Getting back on track: How and why you should become a private tutor today

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that those who can’t do, teach. Are you tired of all the standard complaints constraining you? They vary but the usual suspects are:

  • Curriculum changes
  • Mountains of bureaucracy
  • Unhelpful management
If this rings true for you, why not set-up on your own? Keep doing what you love – educating – but on your own terms and, ideally, with the help of a professional franchise in the £6.5bn a year private tutoring market. Here’s why you should make the move.
You can teach the curriculum your way
When you are a class teacher, you can find yourself held back by constant curriculum changes. Unfortunately, politics has a large impact on education. Politicians, not educational practitioners make the curriculum. This can lead to major differences in opinion about the curriculum’s effectiveness. For example, in 2015 teachers deemed the national curriculum ‘not fit for purpose’ in a YouGov poll. Working in schools, you have less ability to adapt. As your own boss, you can create different approaches and tap into franchise materials and expert support that put you back in control of how you teach. More importantly, this more flexible approach ensures no child gets left behind.
Pupils benefit from extra attention
Research shows that more than half a million children are in ‘super-sized’ classes of 35 children and above. This is problematic as pupils may not get the attention they need. The fact is, teachers spend less time with individual pupils in larger classes. They just don't have the time to get around everyone. Some argue that class sizes don’t matter. They point towards Asia, which dominates world rankingsand where larger classes are common. However, in Asia private tutors are common, there is an education-centric culture and a higher level of parental support. Each of these factors can reduce the negative effects of large class sizes. As a private tutor, you can provide one-to-one lessons. Gone is the stress of large classes and an excessive pupil workload. Pupils benefit from individual sessions through:
  • Increased interaction - the child can feel heard. You will have the time to truly listen and respond to the pupil’s educational needs. Get to know your student and personalise your approach for better outcomes.
  • Decreased distraction – by reducing distractions your pupil can focus on the lesson better.
  • A rise in responsibility – they are unable to blend in with the crowd, copy another pupil’s work or just cruise along. This increases their ability to learn and take it upon themselves to do well.
Pupils achieve much more than just the academic
There can be a multitude of reasons for a child to go into private tutoring. Perhaps they are falling behind in class or not achieving their fullest potential. Either way, parents want better outcomes for their children. Tutors help children through a more personal approach than school. They tailor the support they provide to each child's individual needs. Tutors teach that which isn't in the curriculum. Pupils develop their study skills; time management and organisation. Schools can miss these skills when following the curriculum. These life-skills give children greater opportunities in the real world. A place where practical skill is of equal footing to academic achievement.
How to become a private tutor
There are two relatively simple ways to become a private tutor:
  1. Tutor as a private business/sole trader - There are no disclosure checks or minimum standards required by law for private individual tutors. People assume you are well versed in your chosen topics. However, one drawback is that you may be limited in the number of hours that you can work and the number of students you can work with, often having to work in the early evenings or weekends which can impact your work-life balance.
  2. Join a tuition franchise – Join an established brand to further your reach within your local tuition market. As a franchisee you would have access to the business expertise and educational materials of an already successful tuition programme. The materials have often been developed to promote independent learning techniques with the tutor intervening to support the children either individually or in small groups. Also, some franchises have scalable business models which allow you to expand your business and help even more children. All that remains is to start teaching.
Don’t let the job get you down
Do you remember why you got into education in the first place? The most common reason for becoming a teacher is to help children and make a difference in their lives. Yet, most trainees want to leave the profession. Again, the reasons for this are excessive workload, constant changes and bureaucracy. Don’t let the usual suspects derail your career. Consider private tuition and get yourself back on track.