Exemplar Education Review: from a Homeschool Family
We have recently come across Exemplar Education, which is a fantastic online tutoring resource for kids.
As you know we are home educating our son. Exemplar Education is now our go-to platform for maths and English.
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What is Exemplar Education?
Exemplar is an online tutoring system for maths and English for all school-aged children. All work is based on the national curriculum and offers 24 hours of qualified teacher support. It is like having a personal tutor, just without the huge price!
This is not a cheap program, but, with the amount of information and 24-hour support it is worth it. The cost is roughly between £17 – £20 per week per family (not per child). Which only equates to one coffee a day from the likes of Starbucks!
This is aimed at school children who need some extra support with their homework and is used a lot in schools. But, as a home educator, this is fantastic, as it follows the national curriculum.
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Initial Contact with Exemplar Education
The first contact you will have is one of their trained assessors will come to your house to discuss the package. We had Matt visit us on a Sunday afternoon. Which is great as I wanted my husband to be here to understand it too.
He spent about 2 hours with us talking to us about Exemplar and assessing my son’s level in maths and English.
After the assessment, which was one piece of work for both maths and English. Matt then set up the correct academic year.
We were actually quite surprised that although my son is always advanced in maths he got some simple year 3 questions wrong. This worked out well, as these were just simple building blocks that I hadn’t noticed he hadn’t quite grasped.
Matt set up our accounts, a parent account for me, and a child’s profile.
He talked in-depth about the video tutorials and showed us some examples, so we were very confident with how to use it when he left.
Exemplar Education Login For Maths
The Monday after Matt had set us up we were itching to start this programme. With maths, my son had to do an initial year 3 assessment to see which questions he struggled with.
After completing this test, the questions that he got wrong, were lessons that needed to be completed. This can be seen below. This shows that he has now passed all lessons and got a gold (100%) in his end of course assessment.
Within each lesson, there is a practice lesson, a video tutorial and an assessment.
As you can see there are printed worksheets that you can download, personally, we don’t use them as we use our own workbooks. But these are super helpful.
Once all the lessons have been completed. It depends on how many from the initial assessment they got wrong. The children have to complete an end of year assessment. If they get 100% they move to the next academic year.
Exemplar Education Login For English
This is slightly different as there is no initial assessment. Once the trained assessor has been out to your house they will have put your child into the academic year that the test shows them.
In my son’s case, this was year 4 (the year he would be going into in September if he attended school.)
There are 43 lessons in this academic year, again with videos and they follow the English national curriculum.
Certificates and Praise with Exemplar Education
Another reason I love Exemplar Education is that after every lesson my son passes both myself and my husband get an email telling us.
It shows us what questions they got wrong if any, and what their pass mark was. The standard pass mark is 80% which we use, but this can be changed if required.
Bronze is 80-89%, Silver 90-99%, and Gold is 100%.
There are certificates too, which the parent will get notified of. As soon as the child gets 5 lessons in bronze, silver or gold they get a certificate.
These are a real boost of confidence for the child.
Extra Support with Exemplar Education
This is another amazing tool. If you are stuck on a question you can either call or email a trained teacher. How fantastic is this! It’s like having your own personal tutor that you have full access to!
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As a parent, you can see absolutely everything your child has done, which is a massive benefit to us. I can see how long he has taken and what grade he is getting at each lesson. So I can help him with the subjects he hasn’t quite grasped.
When he was at school I had to wait for an end of year report to actually find out how he was getting on academically. But with Exemplar, I know straight away what his strengths and weaknesses are.
Both myself and my son love Exemplar.
I know as a home educator he is learning the national curriculum and he finds the lessons very easy to work through.
This, of course, isn’t just for home educators. This is a fantastic tool for any child who is struggling at school with certain areas or is not being pushed enough.
You can take it at your own pace, and you can do it anywhere as it is a cloud-based system. So when we visited France recently he still did his lessons.
The other benefit of this system, although it doesn’t apply to us, is that you can set up for as many children as you have. So if I had 4 children at different abilities this would be set up for all 4 children at the same cost.
We love Exemplar and can not recommend it enough. If you want a free initial assessment follow this link and they will get in touch.
Exemplar Education Cost
There are several different ways you can pay for Exemplar. One of those is through a payment agreement. It’s the same as if you buy a sofa. If you choose to pay that way you are taking out credit from their credit provider. This means you have a set period to pay the credit back.
The credit is 0% so it doesn’t cost anything to do it that way. It just allows you to spread the payments out over 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months.
Private education and tutoring are never cheap, so as with anything if there is 0% finance available, most people take it. Although you can always pay cash upfront if you prefer.
As with any financial contract, there’s a 14-day cooling-off period. Once that’s passed, as per the agreement the client has signed, they will be in contract.
Exemplar is monitored and guided by the FCA so everything is above board. The client receives all the paperwork and they even get the cancellation policy part in a separate document to sign again that spells it out in very simple and plain English. It’s called the Customer Clarification & Satisfaction Form.
Families have the choice to purchase Exemplar Education outright. Or alternatively, may choose the monthly payments plan option. As such once you sign up for Exemplar you can not cancel. There is a finance agreement similar to a sofa (for example), so there is no cancelling.
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Last Updated on 24 January 2023 by homeschoolof1
I would give 0 stars if it was possible. They are crooks. The customer service is terrible. They mis-sold me the platform which I paid upfront for 12 months. I was told I could cancel the direct debit after 12 months and now they have a finance company hounding me for 3 more payments. The customer service man spoke to me as if I was an idiot. They ignored my emails and calls for weeks and then have the audacity to speak to me as if I’m stupid. I would not recommend this learning platform. It is very babyish and repetitive. A waste of money. The worst purchase I ever made. My son has not used it since September and I still have to pay for another 3 months for a platform he will not use and hates.
Please be careful of Exemplar Education as they are not an easy company to cancel with. As it is a credit agreement, once you have signed up, you cannot cancel. If you cancel the direct debit, it won’t make any difference. It will still affect your credit rating and you’ll be forced to remain until the agreement ends. Please double check all reviews on all these educational resource companies with mumsnet.com and moneysavingexpert.com. The reviews on there are by people who have paid for the services and weren’t asked to give a review. It’s the most honest and reliable reviews you’ll find as it’s not done by bloggers, not to say you can’t get great reviews from bloggers too.
Hi thank you for your comment.
Like I have said, and I hope it wasn’t in any way misleading, I have solely reviewed the product. Which I think is great, and we do use it.
It would not be fair of me to comment on something I have no experience of, and I hope I have made that clear in my article. I did receive this for free and therefore I have no experience of the payment.
I wasn’t paid to write this article, and was not required to make a positive review.
BUT, with that being said I really do appreciate your comment, and I think it is important that people also understand the financial implications of Exemplar also.
Ooh I have just bookmarked this for the future. I have literally just started homeschooling my 14 year old (year 10) and we’re planning out what we’ll be studying and when. It is a whole new world to me, but he is so much happier already and we’ve gone back to basics to start with 🙂
Oh wow, good luck. There are so many resources out there, and a lot of them are free, (I have written a number of posts on them). Going back to basics is definitely a great idea and I am sure you won’t regret it. Just try and enjoy it for the first couple of weeks (I pushed Freddie too hard and realised he had probably done a whole term of school work in the first week!!) But it is the best thing we have ever done, and I am sure it will be for you as well 🙂