Finding a private tutor

Why you might hire a tutor, how to find one and how the process should work

Why you might hire a private tutor

There are many reasons why you may want a private tutor. You may want your child to:

  • make progress in a subject they find difficult 

  • feel more confident  

  • build upon their interests and talents 

If you have concerns about your child's progress, speak to your school. All education providers must have help in place to support them. 

Find out about help available in mainstream education

If you make this choice, you will need to choose a tutor and pay for their help. 

Finding a private tutor

When choosing a tutor, it is important they are qualified to teach and safe to work with children. Tutors are not required to be qualified teachers, have a DBS certificate or be approved by any statutory organisation. Anyone can work as a tutor. 

When choosing a tutor, it may help to ask for: 

  • their CV 

  • evidence of qualifications and training 

  • a copy of their DBS certificate 

  • references from past students or schools they have worked at

Keeping your child safe 

Tuition should take place in a quiet place with you, or another trusted adult, nearby. It should not take place in a bedroom. All correspondence should come to you. They should never text or email your child directly.