Who are they?
Tel: 020 3143 3223 / 07941 047594
Email: [email protected]
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.
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.
So she took herself off to night school, gained an A level in English and then whistled through a part-time degree in English and history at Middlesex University in just three and a half years, not bad going given that she was also raising young children at the time. A career in teaching beckoned, but proved a mixed and often stressful experience. So when parents kept asking her to give their children extra support in English and to recommend maths tutors, turning it into a paid career was the answer – and the company was born in 2009.
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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: ‘We have families that stay with us throughout their children’s upbringing – then we look after their own children. This really does happen, with generations of the same family having worked with us.’ ‘Having a small register, we know our tutors personally. Some have been with us for many years which helps greatly in matching clients and tutors appropriately.’
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."
Review snapsot: Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university level (‘but we hold our hands up if we can’t help, for instance we recently had to turn down a tutoring request from a property development student,’ says Matthew). Specialist subjects currently span biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English language, English lit, geography, history, RE, philosophy and ethics, psychology, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, PE, business studies and economics. Small amount of 11+ and 13+ also on offer from non-teacher trained tutors.