I did my first week of working as a piano teacher for a music school today. I work from home and the pupils come to see me. I had an interview but no police check as I am not working actually in a school. I gave names of references but they didn't check them.
I live in a good area and a nice house, but literally some of the parents stayed grudgingly for the getting to know you session last week, and then this week have dropped them off at the door. I am amazed that they would do this...I stressed they were welcome to stay.
My flute pupils I don't work through a school and they tend to be a little older. A couple of them have had no parental input (other than writing a cheque for me). I just think it's weird that a 16 year old picks a flute teacher from a website and the parents check it is in fact a female that looks like the photo on the web and then just leave them.
I did some private tuition for a 17-18 year old last year. It was in my home, and I arranged for the mother to come to the house to visit me before the tuition started. In addition they knew that I worked in a local school and had been vetted. I would have been very wary had the mother not visited.
Good point about the school music lessons - I used to have music lessons on my own at school - both oboes and clarinet teachers were male - obviously they were checked by the school but my parents NEVER met either of them!
Well last week a teenage girl (about 17-18) cam to our house having got dh's details from a website. She came alone!
If it was my child I would ask for references and a copy of the CRB certificate before leaving my child. However I wouldn't wish to sit in on the lesson as I feel it is offputting for the child to have a parent in. They are often more self conscious.
Similar situation to a chess club I took my boys to. That was in a pub-family type room but open access to bars, run by 3 very chessy type middle aged single men (really no offence to chess playing men who may be reading-my boys like chess but it can attract a certain type!).
I would take them and stay the whole time, other people would just drop their kids in the pub car park-kids from 6 onwards. Often I was the only parent of about 20, who stayed.
(quite nice actually-chance to sit down and have an orange juice in a real pub!)