Online Secondary English Tuition

If you’re looking for effective, affordable secondary English tuition, TLC LIVE is your answer. At TLC LIVE, we only use fully qualified UK teachers. Every one of our English tutors holds a DBS and has experience supporting students with English at Key Stage 3 and 4, including GCSE prep. Since we started operating 13 years ago, we have delivered in excess of 30,000 hours of secondary school English tuition to over 90,000 students. Our tutoring for schools starts at £13, we cover OCR, AQA and Edexcel and we are a government-certified quality assured tuition partner.

In 2022/23, on average, each of our secondary English pupils made seven months of attainment progress during the academic year, taking an average of 28 lessons.

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Why choose TLC LIVE for secondary school English tuition?

Fully qualified UK teachers

TLC LIVE only uses fully qualified UK teachers to deliver tutoring, to ensure the best outcomes for students. All teachers have an enhanced DBS.

Targeted learning content

Students complete a comprehensive initial assessment to help design a learning plan around each their specific needs.

All exam boards covered

All our tutors have up-to-date knowledge of the OCR, AQA, and Edexcel exam boards.

15 years of proven results

Tutors draw from tens of thousands of hours of tailored educational content to deliver engaging sessions. At the time of writing, our teachers have tutored 29,541 students and delivered 653,969 sessions.

Approved NTP tuition partner

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) provides high-quality tuition to disadvantaged students. As an approved partner, we run online NTP-funded sessions in real-time with a dedicated tutor.

Tuition at all levels

TLC LIVE’s tutors assist students with varying abilities at all levels – from KS1 up to GCSE.

How online English tuition with TLC works

English Curriculum Map Website showing which topics are covered at each Key Stage.

Lessons from £13

TLC LIVE is an affordable tuition option and group lessons for schools start from only £13 per pupil per session!

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Teacher reviews of our online tuition service

“I can highly recommend TLC LIVE. Over the years they have been assisting us with our GCSE students and have had a significant impact on raising our students’ achievements. We are also working with them on other year groups with equal success. I look forward to our continued partnership.”

Howard Lay, Executive Principal, Samuel Ward Academy, Haverhill

“I must admit that I have been sceptical of the value and impact of on-line tuition until my association with TLC LIVE. The pupils have engaged, enjoyed and showed tangible progress since we started using the programme in Years 10 and 11. The service and communication is excellent and the flexibility to tailor the content to your pupils’ needs is outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending TLC to any secondary school looking for high quality intervention strategies.”

Peter Gibbon, Assistant Head, Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford

“The Folkestone School for Girls used online tutorials with TLC Live for a number of our Pupil Premium students last year. Whilst the impact of individual strategies can be hard to assess, as part of a raft of measures, results were impressive. 100% A*–C Grades in English and feedback from students was that the sessions were helpful. When asked if they wanted us to extend their programme of tutorials the answer from the students was a resounding yes!”

Mark Lester, Vice Principal, Folkestone School for Girls, Folkestone

Parent reviews of our online secondary English tuition

Parents rate TLC’s secondary English tuition 4.46 out of 5 stars

“Having had three children attending TLC LIVE over the last couple of years, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only does it provide a fun and interactive programme tailored to meet students’ individual needs, it also gives students the opportunity to learn at their own pace with the support of excellent and very encouraging tutors. I have seen my children gain in confidence, achieve better results at school and, above all, enjoy their learning because of TLC LIVE.”

“I am pleased to inform you that Richa achieved an A* in English. Thanks to the entire team at TCL Live.”

“For Oliver, learning online is far more interesting than being taught in a classroom and much less intimidating. His tutor tailors each lesson to Oliver’s individual needs and we have been extremely impressed with the administration staff who have always been on hand to answer any questions we may have. They too seem to be genuinely concerned with making the student’s learning experience as fulfilling as possible. We would not hesitate to recommend TLC to anyone considering extra tuition for their children.”

How online secondary English tuition with TLC works

Step 1

Students begin their secondary English tuition experience with our comprehensive initial assessment, a quick test designed to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. Lesson courses run through term time. Lessons run through term time. You can book onto the whole course or join the remaining sessions whenever suits the student – and you’ll only ever pay for the lessons they attend.

Step 2

The tutor uses the results of the assessment to design a custom learning plan for the student, drawing from TLC LIVE’s library of over 35,000+ hours of material.

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Step 3

The secondary school English tuition itself is delivered entirely online in 60-minute sessions. Students log in from any internet-connected computer and they’re ready to go.

Step 4

Once the session is over, the tutor makes notes on the pupil’s performance and shares it with their teacher. Regular best-in-class pupil assessments provide data to quantify their progress.

A primary student completing an online tutoring task.

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What do our tutors say?

“I’ve been at TLC LIVE for two years and I focus on KS3 English. I really appreciate the library of content – it’s well written and varied and it tries to use up-to-date subject matter. I’m also free to bring my own content from my time teaching, so I always have the resources I need to make the most of each session.”


“The TLC LIVE content is broad, challenging and differentiated. There is an impressive range of questions for each topic, and that makes it easy to ensure that we’re on the right track. If the student is not understanding a topic with a given approach, we can always adjust and try a different one.”


Example secondary English tuition content

Secondary KS3

What is the main effect of using repetition?
It directs the readers attention to another part of the text
It creates a picture in the readers mind
It reinforces a point in the readers mind
It helps to make the text easier to read

Choose the noun phrase from the sentence: “Can you ask John to get me today’s newspaper, please?”
can you
ask John
get me
today’s newspaper

Which of the following sentences contains pathetic fallacy?
The happy phone merrily.
The phone was like an alarm as it rang.
The phone was a strange beast.
The phone trilled loudly.

“Ancient Greece was a great civilisation. The first Greek civilisation began around 4,000 years ago. The best thing to come from them were the myths. “Theseus and the Minotaur” is brilliant!”
Choose the sentence from the text above which is a fact, rather than an opinion.
Ancient Greece was a great civilisation.
The first Greek civilisation began around 4,000 years ago.
The best thing to come from them were the myths.
“Theseus and the Minotaur” is brilliant!

Choose the noun modifier from the sentence: “Chrissie couldn’t find her office chair anywhere.”

Secondary KS4

When a character changes and develops over the course of a text, what might these changes relate to?
A change in the writers attitude
The writers inexperience
Important themes and ideas
The writers attempt to confuse the reader

What would be the target audience for a poster advertising Disney on Ice?
Adults aged 70 and over who enjoy walking
Teenagers aged between 15 and 19 who like heavy metal
Adults without children who enjoy opera
Children who like Disney and their parents

Which are the following sentences contains a metaphor?
As smooth as silk.
Life is a roller coaster.
The paper plane played in the air.
The leaves danced in the wind.

How can where a text is written impact a text?
It can make the text good or bad.
It can make the writer seem more or less intelligent.
It can make the write seem more or less reliable.
There may be vocabulary particular to geographical area.

“On some planets like Saturn and Jupiter, diamonds are not as rare as they are on Earth. Indeed, some scientists believe that it rains diamonds on these planets quite regularly. Carbon in the atmosphere falls and turns first into graphite and then into diamond. As they get closer to the core of the planet, however, they liquefy because it is so hot.”
In the paragraph above, the word liquefy means…
Turn into a gas
Become harder

Frequently asked questions

Yes, they will! All of our online English lessons are held in real time with a live tutor that the student can hear and speak to.

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Each session lasts for 60 minutes.

Lessons can be scheduled to suit the student’s needs. TLC LIVE also runs lots of lessons over holidays as targeted revision or catch-up sessions.

Yes! This is the whole point of TLC LIVE. The tutor will identify the student’s learning needs and skill gaps and build an individual learning plan around these requirements.

No. TLC LIVE lessons are structured to maximise learning and address gaps in the student’s knowledge within the session.

Yes, every student is given their own individual English learning plan. After the initial assessment, we put a plan together that deals with the skill gaps identified. The plan will be adjusted as other areas of required academic focus come to light.

We have our own targeted interactive educational content that we update on a daily basis. We don’t use PowerPoints!

Tutors work with students in real time, guiding them through new skills and reviewing things the students may have forgotten. At the end of every session, tutors provide information on the student’s performance and progress. The school can access this by logging into the TLC LIVE website and reviewing this feedback, watching the student develops understanding, and eventually mastery, of the topics they are studying.

All of our UK-based tutors are fully qualified to teach and have classroom teaching experience. We ensure all tutors have Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and are PGCE qualified with an accompanying bachelor’s degree. Each of our tutors also holds a DBS.

All lessons can be cancelled or rearranged with 36 hours’ notice. This gives you the flexibility to use TLC LIVE as and when you need it, whether for one-off revision sessions or regular lessons.

Yes, you can cancel and reschedule a session provided that you give us 36 hours’ notice. Whether this is to change a student’s timetable permanently or simply for a one-off lesson, we can support you to ensure the lessons are running at a time that best suits the student’s needs.

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