A day in life of On Target tuition director

Day in Life pic - Clare Rimmer from On Target Tuition.  US1507-523cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Day in Life pic - Clare Rimmer from On Target Tuition. US1507-523cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Clare Rimmer is Director of Lisburn based On Target Tuition, which she runs with her husband Martin.

They are both qualified teachers with over 20 years experience between them. The couple were fortunate to be able to combine their love of teaching with running their own business and opened their tuition centre in Market Square, in 2007. On Target Tuition has been tutoring children in maths and English and helping them to improve their grades and their confidence in the classroom ever since.

Clare and Martin live in Magheralin with their two children Lily and Ella.

I am currently training for the Belfast marathon so I try to go first thing in the morning when Martin is taking the girls to school.

I will head to our office for 11am. It is usually a varied day and I do enjoy it.

The first task is to plan my lessons for the day ahead and call parents to keep them up to date with their children’s progress.

I focus on the marketing side of things and will spend time updating our website, soicial media pages and education blog.

I normally start teaching at 3.40pm. Our main aim is to provide targeted, tailored tuition to children aged 6 to 16. Our tuition programmes, focus explicitly on the learning needs of the individual child and our aim is to build confidence and a love of learning as well as achieving academic results.

Our lessons are 80 minutes long and are broken up into small sessions of individual teaching, written exercises and computer exercises for our Primary school students.

I specialise in teaching the lower and middle primary school children and Martin takes the upper primary and lower secondary pupils. We have tutors who are GCSE specialists and they teach the older pupils.

The business has grown from us tutoring a handful of students a week to a bustling tuition centre, employing 11 teachers and tutoring over 150 children a week. We are proud to say that over fifty percent of our students come from word of mouth referrals making us Lisburn’s number one choice for parents when it comes to considering tuition for their child.

I normally leave at 6.30pm after my classes have finished. I will collect the girls from their childminder and the rest of the evening is family time. I am fortunate that I can teach part time and work from home too. Striking a balance between home and work life is not always easy so I do feel fortunate.

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