Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 02:13 pm

Is your child struggling at school and just needing a bit of extra support to keep up with her peers?

Is this a scenario you can relate to?

You are very happy with your choice of school for your child, but she is struggling to keep up with her peers academically and this is affecting her self confidence, taking the joy out of the classroom activities, and possibly even causing her to become reluctant to go to school in the mornings?

Perhaps the teacher has told you that your child’s reading age is below average, or her maths skills are not what they should be for her age and grade?

As a parent, whenever my child is not performing in any area of her life, it sends me into a flat spin

Parents have panicked when their children are not sitting/crawling/walking or talking at the same pace as others, but we know that they all catch up eventually.

And they are probably quite capable of catching up in the classroom too… with a little bit of help from compassionate and empathetic experts.

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I spoke to Kerry de Jager, the Head Franchisor for Step Up Education SA, after-school remediation and tutoring franchise with a difference:

Let me tell you a bit about Kerry. She’s a qualified maths teacher with lots of experience. She’s also a mom, so she knows how much you love your child and want their school years to be as happy and stress-free as possible.

Most importantly, her main goal in her business is to grow the franchise group by selling each franchise to teachers who have the same priorities as she does: to give children the care, support, confidence and self-belief to thrive and flourish in the school environment.

Established in 2016, Step Up Education Centres is a dynamic after-school remediation and tutoring franchise with a difference.

From the moment a child walks through a Step Up Education Centre door they feel different. They no longer feel silly or stupid. They no longer feel misunderstood. They no longer feel judged

Step Up offers children an opportunity to succeed in a schooling system that is, at times, very unsympathetic

From the moment a child walks through a Step Up Education Centre door they feel different. They no longer feel silly or stupid. They no longer feel misunderstood. They no longer feel judged.

After just one lesson they feel hope. They see possibility. After a few sessions, they walk taller, feel smarter, do better. Why? Because Step Up believes that every child has potential… and our passionate educators will not give up until they reach it!

Find a Step Up Centre near you

If you’re convinced that your child would benefit from joining the Step Up programme after school, click here to see where your closest Step Up Centre is located.

Teachers can get out of the classroom and be their own bosses with this exciting franchise opportunity

Teachers, have you considered the possibility of a new YOU?

According to Cindy Glass, co-founder and owner of Step Up Education Centres, “Teaching is one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated professions in our country!

“Most teachers do not recognise the value of their skills and even less so, the possibility of becoming financially well-off business owners! Teachers have been scraping the bottom of the barrel for so long that the idea of using their skills to achieve business success may seem quite impossible!”

Why is this? Cindy offers the following reasons:

  • Teachers think that they are incapable of owning a business because, well, they are ‘just’ teachers.
  • They are used to earning poor salaries – it goes with the territory and there seems little they can do about it.
  • Teachers are often afraid (whether they admit this or not) to take risks. Staying in the classroom ensures a guaranteed income, even if it is not what they know they deserve.
  • Teachers have little or no training in business management, marketing and advertising.
  • Teachers often feel that they need to ‘martyr’ their lives. They believe they are being of greater service to others by sacrificing themselves to their work.
  • Many teachers are exhausted and the thought of taking a risk and opening a business is just too much to contemplate.

“Teaching is one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated professions in our country”

Dr Wayne Dyer, a respected author and teacher believed in a fair exchange of energy

In other words, he taught that earning good money for a good service is essential – it creates balance. Cindy believes that teachers can use their skills to become successful in business. “They are particularly good at becoming education-based franchisees.”

Cindy remarks and gives the following reasons why she believes that teachers are great entrepreneurs:

  • They have superb people-skills.
  • They are often excellent at planning and organising.
  • They are creative and innovative thinkers.
  • They teach others to believe in themselves.

“Teachers often underestimate their skills and end up settling for less than they deserve or want. This is a new year and the beginning of a new decade. If you are a teacher and have been dreaming of a future where your skills are used for incredible opportunities, isn’t it time you stepped up and considered the possibility of becoming a business owner or franchisee?” Cindy concludes.

Fancy being your own boss and still helping children to succeed?

Explore Step Up franchise opportunities here.