Off2Class: English lesson plans for busy tutors

May 20th, 2015, 1 Comment

Off2Class

Being the founder of an elegant, no-nonsense website for private tuition, I was impressed when I came across Canada-based resource for English language tutors, Off2Class. Here’s why:

We believe that all high quality ESL teachers have the ability to generate independent income – independent of school administrators, school districts or online tutoring portals (www.off2class.com/about).

It’s rare for a company to celebrate the independence of tutors as their starting point. With that in mind, Off2Class has got to work in building a library of lesson content tailored for English conversation classes either face-to-face or online.

The idea is to help tutors reduce their preparation time, create a high quality learning experience and deliver a professional look for their business – without trying to monetize the tutor-student interaction itself. It’s a hands-off approach which strikes a chord with The Tutor Pages’ ethos.

English language tutors can trial Off2Class for 30 days, and then subscribe at low cost on a monthly basis if they like what they see.

The subscription doesn’t just include lesson plans: there are homework assignments for students, teacher notes and a clever system of tracking students’ progress.

What’s more, Off2Class have even dissected our recent report into online tuition in the UK, and pulled out the most useful findings for online ESL tutors. Bravo!

 

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What would tutors like from the next government?

April 28th, 2015, 0 Comments

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With the election just around the corner, I was asked by Music Teacher Magazine to offer my opinion on some of the things private tutors might like from the next government. Here’s the contribution:

‘61% of those working in artistic, media and literary occupations are independent, self-employed professionals. The UK Government has traditionally failed to recognize and support freelancers, but in recent years their numbers have grown massively. That’s why IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – has launched its manifesto calling for a better deal for the self-employed.

‘The Tutor Pages is a website which promotes independent music teachers and other kinds of private tutors. For this reason we support IPSE’s new manifesto, and would like the next government to take the self-employed seriously. This would mean, for example, simplifying the tax system for the self-employed, making it easier for them to invest in their own skills, and ensuring they have the same rights as employed workers when it comes to maternity and paternity pay.

‘There’s also a specific problem for private tutors we’d like to see the next government address – the ongoing difficulty self-employed individuals face in obtaining a DBS certificate.

Henry Fagg, Director, thetutorpages.com’

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UK Online Tuition: first ever indepth report

March 31st, 2015, 0 Comments

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I’m pleased to announce that The Tutor Pages has just published its groundbreaking research into online tutoring in the UK.  The report has been described by the President of The Tutors’ Association Tom Maher as ‘the first proper attempt to analyse the dynamics of the growing online tuition sector from a British perspective’.

Whether you’re a parent looking for an alternative to face-to-face tuition, or a teacher interesting in tutoring online, our report is full of insight. You can download it here for free:

www.thetutorpages.com/online-tuition

Based on a survey of almost 400 independent tutors, the report covers multiple aspects such as affordability, demand, technology, benefits and challenges.

You can also read our related press release, or engage in a discussion on the report in our Linkedin Group here.

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