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Private Tuition Full Time

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by erm, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. erm


    If you want to tutor during the school day, I wouldn't bet on home educated children coming out of the woodwork, especially not at KS1 and KS2. Possibly at KS4, but most tutors would be out of the budget of most home educators.
    I am a maths tutor and a home educator. I live in a major city (albeit not London) and as such know hundreds of home educated children. Literally. Most of my three children's friends are home educated and from all over the city and beyond. If I had to advertise (which I don't) I wouldn't even bother in home ed circles. By definition, most home ed families I know have to watch every penny due to sacrificing one income. They have to make lots of sacrifices and be very creative with how they provide an education for their children. Those that do find space in their budget for tutors, it tends to be for music, mfl, sports or other areas where they have little or no experience with which to facilitate their children's learning. Most home ed parents tend to be numerate and literate, and with a little help/advice can provide more than adequately for their children in these areas.
    Having said that, one service that I have often wondered about providing for the home ed community (and it has received a warm welcome when I've suggested it to friends) would be some sort of workshop or drop-in advice centre for parents (or parents and children together) where you could share your ideas and experience to help them to help their children.
    However if you have no experience of home education in your community, you would have to tread very sympathetically and respectfully and expect to learn as much from them as they will from you. I am a qualified and experienced teacher but I am often blown away by how rich an education my non-trained friends can provide. It's quite humbling.
  2. superewok

    superewok New commenter

    Thanks everyone for your posts - they make really interesting reading and have given me a lots of food for thought. I'm also a keen photographer and thinking about doing this professionally - embarking on the daunting task of capturing weddings in a photo-journalistic style. I'm thinking tutoring/photography could be a way forward for me before I possibly choose to take photography full time. Still in a pickle over it all... purely because of the finances. :S If money didn't matter I wouldn't hesitate to go for it!

    Thanks again dc88, robyn147 and erm! You are ace!
  3. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    I agree with you in many ways-but find supply completely soul destroying. You have to pay the bills, so why not see if you could worrk part-time as a 'normal' teacher.
    Or if there's a grammar near you-unless you have ideological problems- do that. Every lesson counts, and the head cares about teaching, not paperwork (hopefully).
  4. Hi
    I am in my 4th year of doing the 1 to 1 Tutoring and really enjoy it. My school was in the pilot so I combined a couple of children a week with working full time because I wanted to get in at the start of it. The following academic year I did a 2 day a week job share so could do more Tutoring but still in my own school.
    The Tutoring was then taken up by all schools so I decided to give up the job share and just do Tutoring - I am nearing retirement however and didn't need to be earning the full time salary so that was not an issue. I think you will struggle to earn that to be honest. Remember you get 12 hours for each pupil but some schools are very slow to get started each term and there will be nothing in the holidays. Supply is well paid though so you could certainly supplement it with that until you establish yourself.
    If you can get a lot of 1 to 1 in the school day you would then be free to do some Private Pupils after school. I started with 1 Private Pupil from chatting to the lady giving my Mum a quote for a new kitchen and from that contact now have 7 ! I have 16 children between school and Private pupils which suits me fine - I never work on a Friday or weekends either. I have had other parents and schools asking me but don't want any more. If you are prepared to work the hours you could fit in 4 - 5 during a school day and a couple after school. You can't work too late if they are Primary age as they get too tired.
    If you are really keen then I would give it a go but maybe check that the funding is going to carry on as I have heard it is changing and schools will choose how to spend the money rather than having it specifically for the 1 to 1.
    Best of luck and do ask any other questions if you have any.
  5. Hi Superwok- I hope this helps you decide re Tutoring. I work here in Cumbria as a full time Home Tutor having taught for many years - I personally wanted more control over my working life and managed to obtain some funding from my local University to get me started. This might be how you feel in London although there are disadvantages ie last minute changes by parents due to parents evenings and not getting a regular salary. Your working hours are restricted to the early evenings.
    If you can manage on a reduced income then by all means go for it. I do love the work and you build up a good raport with the parents and you feel your efforts are rewarded when they suceed in their individual tests or exams.
    Please get back in touch as I am currently evaluating my work through a Masters Module and would be interested on your thoughts re this type of work.
    Best wishes
  6. Hi superewok, I work as a full time private tutor and have done so for the last 3 years and part time before that for 12 years, i too live in London. It is possible if you are prepared to start slowly and build your business through regular advertising and word of mouth referrals which is how i gain most of my business now. It takes a little time to build up your portfolio - originally i started out working solely with KS4 students for maths and science but along the way i have picked up many younger students (siblings or friends of student's family) and have found this to be a more sustainable way of earning your salary. I also take on day time students who are usually home educated or KS5 and i must admit this top up means that i can manage to earn £30k+. The petrol costs are less of an issue in London because students live in close clusters and most of my students live within 1-2 miles so i spend the equivalent of one lesson on my petrol for the week.

    On the downside i would point out that it can take a while to build your portfolio of students, for me 3 years. I had a part time teaching position in a PRU and around 10 students when i made the decision to go full time. I took the plunge the following September and initially had around 15 students, I have slowly over the years worked up to 30 regular students a week. However, in order to do this I have had to work at the weekend which is a pain but it has been worth it because this year I do not need to advertise for any new students because my students come through word of mouth referrals. It helps that the schools in my borough are not performing brilliantly (though they do well enough) so it means there is a lot of competition for good secondary school places.

    The single biggest thing I have learned is to be flexible with the services you can offer. I specialise in KS4 Maths and Science but also teach KS2 Maths (and i have been known to do a little English if asked) and A-Level Chemistry. The sliding scale i apply to my pricing means that i have a rough idea of my average hourly rate and so can project my income for the year. It can seem like a very precarious business at times! The more varied your students and their needs the more likely you are to have a consistent workload - KS2 are great because they work with you the entire academic year.

    I would just say go for it but it was a big decision for me to make. I am glad I did though - no more early starts and the freedom that comes with being your own boss! Good luck!
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  7. kirstycollier

    kirstycollier New commenter

  8. kirstycollier

    kirstycollier New commenter

  9. kirstycollier

    kirstycollier New commenter

    Hello, obviously this post is a few years old but i wondered if you still did full time tutoring. I am considering moving to Cumbria (probably Cockermouth) with my son. He is 14 and in year 10 but currently not very engaged in school. He is bright, predicted A*s but putting in no effort. Is this the kind of thing you could help with

    Kind regards

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