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Alison Joiner – up to £25 an hour
With 25 years’ teaching experience, Alison Joiner has extensive experience but yet is one of the cheaper tutors we spoke to, charging between £20 and £25 an hour.
She is a member of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers.
Alison isn’t convinced there’s been an explosion of interest in private tutoring, if anything she thinks the financial crisis means fewer parents can afford it.
So why are parents willing to spend money in a tough economic climate? “It’s almost a different reason for every family. Sometimes illness means they’ve been away and need help catching up. Sometimes there are difficulties in the classroom – one classroom hadn’t had a teacher for three months!”
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This article does not give the area in which the tutors work in all cases. My bet is that the tutors who charge between £20-£35 per hour are further north? This is the range of hourly rate I charge and recommend that my tutors charge in my agency Tees Valley Private Tutors. Many of the families are not wealthy as stated by some tutors, but they are comfortable and the above rates are reasonable for the work. We get excellent results and work mainly with children where the school system is failing them - not because rich parents want their kids in better schools.
It's apparent education isn't working anyway.
Private tutors can no more educate than class tutors. On the one hand private tutors cannot cover all the subjects necessary for an education any more than school tutors, they must specialise in one thing not everything. On the other hand children learn at different speeds. Private tutoring doesn't necessarily speed things up.
Private tutoring, whichever way you slice it, suits the parent not the child.
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