Invicta CEO shares her story


As a child my bedroom at home was above the study. Most nights I would hear the bashing of the keys on the piano whilst my mum was teaching piano lessons after a day teaching at a secondary school.


It was a running joke in my house that if we needed anything other than the basics, my mum would take on another piano student. So, she taught pretty much every night, and every night I would put my MC Hammer tape into my Walkman (my most prized possession at the time) and try to drown out the students hammering away at the keys.


My mum used those piano lessons to pay for my maths tutor. I hated maths, I didn't understand it which left me feeling completely useless, but I had to pass so that I could go to college and study for my A levels. The tutor was brilliant, and I went on to get a B way beyond my, and my school’s, expectation.


We were privileged, we had a piano. 🎹


Given the cost of living rises and the challenges that face many parents, it's harder and harder to find ways to support our children. That’s why we are providing maths and English lessons for free.


I think apprenticeships are a brilliant thing, and I am excited to see how the future landscape of education might change to include a skills-based approach, I believe that will genuinely improve social mobility.


But until then, right now, our kids have to pass their English and maths GCSEs to get on.


I’ve been reflecting on Ngunan Adamu's post about our experiences shaping our career choices and the advantages that I had is the reason why I took on the role at Invicta National Academy.


And that's why we're fundraising to provide free English and math lessons throughout the whole summer to help those families who can't afford private tutors.


If you can spare a fiver, we’d really appreciate it. Every single penny goes towards making these high quality live interactive and free maths and English lessons available for the whole summer.


It makes a real difference to the students, not just in their attainment, but also in their confidence. Help us to help all children be the very best they can be.


As a child my bedroom at home was above the study. Most nights I would hear the bashing of the keys on the piano whilst my mum was teaching piano lessons after a day teaching at a secondary school.


It was a running joke in my house that if we needed anything other than the basics, my mum would take on another piano student. So, she taught pretty much every night, and every night I would put my MC Hammer tape into my Walkman (my most prized possession at the time) and try to drown out the students hammering away at the keys.


My mum used those piano lessons to pay for my maths tutor. I hated maths, I didn't understand it which left me feeling completely useless, but I had to pass so that I could go to college and study for my A levels. The tutor was brilliant, and I went on to get a B way beyond my, and my school’s, expectation.


We were privileged, we had a piano. 🎹


Given the cost of living rises and the challenges that face many parents, it's harder and harder to find ways to support our children. That’s why we are providing maths and English lessons for free.