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First Class Learning is the ideal franchise for those who want to operate their own rewarding business that helps children excel in Maths and English.

First Class Learning Education Franchise Opportunity

If you are looking to start your own business that is rewarding and helps to educate others, invest in First Class Learning (FCL), a quality education and tutoring franchise! Benefit from expert training, ongoing support and a proven business model.

What is First Class Learning?

First Class Learning is a thriving franchise network of after school education centres run by independent Centre Managers (Franchisees) that use specially designed Maths and English programmes to educate children of all ages.

The UK market for after-school provision of academic support is large. Parents want to help their children succeed at school and are prepared to invest in their child’s future. Being a First Class Learning Centre Franchisee allows you to satisfy this demand using a professional product and earning a professional income.

The FCL Maths and English programmes have been created by a team of specialists with a wealth of experience in the educational sector, and all of our programmes meet the learning objectives of the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the 5-14 Guidelines for Scotland.

You do not need teaching experience to become an FCL franchisee. You do however have to have a desire to work with children in a rewarding environment and be educated to first degree or equivalent level. All franchisees must successfully clear a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Are you ready for a new challenge?

Being a First Class Learning Centre franchisee can be very rewarding - both personally and financially. As a franchisee you will have the sole right to purchase and use the FCL materials within your agreed franchise area.

The FCL franchise gives you the system, training and on-going support that you require to run a successful FCL business whilst enabling you to have the freedom to be your own boss in the secure knowledge that you are providing a worthwhile service benefiting children.

Our Managers

"Coming as we do from an educational background, First Class Learning has been hugely beneficial and satisfying for us. It has given us the opportunity to work together and do what we most enjoy - helping children become independent and confident learners." - Chris and Frances Collins, HARTLEPOOL

 "Working with children is rewarding in itself but with First Class Learning, I also enjoy the opportunity to run a business which gives me a good income. What's more, the flexible, efficient system means I have plenty of free time. It was the best decision I ever made!" - Helen Loizou, CHESTERFIELD

"I enjoy being a First Class Learning Centre Manager. It's greatly satisfying to work with children of all ages and abilities and from many different backgrounds so that my First Class Learning centre becomes a part of the local community." - Sangita Thakor - CHALFONT ST PETER

“My own education was one of the factors that enabled me to build a successful career in business, so I appreciate the importance of good Maths and English skills. With the support of the First Class Learning team, I am now building up my own great business.” – Simon Deacon - LEEDS

Sisters Nafisa and Fahima Rahimi are building a successful business in North London. They opened their North Finchley First Class Learning centre in January 2010 and in just one month have over 30 students, many studying two subjects. Says Nafisa, "It is a month now since we have started!  Already we've had very positive responses from parents and students too who have told their classmates they 'love FCL'!" 

Am I suitable to become a First Class Learning franchisee?

For the right person the FCL franchise offers a superb opportunity. Based upon our experiences with our existing franchisees we believe that as a potential franchisee you should meet most or all of the following personal profile:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification
  • Good Maths and English skills
  • High personal integrity
  • A clean Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure
  • Desire to work with children
  • Able to generate good contacts and relationships within the local community – particularly with local schools
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self motivated and determined to succeed
  • Well organised – particularly in the work environment
  • Enthusiastic, personable and of a friendly disposition
  • Committed to building a successful business
  • Reasonable level of financial awareness
  • Willing to follow the franchise ‘system’ set out by the Franchisor
  • A team player that the FCL management team feel comfortable working with
  • Recognises the individual benefits that the First Class Learning programmes offer

Income potential

Our franchise system is very flexible and can be operated to reflect your work-lifestyle and income requirements. Some of our franchisees operate relatively small centres with around twenty pupils whilst other centres have over one hundred and fifty pupils attending over two sessions.

The income generated from these two centres would vary between £10,000 and £80,000 per annum. Overheads are very low as all franchisees operate from home and simply hire their centre facilities for the hours required. We will be happy to share more detailed financial information with you at the appropriate time.

Helping Children To Excel in Education in Glasgow

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A former youth worker from Glasgow, Louise Bowden, has launched a new tuition business with the aim of helping young people excel in education.

Louise, who is from the Jordanhill area of the city, started her new business in February 2022 and ran her first class the following month. Louise explains she was inspired to change her career during lockdown, when she saw how much help the majority of children would need to restore confidence and self-belief.

Louise explains: “Previously I was a youth worker in Glasgow and have been working with children and young people for more than 12 years. I found that I have a passion for helping children excel in their education. After researching some other options, I decided to go with First Class Learning for a number of reasons. Following the school curriculum was the biggest positive for me but also having paper based, daily work is very important for building up study skills, subject knowledge and confidence. I really like the structure of the programmes and being able to offer an individualised progression route for each student.

“I funded my new business through savings, and I also got a business start up loan for the initial franchise costs. With previous tutoring experience I decided I wanted to combine my existing knowledge with learning new skills. I have never run my own business before, so taking on a franchise with structured learning programmes allows me to focus more on the students rather than worrying about preparing materials. The initial training was a good insight into the programmes and what is involved in running the franchise. FCL have provided me with a mentor which is helpful as I am just starting out. There is a support group available online for all Centre Managers across the UK which is also beneficial.”

Louise adds: “I see this as a great opportunity to help young people in Glasgow restore some confidence and self-belief, I firmly believe if you are doing well in your studies that it helps all aspects of your life. I think Covid created a fear and uncertainty amongst our young people, the First Class Learning programmes help to build confidence with a little and often approach. All children and young people are different so we can't take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to learning. The FCL programmes let us help families bridge gaps that have been missed in their child's educational journey and from that solid foundation we can start to build upon their knowledge and skills while helping individuals gain confidence and instil a joy for learning.

“My plans for the future include growing my centre to help many more children and young people over the coming years. As the centre grows, I'll be able to extend the opening hours making the FCL programmes more accessible.”

First Class Learning (FCL) is a highly successful education franchise specialising in maths and English. It is currently the UK’s fastest growing tuition business with over 300 centres nationwide. FCL focuses on building the skills and confidence of its students. This is achieved by taking a personalised approach to children’s learning using the highly regarded maths and English programmes, which are created by the in-house team of qualified education specialists. FCL works with children and their parents to ensure that it is the best fit for them – and, of course, the same goes for prospective franchisees. Core to FCL’s success is investment in people, which puts children at the heart of everything it does.

First Class Learning Success Stories

Education Business Adds Up for Edinburgh Franchise

January 14, 2022
Husband and wife team Gayle (48) and Grant Jones (50) are celebrating two years as owners of the Edinburgh branch of the First Class Learning (FCL) franchise.

Stressed Out Teachers Looking For a Way Out

January 14, 2022
Ex-Headteacher explains why she left the profession in 2020 to ‘get her life back’.
First Class Learning Testimonials
Raxita is a very efficient professional and conscientious teacher. She has a passion for teaching and cares very much for each child and the attention to detail for each individual is very apparent. I’m very pleased with the progress my child has made to date.
Jayshree Varsani,
First Class Learning
I love working with you. I wish you were my teacher all the time!
Jacob (age 7),
First Class Learning
My daughter started First Class Learning in Weston Super Mare after a parents meeting at school around October. The meeting made me decide to look for extra help for my daughter's progress in school. I am glad to say that when we had another parents meeting at school after 6 months, her school teacher was surprised about my daughter's progress. I recommend FCL for any child that needs extra help for maths and English. Thank you Rachel for helping my daughter.
Nevin Ibrahim,
First Class Learning
“The FCL model works and the product is superb. This allows me to stand in front of potential customers and hands on heart tell them that we will succeed with their child.”
FCL Northampton,
First Class Learning
“I started my son at FCL Blackburn a year ago when he was targeted for level 3 in year 6. He ended up on level 5. What a turnaround!”
First Class Learning
“My centre is running very well. I believe I have it to a 'T' to suit my lifestyle. Thank you! It's a nippy little business which I am fortunate to be a part of!”
FCL Uxbridge,
First Class Learning
“My daughter has got top maths end of year results. I am extremely proud of her achievements throughout the year. Thank you Neela at FCL Tooting for all the support given.”
First Class Learning
“My eight year-old son is about to have a poem published which he wrote at school. Thanks to FCL Kidderminster he has more confidence, super handwriting and a fabulous future!”
First Class Learning
"I like coming to the Maths Club as I can do all my tables and do division with remainders. I also like doing fractions because it is fun. The Maths Club has made me better at Maths."
Nathanial McDonald – Year 5,
First Class Learning
"First Class Learning has made a real difference to Nils. Before he joined FCL he struggled a lot with maths and was not motivated because he found it hard to follow the lessons in school. FCL taught him to work independently, gave him the confidence he needed, and brought him up to the expected level – and even beyond. At the end of the last school year he finished top of his math group and moved up to a higher set."
Prof Joern Dosch,
First Class Learning
First Class Learning Videos
First Class Learning Franchisee Interview

First Class Learning Franchisee Interview

First Class Learning is an ideal franchise business for those who want to help children excel in Maths or English. Watch this clip to learn more about franchisee Raxita!
First Class Learning Franchise Video

First Class Learning Franchise Video

First Class Learning is an ideal franchise business for those who want to help children excel in Maths or English. Watch this video to find out more about the benefits of franchising with the First Class Learning team!
First Class Learning: Who Are Our Franchisees?

First Class Learning: Who Are Our Franchisees?

First Class Learning is an ideal franchise business for those who want to help children excel in Maths or English. Watch this video to see Ed Hyslop, Chief Executive, discuss who First Class Learning's franchisees are!
First Class Learning Franchisee Interviews

First Class Learning Franchisee Interviews

Watch this video to hear from a variety of First Class Learning franchisees. Each franchisees has gone through the initital recruitment process, started their own First Class Learning business and is now enjoying huge success in this rewarding industry. The franchisees all find that running their First Class Learning business offers them huge flexibility to run their business around their family life.
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