Far too much much of a 'one size fits all' philosophy to teaching, with work largely targeted to the 'lower end' of ability, where few pupils hadn't much chance of passing anyway.
That's certainly true, but at the same time, when I hear about tutors who refuse to teach children who are not 'bright enough', it does astound me! For me, the job of a tutor is to take a pupil from where he/she is and help him/her to flourish... with a pass or not at the end.
Am I wrong in thinking that way? Is it right for a tutor to refuse a child after having tested a child beginning of year 5? I think it is right if he tells the parents that the child may not have a lot a chance of passing but he will help him/her nevertheless. Or he/she might refuse pupils before any test taken just because she/he has no more places.
But I feel it is 'wrong' to refuse a child because his/her level is not adequate... And this is the reason why I am not too much interested in a tutor's 'pass rate', because it depends on the level of his pupils. It is sure that if a tutor just choose to teach the pupils who are bright and doing well at school, his pass rate will be higher than a tutor who do not do such a selection!
If this hadn't been possible, I would have found a private tutor, and I would advise others to do the same - particularly if there are issues in English, which really does need a more tailored approach.
I totally agree with you... but it is not so easy to find a tutor!!! One can't always rely on what other people say. I remember when we arrived in Birmingham, some people recommanding us a secondary school where - really - I would not have liked my DD to go to!!! But for them, it was like getting the 'best girls school ' (it is a comprehensive). And recently, they were so happy that one of their friens DC had one or two As and a few Bs at GCSEs. Well , grammar school pupils get MANY A and A* and a few B, if not zero B!! They couldn't see that this particular child wouldn't be able to study at Birmingham uni for example where the requirements are rather high (at least for the competitve courses, I don't know for the others
). However, the GCSEs results of that particular child might have been veru exceptional in the school he attends... So it might really be an excellent achievement for that child due to the environment he is into!
Standards are very different from one person to the other... and it is all very confusing!
Hopefully, we are a bit like-minded people on this forum!!