School Place Shortage Crisis – Whizz Education Releases New Information

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Lambeth Council warns of school places shortage (BBC online), predicting it will run out of primary school places by 2015. Other recent headlines, based on DfE research, have created a frightening picture of the need for an additional 420 primary schools a year over the next three years to cope with expected explosion in pupil numbers. In the face of these odds, what options do parents have to ensure the best educational opportunities for their children?

“(as a homeschooler) If there is one area where I am concerned about my ability to transfer my teaching skills and have a solid enough grounding in the subject, it is maths".

These statistics are terrifying for parents who are already juggling work, parenting and ever more pressing financial issues. In times gone by, many parents who didn’t find a school place for their child might have investigated the independent school system – however, with families struggling with ever-greater financial burdens, this option is out of the reach of most families. As indeed is supporting one-to one tutoring ( at up to £40 per hour).

So what can parents do if there aren’t enough available school places to service our community needs. Home schooling with online support such as Maths-Whizz is one option, as is the opening of a Free School.

Thanks to the Michael Gove’s championing of the latter, parents are collectively able to work towards setting out schools in their community based on their needs. Education trust CFBT, has recently helped parents in Reading do just this.

Says CFBT’s Jayne Soanes, “The free school in Reading was desperately needed, as there were just not enough primary school places for children who were moving up from the local infant school. We are now working with parents in Wokingham to the same end.”

With the number of free schools opening in the UK expected to total 16 by the end of 2011, it seems that many other parents are keen to explore this option also.

However, often parents feel that they want a more immediate solution. Says Janet Mounter, “I couldn’t get my son in to the first choice primary school, so home schooled for the first couple of months until a place became available."

Many more parents are turning to homeschooling for just this reason. Either as a stop-gap or a more permanent solution – British families are increasingly seeing Homeschooling as a positive way forward.

However, as leading online Maths-Tutor Maths-Whizz discovered, often parents who educate their children at home feel overwhelmed by some of the key subjects. One home-school blogger shared the following insight: “If there is one area where I am concerned about my ability to transfer my teaching skills and have a solid enough grounding in the subject, it is maths. Given the trials, tribulations and tears we had with the subject when my son was at school I wish I had found Maths-Whizz at least a year ago.”

From collected data and the many home-schoolers Maths-Whizz supports across the world, it is clear that a 21st Century learning tool such as Maths-Whizz is an essential part of the armoury for anyone who makes, or is forced to make, this choice. Maths-Whizz caters to students’ individual needs in the same way as a tutor would – as well as offering a collaborative online learning space that is underpinned by a wider framework of best practice and support. This engages parents, teachers and students in a triangle of success and doesn’t require extensive teacher input or administrator setup.

By guaranteeing that students who use Maths-Whizz for 90 minutes a week will on average improve by 1.75 and 2 years in 12 months of use, this online tutor is an effective tool that allows parents to make the right kind of choices around how they wish their children to be educated.

Maths-Whizz are winners of the 2011 ERA Innovation Award and raise standards in maths for over 70,000 5-13 year-olds world-wide. For more information please go to or call Madeleine White on 07903 125684


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