For the first time this year we surveyed schools on how they interact with paid-for private tuition, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Findings show a number of secondary school teachers have taken on paid-for private tuition outside of the classroom, with most having done so after direct contact with parents. This highlights the importance parents place on tutoring.
In addition, ‘Private Tuition 2019’ reveals findings from our annual barometer of how prevalent private tuition is in England and Wales. Conducted by Ipsos MORI, we look at how common receiving private tuition has been over time and who is most likely to receive this extra help.
- To level the playing field outside of the classroom, the Trust is recommending that more one-to-one and small group tuition is provided through Pupil Premium spending, but that the government should look at providing sustainable funding for access to tuition, potentially through a means-tested voucher scheme.
- Tutors should be experienced and well-qualified (not all tutors have specific teaching qualifications).
- It is crucial that schools themselves are resourced adequately to provide a quality education to all pupils regardless of background – evidence from the EEF suggests that good teaching skills are crucial in improving the attainment of disadvantaged students, who often lag behind their advantaged peers.
- The Trust would also like to see more private tuition agencies provide a certain proportion of their tuition to disadvantaged pupils for free, as well as an expansion of non-profit and state tuition programmes that connect tutors with disadvantaged schools. Agencies like Tutorfair, MyTutor and Tutor Trust operate innovative models in this area.