We have visited Gabbitas’s offices. In addition, 19 clients and 19 tutors have completed an on-line survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Gabbitas Educational Consultants Ltd
This grandmother of all tutor agencies – and far more besides - has a staff of over 50 and offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as a Russian language desk within the UK head office. Tutoring has its own manager Kirsty Reed – it is either her or a tutor consultant that you’ll talk to if you have a straightforward tutoring query, with additional specialists on hand to deal with everything from a Russian speaking tutor to tutoring coupled with schools advisory . All this takes place in swish and roomy offices in St James’s, central London, where all staff are suited and booted and even tea-bags are displayed in a smart wooden box.
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: "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
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.
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