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private tutoring and ofsted

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by annewake, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. I am a highly experienced teacher thinking of starting private tuition. Will I be liable to Ofsted as a private tutor? Is there any reason why I can not tutor up to 4 children at a time (with similar need)?

    Advice from experienced private tutor gratefully received.
  2. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    not as far as I know
  3. GordonNome

    GordonNome New commenter

    I came across something a while ago in a different role where there was a question about if you "looked after" the young person for more than 2 hours. I think it was a gym nursery/childcare setting. I don't offer 2 hour sessions for anyone younger than AS/A2 students so think I am exempt. Not sure what happens if you have younger students for a half day.

    Surely the rules would be similar to those for a childminder though? I imagine it would depend on length of tuition, whether it was at your home or theirs, and whether you were in sole charge of the child or if they had a responsible adult present.
  4. Georginalouise

    Georginalouise New commenter

    I had a discussion once with a primary tutor (I tutor 'big' ones, nothing below year 10) who only taught 1-1 and we did talk about it. She said there is a grey area with private tuition and groups in that there is a point where you cease to be a tutor and are deemed to be a private school. She said that there was a limit on class size and number of hours taught in a week. I didn't look into it because it didn't apply to me, and I know that she stopped teaching anything other than 1-1, because she didn't want to be involved with Ofsted in any way whatsoever. I'm afraid I can't remember the detail.
  5. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    ooo that's interesting! I mainly do one to one but for a couple of years I did do two small groups for an hour each

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