Tutoring Complements Teaching

Due to the launch of the National Tutoring Programme to help pupils who’s learning may have been affected by the pandemic, tutoring opportunities have become more widely available.

Here are some of the ways that tutors can work alongside teachers to provide the best outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Additional qualified resource

Many tutors (all registered with Opus Teach) already have a formal teaching qualification and partake in tutoring in their spare time. This may range from retired teachers to supply teachers and part-time permanent staff who all have a knowledge of the curriculum and teaching experience.

Just an hour a week of extra tuition, that complements in class learning, provides a chance to focus on a pupil’s area of weakness and turn it into a strength and an area of confidence, by teaching using specific methods that the child responds well to.

1:1 learning

When working with a class of 30, it can be understandably difficult for teachers to have the capacity to work on an individual level with each pupil.  Tutoring allows for the foundations of the knowledge taught in the lesson to be explored further and fully understood by the pupil, giving the chance for them to ask extra questions and learn in a style that suits them. This can help the child feel more confident in the subject moving forwards and gain a better understanding during classes.

Joined – up approach

Tutors can and are encouraged to work with the schools where possible to specifically understand the methods taught within that school and their marking policies. This will ensure continuity and limit confusion for the pupil. It is important that this is understood for the tutor to be able to teach the pupil appropriately and ensure that the session is an expansion of the lesson, not just a sporadic extra hour of learning.

Building teaching skills

For tutors, tutoring can improve your teaching significantly. You can understand a range of children’s individual learning needs in depth, increase your own curriculum knowledge and specialise in specific year groups.

You could choose to tutor one or two year groups and really specialise in your knowledge, or you could tutor across the primary age range or secondary which will allow you to gain a further understanding on the development of children’s education and how you can support this through teaching different age groups.

Another benefit for tutoring is the flexibility. Similarly, to supply teaching, you can make your work suit your home life. You can choose to have days designated for tutoring, or just one hour a week, the choice is yours. However, it is important to note that work can be unpredictable and not always guaranteed.

Tutoring complements teaching for both tutors, pupils and schools. It is an opportunity that should be taken up by both pupils, schools and educational professionals when given the chance as there are a huge amount of benefits to it. If you are looking for a tutor or would like to become a tutor, please get in touch with Opus Teach for our designated professional tutoring service by clicking here.

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