We have visited Able Tutors’ offices. In addition, 24 clients and 13 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to 54 clients and 50 tutors) and we have followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Able Tutors
You don’t get much from the Able Tutors website, particularly when it comes to its owner, Lynne Nathan, who doesn’t even rate a mention. But behind that anonymity, there’s a forceful personality with strong opinions on almost every aspect of education.
Lynne was an educational late starter. A reluctant office worker (‘you were expected to take a secretarial course and get married,’) she was permanently bored – as well as being aware of being cleverer than the people she worked for.
Review snapshot: This is the Innocent Drinks (as in smoothies) of the tutor world – run by bright young things that have come in and shaken up all the industry norms, resulting in a friendly, energetic, highly branded, internet-savvy company with a clear edge.
Review snapshot: ‘It’s on the more expensive side, particularly for more experienced tutors, but it’s absolutely my favourite. They’re honest, on the ball and have the best quality tutors,’ concluded another parent. read more
Review snapshot: ‘They won’t just tell you what you want to hear and take your money – they are realistic with you, and that includes bringing tutoring to an end if they feel it might become a crux or has run its course.’ read more
Review snapshot: "Founded in 2006 by Kate Shand who is committed, passionate, energetic and hugely likeable. Clearly on a mission to deliver a top quality service to her clients – and her tutors – Kate is eloquent on the personal nature of the tutor-client-agency relationship and has a positively moral take on what she sees as her job." read more
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