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Tutoring for home schooling

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by missreid76, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. missreid76

    missreid76 New commenter

    Hello all
    Sorry if this has already been asked; I couldn’t find an up to date thread. Before lockdown I had taken voluntary redundancy after teaching KS2 for nearly 20 years. I have tutored on the weekends for sometime but obviously not since Feb/March.

    I’m thinking of picking up again but during the week for home-schoolers. I was thinking of using Zoom (some research and practise and it seems to be very good, but I’m happy to take advice on this) for either 1:1 or small groups, lesson content led by me or I could do tailor made lessons if parent/carer wanted something specific covered. Assuming that finding people that want this service isn’t a problem, can someone answer the following questions for me?:

    What’s the going hourly rate? Do you alter prices according to class size/content?

    If I’m not entering anyone’s house and not having anyone in mind, I don’t need to worry about insurance but is there anything else I should consider? I can provide references, testimonials and DBS check.

    Am I ok to just go ahead and do it? If tax is dealt with and I keep up membership to the correct body (is it EWC now?!)

    Oh, I’m in Wales. Although holding sessions virtually, I would prefer to keep pupils local incase of times when I might need to drop off some resources etc.

    Many thanks!
  2. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Can't answer all your questions but be aware that on Zoom, it's free 1:1 but if more, it cuts out at 40 minutes unless you buy a subscription.

    For the local rates,Google 'I'm looking for an online tutor in (put your LEA name)' and see what everyone else is charging in your area.

    Go on Youtube and watch some videos on what you will need to do and buy in order to set up.

    If you teach a group you will have to charge more, because you will have to pay Zoom for the service if the lessons are longer than 40 minutes. Again, Google, 'Tuition Centres in (put your LEA name)' and see what they are charging for small groups.

    We have a tuition centre that charges £45 per hour per pupil for a two pupil session, so some centres are charging a lot. I've also seen online group tutoring for as little as £5 an hour.

    There are loads of agencies that you can apply to work for, who will take around a quarter of your salary, but they will be able to get you lots of clients. If you don't want to use agencies, you will have to advertise on tutoring websites, and possibly place ads in different places.

    Good luck:)
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Be aware that people don't tend to opt to home-school unless they are confident delivering a reasonable curriculum themselves, at least at KS2. That may, of course, be a little different with those who are now moving to home-schooling because of covid concerns or because they found their child was happier during lockdown, so there may be rather more demand for KS2 teaching now.
    The other thing about home-schoolers is that they don't always have much money to spend on tuition - they've usually sacrificed one parent's wages. (It gets worse when they get to exam level, as they have to pay for all the GCSE entries.) They're more likely to trade specialism with other home-schoolers than to buy someone in.
    (Again, those who are moving to home-schooling post-covid may be different on this too - if they've managed last term with a parent working from home whilst supervising kids doing school-set work, they may be able to continue that pattern with a paid tutor. It's a different model of home-schooling, and it may work well for some.)
  4. missreid76

    missreid76 New commenter

    Thank you so much. Yes, I had in mind people who are moving to home schooling out of lockdown. I know anecdotally of some people doing this but of course I’d need to do more digging.
  5. missreid76

    missreid76 New commenter

    Thank you for the tips re Zoom. I really don’t fancy giving a quarter of my pay to an agency so will keep in digging.
    catbefriender likes this.
  6. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Zoom Pro is only £10 a month, so not really much compared to if you had to rent premises for a tuition centre. With the free version you can just end the session after 40 minutes and immediately start a new one.

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