Hope all the oh-so-big but oh-so-little Y7s enjoy their first steps into their secondary school life.
DC is ready and eager for tomorrow's GS start.
We were DIY only, and it paid off handsomely for us but I think most DC/parents are better served by formal tutoring, and personally I think tutors do a fabulous job. They clearly satisfy a demand, and more power to their elbow!
DIY Tutoring is great and effective if you are able to spare the time and have that kind of working relationship with your child. For us formal was better because then any resistance wasn't directed at us. Wasn't because I think a formal tutor could do any better than we could. As you say, tutoring is tutoring, DIY or paid tutor, still tutoring and can deliver a lot of bang for your buck if you can do it yourself.