Our tutor assessment process is highly selective
1. Prospective tutors apply on our website with a CV, and answer detailed questions on their academic background and teaching experience.
2. Each and every application is reviewed by our office team. Applications are typically looked at by two team members, including at least one member of senior management.
4. The first part of the interview is a lesson which is prepared in advance by the tutor but needs to be adapted on the day according to the needs of the student. The student is one our assessors. Our team of assessors is made up of our longest-standing and highest-performing tutors. They are chosen by our Founding Director, Joe Hytner, who is a PGCE qualified teacher. Some assessors are school teachers; others are private tutors with thousands of hours of tutoring experience.
5. The second part of the interview is a self-assessment, in which the tutor is encouraged to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson they gave. This gives us an insight into the tutor's self-awareness and their ability to improve their own practice.
6. The third and final part of the interview is a general discussion about the tutor's teaching approach and beliefs. Alongside the lesson itself, this gives us a really good insight into the personality and teaching style of the private tutor in question.
7. Tutors who demonstrate outstanding teaching skill and an inspirational/engaging personality at interview are formally accepted onto our books. After background checking (see below), they can start being put forward to clients.
8. Once we have started introducing the tutor to clients, we listen very carefully to their client feedback, to ensure that they are continually meeting the highest standards.
We also conduct thorough background checks
Our tutors often tell us that we are more thorough and take greater care with our background checks than other agencies. We know our clients care deeply about this and that they expect nothing but the highest vetting, so we take it very seriously.
Checks consist of:
1. An ID check, to prove the tutor is who they claim to be and is allowed to undertake self-employed private tuition work in the UK.
2. A Qualifications check, to prove the tutor has genuinely obtained excellent academic credentials relevant to the subjects they will be tutoring.
3. A DBS (previously 'CRB') check, to ensure there is no criminal background making them unsuitable to work as a private tutor.
4. A Testimonials check, to get an outside perspective on the tutor's teaching skills, reliability and personality. Wherever possible we take these testimonials from their previous clients/students, or those who have observed the tutor teaching.