Finding a tutor- at what stage do you do this?


Whether its in maths, English or science, GCSE, KS3 or 2, or even KS1, at what point do you decide to hire a tutor? Do you see it as a short-term issue, or a long-term solution to an on-going weakness in your child's learning style? Would you hire a tutor for more than one subject?

That's a very interesting question, BFG, and obviously a personal decision based on your child, the school, your ambitions, etc.

My daughter's don't have tutors, but they do out-of-school activities which could be viewed as having a tutor, for example playing the keyboard and learning Russian. In both those examples I expect them to take exams later. There’s an easy rationalization that it's not something school teaches.

I would be concerned that hiring a tutor for school subjects is seen as a lack of faith in the school or even undermining its teachers. I see school as the long-term, on-going solution.

But we will consider it when it comes to year 6 SATs and GCSEs because I do believe they are very important.

At my daughters’ primary school there are some limited places for special 1-to-1 tuition in Year 6. The school allocates these. The school targets pupils who are just below level 4 in an attempt to push them up to level 4. If my daughter is high level 4, who’s going to push her to level 5?

Daedalus wrote:

The school targets pupils who are just below level 4 in an attempt to push them up to level 4. If my daughter is high level 4, who’s going to push her to level 5?

the simple answer is no one, after all schools don't base league tables on Level 5's so all the efforts are put into getting as many children to the magical level 4 as possible. schools are way to results driven to the detriment of the individual, one of the reasons I left education

Exactly, Summertime. So, from my point of view, we'll see in a few years time. Based on her current level and progression I expect ED to be at the higher end. But who knows if she'll be a secure level 5 or a borderline 4/5. That's when and where I'll consider a tutor. (And the same for YD.)

And then again around GCSE time. Again I imagine schools will focus on pushing the borderline cases to get a pss, or a C grade. A tutor miight be useful to push for higher grades in particular subjects. But that's too far away for me to make any firm comment about.

Personally at this point I'd see it as a failing on the school's (and my) part, because I firmly believe it's up to us and school to ensure our children succeed. We have close contact with school, we choose areas to work on at home and fortunately he's at a school that sets a lot of store by educating children well. But this is based on early primary years. Once subjects get tougher I'd willingly hire as many tutors in as many areas as he needed.

If they fall behind enough for school to pick up on it, I think it must be better to tackle it sooner, blast it with some really hard study (and huge rewards if they manage to knuckle down) than to hang on and hope that school manage to pick up the slack, because sad as it is schools don't very often have the time or resources to do so.

Only time I ever did it was to help with technique and cover subjects not covered in state primary both in preparation for grammar school exams.  I made it very clear I did not want her crammed with info just to get her through the exam but no worries there as she never got in!   They say education is never wasted but with OD I think it may have been the start of many problems, never asked her tbh but she was adamant she was not going to grammar school by the time the exam came round, she wasn't initially against btw otherwise I wouldn't have bothered!