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Anyone know anything about The Student Support Centre?

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Yurtgirl Mon 09-Feb-09 21:05:15

I have never heard of it before!
School sent home a leaflet today asking if parents are interested etc

I have found this website There are a few others as [I think] they have local centres

It all seems geared to get your child to pass exams and tick govt boxes.

The resources seem to involve dvds which the child watches then assessments that get marked

I am somewhat agog with astonishment tbh

What do others think?

twinklytoes Thu 18-Jun-09 00:01:46

just say no and send back then the school get their money.

foolhardy Fri 19-Jun-09 19:01:45

It is a shame we did not know about this site before we got involved with the student support centre.We are paying £50.00 a month for a package that does not suit our child.
the student support centre does not want to know and when you ask for help believe us YOU DO NOT GET ANY HELP WHATSOEVER. We believed the school supported this service because the information came on headed note paper from the school.When we approached the school they did not seem to know much about it as a matter of fact they didn't even know what the package contained until we showed it to them. AVOID THIS PACKAGE LIKE THE PLAGUE!

Jumente Tue 30-Jun-09 11:08:52

How did you get on, Yurtgirl? Our HT was really defensive, and insisted she doesn't endorse it etc etc which is basically a get out clause for the school that the SSC have to put in the letter. (I think it's the same letter that all the schools send out, yes? Only signed by the HT and on headed paper for that school iyswim)

No more has been said...I just hope people haven't succumbed to the idea that it's any different to the kind of workbooks you can buy in sainsburys etc.

Makes me angry as it's so exploitative.

JFDI Wed 11-Aug-10 17:38:53

May I just add that the level of numeracy & literacy today does present a challenge for parents, children & teachers, and if there is support which can help, it should be considered, in this case costly perhaps-relative to needs/personal circumstances, effectiveness-relative to needs/improvement/results


Ladybird0143 Wed 18-Aug-10 18:02:51

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Gustavos Tue 23-Nov-10 23:05:50

I used to work for the Student Support Centre but left when I realised what sort of company they are. Their reps are paid 15% of the total sale value and must convert one in three visits, with many of the 'consultants' earning in excess of £70k per annum

They have to work from a learned word-for-word script, that has been cleverly designed to persuade parents that to prohibit their children from this wonderful opportunity would be tantamount to parental neglect.

The DVDs are ok, but can be purchased second hand on auction websites.

I could say a lot more but I will close by saying that I would advise any parent to leave well alone.

Rachylemon Sat 05-Feb-11 16:44:15

I have just spent 2 hours with a rep. I wish I had read your reviews before hand because I wouldn't have wasted my time. IT IS A RIP OFF. There was no indication that I would have to enter a credit agreement. I have a special needs son who has very low self esteem. I was hoping this would give him more encouragement, it may have done, but, if it didn't I would have been stuck in an agreement I did want. Thank God I was brave enough to say NO THANK. The rep wasn't even prepared to leave any literature. That speaks volumes doesn't it.!

molly15 Sun 13-Feb-11 20:07:35

Dont sign up for this company!!

We got a letter from school and got a lady out to the the house to show us the package.Whilst at the house she asked us whether or not we thought that our son was dyslexic and advised us to see our health visitor, however she did say that this package would help him.
9 months later our son is no further on, the package is a waste of time and we are stuck in adisput with the student support centre and Barclays bank, neither have been supportive or helpful.We have sent letters from both the Dyslexic Society and also the school to say that the package would not support any chils even if they were Dyslexic!!
We are as parents at our wits end as we are paying for a £3000 package that is not fit for purpose for our son.
Has anyone else been in this position and could help.

bruffin Sun 13-Feb-11 20:22:25

Why don't you contact which or watchdog

molly15 Sun 13-Feb-11 20:32:08

I am going to contact Rip off Britain and the media tom and i am going to contact the Financial ombudsman with an official complaint.
Parents should not ahve to be placed in this position, hopefully i can try and stop this happening to others.
Thanks for your advice.

ladyrosie Sat 19-Feb-11 09:27:22

Yes we were taken in by the hard sell too!It was like being assaulted by a double glazing salesman on speed!!! Our programme is now gathering dust on top of our wardrobe!!! I am so angry as i feel we have let our children down ,which is exactly how the salesman?or should i say highwayman makes you feel right in front of your children iff you say no!!! They do not want to help at all, but we dont care iff it takes years we are going to send this rubbish back and get a refund iff it kills us!!! My advice is iff you want to spend thousands of pounds on your children then take them to DISNEYWORLD and see them smile!!! Then you will have had value for money,not upset children!! KEEP YOUR FRONT DOOR SHUT!!! and your hard earned money SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I need a drink now im so angry!!!!!

RadioResearcher Wed 23-Mar-11 16:08:12

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Zettelbox Wed 23-Mar-11 18:59:29

I don't have the heart to report the poster above as the Student Support Centre sound so scummy ...

baffledmum Wed 23-Mar-11 21:01:01

Stay clear, I say! I worked in a school office where we naively sent out the forms in return for the school receiving commission. I then saw the threads on mumsnet and was appalled. The school office was also pursued aggressively by centre staff wanting the forms back etc. etc. Dreadful experience!

psiloveyou Wed 23-Mar-11 22:50:38

We paid £3000 for our dd to have this several years ago. She used it a couple of times. It didn't suit her and is now still gathering dust in a cupboard.
Biggest waste of money ever.

Klingon Thu 24-Mar-11 08:59:37

I have this week been contacted by a journalist for a national newspaper about the Student Support Centre.

I would like to refer anyone who is concerned about this marketing strategy - and the £3500 per component fee - to this excellent discussion, which I then added to with my own experiences, including a 53-minute long video taped sales pitch with a sales man (who claimed he wasn't a salesman at all) arranged through the SSC. For privacy reasons, I cannot show the video, but the main points are covered in a report to the LEA I wrote, which can be seen later in the thread discussion:

banjosoo Tue 10-May-11 11:16:10

amyscloset Tue 21-Jun-11 14:21:06

I had someone out on saturday to explain that this package would make my 2 daugher's pass their GCSE'S (90%), it all sounds good not to say no to, so my partner signed up, after the salesman left I read reviews about it and found that everyone was paying around the same price as myself which was £3726 for 4 years, I thought to myself after, that my daughter's would only need it for 2 years, plus there is no way my daughters would use it for the 4 years, and apparently if they ring the freephone number for help, they would hardly get a reply, I called the company and asked to cancel within the 7 days (cooling off period), the salesman that came out on the saturday, called back on the monday to give me my deposit which he was not happy about, I would strongly advise not to use this company as they are a big CON, I will most probably buy the books off ebay at a fraction of the price.

uDolphin Sun 09-Oct-11 14:09:47

I had made an appointment for an Assessment vist for my son.
I booked the appointment for today 1pm. They asked me to prepare the school report, dvd player and tv.
As well as to make sure my husband and my son are also present for this event. Normally we go out a lot on weekends. We waited until 40 minutes past the appointment time. I received no phone calls from Student Support today to explain the lateness. Therefore I had to call them. Instead of apologising,
the telephone operator shouted at me, that I had to call them on Friday to reconfirm my appointment, eventough I had booked it. Apparently other families cancelled without calling. She is not right to assume that we would do the same thing. Most of she should have apologised instead of shouting.
They should have, if anything, called me to reconfirm.

vincentvangogh Sun 09-Oct-11 18:07:22

woah uDolphin. Count your lucky lucky lucky stars that they didn't turn up. Have you not read the threads here and on review sites about this company. People say they have been ripped off thousands of pounds for a crap product, they can't get out of contracts and there's a hard sell. Spend the money on a tutor.

ricky1972 Mon 10-Oct-11 21:35:38

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Woolytoo Tue 29-Nov-11 12:15:55

I came onto Mumsnet to see if there were any threads on the SSC as they were advertising a sales job in my area which interested me. On the face of it the job looked good and ethical, but being a a suspicious person - and having found a worrying spelling mistake on their website - I decided to check them out. I would say that from a sales perspective it would be fairly easy to persuade people to buy this product but it is clearly an absolute rip off!! From my own experience with tutoring, both my children had private tuition in maths to ensure they got a high grade in their GCSE. At the end of the day nothing else counts except their GCSE result which is critical when applying to uni. It cost £20 an hour for 3 lessons each which was all that was required as they just concentrated on the parts they found hard. I would strongly advise anyone considering additional help for their children to contact the nearest Independent School and ask if anyone does private lessons. That is what we did, and it was much more effective and much much cheaper.

BooksnBeauty Tue 25-Sep-12 18:02:34

Let me tell you. A man came to our house and persuaded me to buy the product for three of my daughters. £100 a month. Apparently I'm not aloud to see what I'm buying which i thought was just maybe because they didn't want ideas stolen or whatever. i wasn't that suspicious because i was just thinking about how it would give my children a better education. My daughters are 11, the other two about to turn 14 and 16 and i was told that the packages were for the ages between 4 and 16 but i tell my daughter to start the book she was given, the 14 yr old, and she comes straight back to me telling me that she was given a 5 yr olds work. me being the mother believing adults over my child i tell her to go do her work and bring it back to me so i can mark. When i begin to mark what do i find? "12 + 440=?" is that really what they gave my daughter to work on? i take out the last book in the maths series and i nearly scream in shock! i cannot believe they scammed me into paying £100 a month for something that should £20 overall. i told my daughters to finish all the books so i can take my argument to them without them saying something ridiculus like "what do you know? your children havent even started." and if they refuse to give me my money back or stop then i will cause public problems for them. the schools that children go to will see that they should stop encouraging this. Has anyone complained and got a refund?

Winston831 Mon 03-Dec-12 16:23:33

I'm so glad I searched reviews on this site received a letter from school today with regards this company was accompanied by a letter from headmistress telling us we must fill in and return this form by Thursday at the latest even if we are not interested after being told by the school my youngest child was having difficulty with aspects of maths and English I was intrigued enough to search the company wow am I glad I did will defiantly not be sending my slip back to school nor will I be contacting this company thankyou for posting reviews it's been extremely helpful :-)

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