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Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by rachel3010, Feb 12, 2019.
This a good point. Too much time in ITT is spent on generic QTS and not enough on subject knowledge.
I disagree. I don't know Vince's experience and current job, but I'm Head of Maths in a SCITT with a large number of Maths trainees each year, and from week 1 the focus is on Maths knowledge, experience in real classrooms, teaching Maths to a wide range of ages and abilities, and this continues in the second placement and throughout the year.
From what my students tell me I think the problem is rather being taught by teachers who aren't actually maths teachers or having a succession of supply teachers. Another common problem is the bad behaviour of some of the class prevents the teacher from teaching.
Yes I've encountered each of those situations with tutees in recent years and I've just started tuition with a Y11 student taking Higher tier Maths and at the start of Y11 his set were allocated to a different teacher who had previously only taught Foundation - that hasn't worked out too well and it seems that many of the set have struggled to get to grips with the Higher topics as taught by the new teacher.
I don't think anybody is bashing tutors as a whole - only those who are not qualified to do the job. Whether this is a majority or a minority of tutors I cannot say. None of this bothers me personally, as my tutoring is a sidelines mainly to keep my brain occupied in retirement, so don't care if I lose customers to a cheaper but unqualified tutor.
Ideally, wouldn't people in ITT have the subject knowledge already?
Ideally, yes, all candidate teachers would have subject knowledge sufficient to ITT. For Secondary this is typically the case but for Primary it is a crapshoot.
Qualified candidates still require training in how to present & teach their particular specialism but QTS is a generic paperchase.
Ah yes, I forgot about Primary. I agree that, for Secondary, it is (or should be) about how to present and teach. I was lucky enough to do the GTP at a school which understood this.
Generally, what I was saying was based on something that a person posted on here that was implying that tutors don't serve a purpose we should leave the learning to teachers in schools only & suggesting we're just in it for the money, which is simply not true. Sure we all want to earn a living, but I enjoy tutoring first & foremost. Equally if a student tutors & they're making a difference in their clients life regarding their understanding of a particular subject; then that's okay. As far as I'm concerned, it's making the difference to someone's learning that counts.
Hi, I set up as a primary tutor after leaving classroom teaching 3 years ago and its the best thing I ever did! I personally did not use any agency or website but just set up my own facebook page.
Best of luck!