We have met with Education Boutique’s staff. In addition, 28 clients and 22 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to 148 clients and 45 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 tutor agency?
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‘I want to change the world,’ said founder Lucy Spencer BA QTS (early 30s) within five minutes of meeting us. Having done her teacher training at Oxford Brookes and clocking up class teacher experience in both UK and Dubai, she initially hoped her first head of year role would satisfy her desire to make a difference. But disappointment struck as she realised her teaching team didn’t seem to have anything like the fire in their bellies that she did. Moreover, she started to realise that ‘the current education system just isn’t fit for purpose for some children and by working in a school, I couldn’t do anything to address that.’ Consequently decided to leave teaching altogether and set up a tutoring company (‘not agency, please, as that has money grabbing connotations’) in 2016 with the aim of ‘gaining a platform from which to really impact the education of children.’ It was either that, she says, ‘or a career in politics’.
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Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures.
For updates on the medical situation, go to the World Health Organisation website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.
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