The Arlen Online Academy is a bespoke online platform which provides students with access to first class tuition and resources from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Powered by Linkstreet, our platform works on all iOS and Android devices. Each student has access to the Arlen Online app for mobile learning and assessment.
GCSE / IGCSE (Years 10 & 11)
Our tutors run structure courses designed to improve skills required to understand and analyse a range of texts and to write with coherence and accuracy.
We operate separate sessions for both English Language and Literature, building resources and structuring programmes around the needs of individual groups.
All of our tutors are subject experts chosen for their encouraging and supportive approach to education.
DBS Certified, qualified & experienced tutors
4-week lesson blocks
2 hours tuition per week
Study 24/7, 365 on your phone, tablet or laptop
Homework / assessment & reporting
5 students per class
We operate separate sessions for different age groups. Our programmes are applicable for students in Years 10 & 11 studying the Key Stage 4 curriculum. Contact us for further details and start dates.
We operate a flexible course structure which is moulded around the needs of our student groups. We have active and continuous dialogues with our students about their areas of weakness and uncertainty, using homework and teaching resources to fill gaps in understanding.
Example GCSE English Course:
Lesson 1 – Literary Criticism – Figurative Language
Objective: revise different figurative language techniques and how these are utilised by authors in prose text. Group task: GCSE past paper extract analysis. Homework: complete a past paper passage analysis question.
Lesson 2 – Literary Criticism – Structural Technique
Objective: examine how authors use structural techniques for effect and to engage the audience. Group task: how to structure a response in line with examiners’ expectations. Homework: GCSE past paper question
Lesson 3 – Comparing arguments
Objective: How to identify arguments holding different viewpoints and analyse and compare these discussions. Group task: structuring longer responses to exam questions requiring comparison. Homework: GCSE past paper question
Lesson 4 – Creative Writing – Descriptions
Objective: Using picture stimuli effectively to structure creative responses to GCSE. Group task: analyse a series of pictures exploring atmosphere and planning responses to a GCSE question. Homework: descriptive writing task based on a picture stimulus
The Arlen Online Academy is a bespoke online platform which provides students with access to first class tuition and resources from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Powered by Linkstreet, our platform works on all iOS and Android devices.
Each student has access to the Arlen Online app for mobile learning and assessment.
Arlen Education only works with professional, experienced, Enhanced DBS checked tutors. All of our team are subject experts trained to bring the best out of their students.
Each student is invited to attend an online training session before the lessons begin where they are introduced to how the lessons are structured and where to access the resources.
Arlen Online Platform
Arlen Online – powered by Linkstreet
Each student is provided with access to the Arlen Online Academy where the course is structured and the materials for each lesson are stored. Arlen Online is integrated with Zoom; each class is joined from the platform and centrally structured. Within the platform are class materials and also past paper questions to assist with self-learning. Teaching takes place in small groups of up to 5 students.
Online Whiteboard – powered by BitPaper
During the classes, an online whiteboard is shared with students which has all materials uploaded onto it. The tutor is able to annotate the whiteboard remotely via an iPad connection. At the end of each class the whiteboard is uploaded to the platform so no notes are ever lost.
Each block of lessons is structured around a 4-week timetable, based on 2 hours of tuition per week with homework and self-study. We plan each block of lessons in accordance with the needs of the particular group, structuring sessions to cover topics to address areas of weakness. We always incorporate requests from students to work on particular topics which they find challenging. Homework is set according to each pupil’s needs and submitted via Arlen Online.
Exam Technique – focus on past paper questions
All of our tutors utilise our extensive library of past paper questions to build student confidence in meeting the expectations of the examiners.
Homework / Reporting
Our tutors set homework to consolidate the topic being taught during the session. This is usually a set of past paper questions in line with our focus on improving exam technique. At the end of each block of lessons the tutors will share a short report with the students with advice on how to improve further.
Arlen Mobile App – powered by RapL
All students have access to the Arlen mobile app. Tutors set short sets of questions via the app which the students complete on their mobile devices. RapL identifies individual knowledge gap and uses spaced repetition of scenarios in weak areas until the student has mastered the topic.
Arlen Education provides tuition and support to groups and individuals via our tuition centres, in person and on the Arlen Online Academy to students across three continents. We understand intrinsically what it takes to succeed in the UK examination system and have years of experience in helping students fulfil their potential.
All of our tutors are qualified, experienced, trained and highly professional individuals. They are all Enhanced DBS Certified and have undergone a rigorous recruitment procedure to ensure we provide the best quality tuition to our clients.
Arlen Online provides students with access to 1,000s of past paper questions as well as a full suite of past examination papers. Our tuition team will set assessments and targets for our students to complete in order to progress and track their learning. This is managed by a tutor, not a computer, so we are able to provide bespoke recommendations and advice, not generic, computer generated, “one-size-fits-all” suggestions.
Our online quizzes, run through Rapl & Educake, feed into our platform and allow tutors to track understanding and progress. These are short assessments written in line with the syllabus and provide students with the chance to quickly practice and test their understanding of specific topics within the programme.
Meet some of our tuition team
How we select our tutors
Arlen Education operates a selective recruitment procedure to ensure that we only work with the best and most qualified tutors. Many of our team have worked with Arlen since the opening of our first tuition centre and we have a longstanding and close relationship. All of our tutors:
— hold Enhanced DBS Certificates
— are subject experts experienced in planning schemes of work to meet syllabus objectives
— are either qualified teachers or have thousands of hours private tuition experience
— are engaging and passionate teachers experienced at bringing the best out of their students
Kieron (MA Cantab.) is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has worked at some of the UK’s leading schools. He is a specialist in online tuition and works with clients based in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Dubai and the UK.
He tutors Maths, English & Science from 11+ to GCSE level and has had notable success in assisting students to gain places at some of the world’s most competitive schools including: Eton, Harrow, St Paul’s, Cheltenham Ladies College. He also assists and advises students with applications to Oxbridge and other top universities.
Kieron also acts as an advisor and consultant for families on all matters relating to education.
Zoe (MA Oxon. PGCE) is a graduate from the University of Oxford and is an English and Literacy specialist, who teaches English in secondary school at KS3, KS4 and KS5.
She is particularly experienced in preparing students for exams, both at GCSE and A-level. As a Sixth Form tutor, she supports students with university applications to Russell
Group universities, including Oxford & Cambridge, ensuring that every pupil reaches their full potential and achieves their academic goals.
In addition to teaching in school, she regularly teaches on summer academic writing programmes at local universities, including Birmingham University and BCU.
Rachel (MSc. PGCE) is a graduate from the University of Manchester and is a passionate teacher of Science. Prior to training as a teacher, Rachel began her career in environmental
consultancy as an Aquatic Scientist.
She is keen to inspire children using her direct experience of science in “the real world” and now has ten years of teaching experience gained from a range of schools located across the UK. She has an adaptable teaching style to suit the needs of pupils with a range of abilities and from a diversity of backgrounds.
Rachel’s specialism is in Biology, which she teaches at A-Level, in addition to all three sciences at GCSE and KS3 level.
Kara (MSc. PGCE) is a graduate from Imperial College, London and is a very experienced teacher of Mathematics. Prior to entering a teaching career, she was employed on as a graduate computer programmer. Following several years spent working in Chicago with NFPs, she returned to the UK and trained as a maths teacher in 2011, gaining her PGCE through the Graduate Teaching Programme at Landau Forte College and the University of Nottingham.
She has since taught mathematics at KS3, GCSE and A Level, GCSE physics and KS3 computer science. She is also an examiner for Pearson for A-Level mathematics.
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