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Tutoringmummy Tue 18-Dec-12 16:31:16

Hi everyone

Wonder if you can help me? I am a tutor and am re-thinking my fees. I am a specialist SpLD tutor and currently charge £35 an hour. I am based SE/ Home Counties. Pupils come to me and I buy all my own books, materials, pens, paper, photocopy work sheets etc for them, and this is all included.

I wonder if I am under charging because have heard some people charge nearer £40 .

JoanByers Tue 18-Dec-12 22:53:48

£35 is nearly £40.

I have no idea, but surely you can call some of your competitors and ask?

I would have though costs would vary depending on experience, qualifications and reputation.

Tutoringmummy Wed 19-Dec-12 09:54:37

Thanks Joan.

It's not quite as simple as that.

Yes, it's possible to confer with tutoring colleagues, but we are few and far between. We all have different training and experience- as you note. It's also not really the done thing to ring up a tutor you don't know and ask what they charge- you wouldn't get solicitors or other professionals doing that.

Also, some tutors really undervalue themselves- some charge £25 which is a) the minimum now for non-specialist tuition by a qualified and experienced teacher, and b) I paid £27 20 years ago for my son's tuition.

Startail Thu 20-Dec-12 08:07:07

Get a friend to be a prospective parent and ring for quotes, not totally ethical.

However it is what my mum used to do as DDads strange line of work only had one main competitor in the country.

Muminwestlondon Fri 21-Dec-12 18:45:21

I think "it depends".

Around where I live (central west London) I have heard of some specialist tutors charging over £70 an hour because there are seriously rich people here who will pay it. I think you have to think about the clientele you want and what their expectations are and what sort of families you feel comfortable in dealing with.

Judging by First Tutors website I think an "ordinary" tutor would charge at least £25-£35 per hour in central London and a Special Needs one at least say £35-£45. I don't know if you teach dyslexic children but compared to Dyslexia Action even that is cheaper (though their sessions were 1.5 hours when DD used to go).

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