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Tuition rates - listen to this...

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by decj, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. decj

    decj New commenter

    I have just heard about a tutor of primary school literacy, who is charging £23 for HALF AN HOUR'S tuition!
    Two things...this is a bit expensive (I thought I was dear at £28 per hour) and secondly, what on earth can you achieve in half an hour?!
  2. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Good for them. Just made my will and the hourly rate for my solicitor is £250. I would have thought half an hour is long enough for primary children.
  3. decj

    decj New commenter

    No, I'm afraid I cannot agree with that. I've taught primary-age children (from Year 2) for 23 years and they have all coped well with an hour's tuition. As I say, in terms of literacy, and in particular, writing, you cannot achieve much within half an hour. I still think £23 for half an hour is beyond the reach of many parents.
  4. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Equally depressing is when supply teachers are being offered £8 per hour to give this tuition!
  5. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Depends where you live. Sounds a bargain in the south east. Doing it by the half hour makes it more affordable. Have you investigated what is being charged for things like reiki and crystals therapy?
    DaisysLot likes this.
  6. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    Here in hard-up Yorkshire, parents quibble over 25 quid an hour, while some cut-price cowboys with a GCSE and often still at university undercut with as low as ten or fifteen.
  7. decj

    decj New commenter

    You're right, maurice-r. We have the same issues in Manchester. Parents don't seem to appreciate the amount of time which goes into lesson planning + travelling to pupils' houses.
    And yes...I've seen an 'A' level student offering GCSE tuition herself at £10 an hour.
    Sooo frustrating.
  8. TonyGT

    TonyGT Established commenter

    It's all about what the market are willing to pay. For me I would say £28 an hour is very low for a private tutor unless you're having to do zero travelling and zero work outside the lessons
  9. Georginalouise

    Georginalouise New commenter

    If you charged £28 an hour in a leafy 11+ county (which is where I live) you would be tutoring 24 hours a day - or parents would be asking what's wrong with you..... If you can get in excess of £50 an hour, and some tutors around here do, then what's wrong with it? I tutor big kids (GCSE and A level) where the demand isn't so high. I don't think I could get £50/hr but I'm not that far off. We went to the local grammar school open evening (daughter in year 5) and the Head actually said "if your child is not being privately tutored by year 5, they are unlikely to get in to this school". If an experienced tutor with a proven track record wants to charge an arm and a leg, then you just pay it and thank your lucky stars you have a place.

    Regarding the half an hour, the tutor may charge by the half hour but unless they are very young, I doubt many parents only do half an hour. After all £23 for half an hour is much better in marketing terms than £46 per hour. It depends on the child, I had a GCSE student who started with an hour but we dropped to 40 minutes as he clearly either would not or could not concentrate for more than about 40 minutes and I spent the last part of the lesson removing any object not nailed to the table out of his reach. It was frustrating for me and costly for Mum as he wasn't getting an hour of tuition. Even 40 minutes was pushing things. He was 15 and Mum had heard it all before, she was surprised I suggested shorter sessions and commented that other tutors complained about him but still took the money.
  10. decj

    decj New commenter

    Well, I am amazed by the feedback! Thank you all. Where I live, in Greater Manchester, I am just about the most expensive at £28 per hour for primary and KS3. It's interesting how it varies so much in different parts of the country. Anyway, I have to go now and plan lessons - the treadmill never stops!
  11. bananamoore

    bananamoore New commenter

    There is definitely a North-South divide at work. I'm in Yorkshire and at £28 per hour, I'm at the top end of the scale for my subject at A level. There isn't a real market here for 11 plus either, as there are no local grammars, just two independents that aren't over-subscribed and a number of good/outstanding state secondaries. Funnily enough, I get most of my custom from the indies.
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  12. lou1990lou

    lou1990lou New commenter

    I saw a notice for someone who charges $0+ an hour for GCSE and the hgiher level of maths she had was a B at GCSE... I always wonder how successful she was!
  13. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    My thoughts would be: is it any of your/our business?

    If the teacher in question is charging this much and people are will to pay, so be it. Perhaps they are offering specialist supports, such as Dyslexia or other SEN specialisms. Perhaps 30 minutes works best because the individual child can't cope with more. Maybe the extra charges and for considerable travel or specialised resources or other costs.

    I don't know. But it's none of my business.
  14. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter


    I lived in Teesside. I tutor English and charge between £25 and £30 depending on travelling distance. Same price for KS3 and KS4 - both require my expertise in equal degrees. I'm fully booked with 8 students per week. I simply couldn't charge more than this for several reasons:

    - the average income in my area
    - I know what my competitors are charging
    - I know how I compare to private music instructors

    I will, however, from this month be charging for 1 month's lesson up front. This is new for me, but it's now my main source of income, alongside another business.
  15. sir2006

    sir2006 New commenter

    I used to charge £20 in Glasgow because I felt that this amount was a reasonable fee. Unfortunately, teachers just can't demand the huge fees of other professionals which is a shame. My friend tutors in an affluent area of Glasgow where the parents are doctors and lawyers - he charges £25 per hour but often has his dinner made for him too! :)
  16. Apple101

    Apple101 Occasional commenter

    Charge as much as you want.

    I know tutors that get £100+ per hour in Central.
  17. Skillsheets

    Skillsheets Occasional commenter

    I charge new students £24 per hour and students come to me ( affluent suburb Yorkshire ). I suspect I could charge more.
  18. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    It's the same story here, in London. Plenty of well-heeled parents around who look online and see tuition being offered for £10 - 15 per hour and expect you to take less!
  19. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    A couple of days ago I had an enquiry asking if I was prepared to travel to a student's home ( my profile clearly states that students must come to me) and if my rate was negotiable.

    But here's what made me laugh. The enquiry came from someone wanting help with further maths and STEP. I told him that he would have no trouble finding someone cheaper who would come to him, but that I would be immensely amused to see their efforts to tutor him in the areas he had specified.
  20. owltutors1

    owltutors1 Occasional commenter

    Working in central London, the going rate is approximately £50 per hour and this is usually the minimum amount. Although it seems expensive, I do think as teachers we underestimate just how valuable we are!

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