Online Tuition Lets Teachers Develop Careers From Comfort Their Homes
Thursday, 12 January 2012
A new live online tuition service for seven to 14-year-olds will allow teachers to further their careers in their own time.
Mytutor is the first in the UK to offer live, online one-to-one tuition specifically for Key Stage 2 and 3 maths and English.
The service will connect children seeking extra help in maths and English with tutors all over the country.
Current, former, newly qualified or final term student teachers will be able to use and develop their skills, gaining new experience and bringing in some extra cash while helping children to learn maths and English from home.
Nick Smith, head of online tuition at mytutor, said: "As with all teachers, our key aim is to help children get the best out of their education.
One-to-one tuition can do that by not only giving learners the focused help they need, but by developing new skills in the tutor as well, which they can then take back into the classroom.
Until now, however, tutors were restricted to tutoring in their own local area.
What we do is give those tutors ready access to a pool of learners from across the UK, then support them with extra training and by taking care of all the paperwork involved in billing and collecting payments from parents."
Almost a quarter (22%) of students in England have some form of private tuition at one time or another during their school years, but too few do so early enough to make a significant positive difference to their school careers.
By intervening early, at between the ages of seven and 14, carefully tailored tuition can equip learners with the skills and confidence they need to get the best out of their education, before they enter Key Stage 4.
Mr Smith added: "Everyone who has used Mytutor as we developed the service has enthused about the difference it makes to do their tutoring and learning in the comfort of their own homes.
Tutors love not having to sit in traffic on the way to tuition, children love using the online whiteboard and parents really appreciate being able to see their children take part in the sessions while still being free to get on with the varied chores of running a busy family home."
Mytutor, which is part of the AQA family, the UK's largest educational awarding body, is seeking teachers to become online tutors. Whether you're a final term student teacher, newly qualified, recently retired, or in the middle of your teaching career, you can apply to be a tutor at http://www.mytutor.co.uk/.
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Notes to editors
- Mytutor is an online tutoring company which is part of the AQA (the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) family.
- Based in Manchester (England), Mytutor connects newly qualified, current, part time and retired teachers of maths and English with learners across the UK.
- The system is web-based which removes geographical restrictions, allowing learners access to quality tutors in the country, regardless of where they are based.
- It is available to learners in Key Stages Two and Three (ages seven to 14).
- Learners and teachers use an interactive whiteboard for lessons, with the session recorded and available to parents and tutors for three months.
- Research shows that tailored, one-to-one tuition can increase a child's learning age against their chronological age in just three months, with these benefits retained (Ref: Every Child a Reader, Every Child a Chance Trust; Every Child Counts, Every Child a Chance Trust)
- Increased engagement, academic progression and improved confidence are the three most commonly reported benefits of one-to-one tuition. (Ref: Every Child a Chance Trust Impact Report; Ireson and Rushforth, Mapping and Evaluating Shadow Education; Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Evaluation of the Making Good Progress Pilots)