Private Tutoring Agency calls for Industry Regulation

With over 500 private tuition agencies now operating throughout the UK, some with over 10,000 private tutors on their book, London based private tutoring agency, Tutor House (www.tutorhouse.co.uk) has called for a governing body to mediate and regulate the private tuition industry.

In 2009, The Guardian reported that 45% of UK pupils based in London have had a private tutor; and since then that figure has increased substantially.

A staggering 72% of all children preparing for Common Entrance have had a private tutors according to the IOE, with 25% of all 11 – 18 year olds having had private tuition at some point, mainly in Mathematics, reports TES.

Managing Director of Tutor House, Alex Dyer said, ‘With the rise of University tuition fees a few years ago, and the surge in fierce competition and pressure to get into good schools – the demand for private tuition in the UK has increased yearly.

‘With such a sharp increase in demand for educational support, many agencies and freelance private tutors have been able to charge above an ethical price for private tuition’.

Tutor Houses’ announcement comes after the first crackdown on the industry from a new industry-appointed organization, The Tutors Association,

Prior to The Tutor Association stepping in to regulate the industry, the Government has previously attempted to add parameters to the tutoring industry, but failed.

Alex Dyer goes on to say, ‘Without thought and proper investigation, the Government has left it to the taxman to chase tutors and investigate them if necessary.

‘A CRB (or DBS) check is a must for all private tutors, along with a degree or equivalent qualifications in the subject they wish to teach. Currently, private tutors do not undergo anything close to this level of investigation.’

Private tutors representing Tutor House are full or part time teachers in local London-based schools and colleges. They are fully qualified, keep up with altering subject specifications and of course, have plenty of teaching experience. Tutor House approves every single private tutor, implementing its own regulations for the industry.

Alex Dyer said, ‘Education is a personal thing and parents always want the best for their children. Private tutors and agencies have a responsibility to provide an important service to students; I don’t see why other companies don’t enforce the same or similar guidelines as we do.’

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For more information on private tutors in London contact Tutor House on info@tutorhouse.co.uk, 020 7381 6253 or visit www.tutorhouse.co.uk

PRESS CONTACT:

Nicholas Stuart-Miller, 01737 772139, nick@mstuart-miller.co.uk

 

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