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Imsosorryalan Thu 25-Sep-14 22:01:03

There is a large home ed group in my area. I'm a qualified teacher on maternity at the mo. And am thinking up new business ideas. ( I'm bored of maternity!)

Just canvassing opinions and wondered if you think my idea is good or bad!
I'm thinking of offering a group tuition at my home or somewhere else a couple of hours tuition per week in English and maths. Some of my home ed friends have mentioned it, stating they are never sure if they are teaching their dcs the right way to do sums etc.

Would you be interested if it was offered in you're area.

Imsosorryalan Thu 25-Sep-14 22:01:56

Autocorrect sad your

morethanpotatoprints Thu 25-Sep-14 22:17:43

Hello OP

I never knew there was a right way and wrong way to learn maths and English.

I think tutoring would be a good idea for people who are in the system.
The know what my dd would say if I asked her?

Rightly or wrongly to you/others she would see it as a complete waste of her time and probably wouldn't gain anything from it.

If you have a couple/few who think this is a good idea then I think you should take them on as a tutor, but I think you would come unstuck finding other little groups to make a viable business.

People leave or don't subscribe to school in the first place because the teacher pupil relationship doesn't work for them.
Others don't like the nc and facilitate learning from the child's point of view.

My dd does have tutors but they are for the subjects she is passionate about and are not nc core subjects, but we had no issue or problem with school when she attended. Oh, and they don't really teach.

I'm probably not describing very well, but I know there are those better placed on here who are quite eloquent on the subject.

Good luck if you decide to try, but imo pin money not a business.
Offering to school children, absolutely.

Saracen Thu 25-Sep-14 23:36:20

"My dd does have tutors but they are for the subjects she is passionate about and are not nc core subjects, but we had no issue or problem with school when she attended. Oh, and they don't really teach." Snap!

Most of the people I know aren't feeling anxious about teaching their children the "right way" to do English and maths. There are a few who would want help with this, but not many.

The exception is parents who are new to home education, who haven't yet spent much time with other home educators. They are still used to the school approach. They often worry that they can't do it "right" and may feel they need professional help. Such people might agree to group tuition for a while until they notice they don't actually need it. But you may be too ethical to do that. It might feel like taking advantage, like making your living by selling confused elderly people life insurance they don't need.

By contrast there are some tutor-led home ed study groups for IGCSEs, where a good knowledge of the particular syllabus and the exam marking system is advantageous. Here there is a right and wrong way to present ideas in order to achieve good marks.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 26-Sep-14 11:21:38

I had forgotten about IGCSE groups or even those doing other GCSE in centres.
The OP would need to be familiar with the different syllabus but after this initial input, would be plain sailing.

TinkerLula Sat 01-Nov-14 13:27:03

Hi OP, I will be doing exactly this next term! I was approached to do it though so not something I sort out. I am doing it for one term but I can't see it working out long term. This particular parent is one who follows a curriculum. We don'tsmile I am doing it as much as a favour as anything but my approach will be very creative and hands on & I'm wondering if the parent will want to continue after one term when she see's how I 'teach'!!!
I would imagine there IS a market for this kind of thing with families who like to follow curriculums, but even then to be honest, they will have the curriculum and if its primary age, most parents don't really need help with supporting their kids at that stage.
The rest who don't follow curriculums won't be the types who would consider tuition in English and maths that helpful. Home ed allows for a whole new way of understanding what education is and if I'm being brutally honest a qualified mainstream primary teacher would be the very last person I would want to teach my children. Although down the line I would maybe consider it for subject matter like a language or an instrument.

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