Established in 2002, Elevate Eleven is run by Anita and Tim Hill. Anita is a former state school teacher and head of department and, having built his career in IT consultancy and project management, Tim is now a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Roehampton University. Anita still tutors every week and Tim steps in when needed but Elevate Eleven now employs around 15 excellent tutors across its various groups.
Anita has always been passionate about children reaching their potential, which in many cases can mean helping find the right school for them. Sometimes it is about accessing a useful tool-kit in order to enable learning. For other children the focus needs to be on their sense of well-being. Our intention is to support both children and families in any way that we can to facilitate educational progress. We recognise that life has its challenges for many, so our desire is for pupils to achieve learning through a fun, nurturing and rewarding way as possible.
As well as our tutors we work with a small group of key people to develop and deliver our ever-growing range of services. Some of our activities are based around a not-for-profit model and hence members of our team sometimes operate either partly or wholly voluntarily, depending on the service being delivered and the stage in its development.
Caroline is our partner in delivery of our dyslexia programmes. She is a learning technology consultant with a personal experience in dyslexia as she and all three of her children are dyslexic. Caroline set up Achieve Now (www.achievenow.org.uk) to provide the help and support that she wishes had been available for her own family. She understands the disruption that dyslexia can cause for the whole family and the long-term effect it can have on the self esteem and confidence of a child. Caroline has a passion to see real change in how dyslexics’ needs are understood by parents, schools and even the children themselves. Having worked in the IT industry for the first part of her professional life, Caroline is convinced that the effective use of IT can transform the dyslexic’s learning experience and brings that understanding into our dyslexia support groups.
Steve is another highly experienced teacher who leads our specialist and highly personalised work with young people struggling with school. He supports young people (12-16) who are having difficulty accessing the mainstream curriculum. Currently he helps with maths GCSE Foundation level as well as supporting young people re-engage with learning through sport. He focuses on nurturing self-esteem using a raft of techniques developed as working as a teacher in Special Needs’ schools. He also continues to work with individuals post-16 who have particular educational and social requirements.
Steve has also written a book about engaging young people through sport (particularly golf). For more information and to download the book for free please click here.
Caroline is a former project manager who has spent the last ten years working in local schools. She leads our Elevate Life clubs and is continuing to develop a government-funded programme to roll out nationally into schools and through other community organisations to support children’s emotional and social wellbeing.
Emma is our personal assistant, bringing her wealth of experience in administration and event management in both the public and private sectors to help us run Elevate Eleven. Emma has a passion for travel and art, taking every opportunity with her husband to take their young sons to different destinations abroad and, whenever possible, visiting galleries and encouraging her sons to appreciate the different genres. Emma is a keen advocate of supporting vulnerable adults and children, and in particular those who are on the autistic spectrum.
Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds. Some, like us, are parents who know first hand the challenges of secondary school applications or have dyslexic children. The majority have many years’ classroom experience in local schools and all have proven themselves to be excellent with small groups. We consider attitude and aptitude to be every bit as important as qualifications and measurable skills and we take time to train our tutors to ensure consistency of delivery across all our groups.