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The Tutors' Association

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by annasmagala, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. annasmagala

    annasmagala New commenter

    Hi, a quick question. Is it worth joining The Tutors' Association? It seems that on top of the registration fee, all the benefits include an additional cost, but I understand it might be worthwhile belonging to a professional body.
    Many thanks
  2. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    In short, no.
    sebedina, Jolly_Roger15 and Kandahar like this.
  3. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I can't see any point in joining. If there are any posters who have joined, I would be interested to know what advantages there are.
    sebedina likes this.
  4. annasmagala

    annasmagala New commenter

    Thank you. I was wondering how then to go about obtaining an enhanced DBS?
  5. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    You can apply for DBS through some of the tutoring websites if you register with them. Most now charge a hefty commission on any students you get through them, but you don't pay anything to register. You do of course have to pay for the DBS check.

    Having said that, there's no legal requirement for tutors to have DBS. I've been tutoring 20 years and never been asked for it.
    Isoceles likes this.
  6. annasmagala

    annasmagala New commenter

    Thank you gainly. I wonder if there is more of a need in primary where I will be looking? I will investigate the agencies :)
  7. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Never heard of the association.
    Never been asked for a DBS.
    I get requests for lessons, the student says, "I need to learn XYZ".
    I teach them XYZ.
    They pay me.
    That's it.
  8. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Good luck. We aren't supposed to name agencies here, but if you search online it should be easy enough to find one.
  9. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    I've been asked to have a DBS when I tutor elsewhere. I tutor (before lockdown) in a prison, so they got me one for that. It was however a standard one. Previously to that, I worked at a tutoring centre, so they got me one for that too. It ran out last month (they last for three years). The tutoring website that I'm registered with ending in f*ir do a full enhanced one for around £50.

    I've got one done through them because although when privately tutoring (whether primary or not); I've never been asked to produce one, I'm looking at applying for colleges, tutoring centres, adult education centres as well as privately tutoring in September. Lockdown has meant that I have to tout for work elsewhere because I haven't got anywhere near my full quota of clients through freelance tutoring, so I may have to explore other options.

    BTW: I have heard of the tutoring company mentioned in this post and considered registering with them, but I think they're a bit pricey, poncy and not really demonstrated for me their kudos enough for me to feel I have to sign up with them.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020
  10. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    No! What, if anything, do you get for the fee you pay it? It sounds like someone trying to make a fast buck by exploiting professional vanity.
    suzette likes this.
  11. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    I can see this government seeking to regulate the tutoring industry so perhaps in the future we will have to join one of these organizations. Until then I won't be.
    Jolly_Roger15 likes this.
  12. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    Yes me too. I have been tutoring for 25 years. I have a DBS as I am a classroom teacher.
    langteacher likes this.

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