Reviews

Book Groups

“My children loved Ilana’s book club. The books were expertly chosen so that the children both thoroughly enjoyed and benefited academically from the texts. Each session allowed the children to develop their analytical thinking in a carefully and thoughtfully guided manner, so that they not only learnt to look below the surface of the writing at the underlying themes but also to begin to understand the writer’s craft.”

Parent

All children have a voice in Ilana’s sessions and so discussion is intelligent and confidence building, while at the same time taking place within a well-prepared framework, so that the children are given a context for what they are reading. My children and I really couldn’t recommend Ilana highly enough.”

Parent

“I love the book groups, that ability to talk about something that I love with such friendly people and Ilana is amazing. The books that are chosen are really good and that are the perfect candidates for catalyzing a discussion about them. The questions that Ilana asks really make you think.”

Student



“Ilana’s book club really helps me to further my appreciation of the books we read, by building up all of the context about the author and the book. I also find the discussion we have exploring book themes helpful in identifying what the book is trying to say, and how the author wanted us to respond. Furthermore, I find the discussion with other peers very engaging, and more insightful then any amount of pure knowledge. I would strongly recommend taking part!”

Student

“His participation in you book club last year really helped him to embrace the literature and reading on much higher level than before, something I would not be able to do it on my own as the strength of the group and competent facilitator/teacher compensates for occasional difficulties that naturally arise at encountering the more challenging literature. Also, your choice of books is really refreshing list compared to standard book lists that are driven by National curriculum guidance.” ​

Parent

Group Classes

“I’ve participated in pretty much every English lesson Ilana has to offer. The reason I kept coming back is because she not only understands that all children learn at different paces. She helped me learn in the best way as an individual whilst also having a group class experience. Our whole class worked as a team and built on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Ilana taught me that English isn’t just about essays.”

Student

“Ilana is a great teacher.  My son loved her warm yet firm style.  Her classes are organized and it was easy to see how each class prepared my son for the next step in his learning.  The homework assignments were appropriate in length and level for the ages advertised.  We are already signed up for a class in the next term.”

Parent

“He has loved all of your courses, and really appreciated your calm and structured style, particularly the way in which your courses follow a progression and the feeling that each lesson builds on the previous ones, I think it has really helped with his confidence!”

Parent

“He has really enjoyed the classes and I have seen a huge improvement in his writing speed and his enjoyment for writing has returned throughout these short weeks. Thank you again for inspiring him back into  story telling.”

Parent

“I am really pleased she did the poetry course with you, it has really inspired her, she is now very keen to find and read and discuss poetry, and learn about famous poets, as well as write poetry. I think the poems were really well chosen, and the course was perfectly pitched….It has been really lovely to see her so motivated to work hard on her poetry homework.”

Parent

“I really enjoyed the course and I loved how you explained everything very clearly and comprehensively.  I learnt so much and I will enjoy writing poems even more now! I always write it down when a poem comes into my head and you have encouraged me even more to do so. Thank you very much for a spectacular six weeksI” ​

Student

“L is producing some quality work which we are all really impressed with and her biggest motivation is being part of a well motivated group with a fab leader!”

Parent

Entrance Exam Tuition and Assessments

With her fun positive approach, Ilana challenged, encouraged and over time built up our daughter’s confidence in her own ability, reigniting a love for both reading and writing for which both we and our daughter will be forever grateful. It is rare to find teacher’s who have both great ability but also genuine care – Ilana is one amongst them.

Parent

Ilana has an incredible talent for teaching and a great understanding of children and their needs in relation to exam preparation. She could perfectly tune in with my son and motivate him to go that extra step.

Parent

We were quickly won over by Ilana’s deep knowledge of what would be required to pass the 7+ exam and her ability to quickly identify the areas we needed to work on. We found the assessment report incisive, well-observed and full of practical suggestions. And most importantly, our daughter had fun.

Parent

We were really impressed with how quickly and accurately Ilana got a sense of our son’s personality, strengths and areas for improvement. Her assessment captured him perfectly.

Parent

Educators

“Occasionally you are lucky enough to work with somebody who genuinely helps, teaches and inspires you. Ilana is one of those people. Over a period of around 4 months, Ilana provided initial training as well as ongoing advice and guidance as I began a new role in the private tuition sector. Throughout these four months I was constantly struck by Ilana’s pedagogical knowledge, and how meticulously she prepared for each meeting while still finding time to make others comfortable through thoughtful and interesting informal conversation. I genuinely looked forward to each meeting with Ilana.”

Joe

I recently attended Ilana’s 7+ and 11+ training and I’m so pleased I did! I came away with lots of useful tips that I actually use when tutoring children. Quite a number of my students struggle with writing stories and I really liked the way Ilana broke this process down into manageable steps. I came away from the training thinking, “Wow! Ilana really has simplified story writing into a few steps!” and it really increased my confidence in teaching this skill to children. I now use these steps with my students and they are now willing to have a go with story writing, whereas before they were reluctant. Ilana really is an expert when it comes to 7+, 8+ and 11+ entrance exams – I highly recommend her.

Arzoo

I really enjoyed today and thought Ilana was brilliant – she was so knowledgeable and interesting and I came away with some really useful tips.

Workshop Participant

I found the training really helpful and it answered all the questions I had. Ilana was professional, knowledgeable and really approachable. 

Workshop Participant

The masterclass was enormously helpful and has made me feel a lot more confident going forward.  Ilana was great!

Workshop Participant

Well presented! Impeccably organised. Clearly an experienced teacher! 

Workshop Participant

Really enjoyable and very relevant.  Good pace from Ilana with interesting delivery.

Workshop Participant