I'd like to think that the main purpose of private tuition is to develop independent thought, and stimulate curiosity, however, most parents will often opt for this additional educational route to get results, whether it's to pass the 11-plus, turning D grade "failures" into C grade "successes" at GCSE or securing the A-level grade for a coveted university place.
Whilst we might consider that the increasing number of parents who pay for their child's tuition may be a criticism of the current state of schools, this is not always the case. More than a quarter of 11 to 18-year-olds have had one privately taught lesson at some point during their schooling, but this may well be more to do with the fact that their child responds much more effectively in a one-to-one learning environment. Indeed, there is plenty of evidence that small groups and one-to-one work in schools raises achievement, so it seems logical to assume that tuition out of school is just as effective.
Private tuition is no longer the preserve of the 'chattering classes'. It can be beneficial to students for a range of reasons, including those who have been absent for significant periods of time from school. And, rather than go against what is happening in the classroom, private tuition is often recommended by teachers who feel the student would benefit from 'extra' tuition, beyond the time constraints of the curriculum.
Pressure on pupils to do well in exams has led to an increase in children being treated for anxiety, a psychologist has warned. Prof Tanya Byron said some pupils at top schools in London experience so much expectation from schools and their parents to do well they have developed a fear of going to school.
Michelle Holgeth: 8th Sep 2015 11:31:00
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