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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:06 pm 
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Hi everyone

Maybe there is a separate thread on the forum but I wondered if anyone has a few thoughts about the types of questions to ask when talking to and selecting a tutor...?

We are based in Kent so do maths, VR, and NVR. We thought of the following questions but wanted people's thoughts and feedback:

*how do you initally assess pupils?
*what sucess / failure stories do you have?
*can we request references from previous parents?
*how to you plan and run each lesson?
*what homework do you set?
*how do you plan to ensure all subjects are covered over the year?
*how do you split the work between maths, VR, and NVR during a lesson?
*what is the split between actual teaching and pupils answering questions?
*when do you introduce the multiple choice format which is used in the actual exam?
*what shortcuts can you teach to save time?
*how do you teach exam time management?
*how do you monitor progress and feedback to parents?
*how do you motivate and raise confidence in a pupil?

Many thanks in advance and look forward to hearing people's thoughts.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:02 pm 
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Good list of questions.

Are you CRB/Ofstead checked? (and ask for evidence)

Also, prospective tutor must have knowledge about the local schools, 11+ process in that area, important dates (eg, registering for 11+) etc.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:43 pm 
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pheasantchick wrote:
Are you CRB/Ofstead checked? (and ask for evidence)

Also, prospective tutor must have knowledge about the local schools, 11+ process in that area, important dates (eg, registering for 11+) etc.

Does anyone have any other useful questions to ask potential tutors?

Many thanks


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:13 pm 
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How much do you charge!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:44 pm 
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Do you actually know what is in the 11 plus exam?

I am in Warwickshire and am staggered that so few seem to understand that the 11 plus exam changed here several years ago. Even tutors do not seem to know.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:11 pm 
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I think this is one of the most important things a tutor should know, i.e how the system in his/her area works inside out!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:03 pm 
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pheasantchick wrote:
Good list of questions.

Are you CRB/Ofstead checked? (and ask for evidence)

Also, prospective tutor must have knowledge about the local schools, 11+ process in that area, important dates (eg, registering for 11+) etc.


Tutors may not be CRB checked as you can't apply for one as an individual so they would only have one if they were in employment/volunteering in a position which required one I think


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:49 am 
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If you are paying them. then they are in employment, so they would need to be CRB checked. Child-minders are individuals and they are CRB checked.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:30 pm 
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But childminders are registered and inspected via Ofsted. You are not employing your tutor-they will be self-employed and responsible for their tax, insurance etc. Otherwise you would be responsible for organizing their CRB checks etc.

I fully confess to no specialist knowledge here, but I'm not sure there is an easy route here for tutors. Many tutors are teachers so will have a CRB check through their work


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:04 pm 
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viewtopic.php?f=7&t=15964&p=192597&hilit=crb+self+employed#p192597

Info. here on how self-employed tutors can get a CRB via an "umbrella" organisation. Some do, some don't, others use existing CRB which is technically not valid for one to one tuition. Sometimes you have to make your own judgement.

Going further, who has ever bothered to check a CRB, or asked to see one, or could tell a fake? I haven't! Is there an accessible public record?

In the course of my business I do check VAT numbers, company reg. nos., etc, etc and then trust my nose with a tutor. :? I guess I am always around during tutor sessions, always at our house and so that is my safety net.


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