Kickstart Learning

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Active English, Maths & 11+ Tutoring  |  Confidence & Self-Esteem Building
Social & Emotional Mentoring

Kickstart Learning is a specialist teaching and mentoring service based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire aimed at children aged 7 to 12.

Most of the children who attend sessions at the Kickstart Learning Centre have suspected or diagnosed learning differences such as ADHD, ASD, dyslexia and dyspraxia or they have emotional and behavioural issues. Those who attend academic tutoring sessions have often become disengaged with traditional teaching methods and the learning process. Those who attend mentoring sessions are usually children whose difficulties aren't severe enough to see a counsellor or psychologist or those who have struggled to engage fully with traditional talking therapies.

Kickstart Learning is renowned for offering a highly personalised service that caters to each child's individual needs. Sessions are predominantly practical and often include physical exercise in the on-site gym which is also used for private martial arts sessions in association with Combat Academy UK. Communication with parents is of utmost importance to ensure each child makes the maximum progress possible by everyone working together on the same goals.

Kickstart Learning was established in 2017 by Kerry Lound. Kerry is an experienced and fully qualified primary school teacher as well as a martial arts instructor. She was diagnosed as an adult with both ADHD, ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder and she has a passion for working with children, especially those whose brains work in a similar way to her own. She enjoys helping children to embrace their differences and showing them how to use their strengths to overcome any obstacles they might face.

Academic Tutoring
  • predominantly practical activities
  • activities based around the student's preferred learning style and interests
  • practical and engaging assessments to identify learning needs
  • English and maths academic support and extension
  • memory and processing speed building
  • attention and concentration building
  • fine motor skills and handwriting development
  • 11+ and KS2 SATs preparation
Mentoring
  • build confidence and self-esteem
  • identify and develop strengths
  • emotional support
  • encourage a positive and determined mindset
  • social skills support
  • organisation and time management support
  • mindfulness and yoga
  • strategies to help manage difficulties
Exercise (including martial arts)
  • boost physical fitness
  • build confidence and self-esteem
  • teach discipline and respect
  • nurture social skills
  • develop balance and correct posture
  • improve focus and concentration
  • improve coordination and flexibility
  • promote self-defence
  • encourage a healthy outlet for difficult emotions
  • release excess energy
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