In response to the government announcement concerning UK schools closing from the end of lessons on the Friday 20th March, 2020 until further notice, Sophia – the on-demand, private tuition app – has launched one-on-one online tuition for the very first time across the UK.
The move follows daily discussions, risk assessments and consultations with Sophia’s Education team on how best to operate safely and effectively as the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread.
It is hoped the launch of online tuition, with tutors who have been rigorously vetted against standards of safer recruitment in education, will be a welcome solution for parents and students at what is considered a very concerning time.
Melissa McBride, Founder of Sophia, comments: “There is no denying there is currently a huge amount of pressure on schools and parents, to ensure that learning continues while schools are closed. Being a mum of three (and an ex-teacher), I have witnessed first-hand the escalation of fear, panic and uncertainty amongst friends, family and peers.
“Advice is for people to social distance in order to flatten the curve so online tuition is felt to be the right solution. Not only does it help ensure we keep our students, families and tutors safe at this time, but it also supports the continuity of education and learning.
“I hope it will bring peace of mind to those concerned while we wait for clarification about examinations and assessments.”
In order to provide a cost effective alternative to one-on-one online private tuition, Sophia will also be introducing small group online workshops – maximum of four pupils – which will focus on core GCSE subjects such as English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 11+ workshops will follow.
The 60 minute sessions will be led by Sophia’s expert Sequoia level tutors or highly qualified subject specialists.
The app will also host free online learning resources and educational links, to support their clients with their children’s continuous learning whilst at home and will temporarily be providing online tuition for overseas clients.
Schools have already been preparing for a shutdown for some time, with some creating homework packs or setting up ways of working online. Throughout history there have been disruptions to schooling – most recently, in areas hit by UK flooding – and each time, the UK has adapted accordingly.