http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/201 ... oring-boom
I have to agree most parts in the article..expecially "parents on low incomes and ethnic minority families who are making substantial sacrifices to give their children extra academic help. "
I am one of the parent who did take my ds to 3 teachers last year (for eleven plus) and found out that they are more interested in the monetary part of it then to teach ( no teaching was required, only guide) my son. Out of 3 teachers,
Don't get me wrong - I have not problems if the tuition is being taught by a Teacher who has experience teaching childrens, as Tuition is un-regulated most of the time, it will be done by a parent who has got experience tutoring for his/her kid and took up tutoring as another source of income. We should keep in mind that the Tutors could undermine, as well as build, a child's confidence.
It only takes a few classes to know if the teacher is making an impact on the child or not, as my DS made it very clear that the tuition which we are paying is a waste as the tutor is not teaching anything new which he does not know, but making use of bond papers.
For Eleven plus, I can conclude that children need to have lots of practise/encouragement from parents on the subjects which is being tested and dont require Tutors who charge way too much for their services.