FIND A TUTOR OR BECOME A TUTOR?
With the new academic year upon us, now is peak time to find a tutor or become a tutor.
Finding a private tutor
Do you have exams this year or a child in year 10 or 11? With the radical changes implemented for GCSEs in the 2016/7 academic year, the highest grades (7 – 9), are going to be much harder to achieve this year so demand for tutors is currently higher than ever.
One to one private tuition ensures that a student achieves their full potential and the highest grades possible. It is a good investment because research data continues to show that higher grades result in higher lifetime earnings.
A good tutor (experienced and well qualified) is able to cover the curriculum in a quarter of the time of a school, at a pace to suit the student and ensure there are no gaps in knowledge that lose valuable marks in final exams or affect proficiency.
A good tutor can seem hard to find, however, there are fantastic websites available now such as Approved Tutors. On Approved Tutors you can find a tutor near you to help with academic, music, language or professional subjects. Many tutors also offer equally effective online tuition so distance is no longer a barrier to good tuition.
Tutors are available evenings, weekends and during normal office hours. This means that you can choose a fantastic tutor that fits in with your family’s schedule, such as Lee.
Approved Tutors create their own profile web page and they have the opportunity to upload references, proof of qualifications, ID, DBS certificate, state their hourly rates and outline their experience and past results which is subsequently verified by the administration team. This means you can see at a glance who has verified documents and the experience to teach the subjects they offer.
Working as a private tutor
There are thousands of tutors across the UK and there has never been a better time to put your own academic or career success to good use and become a tutor. Tutors have the job satisfaction of helping others achieve their academic and career goals and set their own hourly rate so there are high earnings on offer. If you are looking for a job role that is both rewarding and flexible, perhaps around your family commitments, then tutoring might be the ideal role for you. Tutorials are typically after 4pm or at weekends so tutoring is also a second income stream well worth consideration.
To work as a private tutor teaching an academic subject e.g. maths or English then you must have a qualification in the subject(s) at a level higher than the level you want to teach and be familiar with the current curriculum for the subject. Also if you are going to teach under 16s then you should obtain a DBS certificate via your local council.
There is also high demand to teach English as a second language, foreign languages and professional skills like accountancy or software development for which it is experience that counts for more than academic qualifications.
If you have the qualifications or experience and want to share your knowledge or experience then working as a private tutor is a fantastic way to potentially make £1000s extra per year. Tutors typically charge £20 to £60 per tutorial, depending on the subject and level they teach and their area. Full time tutors earn between £30,000 and £60,000 per year.
A popular tutor on Approved Tutors can expect around 250 enquiries per year and if you register today you could have your first pupil referral in as little as 24 hours.
Approved Tutors are self-employed, are paid directly by the parents or student and responsible for their own tax and national insurance.
You will need to register as self employed with HMRC, to ensure that you can declare the additional money that you are making. You should keep track of all income and expenditure and then file a tax return at the end of each tax year to pay any tax and national insurance due.
If you are going to be tutoring a pupil in your home, or visiting their home, then public liability insurance is a must. You will want a policy to help cover yourself against any injury or damage claims.