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Is there much work for Primary Private Tuition?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by DJdoubleyou, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Im a NQT currently looking for a position. Im thinking about doing some private tuition, is there much demand for it?


  2. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    did anyone see the Tonight programme last night about primary children being tutored at a very young age with the tutor charging £50 an hour?
  3. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    I guess it depends on the area in which you live, but there's plenty where I live - in fact I'd say primary school parents are more interested in private tuition than secondary school parents. I have a few primary (English) tutees, despite being a secondary (Languages) specialist - and I would have more if didn't have to keep turning them away due to having my early slots fully booked and having regular enquiries for my own specialist subject and age-group, as I get at least as many enquiries for the primary age group as I do for my secondary languages. (I also have a friend who is a secondary maths specialist and most of her tutees are also primary school pupils.)
    Like langteacher, I have ads on FirstTutors (my most fruitful) as well as on TutorHunt and SearchTutor.co.uk and also my own website. As for the potential competition from tuition centres, I recommend investigating the existence of tuition centres in your local area; when speaking to parents of potential tutees, don't try to compete with the tuition centres. If you look at other forum posts, you'll find examples of parents who have tried tuition centres first, then later opted for the benefits of individual tuition. Be sure to explain how what you are offering is different (ie. personalised one-to-one, focussing on their child's specific needs, rather than a generalised group approach); parents appreciate openness and honesty. Good luck!
  4. Work generally spreads by word of mouth. Once one parent is satisfied, they tell others, and the business grows. Getting references or feedback on Tutorhunt or firsttutors helps a lot (I find these website most helpful, but in London also register with http://londonhometutors.org/ an excellent co-operative).
    I built up trade by offering 3 lessons for £10 per hour, with a clear statement that the regular price was £20 per hour. So far nobody has failed to continue with the lessons after the introductory rate. Of course, you have to be able to cut the mustard; frequently tell the parents how well their child has improved, make sure the child has enjoyed the lesson (include a few jokes & silly stories), set loads of homework (give the answers to parents, ask them to mark it & provide you with a summary- to get best value out of your time!) and always be on time & dressed smartly.
    Tutoring is a profitable side-line, but you will never live on it alone.
  5. Very much depends on area: in my inner city area I could probably tutor 7 days a week! Anything from Year 1/2 who need extra help with reading to kids trying for private school entrance exams or wanting help with SATS.

    Other places are going to be different. Whether you could make a living out of it depends on how much rent/mortgage you have to pay. I'd consider it as a part time job which will give you something to say at interviews for your NQT post.
  6. Tutoring is a profitable side-line, but you will never live on it alone.

    Disagree totally - I do - depends on what income you need/I live comfortably thank you very much - but it may not be enough for some who live expensive lives
    Suits me and my lifestyle extremely well - don't make assumptions
  7. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Me too badteacher, it all depends how much you need to earn. If you need a full time wage and the only demand for your subject comes in the 4pm-7pm time slots then maybe not but if you teach a subject where you can teach a wider range of people then you may well be very busy.
  8. Agreed. Even in the primary ages, if you're willing to work weekends you can fit in quite a few pupils.

    I know my living costs are lower than for a lot of people, but tutoring has become my regular source of income.
  9. Georginalouise

    Georginalouise New commenter

    I'm a full time private tutor too. I have more disposable income as a private tutor with no childcare costs that I did earning £40k but paying childcare for three children. Everything is relative. I'm available for tuition from 9.15 until 3pm five days a week, and then I start again at 7pm four evenings. I actively tutor about 20 hours a week on average.
  10. Interesting reading these posts.

    I work 15 hours a week Monday to Friday 4 to 730. Most of my students are primary age (Year 5). I earn just under 30k.

    I also run an agency Adrian Beckett Tutors if anyone is interested in joining me.

  11. Some people can make a lot of money from private tuition but it depends largely on your location, the subject you're teaching and your marketing. For example, I teach english as a foreign language (in addition to specialised Legal English) and I live in Rome (i.e. a non-english speaking country) and so I have enough students to work full time charging 30 euros per hour. To market myself i use www.LessonPark.com (which is also active in the UK). There are lots of sites like this to market yourself and then you can see what comes your way as registration is usually free.

    hope that helps

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