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Advice for private tutoring

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Didacticmonkey, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Didacticmonkey

    Didacticmonkey New commenter


    Long story short; I graduated 15 months ago (2:1 English Language and literature) and, wanting to become a teacher, enrolled on a primary PGCE course. Unfortunately I dropped out relatively early on, deciding that working as a classroom teacher wasn't for me. Fast forward a year and I now work in NHS procurement, but, because I genuinely love teaching, I have decided to do some part-time tutoring on the side.

    I intend to concentrate on the KS2 curriculum, focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar, writing, reading and phonic.

    I have an enhanced DBS certificate, have joined Tutor Hunt and I am looking into joining Voice so that I can get liability cover.

    Although I am open to any general advice that will help me realise my dream of becoming a private tutor, I do have a couple of specific questions that I hope you can help me with:

    • Firstly, where can I find an up to date copy of the KS2 English primary curriculum so that I can concentrate on what I need to focus on?
    • Secondly, can anyone recommend any books/websites etc that will point me in the right direction of teaching techniques/methods for teaching KS2 English, especially focusing upon the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar, writing, reading and phonics?

    Thank you.
  2. alsoamum

    alsoamum New commenter

  3. Purdster

    Purdster New commenter

    I don't mean to be rude, but personally I wouldn't hire you if there were a qualified teacher available.
  4. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Sorry but neither would I
  5. First of all I would advise you to be good in time-management. It was a real problem when I started tutoring. It was difficult for me to plan and to remember all the lessons and right time of each one. I tried to keep everything in my phone but when it broke down I lost all the information. So now I prefer paper notebooks and diaries. I adore these ones: https://onplanners.com/daily-planner-templates-printable They fit me best. That is not about methodology of teaching or theory of a subject but it is a good personal advice.
    Good luck!
    markbamforth likes this.
  6. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    I'm sorry but if you don't know KS2 curriculum upside down and inside out and you have no experience of teaching it you should not be doing private tuition.
  7. decj

    decj New commenter

    Hear, hear.
  8. alina98741001

    alina98741001 New commenter


    I think you can try to use the online platform like Takelessons, Apprentus or 1on1, to search any kind of tutors or teachers you want:) Hope its helpful for you!
    markbamforth likes this.
  9. markbamforth

    markbamforth New commenter

    Hi there, please ignore all those negative comments, they sound rather bitter. I thought this was a forum for people to co-operate with each other and build up each other's confidence..! You have a good degree, and if you don't want to be a school teacher (and neither did I), then I believe you should pursue tutoring. I have a German degree but no PGCE and I tutor regularly. Please get in touch if you'd like to swap experiences. Best of luck, Mark
  10. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Why would you think that? It is a forum for professional tutors, not a cooperative nor a support group.
  11. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    While it's not essential to have QTS to be a private tutor, it certainly makes you much more credible and it helps parents to part with their hard-earned money.

    I do not know where you are based, but demand for primary English tends to be patchy - I haven't done any since 2017. The market for secondary (usually GCSE) English is much more buoyant.

    If you just "want to work with kids", then try youth work, or give teaching another go. Tutoring only primary kids is not really workable outside of London or some major cities.

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