Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about MagiKats workshops. If you can’t find an answer to your query then please send us an email and we will reply as quickly as we can.

How do you know what work to give each child?

Every child works with the Centre Director at enrolment, on what we call a placement. This is not a test, but a way of establishing their individual need. This forms the basis for the starting programme. On a week-to-week basis, their progress is monitored and changes are made to the programme if necessary. Twice per year we carry out more formal testing.

How long before I can expect to see some results?

Unfortunately, there is no magic wand we can wave – despite our name! What you will find is that children will receive an almost immediate confidence boost. This happens because they are receiving the support which they, as an individual, need. Improvement in a subject does take time, which is why we ask that the child attend a minimum of a term which is three months. You will start to see specific improvement. However, the psychological improvement to their confidence is almost instant.

How much homework do the children get?

At home, children work mainly on core skill worksheets that are chosen and printed for each individual as appropriate. These will either fill gaps in earlier knowledge or can take a child beyond the confines of material that they have already met. They usually receive a core skills pack, containing five assignments, as they leave each workshop. Each assignment is intended to take a maximum of 5-10 minutes. We suggest that one assignment is completed each day, giving one day off in every week. If completing work at home is not possible, then you may be able to complete this at the centre. Your Centre Director can discuss this with you.

Do I have to mark the homework?

We provide an answer key so you can give your child immediate feedback and they can do corrections while the work is still fresh in their mind. If you feel that you will find this difficult, then please discuss this with your Centre Director. All work should be returned to the Centre Director for review.

How often do the children attend?

Once a week (or twice if you opt to do the core work at the centre). Weekly attendance is the basis of the programme and coming to the centre at a regular allotted time allows students to remain focused and self-disciplined. Familiarity with the mentor and group gives them a sense of continuity and security.

How many lessons do the students get per month?

Each lesson (or workshop as we call them) lasts for 40 minutes and are available weekly so it works out to approximately 4 workshops per month.

What is the age and ability range of the children?

Within a group, there may be an age range of up to two years and with mixed ability. However, we make sure that each member of the group is a good fit – i.e. that they will work well together. As we keep the groups small, this still leaves plenty of opportunities for a child to work 1-2-1 with their mentor if and when necessary.

What happens in the holidays?

Core work (homework) continues all year round however we do operate a special holiday programme during the long summer break.

Are the teachers qualified?

We have inspiring, enthusiastic, experienced and qualified mentors with the skills and passion to help motivate and enhance a child’s learning ability and build their overall core.

Do I get a refund for Public Holidays or when my child can’t attend?

Sorry – no. To keep things simple, there is a flat monthly fee, regardless of the number of workshops available and also regardless of the number of workshops you attend. We have to ensure that we maintain our staff/student ratio, so have to pay the staff, whether your child turns up or not.

What do we do to go ahead?

Give us a call or send an email. We will answer any questions that you have and, if you wish, book an enrolment and placement session. We will then be in a position to discuss with you the best way forward. Our approach is always flexible, so we can give the best help to students and their families. Our priority is unwavering – it is your child’s education.