Who are they?
Choice Home Tutoring Ltd
Emmanuel Parish Centre
Barlow Moor Road
Tel: 0161 446 4157 (office) / 07527 377502 (Jo) / 07715661734 (Colin)
Email: [email protected]
We have met Choice Home Tutoring staff. In addition, 36 clients and 32 tutors have completed an online survey.
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.
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Review snapshot: A highly branded, tech-savvy, energetic tutor agency run by bright young things who have come in and shaken up industry norms. A company with a clear edge and one we would particularly recommend for home schooling.
Review snapshot: Tutors were consistently rated good or very good; a rating of average was as low as it got and even here numbers were relatively small. While there’s not much by way of formal training for tutors, resources are in ample supply – Lynne is on the must-invite list of every major examining board’s…
Areas covered: North west London locals make up the vast majority of the clientele - mostly in N14, N12, N3, N2, NW3, NW4, NW11, NW2, NW9, NW7 and HA8. Online tutoring has widened the company’s reach to include Cardiff, Nottingham, Potters Bar and even Cyprus…
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: "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.