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Maths and English Tuition at Kip McGrath Ayr

We offer professional tuition in English and Maths to Primary and Secondary children in the South Ayrshire region. All Maths and English tutors at Kip McGrath Ayr are fully qualified teachers, members of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and hold full, enhanced disclosure certificates.


The Centre is owned and run by Liz McKay, a fully qualified Secondary Maths teacher with over 30 years experience of teaching children in schools in Ayrshire

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your child's education or come along to visit our lovely bright tuition centre in Ayr and view our fabulous resources designed exclusively for Kip McGrath.


Does your Child Need Additional Tutoring in English or Maths? 

Children come to our Ayr centre for additional tutoring for a number of reasons including the following:

  • pupils lacking confidence in English or Maths                                                         
  • Pupils falling behind at school ayrnewlayout
  • Reading, writing or spelling issues
  • Struggling with Maths
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Exam Preparation
  • Study techniques

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    Before we agree to commence tutoring, we undertake a comprehensive educational assessment which is free of charge and without obligation.  Liz will discuss the results in full with parents and will highlight any areas of weakness.  The results will enable her to create an individual programme of learning for your child.





    spectrumdividerWhy Choose Kip McGrath Education Centres?

    If you think you need your child needs a tutor but are not sure whether Kip McGrath is right for you, please read the article "Does Your Child need a Maths or English Tutor?" which addresses the options of Kip McGrath versus other Tutoring Centres and Private Tuition.



    "Since starting tutoring with Kip McGrath I have noticed a significant improvement in Josh's Maths and English. His attitude towards homework has also improved. He gets a lot of encouragement from his tutor and is more positive about his school work. He enjoys coming along to the centre each week."

    "Sofia would like to come along to the centre instead of school"
    "Santino is much more confident with his number work now"
     "Mari's maths results in her prep tests and exams prior to her Standard Grades have greatly improved and her teachers have noticed the marked improvement in her results and ability to problem solve now"
    "There has been a definite improvement in Gemma's understanding and overall performance in the subject.  Also a methodical approach which was added to learning which has been invaluable for learning not only the subhect targetted here but for other subjects too".
    "My daughter's maths skills have improved.  She is more confident and KipMcGrath has been a great benefit to her.  A rapport has been built upwith the tutor due to small tutor/pupil ratio".
    "Oliver's confidence has grown and his outlook towards learning has improved.  I like the flexibility and the willingness to help teach children that don't tick all the boxes in school.  Being open and approachable is great and I feel much better about my son's education as a result of all the help given by his tutor".
    "Eilidh's confidence in mathematics has improved significantly since she started with Kip McGrath.  This improvement was commented upon by her class teacher at a recent parents' evening.  I like the friendly staff and good feedback on performance.  Flexibility with regard to changes of appointments and school holidays is good".

    Kip McGrath Ayr Important News

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  • English & Maths Programmes

    English & Maths Tuition Programmes at Kip McGrath Education Centres Ayr

    Our English and Maths tutoring programmes ensure that every student works at a level they are comfortable with before moving on to the next step.  Each child has an individual learning programme which is prepared following a comprehensive educational assessment.  Our tuition will help students fully understand every level of the curriculum, build confidence and allow students to reach their full academic potential.

    For more information on individual subjects relating to your child's needs, please click on the links in the table below:

    School Level  English Tuition                Maths Tuition                        




    Early Reading Programme

    Kip Reading Programme

    English Tutoring Programme

    • Reading
    • Spelling
    • Writing
    • Comprehension
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary

    English as a Second Language


     Kip Maths Tutoring

    • Basic maths
    • Number skills
    • Times Tables
    • Problem Solving
    • Time and Money




    English Tutoring Programme

    Intelligence Development

    English as a Second Language

     Kip Maths Tutoring

    • Problem Solving
    • Geometry
    • Fractions
    • Decimals

    Intelligence Development





    Entrance Exam Preparation

    Essay Writing

    Study Skills Programme

    • Nationals 4 & 5
    • Intermediate I & II English
    • Higher Grade English


     Maths Expert

    • Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Trigonometry

    Study Skills Programme

    • Nationals 4 & 5
    • Intermediate I & II Maths
    • Higher Grade Maths



    Frequently Asked Questions about our Maths and English Tuition Programmes at Kip McGrath Education Centres Ayr
















    What subjects do you teach ?

    What ages do you teach ?

    Do you tutor exam preparation for selective school entrance ?

    How do I know if my child is having trouble with their school work ?

    How do I know that my child will improve ?

    How long will it take to solve my child's problem ?

    Can you tutor my child with a disability ?

    Will you come to my house to tutor ?

    Do you tutor online ?

    How does the initial assessment work ?

    How long is each lesson ?

    What times are the lessons held ?

    Will my child get homework ?

    How should I help my child while at Kip McGrath ?


    What subjects do you teach ?

    We help students primarily in the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Comprehension, English and Maths - from Primary to Secondary. We offer expert courses in Essay Writing, Study Skills and Intelligence Development. At appropriate times of the year we offer Getting Ready For School (for the school starters) and exam preparation for Standard, Intermediate & Higher Grade English and Maths. Many students attend for specific help with school entrance exams.

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    What ages do you teach ?

    The majority of students we teach are between 5 and 18 years old. We also cater for adult students who need to "brush up" on their school knowledge, for example, a workplace examination or to improve their reading or writing skills.Back to top


    Do you tutor exam preparation for selective school entrance ?

    We do exam preparation for selective school entrance exams. It is important that you contact us well before the exams to give your child the best chance of success.Back to top


    How do I know if my child is having trouble with their school work and what can I do about it ?

    This is a tricky question to answer but one that is commonly thought about by parents. Previously, a parent could rely on parents' nights and the national assessments set in Scotland would indicate what level a child had reached in English and Maths. However, with the recent introduction of 'Curriculum for Excellence' in Scotland and the abolishment of these national assessments except for the end of Primary 4 and 7, more and more parents are asking us to provide a free educational assessment which can highlight any particular areas additional tuition may be of help.

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    How do I know that my child will improve ?

    Your child will improve if they are supported at school, home and at Kip McGrath. Every child that attends tutoring each week and does all of their set homework will improve - both academically and in self confidence. Back to top


    How long will it take to solve my child's problem ?

    Every child is different and every problem is different. After the initial assessment, we will be able to provide an indication of how long tutoring may be required and your child's progress is monitored regularly by continuous assessment and we will also provide regular parental feedback. There is no obligation or contract to attend for any period of time. If, for whatever reason (e.g. change of financial circumstances), you decide you are no longer able to attend, all we ask is a weeks notice.

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    Can you tutor my child with a disability ?

    There are many disabilities with varying levels of disorder. We always recommend that you seek professional advice on this question first, however we have taught students with disabilities such as ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Autism and others in the past. It is very important that we have an interview and assessment with you and your child before we can determine if we can effectively tutor them. Our main focus is to ensure that your child's disability will not interfere with their ability to learn in this environment. Please contact us to discuss your child's needs.Back to top


    Will you come to my house to tutor ?

    All tutoring is done within our Centre. This gives us the ability to provide the best facilities and teaching aids to meet the needs of your child and creates an optimal learning environment.Back to top


    Do you tutor online ?

    Online tutoring is currently being developed which will mimic the proven Kip McGrath method of tutoring delivered in the Centre. Due for release in the second half of 201, it will be a great option if your child finds it difficult to regularly attend our Centre.Back to top


    How does the initial assessment work ?

    Many parents are concerned about how their children are performing at school and whether their children are at the appropriate level for their age and class. We provide a free, no obligation assessment and discuss the results with you in detail to determine exactly how your child is performing.Back to top


    How long is each lesson ?

    Lessons are 80 minutes long and students attend for one lesson a week. Some older children do attend more often, according to their needs. Even young children attend for 80 minutes - their lessons are broken up into 20 minute activities, designed to keep them keen and interested.Back to top


    What times are the lessons held ?

    There are a variety of lesson times available to suit you and your child's activities. The majority are after school during week days however we try to be flexible according to the availability of your child. Please contact us to discuss your needs.Back to top


    Will my child get homework ?

    Homework is an essential part of the Kip McGrath program, particularly for Reading students. We are aware of each student's school workload so set homework is generally limited to around half an hour each week. If you have difficulty getting your child to complete the homework, please contact us immediately.Back to top


    How should I help my child while at Kip McGrath ?

    Make your child's school teacher aware that you are getting your child tutored and ask to be kept up to date with your child's performance at school and any areas that the teacher believes needs attention. Set aside a place and a time for your child to do homework from both school and Kip McGrath and ensure that they complete it each week. Make sure that they attend their tutoring sessions each week - regularity is a major key to improving your child's results. Always let the tutor know if you have any concerns about the progress of your child or the type of work that they are doing.

    Important News



    Our very popular summer school returns in 2014.  This is an ideal opportunity for students to keep their brains active and prepare for the new school term. Please contact Liz as soon as possible to secure a space. Lessons are available on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 10.00am, 11.20am or 2.00pm from 8th July to 13th August inclusive.



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    Our Ayr Kip McGrath Tutor Centre is part of a network of 28 Kip McGrath Centres in Scotland, all run by qualified teachers. Many of our teachers have contributed articles to our Scotland Education and Parenting Blog. Here you will find some great articles that are relevant to parents in Scotland. We hope you find them interesting.

    Six Questions you should ask yourself when problem solving

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    How to help your child achieve their potential in all aspects of life.

    Curriculum For Excellence in Scotland - A Parent's View

    Jack Draws Anything (a worthy cause)

    Does your child need an English or Maths Tutor?

    This is a link to our colleagues at Kip McGrath Lisburn centre blog. They have some really interesting articles and advice to parents.




    PrimaryTimesScotlandFor useful parenting news in Glasgow and the West of Scotland including details of Summer kids clubs, interesting days out and what to do with tke kids in East Renfrewshire this summer, please have a look at thePrimary Times Magazine homepage.



    nurseryschoolguidehttp://www.nurseryandschoolguide.co.uk/index.php For essential information about schools and nurseries in Glasgow and Ayrshire, this is an excellent source of information.



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    Contact Details

    Centre Owners Elizabeth McKay
    Address 21 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1EZ, Scotland
    Directions Approaching Ayr from the south on A719. Continue past the junction with Miller Road and turn left at next lights.
    From the north on A719. Continue up Sandgate to roundabout, go straight ahead and turn right at next lights.
    On the A70. Turn right at junction with A719 onto Alloway place. Turn left at next lights.
    Phone 01292 260101
    Mobile 07549 172 716
    Email lizmckay26@gmail.com
    Centre Hours Currently we have sessions available on a Monday to Friday:
    4.00 pm - 5.20 pm
    5.30 pm- 6.50 pm
    7.00 pm- 8.20 pm

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    Centre Owner

    Elizabeth McKay


    21 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1EZ, Scotland


    01292 260101

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