My name is Alyson, the Founder and Principal of Oxford Education Centres. Here’s a little bit about my passion for teaching and how and why I opened the centres.
Why did I start Oxford Education Centres?
Following an absence of 13 years working outside the classroom, I went back to my first love – teaching.
Working as a supply teacher, I was so shocked to find such a lot of apathy amongst teachers and children in some classrooms. A lot of bad behaviour, and some kids just not remotely fulfilling their potential, even in the basics like English and maths.
Sometimes it seemed like children were being set up to fail, the class sizes were huge, the teachers bogged down and there was no passion to be seen anywhere! I realised I wanted to offer children the tools to thrive, even if their everyday school environment was this kind of challenge.
What did I hope to create?
I wanted to create an after-school tuition centre that could address some of these issues. I think every child deserves access to an elite learning environment, staffed by passionate and exceptional teachers.
The team of wonderful teachers that I’ve built up bring their subjects alive by constantly tying academic knowledge into current events. Showing the kids how knowledge of the subject enables them to have a better understanding of the world we live in.
How do we bring subjects to life?
We need to show children the subjects’ relevance and broaden their horizons by introducing art, music and literature into their maths, English and science lessons.
We’re lucky to have such a diverse range of students at Oxford Education Centres which means children from all backgrounds get to learn and interact with one another. Our students have access to highly-qualified teachers with years of experience, something that makes us stand out compared to other tuition centres in Oxford.
What makes my week?
What makes my week is to see students coming into the centre each day, eager to learn, happy and excited that their efforts are being rewarded.
I love it when they tell me that they wish they could ditch school and attend full time.
Oxford Education Centres isn’t ever going to make me rich, because I don’t run it that way. What motivates me isn’t about me, it’s about the kids. The rewards for me are all about transforming each child’s attitude to learning, in a way that will serve them for the whole rest of their life. That’s what I’ve been ploughing all of my efforts into for the last 14 years.
What inspires me in a typical day at the centre?
Every day brings a new challenge with every single student. It is exciting trying to find the key that will unlock their potential, unleash their passion for learning.
Virtually every day we see the ‘lightbulb’ go on in a student’s head when they finally understand what we may have spent just a few minutes or many hours teaching them. I love helping them become more successful and keen to learn more.
The more they achieve the more they want to continue to achieve and this makes me want more for them. It’s why many of students stay for years.
Why passion for the job makes all the difference
All of our teachers are passionate about their subject. Passion is infectious and encourages the children to keep trying.
Earlier in my career I found myself in so many classrooms where this feeling is absent and the children are just vegetating … not on my watch!
I want our students to learn to embrace failure as the best way to learn. I want them to be ambitious, determined, learn that perseverance pays, and develop a lifelong interest in learning. And to be kind.
Want to find out more?
If you’d like to find out more and begin sharing our passion for learning, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch today.