Updated: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:30:00 GMT | By Felicity Hannah, Contributor, MSN Money
How much would you pay for a super tutor?

Alison Joiner – up to £25 an hour



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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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19/08/2013 16:22
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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.

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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.

22/09/2013 20:35
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I am a highly experienced science teacher specialized in chemistry. I used to give private tuition in Kingston Upon Thames area and my students achieved excellent results in chemistry. One time two sisters got A grade pass in chemistry and both entered to do medicine. It's too difficult to forget that pleasant news. In the same year three other students as well got through to medicine because they had excellent chemistry passes. Please remember we as teachers can guide then the rest is their responsibility. Since then I published a GCSE Chemistry Q&A book and loads of work for A2AS chemistry students. Even now I keep on adding, modifying my work and teach to students. Some get home visits some visit my place and quite a few get internet tuition. Honestly I never charged very high fees. I kept my fees just £20 home visits and £15 at my place and on line very cheap. I give some lessons for free because they do not know whether my work is good enough to them. If anyone wish to get some work as a test or trial for FREE please email me chemistry4u@tiscali.co.uk. I am here to help. Dr Hector Perera
22/09/2013 14:56
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Nancy O'B - You're missing the point here .. The debate is on additional private tutoring, not in lieu of classroom education. It's mostly for students who are obviously struggling with a specific subject or subjects. It's unlikely that a student would require a full curriculum tutoring as some here are suggesting. It is a fact in England that standards are found lacking in the core subjects of Maths, English and the sciences. Specialist subject tutors are out there just for that reason, because there is a demand for those subjects. I haven't (yet) personally seen a private tutor offering Home Economics. On the matter of costs, we've seen a wide range of rates being charged. Market forces would generally dictate an average rate for an area or region, just like with any services that people buy, with the usual exceptions that people can factor in. As a vocational tutor at The Accounting Tutorship in Hertfordshire, I feel that £25 an hour and upwards from A level to the professional qualifications is not unreasonable. Have you been to a dental hygienist of late? I do not apply differential rates for more well off parents as I don't investigate their backgrounds. As to whether parents can afford it, it's up to them to make that choice. The likelihood that some parents are  better off is that they, themselves, were given the opportunity to advance their earnings potential, rather than inherited their status! We live in a free world and have freedom of choice as we are led to believe.       
22/09/2013 14:31
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Regardless how much someone may pay for their child to attend or be a private tutor to teach, the question is, just how will any child benefit if the work/job isn't there or they cannot get the job but, for a child to spend all their time learning and no play, just what would be the flip side of that child's life ?, what the parent may want thinking what is best for their child/children's education, may be bad for their social future.
22/09/2013 15:48
20/08/2013 10:32
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amazing, how did education become the tool of the classists to further divide people up? 
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....... ( mmm! )  ..................................................................................................................... ( b. free ! ) .............
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19/08/2013 17:20
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No way, even if I could afford a private tutor, would I allow my children to be home, or privately tutored. Sending them out to school, teaches them how to associate with others. Teaches them to share and play together. Allows them to bond and make friends. Allowing them to have a private tutor, I think, gives them the wrong impression, that they are better than others, because their parents have the money to pay, therefore, alienating them from others.
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