In recent months, the UK has seen a boom in the use of private tutors and it seems parents are looking to give their sons or daughters a helping hand on the run up to their A-Level exams, but if you are looking for extra help, where do you start? According to a recent study by the University of London’s Institute of Education, 1 in 4 families hire a private tutor for their children. However, despite their popularity in recent years, all parents want to know whether they are leaving their child in capable and safe hands.
Whether they are helping your child get to grips with A-Level Chemistry or you are looking get some out of hours help in the early years of high school, only private tutors that have been fully registered and checked out should be recruited to assist your child academically.
Agency or Individual? Many parents opt to use an agency to find a reputable private tutor, whilst many use local ads and websites to find an independent private tutor, which may be more affordable. Either way, make sure the private tutor you employ has up-to-date checks. Agencies in particular should be vigilant when it comes to their tutors undertaking regular police checks, standard CRB checks and enhanced CRB disclosure. Agencies are also hot-on when it comes to interviewing, verifying documentation and checking references from previous employers.
The screening process is pretty vigorous in private tuition agencies but parents will have to play detective themselves when hiring an independent tutor for their child. Safety Checks for Tutors as we mentioned there are three main safety checks agencies use and parents should look out for.
The police check reveals local convictions but does not offer the complexity needed to determine whether the tutor is safe to work with children. Parents looking over police check documentation of independent tutors should look out for ‘National Identification Service’ in the letterhead. The second check is the standard CRB, which is a more thorough and carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau. This check pinpoints whether the person has any previous convictions and also highlights whether they are on the ‘List 99’, which names people that are not suitable for working with children.
The enhanced CRB check goes one step further and actually gives a detailed history of candidates that have direct contact with children, which includes private tutors. This search uses List 99, the national police database and local police checks to highlight past convictions and disclose whether the person is currently under investigation.
Checklist for Parents as well as inspecting safety documentation such as CRB and police checks, parents looking to hire independently should interview all tutors before employing them and take time to double check all references provided. Also, check that they are qualified by asking to see degree and teaching certificates.
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