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Setting up as a private tutor

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by rachel3010, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    This a good point. Too much time in ITT is spent on generic QTS and not enough on subject knowledge.
  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    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.
  3. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    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.
  4. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

    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.
  5. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    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.
  6. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Ideally, wouldn't people in ITT have the subject knowledge already?
  7. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    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.
  8. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    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.
  9. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    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.
  10. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Typically negatively.
  11. sch1510

    sch1510 New commenter

    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!
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