We have visited Trefoil Tutor’s offices. In addition, 11 clients and 10 tutors have completed an on-line survey. Of these, we carried out in-depth interviews with 5 clients and 4 tutors. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Trefoil Tutors
Vivek Gathani, who set up Trefoil when he was doing his PGCE at Oxford University, takes care of pedagogy. Meanwhile, his partner (in both senses), Milda Sabunaite, deals with the admin side of things – signing on tutors, managing contact with families etc. They both tutor – Vivek in maths for 8 years; Milda in English for 3 years. Vivek also spent 4 years as maths teachers at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (HABS), a role he only left in 2016 to give more time to Trefoil, where he is chief maths tutor. This came as good news to local parents, with one explaining, ‘He has quite a reputation as maths tutor extraordinaire.’
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