We consider the benefits of using a tutoring agency to find a great English, Maths, Science or SEN tutor.
Wondering if you should hire a tutor through an agency?
We consider what tutoring agencies offer and let you decide.
Should I use a tutoring agency?
This is a follow up to our blog on tips for finding a great tutor. I wanted to address a common question from parents. Is it better to hire a private tutor directly? Or should I use a tutoring agency?
Private tutor or tutoring agency?
Hiring a private tutor yourself can be cheaper. So why should parents consider using a tutoring agency? Before answering this, it is worth providing some background.
Tutoring is an unregulated industry. Anyone can therefore become a tutor. This is regardless of qualifications, experience or competence. While a parent may find a great tutor, individual tutors cannot process background checks (DBS checks). While they can do so through a membership body (e.g. the Tutors’ Association), this is expensive. Many private tutors don’t therefore have DBS checks.
Private tutor directory websites
Many private tutors are listed on “private tutor directory” websites. Some of these sites have thousands of tutors. Parents can therefore browse many profiles. Sites vary though with the checks (if any) they perform. A quick search of the terms of one popular site indicates:
There are some great tutors on these sites. Yet, there are no guarantees that profiles are accurate or any reviews are genuine. These sites also cannot process DBS checks and do not require them. This means you could select a wholly unsuitable tutor.
Types of tutoring agencies
Tutoring agencies, which introduce clients to tutors, vary notably. They can be grouped by the level of service offered:
Benefits of using a tutoring agency
Hiring a tutor through a tutoring agency generally provides the following benefits:
Benefits of using a premium or bespoke tutoring agency
Premium or bespoke tutoring agencies generally provide further benefits, including:
So, should I use a tutoring agency?
A drawback of using an agency is that it typically costs more. Many parents feel this is justified by the peace of mind a good agency brings. A parent will need to make their own judgement, however. They should consider the specific needs of their child and their personal circumstances in making this important decision. They should also consider the specific benefits a particular agency provides.
At Bright Heart, we are always happy to discuss what is best for parents. We offer a free, no obligation in-person consultation. Please feel free to get in touch with us. We plan to write more on the topic of DBS checks in a future blog.
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