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Survey Question: As a tutor would you be willing to give up 1 hour per week to tutor a refugee?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by mp16415, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. mp16415

    mp16415 New commenter

    We are starting a social enterprise that addresses the struggles that refugee children face integrating into UK schools.

    As a team, we have identified how children from a refugee background may fall vulnerable into the UK education system due to displacement, trauma and language barriers. Current school provision is unable to remedy these issues, as they are underfunded, overcrowded and undertrained. This lack of integration causes students to fall behind, and feel isolated.

    We believe that it would be beneficial to augment the public-private partnerships by having Private Tutors address this issue. This would be through an accreditation service, where Tutors can opt to learn beneficial skills on a training course to provide basic level emotional support and academic aid to minimise the difficult integration period. After gaining this accreditation they would be able to administer one-to-one focussed sessions for the children to aid them with their learning and provide a ‘stepping-stone’ along their journey into the UK education system.

    We are still in the early days of the project and therefore need to gather primary research regarding whether there is a market for this.


    As a tutor would you be willing to give your time to give private tuition to refugee children?
    Would you do this:
    a) For free
    b) For a subsidised cost?​

    Please leave your age and experience.

    Thank you so much for helping to answer our survey, the research we gather will be invaluable to the development of our social enterprise.
  2. SayItLikeItIs

    SayItLikeItIs Occasional commenter

    Apologies if I have missed this, but who - of what - is the "We"?
  3. SayItLikeItIs

    SayItLikeItIs Occasional commenter

  4. mp16415

    mp16415 New commenter


    Sorry I forgot to mention, "we" are 2 Innovation students from the University of Bristol
  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Have you ever run your own business?
    Mrsmumbles likes this.
  6. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

  7. louisee9

    louisee9 New commenter

    There are benefits that tutors would receive such as the course and potentially connections to schools organisations that could result in referrals and recommendations so would be attractive to tutors who are trying to build that up. I would consider doing it for free if the quality of those things was strong.
  8. doctoryes

    doctoryes Occasional commenter

    How have you identified this gap in the market? Have you checked what provision is available in local schools to support such children? I am not sure if your premise is true, to be honest, as I am aware of school(s) in your area that do provide specialist support and advice with trained staff.
    In terms of the giving an hour for free, the issue is that you state that you are running a social enterprise i.e. a business and not a charity. It's questionable legally for a business to request that people work for free - all adults in the UK should be offered at least the minimum wage (preferably the living wage). If you want to be taken seriously as a business then you need to do this.
  9. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I'm confused by this. When I see 'private tutors' I immediately think it means academic tutoring, yet you say
    which sounds like you're looking for counsellors rather than tutors.

    Also it's not clear how this would run. Are you also giving your time free of charge? Is any money changing hands anywhere?

    And if I were going to give up my time, free or subsidised, to help children - whether refugees or not - then noone and no organisation is going to make financial gain from it.
    SayItLikeItIs likes this.
  10. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    If it was a friend of a friend situation then yes. But the situation described here, absolutely no way
  11. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I can't see the Dragons on Dragons' Den being impressed by a pitch which relied on people working for free.
    langteacher likes this.
  12. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    A social enterprise is not a charity. It is a business which aims to make a profit whilst doing some social good. I'm not sure why anyone would work for free to help someone else make a profit. I think the idea needs rethinking.
  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    People who want others to work unpaid for them will often cry 'do it for the exposure'.

    Do not fall for it.
  14. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    As a rule, unpaid work is immoral. Perhaps some would benefit from the work experience but those are the last people who should be tutoring. Pay them properly.
  15. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    as tutors we already give up many many many hours to help refugees intergrate, as well as students with all sorts of other situations and difficulties.

    Why would I take time away from the students in my school to do that for a child best helped by someone from within their own school?

    It makes no sense. it will stop resources being used as they currently are being used, and rearrange their use into something much less efficient and user friendly.
  16. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    a newly arrived refugee in my school came to find me three days ago because she was confused about the timetable and had accidentally done something wrong she was afraid of getting into trouble for. How would it have been of any use to her what so ever if the person helping her intergrate at the start of her time in a UK school was not on the premises and available for such instances.

    How would it have been of any worth what so ever to have been on your scheme, and to have spent some random hour a week with her, and not been there when she needed support and guidance, because I was 10 miles away or what ever.
  17. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I am not necessarily averse to volunteering for the benefit of the community. At the moment I am time limited, so not available.
    Volunteer work would be at my choosing, I would be reluctant to work for an organisation that seemed to be (trousering funds) making disproportionate profit on the back of my social conscience and expertise.
    Jamvic, Piranha and Vince_Ulam like this.
  18. biotechie

    biotechie New commenter

    There is at least one organisation in London doing this already. Ask them for advice too. They paid the tutors.
  19. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I just don't recognise this situation.

    if you are so concerned about these refugee children and have "identified" how they are vulnerable and believe current school staff are "undertrained" then why don't you remedy that situation here and now by explaining to us all what is wrong and what we should be doing to put it right?
  20. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    there are many such organisations

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