When selecting a tutor to work with your children, it is crucial to make sure you have thoroughly researched and are fully informed about all possible options before making any decisions about tutoring; especially for a primary school aged child.
Below, I will review some of the key reasons why people choose to hire tutors or get extra help for their children while they are in primary school. We will then look at the options available to you for as next steps.
At LS Tuition we’ve been providing one to one tutoring to primary school pupils for many years. We cater for children aged 5-12 between Primary 1/Reception (KS1) and Primary 7/Year 6 (KS2). We also work with children with additional support needs and have the experience and resources necessary to ensure all learners are meeting their full potential and feel supported in doing so.
This article will discuss the different types of primary school tutoring available for parents, and how to choose the best form for your child’s needs.
This page will tell you all you need to know about hiring a Primary School Maths Tutor or a Primary School English Tutor and how LS Tuition supports children and their parents. We recommend that you take the time to review the following guidance.
Is Primary School Tuition Right For My Child?
An old-fashioned view here is that tuition is mostly for children who require support to meet national expectations. My aim is to redefine the role tuition can play in a child’s life and demonstrate that the above is only one small aspect of what tuition can do for your family.
Of course, many parents do seek out tuition for children who may need support in understanding a particular learning area/concept; or for areas of missed learning due to the pandemic. However, there are also children who come for tuition specifically to be challenged further beyond the challenge-level they receive in school. These are children who are ready to take the next step in their learning and need an experienced professional to nourish their ability and natural curiosity.
One positive aspect born from the pandemic is that more parents are beginning to seek out tuition specifically to benefit the emotional health and wellbeing of their children.
These are children who may be capable of achieving academically, but whose own perception of themselves as learners hinders their progress. In this case, it is my job to
instil confidence, promote belief in themselves, and enable your child to feel powerful in themselves and their abilities.
Success should evolve with each individual child. Many parents seek tuition for short-term exam preparation; while others come to view tuition in the same way you might view any other extracurricular activity: long-term, ongoing, and a fundamental complement to mainstream schooling.
Which Type Of Tuition Would Be Best For Your Child?
Parents have various options for tutoring.
These are the most common forms of primary school tutoring:
- Online tutoring
- one-to-one tutoring
- centre-based tutoring
- face-to-face tutoring
Online tutoring is steadily becoming more popular. Although online tutors are just like traditional tutors, they can be accessed via programs such as Skype or our online learning platform – The LS Tuition Virtual Classroom. This can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. You get the same high-quality tuition and support as traditional tutoring, but the tuition is more convenient and fits around your busy home schedule.
LS Tuition has created an online learning classroom. The lessons are delivered by Lydia – a primary school specialist – who develops an individually tailored learning program to meet the learning goals of each student and in-keeping with curricular benchmarks.
A great alternative to those with poor internet connection or lack of access to a computer is centre or home-based primary school tuition.
One-to-one tutoring is the most popular and well-established form of tuition; and is a fantastic option for all children.
Online tutoring, and one-on-one tuition can be very effective together. This is what LS Tuition offers with our Primary School Tutoring service.
Face-to-face tutoring is exactly as it sounds: the tutor and the child work in the same place.
Before you make a decision about which primary school tutoring option to choose, what else should be considered?
What Is The Cost Of A Primary School Tutor?
These are the things to consider when calculating the cost of tutoring in primary schools.
Is the price quoted? Per hour or per lesson? What is the best way to get started?
Is there an additional commission that the tutor must pay?
Is there an additional cost for tutoring?
How much does it cost to transport your child to tutoring?
What length of lessons will the tutor take, and how often do they occur?
Different companies and tutors have different session lengths. It is important to understand how many sessions will take place and how long they will last. LS Tuition offers 60-minute lessons or longer, depending on your child’s age and concentration level.
It is a smart idea to think about what kind of lesson your child will prefer. Is your child able to concentrate for two or three hours? Can they focus for two or three hours? If not, is it possible to give them a break? Or are shorter sessions more effective?
It is also worth asking how each session will be broken down. Will being late only mean that your child misses the starter activity, or does it cut into the main lesson content?
Do You Find The Tuition Options Available To You And Your Children Convenient?
You should consider whether tutoring is a good fit for you.
Is it possible for the tutor to come to your home and tutor your child, or do they drive your child to their office/home? Are they willing to be flexible in case of unexpected problems? Will you have to pay extra if you miss a session? Are they likely to change, or will you have the same tutor?
Online tutoring, for example, means you do not need to travel far to offer your child one-on-one tuition. This is convenient for both you and your child. Your child can take part in tuition sessions in a setting that suits them best.
Because it is so flexible, online tutoring makes sense for primary school students.
Is Tutoring High-Quality?
You want to make sure that your selected Tutor is of the highest quality, no matter what form tuition takes. Referring to clients is the best way to confirm this.
It is important to assess the tutor’s reliability, the amount of years they have been teaching, the experience of the organisation, the like-ability of the tutor and whether you feel that the value the tutor provides is worth the money you spend.
LS Tuition has been teaching primary school students for many years with great success. We have taught over 600 hours of Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils in that time. Although it is unlikely that any other private tutor can match this experience, they should have at least a list of past successful students from primary schools and be able to provide references.
Are The Tutors Qualified And Trained?
To best assist your child, a Primary School Tutor should be an expert in the subject they teach. Before you hire a Tutor, it is important to find out if they are qualified and experienced in the field. Perhaps even more important, did they receive teacher training, such as a PGCE? Are they qualified teachers or Primary School Teachers? What about their professional training?
It is also important to determine if their qualifications match the level of teaching they are offering. While a university graduate may be capable of tutoring KS2 mathematics, is it the right match for your needs?
At LS Tuition, Lydia is a fully qualified Primary School Teacher, obtaining a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education.
What Lesson Content Is Provided By Your Primary School Tutors?
Your chosen tutor should help your child succeed in school and beyond. Your child’s tutor should be teaching according to the National Curriculum. This is especially important if your child is preparing for tests such as the SATs.
It’s also worth ensuring that they tailor their lessons to meet your child’s specific needs. Is the focus specifically tailored to your child’s strengths and developmental areas? Or is the Tutor following a standard model with unspecific resources?
It is just as important to know how a Tutor is teaching your child as what they are teaching them.
Establish Good Communication With Your Tutor
A good relationship between the Tutor and the student/the student’s family is the key foundation for a positive experience with Primary School Tutoring.
You want your child to feel safe and happy while they learn. But you also want to know what is happening. Third, Space Learning offers regular reports to parents on the child’s progress.
Although there is a lot to be covered, don’t feel overwhelmed. These ideas will help ensure that you find the perfect tutor for your child.
Here Are 5 Ways To Make Sure Your Child Has A Wonderful Time In Primary School Tutoring
Once you have your tutor in place, it is important to keep in touch and make the most out of it.
These five tips will help you monitor your child’s tutoring journey.
- Your child can learn how to prepare for tutoring sessions at primary school.
The tutor will control most of the events in tutoring sessions. There are some things you can do for your child to be ready to learn.
Good tutors will assign homework for your child between classes, just like teachers at school. It’s important to make sure you check your child’s homework and verify that they have done it.
- Set up your tutoring program right away
Set aside a space for online tutoring if you are home tutoring. It could be a table or a room. In good weather, it might even be a garden. The only thing that is important is that the tutoring session takes place in a quiet area.
Online tutoring requires strong internet connections. This will ensure that the tutoring session can continue uninterrupted.
Your child should have everything they need for the session, including pencils and paper, as well as something to drink and snack if the session will last a while.
- Keep in touch with your tutor
You should keep in touch with your tutor and their agency, if they have one. This allows you to stay in touch and helps you quickly spot any problems or issues.
Sometimes, your child may be more comfortable speaking to you when they are struggling than to their tutor.
- Keep an eye on your child’s progress.
While your tutor may give updates about your child’s progress occasionally, you can also be proactive and keep track of everything.
If possible, ask for proof of progress. This can be marked work or online reports. You can have a great relationship with your child’s teacher and talk to them about their progress at primary school. This will allow you to see if their tutoring sessions are paying off.
- You should be able to afford tutoring and still get value for money.
These tips and other things are all leading to the big question: Are you getting what you paid for?
You should be proud that your child is getting the help that they deserve, regardless of the cost.
It’s all about your child’s happiness.
All of these tips and considerations are designed to ensure that your child receives the best tutoring experience possible.
Your experience, and that of your loved ones, will be different. However, we hope this advice can help you make it a positive one instead.