Your application to be a tutor will progress through a number of stages:
Once you have completed these stages of recruitment, you need to tell us your availability. We invite you to take on tuition assignments based on when you say you can work. We ask that you must work a minimum of 3 hours a week, but you're under no obligation to take on extra work beyond that minimum. Alternatively, you can take on as much work in as many different schools as you want.
When you are allocated a tuition assignment, there will be an initial meeting with the school. This meeting will provide you with all the information you need to begin tuition. After that, you are ready to start tuition!
This is entirely up to you; you can choose the work that fits around your studies and other commitments. Some tutors deliver tuition everyday in different schools and use tuition as their primary form of income, while others work in one school a week due to other commitments. There is no minimum or maximum requirement imposed on you but we do ask that you try to deliver at least 3 hours a week.
This varies according to the specifics of the assignment and the needs of the child. The vast majority of our tuition is delivered in schools but our work with Looked After Children (LAC) often takes place in their care/foster homes.
We pride ourselves on providing a flexible service, so we provide tutors whenever they are needed by a school. Tuition can take place at any time of the day; breakfast clubs before school, during the school day or after school. Occasionally we have work available at the weekend too. You will be free to apply for the tuition that suits you best. We only ask that once you take on an assignment that you commit to it every week.
Assignments can last for as long or short a period of time as a school needs. Some schools like to bring tutors in to work with their students for a limited time period (perhaps a term) while others like to use tutors throughout the year. When you have committed to a tuition assignment, we expect you to continue with it until its conclusion. Failure to do so can disrupt a student’s learning and has a highly negative impact.
The rate of pay for a tutor is highly competitive. You will receive a minimum of £10 per hour, which is higher than both the minimum and living wage. Rates of pay will vary from assignment to assignment and will always be advertised at the outset.
Absolutely, there is no age restriction. Our recruitment is aimed primarily at the Universities and the vast majority of our tutors are students or recently graduated. However we are more than happy to accept suitable applications from people in other walks of life.
Our schools are located across Greater Manchester and Leeds; some are located in the very centre of Manchester and Leeds, whilst others can be found in the outskirts of the cities we work in.
As of Spring 2015, we have also started tuition in Leeds.
We do not pay travel expenses to tutors. However we factor travel expenses into rates of pay, so you are not losing money when travelling to schools that are further away.
In the first instance we look to your GCSE grades. We ask that applicants to be Primary tutors have at least an A and B in English and Maths (in either combination). For Secondary tutors we ask that applicants have an A grade in the subject you wish to tutor.
If you do not have an A grade in your chosen subject but have an equivalent or higher qualification, we will still consider your application.
You do not have to pay for your own DBS check; this is provided for you by The Tutor Trust at no charge. However if you lose your DBS certificate before the 3 year period it covers, you will be required to pay for a replacement. If you already have a valid DBS with a minimum of 18 months left, that can be used. If you have a valid DBS with a minimum of 18 months remaining, it can be transferred to your work with The Tutor Trust.
For Primary qualifications requirements are now an A&B Grades for English and Maths (in any order)
If you are applying for a vacancy in the below fields of secondary tuition, you will need an A grade at GCSE (or an equivalent/higher qualification) in the subject(s) you wish to tutor:
If you are applying for primary tuition, which will involve tutoring numeracy and literacy, you will need an A grade at GCSE (or an equivalent/higher qualification) in Maths and English.
If you are applying to be a computer programming tutor, you will need an A grade in one of the core subjects (Maths, Science or English) and to detail your experience of working with computer programming.
The four competencies we use to assess applicants are:
You will be helping pupils to understand things that they have previously struggled with in class. We look for tutors that are innovative, imaginative and adaptable in their methods. You should be able to take into account how different students learn and communicate ideas in ways that are both clear and engaging for pupils.
You will be working with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and represent our organisation to head teachers, teachers and most importantly to pupils. Tutors need a non-judgemental, positive attitude and to demonstrate that they can quickly develop productive relationships with pupils and school staff.
We look for tutors that see challenge in a positive way. To help students understand a topic, you will need to adapt and vary your approaches. Pupils will require you to be both enthusiastic and patient. When faced with obstacles you will need to remain positive and have the ability to think on your feet.
As a Tutor Trust tutor you will need to demonstrate professionalism, manage your responsibilities and juggle your priorities. You will need to plan efficiently to meet deadlines and deliver successfully. It is essential that you keep the commitments you to make to students. We expect our tutors to reflect on their work and accurately evaluate the success of their tuition, so that pupils continue to make good progress.