Such a development would be controversial with many teachers and heads in both state and independent schools. There have been repeated complaints from headteachers in recent months about parental anxiety about school tests, entrance exams and university admission fuelling a boom in private tuition.
In April, Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul's Girls School in London, said all tutors should be required to register with the schools which their pupils attend, so that all parties can work together. Her view did not find favour with tutors in today's poll, however, with 58 per cent disagreeing with her remarks.
Tutors overwhelmingly believe one-to-one tuition is helpful for state schools in teaching gifted and talented pupils or children who are struggling and need additional support. A massive 95 per cent agreed with this proposition.
Summary of key points
-- 71% think requiring tutors to hold a university degree might exclude quality tutors-- 69% believe requiring tutors of children over the age of 11 to have subject-specific degrees is too inflexible-- 94% think many excellent private tutors will decide not to join the association-- 67% say no parents have raised concerns about quality in the private tuition industry-- 56% think current regulation of the tuition industry is sufficient and no self-regulation is required-- 56% do not think the new tutors' association could be "an independent arbiter of the quality of private tuition"-- 56% do not think the association as currently proposed would ensure higher standards-- 62% of tutors think there is a need for an association to set and maintain industry standards-- 52% are happy that the Centre for Market Reform of Education are behind the initiative, while 48% are unhappy-- 62% agree that with new association's aim of using self-regulation to give the private tuition market greater access to opportunities in state schools-- Only 13% of those surveyed currently do any tutoring work in state schools but of those who do not 65% would like to be able to do so-- 59% disagree with Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul's Girls' School who said in April that all tutors should be required to register with the with the schools which their children attend, so that all parties can work together.
Notes to Editors
1. The online poll of 500 private tutors was carried out for thetutorpages.com during late June and early July 2013.
2. The Tutor Pages - www.thetutorpages.com - is the UK's leading tuition website and allows parents and students to contact private tutors for free.
3. Nine out of ten (90 per cent) private tutors who completed the online poll have university degrees and just under half (44 per cent) have qualified teacher status (QTS). Nearly half (49 per cent) have other relevant teaching or coaching qualifications in music and other performing arts, sports, teaching English as an additional language, accountancy, law and a wide range of other vocational subjects.
4. Of the tutors polled, 88 per cent tutor secondary aged pupils, 59 per cent primary, 9 per cent nursery and pre-school, and 74 per cent adults.
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