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New to Private Tutoring

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by christopheroffredi, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. christopheroffredi

    christopheroffredi New commenter

    Hello,
    I am looking to start tutoring in the evenings and at weekends for primary aged children in English and Maths and for those children who are preparing for the 11+. I am currently a Primary school teacher with a Year 1 class and have taught for over 10 years now in both KS1 and KS2.

    I am looking for some advice from people as to how they managed to start tutoring and how they got their first students. I live close to the school so have to be careful not to undermine the schools 'quality first teaching' policy and have been advised not to tutor pupils who go to my school.

    I have signed up to some tutoring websites but seem to have had little feedback.

    Any help and advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  2. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    I got started via a parent asking me to tutor child. I was very reluctant but agreed after being pestered to death.

    My first private tutees were via an online agency. In terms of tutoring children in your school, why not? I was at one point employed by the school to tutor when it was funded by the government. Since then I had many tutees who wanted entrance tests or 11+, all perfectly open and above board. This didn't compromise the school at all, the class teachers knew. I am not the only member of staff that tutors.

    I don't know which websites you've tried but keep going. I used FT and initially charged a lower fee until I got some feedback. Most of my tutees come through word of mouth but you have to start somewhere.
     
  3. cwilson1983

    cwilson1983 Occasional commenter

    It would create a conflict of interest.
     
  4. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Hi Chris,
    Welcome, how long ago did you sign up to the sites? It is maybe a little late this academic year. Unfortunately, someone does have to take a chance on you with the tutoring sites.
    You could try contacting some other schools and offer to support students with SATs. If you are careful how you word it. It's not about under minding the school but about supporting pupils who lack confidence and who may not want to ask questions in front of other pupils, or who have had time off school due to illness e.c.t.. I mainly teach secondary and sometimes agencies can find you after-school tuition work.
    Alternatively, you could try offering a free trial lesson to anyone you know with children in the age range you wish to teach. I have tried local advertising but i have never got any work from it.
     
  5. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    With whom?
     
  6. cwilson1983

    cwilson1983 Occasional commenter

    If the OP is employed by a primary school and then privately tutors students he teaches who attend the same school, it is a conflict of interest.

    I've had to decline several students in the past due to this.
     
  7. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    I have done it for years, absolutely no reason to decline, all perfectly above board. If children are sitting for indy's or 11+, schools don't teach or tutor for them. Likewise I've had SEN children come to me for specialist private tuition.


    Who exactly says it's a conflict of interest?
    What exactly does that mean?

    I appreciate that some schools may have this as a policy but there is no legal or ethical reason for it. If it's personal choice then that's different.
     

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