Your child may not yet be at the GCSE/A level boot camp stage but if you’re considering tutoring, read on. Whether you use a tutorial agency or rely on school gate recommendations, extra help comes at a price. Depending on the subject and where you live, an hour’s tuition can cost parents anything from £30 to £300 and beyond. We know parents of state school children who have paid for GCSE subject support from five or six separate tutors.
One told us: ‘We knew we couldn’t afford private school fees so it was always part of the plan to do this when it came to important exams.'
Other parents spoke of the intense competition to employ the local ‘top’ tutors. ‘The trouble is, once you hear other people are doing it you feel you have to as well, otherwise you could be letting your child down.’
Does your child need a tutor? When’s the best time to start? What should you realistically expect? We asked some independent tutors for their advice.
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