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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:51 pm 
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DS is in year 10 and has asked me to find him an English tutor. I offered to help him myself but he declined, pointing out he’d rather have someone who understands the gcse process. I asked his teacher but she suggested I google. I did so, there are loads of websites but I’m a bit nervous of just finding someone over the internet. Any recommendations on finding someone who is competent, and safe? Thank you. We are in Merton south London.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:59 pm 
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DS is in year 10 and has asked me to find him an English tutor. I offered to help him myself but he declined, pointing out he’d rather have someone who understands the gcse process. I asked his teacher but she suggested I google. I did so, there are loads of websites but I’m a bit nervous of just finding someone over the internet. Any recommendations on finding someone who is competent, and safe? Thank you. We are in Merton south London.

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And his teacher didn't indicate what assistance is available to him in school...?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Thanks toad mum. She did send back an email outlining how she felt he was progressing in English, and which areas he needs to work on. She ended by saying he can find her outside of class time if he has any questions.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 pm 
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hopoe wrote:
Thanks toad mum. She did send back an email outlining how she felt he was progressing in English, and which areas he needs to work on. She ended by saying he can find her outside of class time if he has any questions.


Then personally, I would play the grown up (and holder of the purse strings :)) here and tell my DS to avail himself of what he is being offered for free, before I even considered paying for outside intervention.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:53 pm 
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Do you have a local Facebook group you can ask on to see if some people have personal experience of a good local tutor? Trouble is, finding someone with spare capacity is not going to be easy.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:44 pm 
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Thanks for your answers. Toadmum, I'm generally one for tough love, but in this case I don't mind considering a tutor, if only for a defined no of sessions. Not least because little brother has recently had a huge amount of effort invested in his education with the weekly sessions to help him with the 11 plus exam. I know I could help him, and he has accepted help from me quite well but ideally an outsider could be useful to bring some new perspectives and techniques.
I'm not on Facebook, but DH is so I'll ask him to put something out there.
What are good questions to ask when you are considering someone as a tutor? I'm assuming good knowledge of the curriculum, essay writing techniques, setting reading lists. Anything else I should look for?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:48 pm 
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You probably want to start with the things the teacher has identified as development needs. To be honest, I'm with TM on this - it's not just about not spending when you don't have to, it's that the teacher genuinely knows your son's weaknesses and how best to improve. And you know they are qualified to teach the subject and dbs checked.


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Agree with KCG and TM - in addition, many tutors are NOT up to speed with the new Engish curriculum so go with the help the school can give.

Teachers have access to a huge number of resources on Exam board websites which only they can access.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:13 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
Agree with KCG and TM - in addition, many tutors are NOT up to speed with the new Engish curriculum so go with the help the school can give.

Teachers have access to a huge number of resources on Exam board websites which only they can access.


However, on the subject of exam board websites, presumably either you or you DS have downloaded the relevant spec and all the publicly accessible resources from whichever one he is doing?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:45 pm 
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To be honest no I haven’t. But I just found AQAs site and am looking at it. I showed DS the teacher’s email and he said he is going home to go and talk to her tomorrow.


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