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Why become a tutor?

Tutoring has long been accessed by pupils whose parents can afford it. This is an opportunity to provide tutoring for those whose parents cannot access it and who need it even more in terms of catching up with their peers.

The effectiveness of one-to-one tutors has been well-researched and, when done right, can boost progress by up to an additional five months of progress.

Tutoring as a job can be very rewarding; a chance to change a young person’s life for the better whilst earning some money for yourself.

You can fit it around other commitments in your life, it’s a chance to contribute positively to your community and it can provide you with experience for future employment if appropriate to you.

Why become a tutor with SPT?

We will provide you with the tutoring training you will require to be successful. Our access to national experts on Tackling Disadvantage, and Research Schools for evidence-informed strategies, means we can tailor course modules to fit your tutoring needs. We can help you find a tutoring placement, but we know that it doesn’t stop there. We intend to provide ongoing support to:

  • keep you up-to-speed with the changing needs of your tutoring placement
  • facilitate peer discussion so you can share great ideas and offer great solutions
  • guide you on the pastoral needs of your tutoring placement so that positive relationships are formed between tutor and pupil
  • maintain a great relationship between you and the class teacher so that learning is tailored to pupil’s needs – complementing work going on in school
  • grow your confidence, so that you can grow theirs.

How will it work?

We have designed three stages to take you through the process from initial interest and fact-finding, to focused training, and then onto ongoing support:

Stage 1

Initially, you will want to find out more information about how the SP Tutors tutoring programme will work. You will want to know that this is right for you, as much as we will want to know that you are right for our pupils. You do not have to have teaching experience or experience in a school, but there are some basic requirements that you will need to fulfil:

  • Prepared to do an Enhanced DBS check
    The job you are applying for is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and has been identified as involving supervising, caring for or otherwise connected with children and/or young people. An enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check with a check of the children’s barred list will be required. The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found at the Disclosure and Barring Service website and the Ministry of Justice website. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-filtering-guidance). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview.  You may be asked for further information about your criminal history during the recruitment process.  If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure & Barring Service before your appointment is confirmed.
  • Literate and numerate
    The NTP primary focus is help pupils catch up with their English, speaking and maths skills.
  • Relevant qualifications and/or experience
    We are looking for high-quality tutors. Ideally, you will have Qualified Teacher Status, or another education qualification. However, we know that there are many excellent Teaching Assistants who do not have such qualifications, and would make fantastic tutors. If you have neither experience, nor relevant qualifications we will invite you to interview when we can decide whether our tutor training programme will be sufficient for you to become a great tutor.
  • Committed and reliable
    You will want to know what time commitments there are for being a tutor and we will need to know that you can commit to the time required for the training and for completing a series of tutoring sessions. This is to ensure that each series of lessons can be completed with the pupil, whilst maintaining pupil-tutor-school relationships.
  • Personable – You will need to build new relationships quickly. Being able to communicate well with children and adults will be paramount. To be a successful tutor, you will need to communicate effectively with the staff in the school for continuity of education and maximum impact.

In July, we hosted an ‘initial interest’ webinar. This was a two-hour, free online event that will give you sufficient information to decide whether tutoring with Schools Partnership Tutors is for you:

The webinar introduced a couple of our key advisors, Marc Rowland (Pupil Premium & Tackling Disadvantage expert) and Andy Samways, the Director of Unity Research School. We also had input from a Head Teacher giving their perspective on the NTP and SP Tutors, and primary Maths advisor, Anna Tapper regarding expectations and strategies.

Watch the initial training video:

In July 2020, whilst we were exploring what tutoring for catch up should look like, we held an introductory session for people interested in tutoring for SP Tutors for the National Tutoring Programme. Watch the recording here:

Stage 2

After you have applied to be a tutor and we have carried out the relevant pre-employment checks (DBS, Safeguarding, Prohibited Teacher List, references) we will set you off on our bespoke tutor training programme. Our tutor training programme is a blend of online, on-demand self-study units and online, live workshops with education experts. Some of our modules are compulsory, some are recommended and some are optional for your own continuing professional development. All of them are free for tutors employed by SP Tutors.

Core Training includes:

  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • The evidence behind tutoring
  • Tutoring: Pedagogy
  • Behaviour for Learning

Subject specific training includes:

  • Science
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Secondary Humanities
  • Secondary MFL – Spanish, German, French

Stage 3

This stage consists of ongoing support in the form of relationship management via the SP Tutors team, facilitated peer-to-peer support, reflective practice and continuous on-demand training throughout your time as a tutor with SP Tutors. We will ensure that you are best placed to continue providing great tutoring and are supported to grow your own skills for the future.

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