Our Story


Red Bird Tutoring was founded in 2018 by Sue Michaels, MEd – a teacher with over 25 years experience in UK schools and abroad.

Sue was becoming frustrated with the way teaching was changing: moving from a focus on children as individuals to a focus on standardised data.

With new curriculums introduced by the government at Primary and a new GCSE syllabus at Secondary, pressure was mounting in schools for learning to take place faster, leaving less time to review knowledge and practise skills.

The pace of the new expectations also meant that schools no longer had the time to spend teaching learners how to build habits for long-success. Revision sessions are now led by teachers; success was no longer the responsibility of learners.

This lack of control over their own educational progress can leave learners frustrated and quickly lead to a loss in confidence.

But Sue knew that there was a better way – a way that allows all learners to shine!

A qualified coach, Sue created Red Bird’s unique blend of teaching and coaching. An approach that focusses on giving learners the tools and support they need to inspire a life-long change of attitude to learning, leading to success both in school and in life.

Sue recruited teachers she knew who shared the same values and a company was born!

More and more tutors joined us – all with the same ethos: to focus on teaching skills and habits that lead to long-term success, rather than providing a short-term fix.

Our Three Aims

When Sue founded Red Bird, she laid out three clear aims for the company: these aims remain at our heart today.

To teach skills and habits that lead to long-term success, rather than providing a quick fix.

To extend the reach of tutoring so that it is accessible to all children, regardless of background.

To be an ethically and morally responsible company who gives back to the community.

2020 Report to families

Download our 2020 Report to Families to see how we continue to work towards these goals.

Hours of group Tutoring in 2020

Hours of 1:1 Tutoring in 2020

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What Parents are Saying

"Huge, huge recommendation. What a special team and approach Red Bird Tutoring have. Sue Michaels and her fab team have literally been a port in the storm for us during lock down. They have been supporting and enhancing home learning for my secondary school child for 7 weeks now. The tutoring has engaged and supported him amazingly and we're so grateful that we found them as a company. The tutors have been so kind and helpful - his confidence has soared. They've been a huge support and a friendly face throughout. Big thanks from us :-)"

Parent of KS3 Maths & Science learner

"The difference that Red Bird has made to my son in the few weeks that he has attended has been nothing short of miraculous."

Parent of GCSE English learner

"Red Bird have been amazing with my Year 11 daughter. She was working at 3/4 in Maths, and today we got her results and are ecstatic to report that she has achieved a 7.

Red Bird can absolutely take credit for this success; they have built her confidence no end over the last 6 months and helped her in the areas she was struggling."

Parent of GCSE Maths learner

"With the help of Red Bird Tutoring, my daughter received an Academic Progress Award today, which would not have been possible without the help, support and care she got from this amazing team. Thank you all so very much."

Parent of Year 6 English learner

"I can't rate Red Bird Tutoring highly enough for their absolute support for my son."

Parent of GCSE English learner

"We started our son at Red Bird Tutoring in May 2019. He went from and expected grade 2 in Maths to an actual grade 4 obtained. I look back with regret on the missed opportunity I had to start him sooner. Who knows, he could have had a 6 or 7."

Parent of GCSE Maths learner

"Red Bird really make the effort to find out what makes each child tick, which is so important when inspiring young people to learn well.

My son willingly gives up a chunk of his valuable loafing time every Saturday morning for his Red Bird sessions - no complaints - and he comes out smiling and happy to tell me what he's been learning.

I consider this very high praise, coming from a teenager and I am happy that his confidence in this subject is growing well in advance of his GCSEs."

Parent of GCSE Maths learner

"From the first GCSE English language session that my son attended, his confidence has grown."

Parent of GCSE English learner

"My son says he wishes his experience at school was like that at Red Bird. He feels able to ask questions and learn without feeling under pressure."

Parent of GCSE Maths & English learner

What LEARNERS are Saying

"They're an amazing group of people with wonderful personalities, who would go to any extent to help you get where you need to be. Thank you, Red Bird Tutoring, I really enjoyed attending.

GCSE Maths learner

"Everybody is so kind and they can really help you out when needed. They have made me feel calm about SATS and I have learned how to calm myself."

Year 6 English learner

"Red Bird is amazing! They have the best teachers who are kind. I feel good about SATS now - I feel calm."

Year 6 Maths learner


Best New Business 2020!


We are thrilled to announce that Red Bird Tutoring has been chosen as the Best New Business at our local SME Awards!

Thank you so much to all of our amazing tutors and learners, who make every day at Red Bird amazing!

Sue and the Red Bird Team