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About MagiKats Tuition Centres

Our Tuition Centres are places where children and teenagers come to make the most of their potential. 

Every child receives an individual programme, designed to support them every step of the way. They develop not only subject skills, but also thinking skills, problem solving skills and social skills. 

Our priority is unwavering - it is the children in our care.

Our Workshops: The Heart of the MagiKats Programme

Our workshops are fun, friendly and supportive. Although the work is designed to be challenging, the support received from their own mentor ensures that no student is allowed to struggle.

Workshops last for 40 minutes and students attend once per week, working as part of a small group (no more than six). Every student benefits from interaction with their peers, through discussion, hands-on activities and partner working.

The Principal in charge of each workshop ensures a safe and productive working environment, one where no child is singled out and every child has the chance to shine.
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Core skills: Perfected at Home

No matter how well someone understands concepts, there is no escaping the fact that 'practice makes perfect'. Our core skills programme provides just the right amount, level of difficulty and blend of topics for every student so they can build fluency across the subject(s) they are studying.

Education for every individual

From 4 to 14 and older, there is a MagiKats programme to suit. Our vision is to help as many children and teenagers as possible reach their full potential. We aim to achieve this through using our materials, educational approach and the skills of our network to provide the best individual programme for every one of our students.

Read our blog posts to find out how we can help specific types of student:
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MagiKats is a family business

MagiKats was officially launched in 2005, but the family behind the programme have, literally, grown up in education together.

Our History

The MagiKats programme has continually evolved and developed since its inception. With an educational ethos dating back to the 1970s, modern technology meets traditional learning to provide the best tuition for every child.

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Supporting the school curriculum: All our materials have been developed (and are continually updated) to ensure we are able to support children studying the curriculum appropriate to their local area. Our team of writers are all subject specialists and we continually monitor the changes in the UK National Curriculum, the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and the National Curriculum for Wales.

Small group collaboration: A maximum of six students work with a MagiKats mentor. Members of each tuition group are selected so they will work well together and can work collaboratively where appropriate. Every student can still receive one-to-one support when it is needed, but the positive and relaxed atmosphere created by this approach brings out the best in every student.

Qualified staff: All MagiKats mentors are chosen for their relevant skills and experience based both on the age of the students they are going to be supporting and also on their subject skills. All mentors are DBS checked and trained using the MagiKats mentor training programme. The local Principal monitors all their staff to ensure high standards of teaching and support are met at all times.

A multi-sensory approach: In addition to the written work and tuition provided to each student, our unique resources provide a multi-sensory approach to learning, providing a different way in which each student can learn. 

Traditional learning techniques: Rather than relying on technology to provide interest, our approach uses investigative learning techniques, combined with our multi-sensory approach, to develop strong subject knowledge. Students also develop their study skills, thinking skills and problem solving skills - making the benefits of attending a MagiKats workshop extend beyond the subject(s) they are studying.

Extending learning: No matter whether a student is average, excels, struggles or has learning difficulties, all MagiKats students are encouraged to extend their learning at every MagiKats workshop they attend. Our individual approach means that no child or teenager is either held back or pushed forward - they work at their own pace and with their own goals.

Feedback: Central to all learning with MagiKats is our feedback system. In workshops, this takes the form of weekly feedback from both the student and their mentor. Between workshops, all MagiKats Principals are available to discuss the students in their care, either via telephone or email. Periodically, parents are offered the opportunity to sit down with their local Principal to discuss progress on a more formal basis.

MagiKats Tuition Centres

No matter whether they are located in a permanent space or within a local community facility, all MagiKats Tuition Centres are set up with some key principles in mind. We provide a positive learning environment in which no individual is overlooked and everyone is expected to work to the best of their ability - whether student or staff.

All MagiKats Principals are fully trained, supported and monitored by MagiKats HQ and they in turn ensure that every staff member provides the very best service they can to every individual they meet. The materials and resources used in MagiKats Tuition Centres have been carefully developed and tested. Our programme is continually revised and updated by our small team of subject specialists.

The goal of everyone involved in a MagiKats Tuition Centre is the same - to provide the best opportunity for every enrolled student so they can realise their full potential.

Core Skills

All students are provided with worksheets to practice their skills and reinforce their learning. Core skills sheets are usually completed at home.

Self-learning: As the challenging work is completed in workshops, so the easy work is provided with our core skills worksheets. This means that every student is able to work independently and develop a good study habit and the discipline to work without direct supervision.

Support network: The MagiKats support network relies on three elements:  the student, their MagiKats Principal and a responsible adult (or occasionally older sibling) at home. We expect parents (or equivalent) to support their child as they work through their core skills sheets. We provide answers so that work can be easily checked.

Feedback: Central to all learning with MagiKats is our feedback system. In the core skills programme, this takes the form of written communication between the student and their Principal, on a weekly basis. Parents (or equivalent) are asked to contribute too. Tips are provided and results are fed back. There are also crib sheets to help where needed.

A modular approach: Rather than concentrating solely on one topic at a time, our core skills programme is divided into study modules that mix topics according to how they relate to one another and their overall level of difficulty. The MagiKats Principal chooses appropriate work from within that module for each individual student and creates a programme that is 'just for them'. The quantity and variety of work available ensures that no two core skills programmes will ever be the same. The MagiKats programme is truly for each child or teenager as an individual.

A flexible approach: Most students will complete five short assignments per week, in addition to attending one workshop. However, where this approach will not work, MagiKats Principals work with the student and their family to find a routine that will. Centres are usually able to act 'in loco parentis' and support students whilst they complete their core skills programme. The quantity of work done can be set to work for each individual child, so that they can continue to progress in-between workshops and develop strong study habits.

The MagiKats family

The MagiKats family

Jan Lomas is a teacher with over 25 years' experience. She completed an MA in Education and was a Maths, Economics and Business Studies teacher for many years. She was a franchisee for another education provider, and her experiences then have meant that the experiences of franchisees of MagiKats are one of her main concerns. Jan has been responsible both for the content of the MagiKats programme and the structure of the MagiKats workshops. Her flagship centre in Farnham, UK is still running under her direct control and she is also the Curriculum Director for MagiKats Ltd.

Rick Lomas is a software consultant and his role in MagiKats has been to develop the MagiKats computer system. He has also gained first-hand experience by running his own MagiKats workshops, but now concentrates on the technical side of the MagiKats system.

Sarah Marsh is one of Jan and Rick's daughters. Having completed her degree, she became the youngest ever franchisee for a major education provider. After a number of years, she moved to another education-based franchise, before joining her parents in the development of the MagiKats system. Her current role as Director of Operations also includes supporting the licensees and franchisees across the globe.

Emma Lomas is the second of Jan and Rick's daughters. Having also been a franchisee for a major education provider, she now helps with curriculum development and runs flagship workshops throughout Surrey, UK. She also fulfils the role of Workshop Consultant.

Other staff members provide a range of support services. 

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The History of MagiKats

Development of the MagiKats forerunner, Mathamagic, started in early 2004. It was originally intended to be used personally and locally in the UK, to give children help at the times when they especially need support - such as directly before end of year school exams, or entrance tests for selective schools. 

It quickly became apparent that there was a need for a programme that directly supported children in the challenges posed by the UK's National Curriculum every day at school, not just at test time. Every child has different needs and so development moved towards devising a programme that would be capable of as much variation as the students that it sought to support. Today, the MagiKats programme is a comprehensive system, providing materials to help students aged up to 16 to master English and Maths.

MagiKats opened in Australia in 2006, developing a small but successful network of Tuition Centres, some of which are still operating today. More recently, however, the opportunity to use their materials has been opened up to more independent tutors and tutoring companies, ensuring that more kids than ever can benefit from receiving support from the MagiKats programme.

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