Benefits Behind a Tutor (Part 3)

I never had a tutor. My family were middle class and I ended up going to a good comprehensive. I did however take the entrance exams to get into grammar schools and I got into some but still chose not to go. Still I’ve ended up a tutor and sometimes working with students to get them into grammar school. Other of my students go to comprehensives. If I had children (whether they went to grammar school or not) I would definitely tutor them or get a tutor because not getting one could leave them at a disadvantage. Here’s why:

In 2018, UCL Education revealed that pupils from high-income families are more likely to get a tutor. They are also 20% more likely to get into grammar schools compared to poorer families where the child is equally as bright. They proved that this could be due to the extra private tuition! The study showed that around 70% of those who were tutored got into grammar school compared to 14% who didn’t.

In 2005, The Sutton Trust began a survey of people getting tutored. In 2005 the figure was 18%. In 2006 it rose to 25%. In 2016, around 40% of pupils in London have had a private tutor! Then in 2019, The Sutton Trust reported that “27% of 11-16 year olds in England and Wales have had private tuition at some point”.

All this suggests that private tutoring is becoming the norm and that children who don’t get tutored are less likely to have the same opportunities as those who are tutored. Even if you don’t go to grammar school, like me, you should be given the choice.

Over the last couple of years there has been talk of setting up “a means-tested voucher scheme to enable lower-income families to provide tuition for their children” (Sir Peter Lampl, Sutton Trust). According to Sally Weale (Education Correspondent for The Guardian) “some agencies pledge a proportion of their tuition to poorer pupils for free, while non-profit programmes such as Tutor Trust are connecting tutors with disadvantaged schools”.

My main question is why is this happening now? Have parents grown disillusioned with the current education system in UK or are they simply trying to give their children every opportunity available? How can top universities tell whether a child deserves to be admitted there? Is it simply a case of working longer and harder? What are private tutors doing differently? Why do privately tutored pupils consistently outperform untutored pupils? Whatever the situation one thing is clear going without a tutor can be detrimental.

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Parts 1 of Benefits Behind Getting a Tutor is available here.

For Part 2 click here.

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