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What does Znaniye mean?


Znaniye is the Russian word for “knowledge”. Our school is dedicated to expanding students’ Russian knowledge in both a linguistic and cultural sense. Znaniye’s curriculum has been specifically designed to achieve this, with teachers finding innovative and engaging ways to teach grammar and vocabulary both clearly and memorably. The students and parents choose Znaniye for its academic but interactive approach to learning Russian. The school is Ofsted registered and was the first supplementary school in the UK to receive the Special Distinction Award from the National Resource Center for Supplementary Education. The school is also accredited by the Russian Education Consortium, and we work closely with the leading universities in Moscow and have developed our own textbooks for students which are now used across the world to teach Russian.




When was Znaniye founded?


Znaniye was founded in 2003, since then it has gone on to welcome over 3000 students from all walks of life, from adults hoping to acquire basic Russian for work to young bilingual children.




What age groups do Znaniye offer classes to?


All! From baby and me, preschool, primary, GCSE and A-Level all the way to our evening language classes for adults, we cater to everybody.




What are the locations of your branches?


Currently, we have four branches across London, all of which follow the same curriculum and teach Russian language, reading, writing, speech development and other additional classes: CENTRAL BRANCH: Sundays 1pm - 5pm Marlborough Primary School, Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3AP WEST BRANCH: Saturdays 10am-2pm Christ the Saviour School Springbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2AA EAST BRANCH: Saturday 10am-2pm Chobham Academy, 40 Cheering Lane, E15 1BD NORTH BRANCH: Saturday 9.30am - 1.30pm Archer Academy, 3 Beaumont Close, London N2 0GA




What time of year can I join a Znaniye course?


Semester dates are similar to UK school term timetables, so have a look at these to sign up for the next semester. Private tuition and premium services are much more flexible, so get in touch with us to get started or with questions at school@znaniye.com




What level of Russian am I?


To assess your Russian level, please get in touch at school@znaniye.com so we can organise a consultation and diagnostic test which will inform which class and level you should join.




Do you offer tuition in both English and Russian?


We are proud to offer tuition in both English and Russian. All of our teachers are highly skilled and hugely passionate about Russian and teaching.




Am I able to attend a trial day at Znaniye?


We welcome all students to attend a trial day at Znaniye in order to experience the format of lessons, the style of teaching and the activities on offer.




We are not based in London but my child wants to learn Russian with Znaniye - is this possible?


Definitely! Following Znaniye’s resounding success with online learning over the pandemic, we have decided to integrate a permanent online school into Znaniye. Znaniye has designed its own online portal in order to allow students to learn online with ease. In order to be placed with students at a similar level, applicants will be invited to a personal consultation before attending a trial lesson. Upon completion, students will be placed in small groups with a teacher best suited to their needs.





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Can my child take exams at Znaniye?


Yes! We are an official Edexcel Exam centre, and offer GCSE and A Level Russian exams for our students, as well as private and external candidates. We can also enrol and support your studies in another other Edexcel offered subject. Our 13+ college and exam centre is located in the David Game School, where our full-time school is also based.




I haven’t studied Russian at GCSE. Can I still take A-Level Russian at Zaninye?


Yes. But, ideally students will have attained a grade B at GCSE level. If not, get in touch at exams@znaniye.com and we can arrange a diagnostic test to assess if you are prepared to the level necessary to study A-Level, and to discuss alternative options if not.




My child is looking to apply to universities in the UK and needs support. Can Znaniye help?


Yes! Get in touch at patima@znaniye.com to find out more about our premium services, one of which is guided through the UK university application process. We can help candidates with applications, interview preparations and choosing the right university.





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What are the nearest public transport stations at each school?


North Branch Znaniye's north branch is situated in East Finchley, directly outside East Finchley Underground Station. Central Branch Znaniye's central branch is situated a short walk from either South Kensington or Sloane Square tube stations. The School is well serviced by bus routes. West Branch Znaniye's Ealing branch can be accessed via the West Ealing Underground stop. Services by local busses including E2 + E3 calling at Stop H, are 2 minutes away. East Branch Bus routes calling at Stratford include the 25, 69, 86, 108, 158, 241, 308, 425, N8 and N86. Stratford station is served by the Central and Jubilee Lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as well as overground services. The station is a 6-minute walk from Chobham Academy. City Branch / Exam centre 13+ / David Game College​ Accessible via the underground to Tower Hill, Aldgate or Liverpool street.




How many hours of tuition can I expect each day?


Students benefit from four hours of tuition per week, during these classes, students will practise all four language skills: listening, reading and writing and speaking - along with elements of culture and history.




Who will my teacher be?


Here at Znaniye we are passionate about ensuring students are taught by tutors that completely understand their needs, learning style, and level of Russian. In order to gauge this information and match students and teachers successfully, students are assessed on their trial/first day. After reviewing this, we will be able to start assigning students their teacher. Znaniye understands each individual’s needs and caters tuition and support around this.




What should students expect from their first class?


Students are integrated into the class from Day 1. Our teachers work to ensure that the students are able to participate, are encouraged to ask questions and get stuck in.




Are students grouped based on their level of knowledge?


Znaniye classes are grouped by both age, and ability. Most students will join the group matched to their age, but if they are at a higher or lower level than the group, will be moved accordingly.




What kind of workload should students expect?


Alongside classwork, teachers will set additional work for students to complete in order to reinforce grammar or vocabulary learning. The workload is dependent on the student’s age and class type; those enrolled on our GCSE or A-Level courses can expect a fairly intensive workload to ensure students have as much material as possible to achieve their very best.




Will my child be accessing outdoor spaces at Znaniye?


Yes! All of our locations have an outdoor space and we hold lessons outdoor each week, for each age group. There is also space for children to play, and they take a break outside at lunch.




Are there opportunities for my child to go on trips with Znaniye?


Yes! Our students over the age of 16 have the opportunity to be selected for the Privet Russia trip run annually - an exciting and culturally immersive trip to Moscow.




What is the child to teacher ratio?


Each group class is capped at 10 students, meaning each and every student has the opportunity to receive maximum support and attention from the teacher. Znaniye also offers 1-to-1 teaching, allowing each lesson to be completely tailored to the student’s needs and goals.




How long do terms last?


We have 40 weeks per year, with between 14-13 weeks per term. For more information, click here.




Are students taught by native Russian speakers?


All teachers at Znaniye are native Russian speakers or bilingual (English and Russian speakers), allowing students to develop a natural accent whilst giving them a unique insight into Russian culture.




How does online tutoring work?


Znaniye's online school has designed its own online portal in order to allow students to learn online with ease. In order to be placed with students at a similar level, applicants will be invited to a personal consultation before attending a trial lesson. Upon completion, students will be placed in small groups with a teacher best suited to their needs.




What does my child need to bring to class at Znaniye?


A lunch box, pencil case and the appropriate textbooks. More guidance on the necessary textbooks will be given when children are enrolled in their course.




Apart from academic tutoring, what other kinds of support do you offer?


Znaniye prides itself on offering not just academic support to students but also caring for their mental health and wellbeing. Our charity Znaniye Foundation is partnered with organisations such as Mind and Mosaic LGBT+ young persons’ trust, through these partnerships we have been able to provide emotional support to anyone facing any kind of struggle, from asylum seekers to young people seeking guidance or assurance. We thoroughly understand the necessity of available support and encourage all students to come forward and ask for help if they are in any kind of difficulty. Should a student find themselves in need of extra academic support, our teachers are more than happy to answer any questions - never be afraid to ask!





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How much does attending Znaniye cost? Can I pay in instalments?


Znaniye fees vary, depending on which location and course you are enrolling in. Information on in-person preschool, primary and GCSE/A-Level fees can be found here. Information on online course fees can be found here. For information on private tuition, premium services and full-time school fees please get in touch at school@znaniye.com Instalments are agreed on a case by case basis, if you would like to request a payment plan, please get in touch. The decision is at the discretion of our headteacher.




Can Znaniye offer financial assistance?


Yes. Please get in touch with us at school@znaniye.com to discuss potential bursary options for your child.




Are any discounts available?


We are pleased to offer a 10% discount fee on the 2nd Sibling and 15% for the 3rd sibling.




Is there a refund policy?


No. Missed term dates are not refunded, however, should the school have to close due to Covid, we will immediately move online, if this option doesn’t suit the child, fees can then be refunded.





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What are the nearest public transport stations at each school?


North Branch Znaniye's north branch is situated in East Finchley, directly outside East Finchley Underground Station. Central Branch Znaniye's central branch is situated a short walk from either South Kensington or Sloane Square tube stations. The School is well serviced by bus routes. West Branch Znaniye's Ealing branch can be accessed via the West Ealing Underground stop. Services by local busses including E2 + E3 calling at Stop H, are 2 minutes away. East Branch Bus routes calling at Stratford include the 25, 69, 86, 108, 158, 241, 308, 425, N8 and N86. Stratford station is served by the Central and Jubilee Lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as well as overground services. The station is a 6-minute walk from Chobham Academy. City Branch / Exam centre 13+ / David Game College​ Accessible via the underground to Tower Hill, Aldgate or Liverpool street.




How many hours of tuition can I expect each day?


Students benefit from four hours of tuition per week, during these classes, students will practise all four language skills: listening, reading and writing and speaking - along with elements of culture and history.




Who will my teacher be?


Here at Znaniye we are passionate about ensuring students are taught by tutors that completely understand their needs, learning style, and level of Russian. In order to gauge this information and match students and teachers successfully, students are assessed on their trial/first day. After reviewing this, we will be able to start assigning students their teacher. Znaniye understands each individual’s needs and caters tuition and support around this.




What should students expect from their first class?


Students are integrated into the class from Day 1. Our teachers work to ensure that the students are able to participate, are encouraged to ask questions and get stuck in.




Are students grouped based on their level of knowledge?


Znaniye classes are grouped by both age, and ability. Most students will join the group matched to their age, but if they are at a higher or lower level than the group, will be moved accordingly.




What kind of workload should students expect?


Alongside classwork, teachers will set additional work for students to complete in order to reinforce grammar or vocabulary learning. The workload is dependent on the student’s age and class type; those enrolled on our GCSE or A-Level courses can expect a fairly intensive workload to ensure students have as much material as possible to achieve their very best.




Will my child be accessing outdoor spaces at Znaniye?


Yes! All of our locations have an outdoor space and we hold lessons outdoor each week, for each age group. There is also space for children to play, and they take a break outside at lunch.




Are there opportunities for my child to go on trips with Znaniye?


Yes! Our students over the age of 16 have the opportunity to be selected for the Privet Russia trip run annually - an exciting and culturally immersive trip to Moscow.




What is the child to teacher ratio?


Each group class is capped at 10 students, meaning each and every student has the opportunity to receive maximum support and attention from the teacher. Znaniye also offers 1-to-1 teaching, allowing each lesson to be completely tailored to the student’s needs and goals.




How long do terms last?


We have 40 weeks per year, with between 14-13 weeks per term. For more information, click here.




Are students taught by native Russian speakers?


All teachers at Znaniye are native Russian speakers or bilingual (English and Russian speakers), allowing students to develop a natural accent whilst giving them a unique insight into Russian culture.




How does online tutoring work?


Znaniye's online school has designed its own online portal in order to allow students to learn online with ease. In order to be placed with students at a similar level, applicants will be invited to a personal consultation before attending a trial lesson. Upon completion, students will be placed in small groups with a teacher best suited to their needs.




What does my child need to bring to class at Znaniye?


A lunch box, pencil case and the appropriate textbooks. More guidance on the necessary textbooks will be given when children are enrolled in their course.




Apart from academic tutoring, what other kinds of support do you offer?


Znaniye prides itself on offering not just academic support to students but also caring for their mental health and wellbeing. Our charity Znaniye Foundation is partnered with organisations such as Mind and Mosaic LGBT+ young persons’ trust, through these partnerships we have been able to provide emotional support to anyone facing any kind of struggle, from asylum seekers to young people seeking guidance or assurance. We thoroughly understand the necessity of available support and encourage all students to come forward and ask for help if they are in any kind of difficulty. Should a student find themselves in need of extra academic support, our teachers are more than happy to answer any questions - never be afraid to ask!





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Does Znaniye offer courses for businesses?


Definitely! Znaniye also offers evening language classes and express workshops. Our Express Russian workshops are great for businesses looking for quick, bespoke classes. One or two of our carefully crafted sessions can introduce you to necessary language and cultural points for you to ground yourself in Russian culture. To find out more about how we can help, contact us at school@znaniye.com




I need a quick course in Russian language and culture for a trip. Can Znaniye offer teaching specific to my needs?


Absolutely! Get in touch at school@znaniye.com to find out more about our Express Russian courses. One or two of our bespoke classes will immerse you in the necessary cultural and language points for your exciting trip away!




Am I able to take the GCSE/A-Level course as an adult?


Yes! We are delighted to offer both the GCSE and A-Level Russian course to students of all ages.





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Does Znaniye offer courses for businesses?


Definitely! Znaniye also offers evening language classes and express workshops. Our Express Russian workshops are great for businesses looking for quick, bespoke classes. One or two of our carefully crafted sessions can introduce you to necessary language and cultural points for you to ground yourself in Russian culture. To find out more about how we can help, contact us at school@znaniye.com




I need a quick course in Russian language and culture for a trip. Can Znaniye offer teaching specific to my needs?


Absolutely! Get in touch at school@znaniye.com to find out more about our Express Russian courses. One or two of our bespoke classes will immerse you in the necessary cultural and language points for your exciting trip away!




Am I able to take the GCSE/A-Level course as an adult?


Yes! We are delighted to offer both the GCSE and A-Level Russian course to students of all ages.





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How is Znaniye able to support my child if they must isolate themselves?


If your child is in isolation, please notify the school immediately, and we can then work with their teacher to put plans in place. We will ensure children are kept up to date with class progress.




What Covid-19 safety measures have Znaniye put in place to protect the safety of my child and staff?


Increased sanitisation, masks, and hand hygiene have been implemented in Znaniye locations and are well prepared to respond to any Covid related situations.




How has tuition changed during the Coronavirus pandemic?


As a result of Coronavirus restrictions, Znaniye has had to adapt its teaching and clubs. Although classes were held online during the pandemic, the support and quality of tuition available for students never changed. Our teachers coped brilliantly with all the changes, searching for new ways to make online learning just as engaging and interactive for students and checking in regularly with students to ensure their wellbeing. Online learning will remain an integral part of Znaniye’s tuition, allowing students from all over the globe to be supported in their Russian studies and achieve their best.





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How is Znaniye able to support my child if they must isolate themselves?


If your child is in isolation, please notify the school immediately, and we can then work with their teacher to put plans in place. We will ensure children are kept up to date with class progress.




What Covid-19 safety measures have Znaniye put in place to protect the safety of my child and staff?


Increased sanitisation, masks, and hand hygiene have been implemented in Znaniye locations and are well prepared to respond to any Covid related situations.




How has tuition changed during the Coronavirus pandemic?


As a result of Coronavirus restrictions, Znaniye has had to adapt its teaching and clubs. Although classes were held online during the pandemic, the support and quality of tuition available for students never changed. Our teachers coped brilliantly with all the changes, searching for new ways to make online learning just as engaging and interactive for students and checking in regularly with students to ensure their wellbeing. Online learning will remain an integral part of Znaniye’s tuition, allowing students from all over the globe to be supported in their Russian studies and achieve their best.