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A Dundee based tuition service specialising in teaching English and maths to primary and secondary school learners has adapted to move all its students to an online learning environment during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Kip McGrath centre in Dundee, run by Yvette Hill and Chris Hill, previously offered the option of in-person tuition at its Court House Square facility, or by a virtual classroom.

The centre, which opened in 2017 before moving to larger premises last year, employs seven fully qualified teachers, each with a minimum of two years of professional teaching experience.

Centre director, Yvette Hill, said the business had seen a steep increase in new students, enquiries and assessment requests since the start of the pandemic.

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She said: “We currently teach children from a broad geographical spread ranging from the highlands, to Angus and Fife, so it wasn’t too much of a challenge to move to an entirely online service.

“Of course, parents and students are keen to return to the centre once we are able to, but the current situation has also shown the benefits and flexibility the online learning offers.

“For many parents, home-schooling their children, often while trying to work full-time at home was manageable in the short term, but it has also become increasingly difficult as time as time has gone on and are looking for extra support.”

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The online classroom has a fully interactive whiteboard and students can ‘raise their hand’ in a virtual way.

The Kip McGrath centre is part of a franchise which has 260 centres around the UK and more than 560 centres globally.

Ms Hill added: “We went through a transition period when the pandemic restrictions came into force, but we have been fortunate to have the capability to move the business completely online.

“We have seen strong growth over the past few months.”

By Jim Millar

Source: The Courier

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