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legal footing for private tutors

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by asgilroy, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Hi, I am setting up my own sole trader private tutor business in the UK. I am doing my legal homework currently to start the business on a sound legal footing. The CRB people state that a recent clean enhanced CRB disclosure (which I have) and specific insurance is all I need to start up. I have tried verifying this on those free online law Q+A sites (and direct.gov) with no luck. Has anyone out there done private tutoring and/or do you know a credible, respectable education/employment legal bod who knows?

    Perhaps I could answer a query of yours in return?
    Many thanks
    Cheers
     
  2. Hi, I am setting up my own sole trader private tutor business in the UK. I am doing my legal homework currently to start the business on a sound legal footing. The CRB people state that a recent clean enhanced CRB disclosure (which I have) and specific insurance is all I need to start up. I have tried verifying this on those free online law Q+A sites (and direct.gov) with no luck. Has anyone out there done private tutoring and/or do you know a credible, respectable education/employment legal bod who knows?

    Perhaps I could answer a query of yours in return?
    Many thanks
    Cheers
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    You don't even need that.
    Insurance - if you work in someone's home is advisable.
    That's it.
    Declare you are self employed to HMRC
    Job done.
     
  4. No real legal requirements - I have been tutoring for 8 years and have a network of others working with me. CRB checks are a good start - and references from a school or college staff. Follow your gut - if you feel uneasy in any tutoring situation, eg. being left with a child alone in their own home, don't put yourself in that situation again. Always err on the side of caution, particulary if you are male. I advise my tutors to meet the child and parent for a consultation before any teaching commences, so that expectations and details are clarified.
    Keep a record of earnings for tax, and yes register as self employed as soon as you start.
    Never had a problem - I tutor from home and from students' homes, just be open, honest and do your preparation. Enjoy!

     
  5. Many thanks Robyn147 and Scarlet65!
     
  6. Although I have a CRB I've never been asked to produce one, this may be because the parents are always at home when I tutor.
    You need to register as self-employed within 6 months of starting, or there abouts. You can claim back mileage, for tax purposes, but keep records of all journeys incase they want evidence. You should have a local business centre near you where they offer free advice, they go under several different names but they are all free. I found my business advisor very helpful.
     

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