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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:12 am 
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Hi,

I have been a tutor for many years but have now decided to teach groups max 4 children. I just wondered what I need in terms of insurance to do this? Also should I charge per half term rather just for each lesson?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:20 am 
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I have my insurance through Swintons, they werre very helpful, may be worth ringing them. Do you have liability insurance already? If so maybe your current company can help

As for fees I am having a similar thought after a couple of parents have cancelled lessons or just not turned up sometimes. Not all parents can afford to pay a chunk at a time though.

Am considering a written contract including fact that I reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:09 am 
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Yes me too, I think def worse a policy if they cancel esp in groups as need to know asap for lesson preperation etc.

I will call the company you suggested.

As I am not working in a school I do not have a current CRB check for teaching at home. I wonder if you can apply for one if you are not attached to a school?

Thanks, have millions of questions!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:17 am 
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yes, you can apply for a CRB check, I think it's round about £65.

My insurance is about £120


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:00 pm 
I used to suffer from parents cancelling at the last moment--child was suddenly sick--or announcing they couldn't come that week because of birthday party, sports fixture etc.. One week towards Christmas, about 2 years ago, 50% of my parents failed to show and I'd had enough.

Now I make it very clear that I expect to be paid whether the child turns up or not but I allow a little flexibility, keeping a spare spot for any who absolutely have to change a lesson on a one-off basis due to illness or an important occasion. I shall also endeavour to have parents do a swap if I am warned early enough.

Since then I have had two years of full fees and only twice have I had parents paying for a lesson the child has not had, and neither parent has objected.

I only ask for the money weekly, however.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:07 pm 
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That's interesting fm. I need to do something, one parent failed to turn up on 3 occasions, despite having begged me to fit in one of the lessons


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:27 pm 
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Hi fm, did you get them to sign a policy?
While I think about it, do you ask the parents to buy their books etc?
Although have tutored for years, I have decided to step it up a gear so now planning to teach more after half term.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:15 pm 
I issued a clear statement of my fees and practices and had them fill in the other side with their details and sign.

It could be that I am fortunate in that there are a shortage of tutors here and so I can always fill a slot within a matter of days, should I part company with a pupil. Thus, I don't feel I have to put up with being 'messed about'. Parents may, in contrast, be hesitant to mess about a tutor, knowing there is a shortage.

Either that or I'm just plain scary!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:18 pm 
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would you mind sending pm me an outline of how you hav eset out your statement?

I'm trying to write one , but have blank page syndrome!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:30 pm 
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Would you mind copying me in too?
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