Demand for families looking for help with home schooling has surged. Mumsnet and local Facebook groups are now filled with requests from parents for childcare and tuition. From live in ‘super tutors’ (aka qualified teachers turned career tutors) and educated nannies, to online schools and clubs, there is a whole host of options for parents balancing work and home schooling.
Here are some options for finding the perfect tutor, to get you through lockdown and beyond.
For the cash-rich-time-poor parent
Hiring a live-in ‘super tutor’ or full-time nanny is an attractive option to the time-poor parent. High-end tutoring agencies were inundated with requests for live-in teachers in the week following school closures. Luxury nannying agencies such as Polo & Tweed experienced a 200% increase in demand for educated nannies over the last 6 months.
For families seeking a high quality live-in tutor, visit Tatler’s address book for the best tutoring agencies the UK has to offer. These agencies conduct stringent interview processes, background checks and referencing to recruit only the highest calibre tutors. With dedicated client managers, they take the hassle out of finding the perfect teacher for your child.
For the forward-thinking parent
With schools closed, forward-thinking families are forming “pandemic pods” (small childcare bubbles for home school lessons). Opting for full-time home school programmes, these children have up to 20 hours per week of online lessons, delivered by a handpicked team of qualified teachers. These parents – including CEOs, entrepreneurs, and the tech elite – want their children to be engaged in lessons and inspired by extracurricular activities like Coding (FireTech, Scratch, ZType), STEM clubs (MEL Science, Outschool) and Current Affairs.
The Golden Circle, a leading home schooling group, experienced a 150% increase in the number of temporary home school students this term. The Telegraph reported, “[There are] a growing number of wealthy parents turning to a new, elite form of home schooling, which promises to bring a “mini private school” into the family home…They want a tailored education designed to “future proof” their sons and daughters.”
For the parent who needs a little extra help
For parents seeking lighter-touch tutoring (a couple of hours per week) to supplement school, start with The Good Schools Guide. This has comprehensive reviews of different tutoring agencies so that you find the one that’s right for you. You can also use The Tutors’ Association to check your shortlist agencies have signed up to the professional code of conduct.
Individuals advertising their services on Facebook, Nextdoor, or Mumsnet, can also provide great quality teaching and at a range of price points. Ask these tutors for evidence of their qualifications (are they a qualified teacher, teaching assistant or recent graduate?), latest DBS certificate, and references from other parents. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Now that lessons are mostly online, locality doesn’t matter as much!
For the parent on a budget
Tutoring platforms (where tutors list their services directly) are the perfect budget-friendly way to get your child extra support. Platforms like MyTutor and Scoodle connect students and tutors at affordable rates. Online schools like Interhigh offer a full curriculum of lessons, teaching children from age 11 – 16. Parents can supplement home school lessons with a range of brilliant free online resources including Oak National Academy, BBC bitesize and Twinkl.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a network of over 300 qualified teachers. Their mission is to deliver a world-class education which enables children to realise their academic potential and achieve success.
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