Education Blog

  • By Jane Race
  • 21 Mar, 2016

Posts by teachers, academics, graduates, parents, students, companies and staff.

This blog is managed by Southern Tutors with occasional guest bloggers, covering topics like changes in education, university guides, and school places.

  • Students… Would you like to write a guest blog post for us? Please email us your ideas.
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Coming up next month: Academies. 

The latest from The Academies Show: The definitive show empowering the education sector to address the latest developments and issues affecting all schools. Covering key issues facing all schools including funding and finance, governance, recruitment, technology, facilities, MATs and more.

 Southern Tutors Managing Director, Cllr Jane Race will be attending and will update you from this blog.

 Check back soon for the latest news!

Southern Tutors Blog

By Jane Race 07 Dec, 2017
Despite the weather being rather damp and miserable, the atmosphere at the Skyline Santa Fun Run couldn't have been more different. With thousands of runners raising money for different charities, the day couldn't have been more intoxicating! This was my first 10K run and it was a truly wonderful experience. You can see Daniel and I in the photo above. I am wearing a turquoise belt which carried my phone so I could track my timing! We ran 10K in just under 60 minutes, a personal best! 

Thank you to all the organisers and also to the very generous people who lined the park, cheering us on, you have no idea what a difference the encouragement makes, especially when we were coming up to the 7K point! 

So far between us we have raised over £500 for the Brompton Fountain, which is the charity of The Children's Unit at The Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, but we are still accepting donations. So if you have any money left after you have paid for your Christmas presents please consider helping us make someone else's Christmas a bit easier! You can donate at my JustGiving page ! Every bit helps, no matter how small!
By Jane Race 19 Oct, 2017
It's been a busy couple of months at Southern Tutors. In May Southern Tutors attended the Surrey County Show for the first time. It proved to be  a very busy and exciting day for us.  The weather was touch and go, but I think all will agree it was a great fun day out. In September Southern Tutors also exhibited again at The Epsom Borough Fun Day. This is an annual event for us and we look forward to supporting both these events next year! 

In December I will be running 10 Kilometres in aid of The Brompton Fountain. The Brompton Fountain is the charity supporting the children's wing of the The Royal Brompton Heart and Lung Hospital. I would be grateful of your support by donating on my just giving page. Small or large amounts are all welcome! This will be my first run at this distance and the first time wearing a Santa outfit. Let's hope it doesn't snow! Please give generously!
By Jane Race 06 Jan, 2017
I do hope you all had a great Christmas! 

At Southern Tutors we are very excited at what 2017 will bring, and we have started the new year with joining The Tutors' Association. I look forward to finding out more about what we can achieve to benefit the tutoring profession, for both student and teachers, within this relatively new organisation.

Southern Tutors will also be attending the BETT Show at the end of January. As you may know BETT  is the world's leading education technology event  in the UK and is a great place to find out about the latest technological advancements in education. Do let us know if you will be attending, as it is always great to see a friendly face!

Southern Tutors will also be attending the Surrey County Show on the 29th May. This is a fantastic event for all the family, so do make sure you have got your tickets. We can't wait! I look forward to sharing more of the fantastic events and our news as the year progresses. 2017 is looking great!

By Jane Race 25 Nov, 2016
The SurreyASG ECG Health Check Event was a huge success, and Southern Tutors was delighted to support the fourth of these events.

The event was led by Dr Abhay Bajpai, Medical Lead of SurreyASG, and his team from Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust, helped by Surrey Downs CCG and Technomed in the Ashley Centre, in Epsom.

108 people were seen in just 3 hours, and found 3 new undiagnosed cases of Atrial Fibrillation, gave advice and support to 2 individuals who currently have AF, and referred another 5 individuals to their GPs who showed other irregularities and require a follow-up.

Several patients were diagnosed with previously unknown heart problems and will now be able to avoid stroke as they will receive preventative treatment.

Cllr Jane Race, MD of Southern Tutors, and Chair of SurreyASG said. "This is a great achievement and wonderful that staff from Epsom Hospital were out in the community as part of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week, helping to prevent strokes. It has been a great day here in the Ashley Centre. We have had a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone for coming, and thank you to the Ashley Centre for welcoming us again. I look forward to organising more of these events in the new year."
By Jane Race 10 Nov, 2016
Southern Tutors was proud to support the Epsom and Ewell Employment Fair this week, held at Epsom Library's Ebbisham Centre. The event, which was organised by of a collaboration between The Best of Epsom and Ewell, Rosebery Housing Association, The Ethos Project and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, was a huge success. 

Southern Tutors was delighted to be offering jobs for qualified teachers in all subjects, as we are always looking to expand our team. We also spoke with members of the public about the latest news in the education world and, as always, gave away fabulous free gifts and prizes in our fun competitions. We were also pleased to provide advice and information for parents about their children's requirements. 
By Jane Race 10 Nov, 2016
Southern Tutors is once again supporting SurreyASG's free health check event! 

On Wednesday 23rd November, between 10am-1pm, Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group (SurreyASG) in conjunction with staff from the Cardiology department at Epsom Hospital and Surrey Downs CCG will be holding another ECG health check event in the Ashley Centre, Epsom.

SurreyASG’s Medical Lead, Dr Abhay Bajpai is a Consultant Cardiologist/ Electrophysiologist, who works at both St George’s Hospital, where he does ablation, and Epsom Hospital and he will be overseeing the ECG and will be available to members of the public to ask any questions that they may have about their ECG result. There will also be community nurses taking the blood pressures of members of the public.

Jane Race, Co- Chair and Public Lead of SurreyASG, says ’This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to have a quick and painless ECG reading and check their blood pressure using the latest technology supplied by Technomed, before doing their Christmas shopping in the Ashley Centre! This is the fourth of these events that SurreyASG have held and they have been extremely successful. We are hoping that by providing this service, we can prevent strokes, and raise awareness during Atrial Fibrillation week. If you would like to benefit from this free health check, please come early, as we always get very busy!’
By Jane Race 19 Aug, 2016
Southern Tutors is on the road to connect with our fans – one mile at a time. We will be visiting your town centre offering educational information, free reading age tests and competitions for all ages! 

Southern Tutors will be in Epsom Market place on Saturday 27th August 2016. Pop over for a free reading age test, find out more about the new GCSE and A’Levels, and enter some of our competitions with great prizes.
Parents can book a tutor and find out more about our 11 Plus, GCSE after school, holiday and Saturday classes at local schools.
Teachers can find out more about enrolling as a tutor, and the perks of becoming part of The Oxbridge Tutor Agency!

To see whether we’re headed to a town near you, follow us on twitter , visit our Facebook page and website for our next stop!
By Jane Race 05 Jul, 2016
Here are just a few reasons why having access to free tennis courts is a good idea. It keeps children away from the television, encourages exercise, helps clear the mind ready for studying and helps build self confidence. Our community tennis courts are so important for young people who perhaps feel they are not yet ready to join a tennis club or they can't afford the membership fees. That's why I am determined that we should protect facilities that are so important for our community. Please support our tennis courts by signing this petition:

The more people who sign the petition the easier it will be for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to bid for funding to pay for the work. Let's help them save our community tennis courts! 


People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger who studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years.

Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University.

Tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois.

Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics according to Dr. Jim Gavin, author of The Exercise Habit.

Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.

Tennis is a great way of keeping healthy and saving on expensive NHS bills! 
By Jane Race 21 Mar, 2016

This blog is managed by Southern Tutors with occasional guest bloggers, covering topics like changes in education, university guides, and school places.

  • Students… Would you like to write a guest blog post for us? Please email us your ideas.
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