We have met Choice Home Tutoring staff. In addition, 36 clients and 32 tutors have completed an online survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Choice Home Tutoring
When Jo Murphy (BA in human movement studies from Leeds, PGCE from Loughborough) gave up teaching to be a full-time mum to three, she caught wind of how tricky local parents were finding it to get a decent tutor. The potential benefits of starting up the surprisingly unusual beast of a Manchester-based tutor agency were not wasted on her – a home-based, work-around-the-kids, nice little earner directly relating to her passion for education and helping the local community. Bingo – although these humble beginnings from 2011 bear little resemblance to today’s agency, which provides around 150 tutors to over 500 families a year. As such, Choice is now an office-based (albeit attached to an Irish church in Didsbury – the church hall proving handy for workshops) and provides full-time work (and some) not just to Jo, but her husband Colin (BSc in sports science and PGCE, both from Loughborough) and Gill Palmer, whose degree in business studies made her the ideal candidate for all things admin – everything from handling tuition records to customer payments.
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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