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Are there any parents that would like to be paid to teach other people's children?

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ontherainbow Mon 08-Aug-11 22:50:46

I am part of a group that want to help vulnerable children have an alternative education. Currently I teach 2 children along with my own 2 children at home and am wondering how many other parents out there would consider doing the same?

Our group are thinking about funding teachers/parents that take on children with SEN (without Statements at the moment) or are vulnerable because of bullying issues or anxiety disorders etc.

Would love to hear people's responses to this and yes it is possible to do! (teachers/parents can have no more than 4 children and would be paid as a tutor. Parents will still be fully responsible for their children's education).

Marjoriew Tue 09-Aug-11 11:44:17

How can a parent be fully responsible for a child's education if they pay someone else to do it?

Grockle Tue 09-Aug-11 12:11:37

I'm not sure I fully understand but as an SEN teacher, I would love to do this!

Cleverything Tue 09-Aug-11 12:13:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Saracen Tue 09-Aug-11 14:10:32

Sorry, I'm not sure I got the gist of what you are suggesting. Are you part of a charitable organisation that might like to pay all the costs for vulnerable children to be tutored in small groups instead of being educated at school or directly by their parents? If that's the case, I am sure there are people who would be glad for their children to take part.

Not me, personally, because my child who has SENs is not particularly challenging and I don't feel the need to have a break from her, and besides I am keen on autonomous education so if I did want a break I'd be looking for childminding rather than tutoring. But I'm certain that other parents would be interested.

purplepidjin Tue 09-Aug-11 14:14:38

PM me if you're hiring on the South Coast, sounds like something I'd love to do!

ontherainbow Thu 11-Aug-11 16:39:34

It's more for people who can't home ed for whatever reason. For example one child I teach cannot go to school due to her anxieties but her mum can't afford to not go to work full time. The other child I teach cannot access the curriculum at mainstream (has no statement) and family don't feel they can home educate for their own reasons. So it's not to offer breaks for parents that need one, rather than the chance for their children to be home educated (who would not normally be able to) and not suffer at school!

As Cleverything (now that's a name to live up to!) stated, it's always the parent's responsibilty however they choose to educate their child. So, if you home ed, you could do it all yourself, go to groups or hire tutors - it's still your responsibility! We would always ask parents to be actively involved in some way so perhaps parents can help make resources, organise trips or help out with cooking (things that can be done at any time because home educating doesn't start at 9 and finish at 3).

Our charity will pay towards tutoring fees, directly to the tutor. We would be asking parents to pay around £50 per week towards the tutoring costs. We expect to pay tutors around £25k a year, depending on whether they use their own homes or not (we could possibly help fund adapting a few rooms to use) If the tutor cannot use on home, a family who are willing for them to use their home may be given funding to adapt and let off the tutoring costs.

As this idea is still evolving, we may change this slightly but the above shows what we would like to do at the moment. The reason we want to do this stems from our plans to set up a school in the area. We felt that teaching small groups was vital for the children on our admissions list and for the money we would have had to raise to teach six children (£170k) we thought we'd use it to fund home schoolers that were doing equally brilliant jobs teaching children with SEN/anxiety disorders and let children learn in their own time (not having to achieve by 16) and allowing teachers to teach in a stress-free environment (no paperwork!!!!!)

So thank you very much for your responses - I am very pleased that there are people willing to teach other people's children. I was told recently that I am probably the only person mad enough to do it but actually... to be paid to home school my son, support him and the other children with positive interaction on a daily basis AND see families shoulders drop with relief that their children don't have to suffer at school anymore makes it the ideal job for me.

We live in Bexley, Kent and would firstly be funding groups to cover the children on our admissions list (Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham) If anybody wants to teach a group in this area then please contact me asap. Our long term plans are to help families nationwide so anybody wanting to model the idea, please also get in contact. I will message all of you that have shown interest - thank you very much!

greenbananas Mon 15-Aug-11 22:48:54

I don't live in your area, but I would love to know more - this sounds like a very interesting idea.

I am planning to home educate my DS (still 'pre-school' age) and am most of the way through the process of registering/training as a childminder - this will mean I can be paid to care for home-educated children of school-age (even though their parents would remain technically responsible for their education).

Before I had DS, I worked with 'vulnerable' children and young people (e.g. excluded from school). Many of these were perfectly able to achieve high academic standards if they were given the right support in a non-school setting.

I've got some experience of 'teaching' disaffected young people and, for this reason, I'm not sure I would want to be involved in anything that was too rigidly structured. I would want to give children and young people the space and encouragement they might need to learn autonomously, at their own pace, and give them the time they might need to recover from any damage done by the education system.

Please let me know more about what you are planning.

FionaJNicholson Tue 16-Aug-11 07:36:32

Trying to get a picture of this in my head and not really succeeding! Would this be a registered small private school with some of the classes taking place in tutors' houses?

picnicinthewoods Fri 19-Aug-11 15:10:41

Hello overtherainbow,
Im currently living in Ireland but likely to be back in the UK soon (Berkshire). If you could message me, I may be interested in modelling the idea, although Im not too clear how it could work for me???
I am HE'ing my two children & would take on other kids, though not full time. We are autonomous, so Id have to see how it worked I guess. Im primary trained with 10 years class teaching experience, 4 years as SENco & my specialist area is SPLD (Dyslexia) & have relevant qualifications and training from the Helen Arkell Centre.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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