Private tuition fees in the UK – statistics

January 30th, 2016, 0 Comments


The Tutor Pages is now making available its annual data on how much private tutors are charging in the UK. The average cost of tuition is broken down for different categories (academic, languages, music etc) and is compared to the previous year. Please see the private tuition fees page for details.

Private tuition fees are an interesting topic, bearing in mind that fees can vary due to a multitude of factors such as a tutor’s experience, qualifications and track record, the level taught (such as GCSE, A-level or university) as well as the cost of travelling and whether the tuition is carried out online or in-person.


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Explore Learning in the European Business Awards: cast your vote

January 27th, 2016, 0 Comments

Explore Learning – one of the UK’s leading providers of extra tuition for five to 14-year olds – has picked up the ‘Customer Focus’ award at the European Business Awards.

More than that, however, they competing against other UK-based companies for the title of ‘National Public Champion’ in the same awards. If you’ve had good experience with Explore Learning, be sure to vote for them here:

Voting is open until 26th February 2016, and the company with the most votes will be named ‘National Public Champion’ for the UK on 7th March 2016.

The second phase will see the National Public Champions from 32 different countries compete against each other to become the overall European Public Champion. The voting for this final stage will take place between 7th March and 26th April 2016.

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All UK private tuition centres to register with Ofsted?

December 15th, 2015, 1 Comment

Last week the BBC reported on ‘illegal schools’: in other words, private tuition centres which, despite teaching for more than 20 hours a week, were not registered with Ofsted.

Current rules mean that if a tuition centre is teaching for more than 20 hours a week, it must register with Ofsted. Although centres teaching for fewer hours do not need to register, the government is now consulting on plans to regulate centres which teach for more than 6 to 8 hours a week. Apparently, ‘the government consultation on further regulation runs until mid-January’, so there’s little time left for anyone who objects to make their views known.

Rather ominously, according to the BBC, ‘It’s clear Sir Michael Wilshaw would prefer that all part-time tuition centres, flexi-schools and education centres are forced to close and apply for registration from scratch.’

Such a move would obviously impact on home education, and encroach on the basic rights that parents have to decide how to educate their children.

One Response to “All UK private tuition centres to register with Ofsted?”

  1. I think reporters have misunderstood and confused two different things especially in that particular BBC article. Till Ofsted forced their hand by publicising flagrant breaches of the law, the Government was reluctant to prosecute and let illegal schools carry on operating. There are SEPARATE proposals for light touch registration of part-time settings, which will almost certainly be a bit less light once they’ve finished but nothing on the scale of full time independent school registration. The establishments Ofsted wants closing down are the illegal full time schools.

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