The number of youngsters receiving private tutoring in subjects such as maths, English and the sciences has risen by more than a third in the past decade as parents seek help for their children for GCSEs and school entrance exams, new research has shown.
According to the Sutton Trust, a social mobility charity, the proportion of 11 to 16-year-olds in England and Wales who have been given extra tuition at some point in their lives rose from 18 per cent in 2005 to 25 per cent in 2016. In London, the figure is significantly higher at 42 per cent.
Once considered the preserve of only the wealthiest or most ambitious parents, the culture of tutoring is becoming more mainstream. The prevalence of intensive preparation for grammar school entrance exams has caused particular controversy: a 2013 study of pupils in south-east England by the Institute of Education found that 72 per cent of first-year grammar school pupils had been tutored for their entrance test. The Sutton Trust now estimates the British private tuition market to be worth £2bn a year. Read more