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Pre GCSE English

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Arlen Online Academy

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Pre-GCSE English – KS2 (Years 6-7) & KS3 (Years 8-9)

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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.

Key Stage 2 (Years 6-7)
We provide lessons to develop literary appreciation and understanding from an early age. A love of reading is an aim for all students at Arlen Education but even more so for the younger years. Lessons will look at developing a fundamental skillset required throughout their education journey.

Reading skills are developed through group study of prose and poetry; writing skills are honed through regular homework and instruction on story writing as well as non- fiction pieces.

Key Stage 3 (Years 8-9)
Sessions are designed to build student confidence in analysing progressively more challenging and demanding prose/poetry texts within the KS3 syllabus.

Each 4-week block of lessons is structured around a central theme (e.g. Gothic Literature) during which the tutor will develop materials to provide practice at: literary commentary, comprehension, creative and non-fiction writing.

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DBS Certified, qualified & experienced tutors

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4-week lesson blocks

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Homework / assessment & reporting

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Study 24/7, 365 on your phone, tablet or laptop

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90 mins per week

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5 students per class

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We operate separate sessions for different age groups. Our programmes are applicable for students in Years 6-7 studying the Key Stage 2 curriculum or in Years 8-9 studying the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Contact us for further details and start dates.

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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 KS3 English Course:

Lesson 1 – Analysing prose literature
Objective: contextualise figurative language techniques. Group task: analyse passage from Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Homework: analysis of Gothic Literature piece. Rapl: key terms quiz / vocabulary builder.

Lesson 2 – Building atmosphere
Objective: understand how authors create different atmospheres / emotions. Group task: analyse passage from Dracula. Homework: horror story. Rapl: key terms quiz / vocabulary builder.

Lesson 3 – Show not tell
Objective: demonstrating emotions implicitly. Group task: improving sentences / short extracts with show language. Homework: improve a story. Rapl: key terms quiz / vocabulary builder.

Lesson 4 – Narrative openings
Objective: how do writers hook their audience? Group task: analysing Gothic openers. Homework: KS3 exam paper. Rapl: key terms quiz / vocabulary builder.

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Overview
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.

Our tutors
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.

Training
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

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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.

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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.

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Course Structure

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Introduction
Each block of lessons is structured around a 4-week timetable, based on 1.5 – 2hrs 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.

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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.

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Course Structure

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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.

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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.

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Arlen Education provides tuition and support to groups and individuals via our tuition centres, in person and via 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.

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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.

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4 weeks (6hrs)

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Weekly Online Tuition,
Homework & Progress Tracking

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Structured Learning & Guidance

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Call us on:
01335 388 355

enquiries@arleneducation.com

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