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Functional Skills Maths and English

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by bramblesarah, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Hi All,
    I am considering going full-time as a tutor and dropping my other part-time education jobs. I was wondering if anyone consistantly taught functional skills privately? If so, how do you get clients? I have taught 4 private clients (all gained through TH) and have taught functional skills in a college.
    I am finding the LAC tuition work and prision work to be more hassle than its worth and the rates of pay aren't increasing.
    Many thanks :)
  2. suzette

    suzette New commenter

    Hi, I work in a prison too as a Functional skills tutor (cover tutor) and the drama is so annoying. (The drama isn't even with the prisoners, it's the management/staff). I generally tutor privately as a prison tutor's pay is not great. Perhaps it might be an idea to branch out a bit as Functional skills is quite a tricky one to specialise in, as work is usually difficult to come by. The GCSE English Language and Maths subjects and papers are very similar, so it might be easier to transfer your skills into tutoring in this.

    However, I would go for approaching the adult education colleges, colleges or companies that perhaps specialise in working with young adults. They usually have a need for a Functional Skills tutor, but it's more than likely to be occasional work.
  3. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Thanks for the reply. I do already tutor GCSE Maths in the evening I just wish I could have 1 or 2 functional skills adults in the day. Yes totally with you on the drama! There are a few sixth forms and colleges near me so I could try that.
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  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The problem with adults is that you have to find a centre where you can enter them.
    Mrs P got some of her adult pupils through face book advertising.
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  5. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    I don't have any experience of functional skills. If you tutor A level maths you should be able to get some 6th form students who have free periods and are able do day time lessons. I always try to get A level students to do day time lessons if possible even if I have a free evening space.
  6. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    To add to the above:

    Sometimes A level students say they have free periods but have to stay in school. I usually find that, if their parents write explaining that they are having tuition and not just skiving off, the school will be OK about letting them leave early.
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  7. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Are you a teacher? You don't say
  8. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Yes I am a qualified teacher. Secondary Maths by training. I have done lots of different supply jobs after I left my full-time teaching job due to stress. I have done some work teaching functional skills Maths. I got asked to teach some English which I was worried about doing at first, but I quickly realised functional skills is pretty low level. I have been doing some LAC tuition but I am finding it to be a lot of hassle and I find myself asking 'Is this worth £50?'

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