Skip to main content

< Boarding Schools Dorset Guide Nurseries >

Portland Bill Lighthouse, DorsetTutoring isn’t as prevalent in Dorset as in London and the south east but families sometimes use tutors for discrete needs – such as providing support for maths at key stage 2 and giving extra help for GCSE subjects like maths and the sciences. Some families use tutors to help children prepare for the grammar schools, often opting for online tuition or enlisting locally retired teachers.

Our article on finding a tutor contains helpful information for families considering private tuition for their children. In the aftermath of the pandemic online tutoring has become far more widespread, which enables parents to look beyond their local area – you may want to consider one of the 60+ tutor agencies we review for this, ranging from Fleet Tutors and Hyde Tutoring, both of which specialise in online tutoring. Increasingly, tutor agencies provide specialised help eg SENsational Tutors (SEN), Air Maths Tuition (maths only) and Keystone Tutors (unusually, grows its own tutors). Kumon offers English and maths tuition at its study centre in Bournemouth while Kip McGrath’s Bournemouth branch offers online tuition. 

< Boarding Schools Dorset Guide Nurseries >

Most popular Good Schools Guide articles

  • Special educational needs introduction

    Need help? Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+. Special Educational Needs Index

  • The Good Schools Guide International

    Find top international, British, IB and American schools in over 40 countries. The Good Schools Guide International publishes impartial and forthright reviews of international schools across the world.

  • Grammar schools best value added

    We examined the value-added from KS2 to GCSE for 2022 to see which state selective grammar schools added the most value to their offspring. A note of caution - the more highly selective a grammar school, the less scope there will be to add value.

  • Grammar schools in the UK

    Grammar schools are state-funded, academically selective senior schools. The education a child receives at grammar school is paid for by the state unlike at private schools which provide education for a fee. There are currently around 163 located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. Northern Ireland has a further 67 grammar schools, but there are none in Wales or Scotland. A word of caution: there are private schools that have the word 'grammar' in their name but this is purely for historical reasons. 

  • Music, drama and dance at Performing Arts schools

    At specialist music, dance or performing arts schools, the arts aren't optional extras. They’re intrinsic to the school curriculum. Students are expected to fit in high level training and hours of practice alongside a full academic provision. It's a lot to ask any child to take on, but for those with exceptional performing ability this kind of education can be transformative.

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
☑ Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,200 schools
☑ Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

Buy Now

GSG Blog >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.


Our most recent newsletter: