Experts in full-time private tuition, Oxford-based Tutors International respond to recent articles about “Super-Tutors” by highlighting the differences between UK and US private tutors and the tutoring industry, and why a professional tutoring body is essential.
Oxford-based Tutors International (https://www.tutors-international.com), responded today to recent articles by Rosie Kinchen (1) and London Private Tutors, Will Orr-Ewing (2) and Mark MacLaine (3), about the salaries commanded by ‘super-tutors’ – top-flight private tutors who can command fees of up to £1000 per hour.
This breed of super-tutor emerged in New York and Hong Kong, while British tutors were relatively unnoticed. When asked why this was, Tutors International founder, Adam Caller, said, “In Hong Kong tutoring is about prestige and gimmicks. In the US the unique importance of their SAT means parents are prepared to pay more for the best private tutors for their children, to stand a chance of getting into the best universities. The UK doesn’t have an exam quite like the SAT, upon which that child’s entire educational future hangs. For that reason, the US tutoring market is very results-driven and competitive, while the average UK private tutor can be just that – average.”
UK parents are accustomed to paying around £30-50 an hour for a full-time private tutor, rather than the £1000 per hour commanded by super-tutors. In the UK there is no formal training needed to become a tutor, and no professional body for the industry, so the quality of tutoring cannot be guaranteed.
Caller commented, “Finding a private tutor can be a lottery for a lot of parents. In the UK, private tutors are usually recent graduates recruited for a year or so, to earn some money before their first “proper job”. They don’t have to undergo any sort of tutoring training, and there isn’t a professional body that parents can seek advice from, complain to, or ensure the quality of the tutoring they’re paying for. If there is no control of the tutoring profession, why would UK parents pay these super-tutor prices?”
Tutors International are a leading tutoring service, providing tuition for students around the world. Caller insists that an industry standards body is vital for the UK tutoring profession. “There are excellent tutors out there and we need to safeguard their salaries, reputation and profession, as well as providing quality private tutors for parents.”
(1) Rosie Kinchen, The Sunday Times, 17 Jan 2012, ‘Parents pay £1000 an hour for super-tutor’
(2) Will Orr-Ewing, The London Evening Standard, 5 Jan 2012, ‘The $1000-an-hour Super Tutor ‘
(3) Mark MacLaine, The Telegraph, 20 Jan 2012, ‘Private tutors can earn thousands’
About Tutors International
Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities. Tutors are available for full-time tutoring positions, for major support and tutoring outside school hours, or for home-schooling. Tutors International is able to source the best international tutors including multilingual travelling teachers to accompany families travelling around the world, or those whose lifestyle necessitates frequent travel, in order to maintain consistency in education in extraordinary circumstances.
Tutors International provide tutors in a wide variety of situations from helping students re-take critical exams, helping pupils with the transition of moving between international school systems, and supporting youngsters with AD/HD and dyslexia. They provide a bespoke service to find the right tutor that suits the child’s needs and aspirations, and if a live-in tutor is required, it is essential that the assigned tutor is the right match for the family and fits in the environment.
Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder and is very sensitive to children’s educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors to help families.
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