There was a news story in the Guardian recently about schools sending out promotional literature for tutoring companies – typically in return for payments from that company. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/may/10/parents-protest-promotion-home-tuition I'm a journalist writing a feature article for the TES, looking at this issue of schools endorsing or promoting tutoring companies, and would be interested to hear from anyone who has views on any of the following points... Is it common to be approached in this way? Is it ethical to send out 'spam' of this kind – knowing that many parents will then see the tutoring programme in question as being 'school-approved'? If a parent asks a head for advice regarding home tutors, is it OK for a head to make an informal recommendation? Is it acceptable for schools to have links with local tuition agencies, and to perhaps let tutoring take place on the school campus? Should schools even be seen to be promoting private tuition – after all, shouldn't the school itself be providing the necessary support? As ever, I would really appreciate it if there's anyone out there who would be willing to share their views on this, either through the forum, by personal message, or by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!