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Who will really benefit from a new national association for private tutors ?
Who Will Really BenefitFrom A New NationalAssociation For PrivateTutors?Brought to you by tutorhub.com
The Tutors Association● As Tutorhub reported on 22nd May, there iscurrently a consultation going on in the UK.● The consultation may lead to new rules thatprovide some regulation for the privatetutoring market.
A New Expectation For Tutors?● Tutors will be expected to abide by minimumqualifications standards and sign up to anational association for tutors.● Why? Concerns were being raised that poortutoring was actually damaging education.● Its important to stress that membership willnot compulsory. However, it would serve asa kite-mark for the industry.
Before We Get Carried AwayThough...● It comes down to the main question:Incompetent Tutors - myth or reality?● Its feared that some tutors prey on parentalanxiety over school places and examgrades.● Problems arise when tutors undermineschool work and cause confusion forstudents and parents.
Does this happen in practice?● Do we actually believe the recent mediahype? How common is incompetenttutoring?● How many instances have you actuallyheard about from your friends andacquaintances from direct experience?● A problem over-blown by a sensation-seeking media?
Theres No Secret...● Word of mouth oils the wheels of the private tutoringmachine.● The show is run by whispered recommendations - goodtutors are passed from family to family.● Safe to assume that a bad tutor gets chatted about justas quickly - one bad session or one perceived grievanceand a young tutors copybook is blotted before theyveturned the page...
An Effective Tutor?● Effective tutors are those who can actuallyteach the child one-on-one.● Do you really need a degree for this?● Asking for minimum qualifications is all verywell, but sometimes thats a step further thanteachers are subjected to, according to thisarticle!
How Will The Association Work?● The Association will be a voluntary group,we know that for sure. However, there aremany unanswered questions:● What will the remit be? Who will run it? Willit have any teeth? How much will it cost andwho will fund it - its not coming out the publicpurse?● What happens if a complaint is made?
So Who Will Really Benefit?● Will a hard-strapped teacher sidelining as atutor a few nights a week be inclined to shellout for the pleasure?● My guess is not - too much hassle and theirpool of happy clients wont show them thedoor in any hurry.
What About Those Who Do Sign Up?● Theyll be likely to have to put up their feesfor starters - they need to cover their costs.We also have to remember that tutors are init for the money primarily.● Hourly rates will rise - while some parentswill happily pay, others will struggle,especially when many are already scrimpingand saving for tutoring as it is.
If This Happens...Membership for tutors will be largely irrelevant!
Lets Not Throw The Baby Out WithThe Bathwater However...● Its not just about raising the standards ofprivate tutoring, its about protecting our childrentoo.● In other professions where adults have directcontact with children DBS/CRB checks aremandatory parts of the process.● There should be a standard code of conduct inplace and an improvement in standards acrossthe board.
So Overall...● I am left asking the same question about "whowill benefit?"● Cannot deny the negative perceptions of tutors,paying for regulation and concerns aboutuptake.● This is what the consultation hopes to highlight.