Sue & Dave

Sue and Dave met at Warwick University in 1982. They have previously lived in Mansfield, South Normanton (for 25 years) and, since 2012, live in Sinfin, Derby. They have a grown-up son who moved to Derby in 2017, living in Chellaston with his Partner. Sue has been a secondary teacher for her whole career since leaving University, latterly working as an advisory teacher for Derbyshire LEA. Dave’s degree in Engineering led to him working in Supply Chain roles in local manufacturing companies, prior to them starting Kip together in 2011. Outside of Kip, Sue loves to do craft hobbies and jigsaws. Having an odd hour or two to read books also features high on her enjoyment list. Dave enjoys travelling both to old and new places, taking photographs and gardening in his spare time. Sue & Dave both devote time to charity work since moving to Derby. Having the opportunity to improve the educational and life outcomes of Derby students has really inspired them to succeed in the Kip business. It is a life changing journey both for Sue & Dave and the students they have the pleasure of working with.

The historic times we live in

This past week has seen a General Election, held in the UK for the first time since 12th December, 2019. The Conservative Party had been in Government since May 2010; in excess of 14 years. The Political commentators stated that, “14 years is a long time in politics.”...

Kip McGrath Derby South – a student’s perspective

Even taking into account the fact that Sue & Dave have been running Kip McGrath Derby South for almost 13 years, we wouldn’t succeed without students wanting to push themselves and do better in school. We frequently speak about what Kip offers, but it’s the...

Is Covid still a barrier to children’s education in 2024?

Every week at Kip, Dave & Sue see evidence that the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on young people’s education are alive and kicking. Students present for Kip educational assessments missing key skills that would have been taken for granted prior to 2020. We...

When are the SATS and GCSE exams in 2024?

It’s approaching the important time of the 2023/24 academic year when UK-wide school examinations take place at both Primary & Secondary levels. Sue & Dave know that students and parents are focused on this period, as it can have such an important bearing on...

Never Heard of Kip McGrath?

Kip McGrath Education Centres provide professional tutoring services to children across various locations worldwide, including the UK. Centres specialize in English and maths tuition and cater to children of all abilities, aged 5 to 18, from those who are struggling...

The New School Year, 2024

The holiday season has ended; the last remnants of tinsel are packed away and students across the region have returned to school after the Christmas break. While the idea of trading cosy pyjamas for school uniforms might not be met with overwhelming enthusiasm, the...

What price is an amazing Maths teacher?

There’s general acceptance in education that Maths teachers are a breed apart. School-based maths departments are filled with a plethora of larger-than-life characters who are all exceptionally good at maths. For some, that love of numbers (and lots of more modern...

Kip McGrath Derby South reaches the milestone of 50,000 lessons delivered

In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a significant achievement. For a small outpost of Kip McGrath Education Centres in Allenton, Derby and for hundreds of local children of all ages and abilities it’s of worthy importance. Sue & Dave have been all about...

What are the ideal conditions for my child to learn best?

What are the ideal conditions for my child to learn best? The past; 1976. The first Kip McGrath Education Centre opened in Maitland, New South Wales in Australia in 1976. Founded by schoolteachers Kip and Dug McGrath, that first tutoring centre has grown into the...

Inside the Kip Classroom – a Maths teachers’ perspective

In the Kip classroom, there’s no need for students to fear maths. Interactive learning, face-to-face or online, friendly and patient teacher support, puzzles and activities; these are all set out to help students make the maths journey fun and successful. Whether...
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