Julie Gilson

Julie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in Education with Qualified Teacher Status. Her first teaching post was at an outstanding primary school where she gained valuable experience of all aspects of teaching and learning, assessment and school management. An interest in ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) and its role in helping children learn led her to accept a post as project manger for a local technology company that specialised in providing a wide range of technical solutions for schools.

She thoroughly enjoyed this role, however being someone who loves working directly with children and as part of a team, she decided to return to full time teaching and accepted a post in a large primary school. The school had significant challenges as the pupils faced many social and educational issues, but she loved every minute of it. As well as being a class teacher, she was responsible for Maths and ICT across the school. She monitored teaching and learning, tracked pupil progress, delivered staff training and modelled lessons. She also oversaw several whole school initiatives to raise pupil progress in the core subjects, along with organising themed weeks.

After having her first baby in 2007, Julie decided begun working for an Government initiative called ‘Playing for Success’. This national scheme at its height ran at 167
sporting venues across the country and had a proven track record on impacting on pupil’s progress and attainment. The schemes at Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC invited pupils from local school who were under-achieving and/or were lacking confidence and motivation to take part in an intensive programme of sessions over 10 weeks designed to boost their key skills in literacy and numeracy. Julie delivered these high energy, focused sessions at both clubs and used the football environment as a tool to raise pupils achievement and expectations.

It was whilst working on this programme that she realised the real difference that smaller adult to pupil ratios had on pupil’s learning and attitudes. As well as the development of keys skills in the sessions themselves, the pupils took their raised confidence and better attitudes back to school and thus made better progress in the classroom.

It is from this passion to help as many children and young people as possible feel a sense of achievement and able to reach their full potential that she set about designing and delivering a tuition service that would provide affordable, flexible and above all else, excellent extra learning opportunities.