Regulations regarding Personal / Private Tutors.

Regulations regarding Personal / Private Tutors.     

What qualifications do you need to become a Tutor in the UK?

What you need to remember is why you are hiring a tutor?

This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of 01/11/2017, and has been provided by an external source: A Private Tutoring company with 25 years’ experience:
According to the Sutton Trust, 25% of UK school children now use private tutors. And that figure increases to 50% in London. Working as a tutor can be a hugely rewarding job.
Tutoring is not teaching. Tutors are not acting as qualified Teachers.
Tutoring is not governed by, or related to, any teaching oversight body.

There are no standard qualifications for private tutors in the UK, so anyone who has good knowledge in a specialist subject can become a tutor, regardless of age or experience. 

Private tutoring isn't just limited to teaching school children, there are lots of tutors who specialise in teaching music, arts, business, marketing, computer coding and professional services. 

Generally speaking, private tutors are likely to be seen as very valuable in the eyes of a student or parent, if they have first-hand experience in the subject they're tutoring. 

On the other hand, many students and parents consciously decide to choose a tutor who isn't a qualified teacher, who may have a slightly different approach to teaching and learning. 

Out-with educational establishments, those who tutor in more specialist subjects like online marketing, web development, html coding etc. tend to have experience of working in those specific industries. How qualified these tutors need to be, is at the discretion of the student using their services. There are no legal requirements or governing bodies for being a tutor.

If a teacher has been banned permanently or temporarily, by the governing body for unprofessional conduct e.g. unauthorised help with coursework or exams: these are not criminal offences.
These are unproven accusations that are judged solely on the balance of probabilities.
I.e. If 3 people were to turn up to speak against the person in question, and there was only one person speaking for the person accused, the person with the least people on their side loses, regardless of what is presented.

So as a result, whena teacher is banned for these types of accusatory circumstances, this only prevents the teachers in question from working in schools in England. This does not prevent them from working in an Academy in England, nor does it prevent them from working in any type of school in Wales, Scotland or anywhere else in the world.

It is important that you understand and acknowledge that these teachers are still highly qualified teachers [their degrees, Masters, Post Graduate Degrees etc. cannot be taken away from them], so they are still excellent educators and highly rated tutors and if you can book one for private tuition they are usually highly recommended by their previous employers and students alike. So 'snap' one up, if you can.     
It should be to provide 1:1 help for yourself or your dependent.
If the students is learning more from the tutor and the tutor has taught them well: resulting in them improving their knowledge, then this is the only answer you need in order to help you make the right decision, as to whether they are a positive benefit.
Read their testimonials and references as these are from employers, parents and students, that have had first-hand experience of the tutor’s ability that is in question.
These are a much more reliable source of true character and ability than anything else.


Obtaining a DBS Check as a Private Tutor

What Qualities Make a Good Private Tutor?

DBS checks are required for certain jobs or voluntary work. For example, someone may need to undergo a DBS check in order to work with children in an institution, school, cubs, scouts, work in healthcare, or to apply to foster or adopt a child.
There are no legal requirements for tutors to be DBS checked. 
If you're considering becoming a private tutor, it's important to ask yourself if you have the personal qualities needed to work with students:  Generally, tutors should be friendly and approachable yet maintain a professionalism that reassures students and parents that they're good at what they do.

It's important to have patience and to have a genuine interest in working with younger people or those looking to learn a new skill. 

If you have the ability to motivate people and approach new challenges with enthusiasm, then working as a private tutor can give you great job satisfaction.
Insurance for Private Tutors
Public liability insurance is generally recommended (not required) for anyone who offers tuition out with or within their own home, as a means of protecting themselves against legal liability following an injury to a student or damage to third party property. However, public insurance isn’t a legal obligation.  Anyone using a Private Tutor does so at their own risk.

Will You Tutor in Your Own Home or Travel?

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Tutors usually offer their services directly from their own homes or they travel to student’s houses. Any tutor can do either, as they are not governed by any School body or Teaching Body.

It is permitted for a private tutor to tutor anywhere e.g. from a home. a student's workplace, or from a public place like a coffee shop or library. 
How do you know if you have a good tutor?
Simple... your childs knowledge will improve, this in turn may have other beneficial effects like improved confidence.

You are paying for a tutor to improve your child's knowledge. Therefore this is all that should matter. 

If your child is learning, if your child has improved their knowledge, if they are happy, that is all you should need to know as to whether or not it is the right thing for your child. Nothing else should matter.