Is a Tutor Qualified & Regulated to teach children?
This may seem such a simple and logical question but you may be very surprised to know that the tuition business is unregulated and that anyone can advertise their services as a tutor. Many tutors offering their services call themselves “instructors” and this applies to both private tutors as well as multi-national tutoring centres. The majority of these “instructors” are not qualified teachers. Many do not have the qualifications or skills to prepare lesson plans and actually teach your children. If they are not a qualified teacher, how can they possibly assess your child properly and work with the teaching curriculum? Many international tutoring centres offer repetitive worksheets which parents mark. This may be fine for some students who need help with their times tables but for most children who are falling behind, this just isn’t enough.
In addition to being unqualified, private tutors can also set up a tutoring business without undergoing an enhanced disclosure check or declaring their income for tax purposes. You would not entrust your child with an unregulated childminder or without taking references out so why should tutoring be any different?
How can you make the right choice when choosing a tutor for your child?
Here is a check list to help you make the right decision as originally posted by my Kip McGrath colleague in Lisburn.
- Is the person a member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland? Ask to see their certificate of registration as this is also proof that they have been properly police checked.
- Can they conduct an assessment to allow them to gauge exactly where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lie? This is essential to ensure that the tuition is targeted at the correct level to enable the tutor to bring your child up to a level that is appropriate in their class or for a test. All children are different and come to tuition with different levels of ability and therefore the starting point is never the same.
- What feedback will the tutor provide me? One of the benefits of having your child tutored should be that unlike school you receive detailed feedback after each lesson. This allows you to discuss their progress and any areas that your child is struggling in.
- What resources will the tutor be providing? Make sure the resources that are being used are up to date and appropriate for the curriculum that your child is following. Will the tutor be able to cater for the specific learning needs of your child – a wide range of resources should be available including professionally designed worksheets, modern textbooks, computer software and multi sensory learning aids. If you are having your child tutored for a test ask about the types of past papers being used and the other materials used to reinforce this.
- Where will the tuition take place? Will the tuition take place in your house/their house – in which case you will have to make sure that the area chosen is quiet and without distractions. Or will the tuition be provided in a professionally equipped tuition centre?
- Is the tutor paying their taxes? Ask no questions and I’ll tell you no lies is not always the best policy! It is easy to turn a blind eye and say this doesn’t matter, however please bear in mind that tax is paid by you and I so that money is available to spend on public services used by everyone and that this year the government is having a crack down on tutors that do not pay their taxes.
At our Kip McGrath Education Centres in Scotland we provide parents with peace of mind. Our tutors are:
- Fully qualified and registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland.
- We provide a FREE assessment that enables us to identify any strengths and weaknesses and develop a programme of study designed to target these areas and bring your child up to a level that allows them to be comfortable in their class or to achieve their academic goals. Assessment is ongoing and embedded in every single lesson.
- We provide detailed feedback after each lesson.
- Our centre is professionally equipped with a wide range of resources including professionally designed worksheets, modern textbooks, computer software, multi sensory learning aids, a wide range of past papers and appropriate stationary.
- Tuition is provided in a professionally equipped centre where every care has been taken to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.
- We are professional tutors and that means that as well as being fully qualified, highly experienced and well equipped, we also pay our taxes.
Finding a Kip McGrath Centre in Scotland
To find a local Scottish Kip Centre, either click here, choose from the list of centres on the right or use our postcode finder. To read more about the programmes in English and Maths we offer, please click here.