decade’s experience of delivering private tuition to students across the educational spectrum from KS2 all the way up to Masters level. Working with students across such a broad range of different needs and with a research background has led him to specialising in how the demands of education change at different qualification levels.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk