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Paying for Private Tuition

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 16 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Private Tuition - We Look At Its

Private tuition lessons are not just for school students. Often they are attended by people from all walks of life, including secondary school students, anyone with an exam coming up, undergraduates and people who are working. Private tuition is even available for pre-school students.

Private tuition usually involves a qualified tutor coming to your home to give a lesson for an hour or an hour and a half. Occasionally you or your child may go to their home. Many private tutors provide tuition for businesses and will work with employees in-house.

Private tuition usually takes place on a one-to-one basis, or with a maximum of two students. If you’re considering private tuition for your child you will usually be able to sit in on the lessons, at least at first.

Why use Private Tuition?

The parents of pupils who are struggling at school will often pay for their children to attend private tuition lessons to help them catch up and keep up at school. If your child is primary age you’ll be able to find tutors who cover all subjects but if your child is secondary age tutors will be experts in certain subjects so you would need a different tutor for each subject that you want tuition with.

Parents often pay for tuition fees for their children when exams are coming up. There is more pressure than ever for children to perform well in exams now and private tuition can give students confidence and help them revise thoroughly.

Pupils who want to get into a particular university or grammar school often take private tuition lessons. Some top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge hold extremely competitive entrance exams and other universities will demand outstanding A-level results for a place.

University students who want to do well or are having some difficulties may hire a private tutor. Private tutors at this level will often be professors or PhD students and their higher fees will reflect this.

Businesses may hire a private tutor to come in and to work with staff on a certain area. Similarly, individual employees might hire a private tutor themselves. It is not uncommon for a private tutor to be hired if someone has to go abroad on business and wants to get a grounding in the language before they go.

How Much Does Private Tuition Cost?

Private tuition fees are not cheap. Depending on the subject and the level rates are set at around £20-£30 per hour. More popular subjects may cost more because the demand for tutors is higher. The most popular subjects generally are Maths, English, Science and French.

Primary rates will usually be lower than secondary rates and degree level tuition will be the highest. Rates also vary around the country and are obviously highest in the South. There is an extremely high demand for tutors in Cambridge for example, owing to the prestige of Cambridge University, so rates are higher there.

Private tuition students usually take one or two lessons a week.

Help with Private Tuition Fees

The cost of private tuition fees excludes many families from being able to afford them.

In May 2007 Alan Johnson, education secretary at the time, announced that the government is making plans to make extra provision for private tuition for students who can’t currently afford it. He pledged that 10 hours of extra tuition in key areas such as Maths and English will be made available to the bottom 5% of pupils. This would benefit up to 600,000 students.

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@mum&Son - @Amber - it's pretty impossible to get funding for extra tuition. I don't know of anyone who has ever received this. You might get it through school but not privately :(
AJ - 17-Oct-17 @ 10:17 AM
Hello, I would like to know if it is possible to be able to get funding for my son to help with his English (more) and Maths. He no longer attends school due to ongoing health and safety circumstances. We would appreciate any help given. Thank you K and L
mum&Son - 16-Oct-17 @ 2:36 AM
Hi, I'm currently 17 and will be studying at college level 3 science in Septmebe 2016, I need private tuition, I have long term health condition and also receive DLA, is there any chance I could get funding for my Private tuition? Thanks
Amber - 29-Apr-16 @ 3:06 PM
Sam - Your Question:
HiMy Son is 13 years old and attends a local high school. He has been statmented when in his was in primary school. He struggles with maths and English. He was diagnosed with ADHD and motor ticks two years ago and has been on medication since. The school I feel are not meeting his needs and he would benefit hugely to extra tutoring. I would pay for this myself if I was in a position to do so , but unfortunelty I am a single mother of 4 children , I do work as a staff nurse however I only have 28.5 hours As this allows me to have work life balance.Would I be able to apply for assistance for my Son Kind regardsSam

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to the school to see if it has extra funding funded by the pupil premium, which allows for tuition.
FundingEducation - 29-Feb-16 @ 11:48 AM
Hi My Son is 13 years old and attends a local high school . He has been statmented when in his was in primary school . He struggles with maths and English . He was diagnosed with ADHD and motor ticks two years ago and has been on medication since . The school I feel are not meeting his needs and he would benefit hugely to extra tutoring . I would pay for this myself if I was in a position to do so , but unfortunelty I am a single mother of 4 children , I do work as a staff nurse however I only have 28.5 hours As this allows me to have work life balance . Would I be able to apply for assistance for my Son Kind regards Sam
Sam - 28-Feb-16 @ 10:04 AM
Can I get funding from the government for home tutoring my child
annie - 12-Jan-16 @ 10:18 AM
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