The proportion of tutored pupils in the UK has risen by more than a third over the past decade, from 18% in 2005 to 25% now. In London, 44% of pupils had private tuition or home tuition in 2015, compared with 34% in 2005.
To understand why private tuition has undergone such a phenomenal rise in recent years requires a recognition of the innate strength of learning in this manner. Private tuition offers a dynamic learning environment which can be tailored to suit the needs of the child. This is something which a normal schooling environment cannot offer, as the number of pupils being taught makes it very difficult to focus exclusively on the needs of any one child and adapt the style and content of the teaching accordingly.
Tuition also offers a forgiving environment in which children feel less apprehensive about expressing their own ideas and opinions and are given more time to grasp a topic or concept. This can lead to the student becoming more confident in their own abilities and therefore have a beneficial effect on their learning in school as well.
Another factor behind the increasing number of children getting tutored could be a growing awareness among parents of the global nature of competition for university places. As we move towards a knowledge-based economy it becomes ever more vital that children become proficient in subjects such as Maths, English and the Sciences.
Private tuition can be an effective tool in both guiding revision (especially over the holidays) for examinations and in providing extra attention to areas of the syllabus in which a child is having trouble. Indeed, one recent survey found that half of those who’d had tuition said that it had been in preparation for a specific examination and it is certainly true that students today must also contend with unprecedented testing – be it Common Entrance, GCSE, A-Levels or as students increasingly look to the USA to continue their education, the SAT. The SAT test required for application to US universities is a good example of where private tuition has been best suited to helping pupils prepare for an exam as very few schools offer assistance with this process and so tuition by those with knowledge of the SAT is often the best way to go for those interested in taking this route.