A Burton taxi firm owner is to open a new business offering tuition to youngsters needing help with learning after missing so much time at school during the covid pandemic.
StaffordshireLive reports that Faisal Rashid, owner of 43 Taxis, in Robinsons Walk, is setting up Heroes Centre Limited, in Burton, which will specialise in offering teaching in core subjects English, maths and science to children aged four to 18, he says.
He will also have specialists teaching others levels of education including EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, Maths and English, and also GCSE and A-Levels in maths, English and science, he has said.
The business will be based at the de Ferrers Sixth Form Campus, in Burton and will start off as a weekend centre. It is not connected with the school, but will rent a room there, he said.
It will be a private business, with annual fees for the service costing £1,300, which will include plenty of incentives such as trips to theme parks, exercise books and stationery and gift vouchers.
Mr Rashid, 26, said: "There has never been a tuition centre in Burton and I got the idea after seeing the amount of time children have missed out on education due to the pandemic.
"It has been nothing to do with the quality of education at schools. Unfortunately due to the severity of the virus, there was no option but to close the schools.
"It has been a very frustrating time for students and it has had a direct impact on their studies, which unfortunately they may not be able to get back.
"I am hoping to launch in a couple of weeks and I know there is a demand for something like this.
"I will be working with specialist teachers and look to work with schools in the area and hopefully once I have set up, look into setting up after-school sessions.
"Once we launch I am hoping to have some incentives for members, including offering four weeks tuition for the first 20 students for free.
"After speaking to some people I was made aware of people who live in Burton, but travel to places such as Derby to give their children tuition lessons.
"I am confident there will be a lot of interest shown, to have something like this on your doorstep is a huge bonus for those living in Burton."
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