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Active Minds Home Education Group 11/13

Group learning opportunities for home ed kids

Mentored by Gabrielle MarshallMentor summary: Qualified Teacher and Home educating Parent
Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5DS
Chosen age group:

For ages: 11 - 13 years

Available tickets:
Standard £10/hr
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest

A summary

In collaboration with parents and teachers, we are bringing activities under one roof at the cricket pavilion in Forest Row to provide classes that are affordable, engaging and give children an exciting group learning experience. Over three days, a group of children study maths, ICT, science, art, history, creative writing and sports. Each day is up to 5 hours long and costs £40 at £10/hour. My role is to 'hold the space', provide a kind and safe environment and support the children in feeling confident about their learning experience. I am passionate about home ed, have educated my 4 children and am a qualified English teacher with teaching experience in English, Science, Maths, Drama and Art. In summary, some of the benefits of this group include: Enabling children to learn at their own pace Male and female teachers from a rich and diverse background including; Waldorf, mainstream and Montessori. Teachers that build confidence in the learner Teachers with a passion for th...

Gabrielle Marshall·Qualified Teacher and Home educating Parent
I have 4 children ages 8,12,16,18. They have all been home educated with brief spells of Waldorf and state education. My journey with home education led me to understand that home education better supported our children in their need to be, to learn and to connect with their family. Ten years on and I've found that, at 14, the majority of my son's friends went into school. Now my third son is twelve and I'm keen to build a group for the long term that can study together under the care of parents and teachers bought together by a common purpose. This initiative has the advantage of making home education less onerous on us parents trying to organise group learning, more cost effective ( one to one tuition is anything from £25-45/hr) more attractive to children wanting to learn in a group and better for being small class sizes with actual teacher attention. It also gives us parents more space to work or take time for ourselves. I am a qualified secondary school English teacher and have experience teaching English, Maths, drama, Art, pottery and science to both groups and individuals. I have set up and run Active Minds (2011) for 36 children including a teenage group. I've worked as a journalist, reporter, presenter and producer/director in radio and television before transferring to teaching. I've published short stories for BBC radio and currently home educate, teach pottery and sell jewelry I've designed and made. My family recently took a gap year in India but returned due to the pandemic. We live in West Hoathly, in the Hoathly Hill Community. Like many home educating parents, I've learnt a lot over the years so I understand how to encourage a child, help them to find the information they need to move forward and how to persevere in becoming independent learners. I am there to supervise, hold a safe space and to offer limited guidance when required. The students need to be able to self motivate and be willing to do the extra work at home ( with parental support). This provision offers tuition that in conjunction with home study and other activities gives your child a rich and varied education. I am confident that your child will find each one of our teachers inspiring. They come recommended by parents and most importantly the children themselves. We are fortunate as home educators to be able to pick the best of the bunch !

A typical timetable

WEDNESDAY 10-11 ICT 11-12.30 Sports with Ben Brooke optional 12.30-12.45 Lunch 12.45-1.45 Maths with Elaine Eichner THURSDAY 12-1 Spanish with Katie Ayling 1-2.00 Maths with Elaine Eichner 2-4 Biology topic Anatomy FRIDAY 10-11 creative writing with Jason Eichner 11-11.30 Break 11.30-12.30 Science with Gabrielle Marshall 12.30-1.45 Lunch and forest walk 1.45-2.45 History with Martin Schmandt (Waldorf )

Learning aims

To provide a safe and nurturing setting within which to learn, make friendships and form a group that can go forward to GCSE study.

Getting started

If you and your child are keen, we can have an initial conversation and then meet to see if we are a fit. Please send me a message using the Contact Mentor button. If our conversation proves positive then your child is welcome to a three day trial period after which each family needs to make a commitment to the academic year to provide group continuity. To confirm your interest you will need to pay £125 for a three day trial. This covers teacher wages, rent of the venue, insurance costs, supervision and admin charges. If you think this may be for you, please get in touch through Eequ messaging.

What's provided


Basic DBS

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Smoke Detector

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

we'll be

Chapel Lane, The Cricket Pavilion, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DS

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £10Ticket description: The charge covers supervision, organisation, rental of the premises and tutuition fees.

Pricing information


My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.


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