How to Choose an 11 Plus Tutor for Your Child?
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Choosing a suitable 11 Plus tutor for your child can take some research. Tutoring for the eleven plus is in high demand, and many tutors are booked up months, sometimes years in advance.
To help guide you through the maze of choosing an 11 Plus tutor, we’ve put together this post that will give you a good overview of what you should look for.
Ask About Their Qualifications
Before you hire a tutor, it’s important that you find out as much background information about them as you can. In the UK, there no recognised tutoring qualification, so essentially, anyone can call themselves a tutor.
In most cases, a good private tutor will be educated to at least degree level and have some experience of working with young people. You’ll often find qualified teachers offering tutoring services to supplement their teaching income and supply, or retired teachers often do the same.
How qualified a tutor needs to be to teach the 11 Plus is really up to you as a parent.
Check Their References
A good tutor will be able to provide you with references from previous students and parents. It’s important that you make the effort to contact these references to ensure that they were happy with the service that they received.
In addition to checking references, you should also enquire about whether the tutor has a DBS certificate. DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service, an organisation that carries out background checks on people who work with children and vulnerable groups. You should ensure that your child’s tutor carries up to date certification.
How do They Approach Lessons?
One thing you’ll want to know when choosing an 11 Plus tutor is whether they know their stuff. Make sure you ask them how they approach lessons and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their 11 Plus knowledge.
Normally, tutoring sessions last for 60 to 90 minutes and the tutor will follow a schedule to ensure that every aspect of the 11 Plus exam is covered. In addition to working on the material, a good tutor will also have access to eleven plus practice exam papers.
Where Will Lessons Take Place?