We have met with British Home Tutors staff. In addition, 24 clients and 24 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to 91 clients and 61 tutors) and we have followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed.
The Good Schools Guide review of British Home Tutors
Founded and run by Tom Maher MA (economics and philosophy from Trinity) (late 50s), an economics teacher who worked for many years at MPW, where most of his first recruits came from back in 1996. Gentle, charmingly frank, with a lovely, soft, southern Irish tinge to his quietly humorous conversation, he runs BHT from his home. The most humbleOne of the most modest tutor company owners we’ve met by a long shot – quite somethingrefreshing in an industry not exactly known for its humility. Notable Genuine sense of the responsibility weighs on his shoulders – ‘if a parent rings whose daughter wants to be a medic and needs that all important A in chemistry, we can’t be sending just anyone.’ None of which this is lost on parents: ‘Tom listened, thought hard and came back with a plan – he was always available throughout the year with suggestions, empathy, feedback and wisdom,’ said one. ‘Could not have been more helpful and efficient.’ ‘Totally reliable, listens and makes an effort to find the best match for your child.’
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." read more
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