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Would you pay for language lessons at primary age? Pricing help please!!!

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AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 17:18:59

I am a translator and I have been considering offering language classes at my daughters school. Having been in the industry for over 15 years, I have made lots of contacts covering a multitude of languages and I am wanting to offer this as a company rather than as an individual.

I have been playing with the figures and it would be (what I feel is) quite expensive i.e. £90 per term/£30 pcm.

Would you be prepared to pay this?

Our language skills as a country are pretty bad and I feel its my duty to transfer my skills to my children. Do other parents see this, or is it something I consider because this is my industry?

I know the government is pumping money into languages (although not enough) and with globalisation its apparent that our children cant rely on the 'English' language alone to enrich their careers to the same extent in which our generation has!

Would you be happy to pay for these services in a class setting of around 10 children and is it better that these classes are held on the school site or would you prefer them to be held away?

These classes would start from the reception year as it is so important to offer languages as young as possible. My daughters school offers french classes at one hour a week but I think the national requirements are mandatory from age 7!

Also which of these languages stand out to you?

Emstheword Sat 15-Nov-14 17:40:16

In our area, done schools have a language class as an after school club, but are only charging approx. £20 per term/per child, so it does sound a bit pricey, but depending on the area some parents might be prepared to pay it...I wouldn't want to pay more than £20-30 per term though (purely because of existing expenses of other after school sport and other club commitments).

purpleshinyone Sat 15-Nov-14 17:48:54

After school French was on offer in our Infants school but I decided against it because the kids start French from scratch at Primary school then start again from scratch at Secondary school - if they also started from scratch at Infants they would be even more bored. A lot of people sent their kids then complained they had wasted their money. I can see how it might work for languages other than French though. Good luck with it but does sound quite expensive.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 17:49:13

This seems to be the general consensus and it seems to correlate with location. Do you mind if I ask where you are?

I am in London and I wonder if that changes things somewhat.....

LittleBairn Sat 15-Nov-14 17:53:47

I would be happy to pay £90 per term for Mandarin. Bit less for the others since resources and classes are more widely available.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 17:56:44

Thanks LittleBairn its very interesting that the only response I got mentioning Mandarin has been from someone on a business board! I suspected as much and for me it would be one of my 'top' choices but its hard to tell if that will match a large enough proportion of my audience...

LittleBairn Sat 15-Nov-14 18:03:26

It stuck out for me because DH and I have decided that we will be paying for our DC to learn Mandarin rather than the usual European languages as we feel as an adult this may benefit his career. Plus I've heard due to tone and non european sounds used (sorry I'm explaining it rather clumsily) its much easier for a child to learn from a young age than it is for an adult to learn unfamiliar sounds.
I haven't heard of anyone offering childrens lessons before but I imagine you would get a bit of interest in them. I know there are a few non Chinese children in a few different year groups at the Saturday Chinese school.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 18:15:21

LittleBairn my sentiments exactly and I am 100% convinced that such language skills will give children such a clear advantage by the time they hit the labour market!

42notTrendy Sat 15-Nov-14 18:19:47

Just a thought, have you considered offering your services directly to schools? With MFL now compulsory, I know lots of schools will struggle to offer good quality language teaching. You might find the school would be willing to contract you in to teach whole classes.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 18:23:58

42notTrendy Thanks for the suggestion, excellent idea! Love MN

42notTrendy Sat 15-Nov-14 18:43:58


AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 18:54:10

Sorry I overlooked the first two responses, thank you ladies very much!

dottyaboutstripes Sat 15-Nov-14 18:58:10

A teacher used to come in once a week at my boys' primary school and I think it was something like £5 per half hour? With a reduction for siblings. We used to pay £60ish per half term I think

Lovelydiscusfish Sat 15-Nov-14 18:59:42

Lots of the parents of primary kids I know in my village are sending their dc to a lady who does French classes - apparently the dc love it! I've no idea what they pay, sorry. As it's a largish group, I wouldn't want to pay more than £10 an hour myself.
Some of us with pre-schoolers are considering asking her to start a group for them (she's implied she might if there is enough interest).
My preference from your list is for French, but solely because we holiday there.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 19:02:08

dotty - Was that for both children? Are you London based by any chance?

Viviennemary Sat 15-Nov-14 19:02:34

I would pay but only about £5 at the most a week for say half an hour. Because I wouldn't think it was a necessity. Preference would be French.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 19:04:18

Lovelydiscusfish - Are you in the SE.

£10 is a decent rate (in terms of running the business.

I am currently at about £8/9 and that's a low as I can go!

Notbythehaironmychinnychinchin Sat 15-Nov-14 19:05:49

My DC's school sent home a letter saying the children could have extra curricular language lessons in a block which worked out at about £8 a session. I said no, partly because I thought it was a bit much but mainly because the school has form for linking with poor quality extra curricular partners (really rubbish music teacher, "Judo" lessons which consisted of warming up and warming down etc). It's a really small school and doesn't really have the resources to provide much in the way of extra curricular directly but I feel they're bordering on immoral to keep recruiting for businesses which just aren't very good.

So in principle, I might be interested, but due to having fingers burnt I'd pass.

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 19:06:15

Viviennemary thank you. Again £5 per half an hour is more than i proposed as I would be doing lessons of 45 mins to 1 hour at rate of £8/9 per hour.

Does that feel like too much to you for a single lesson regardless of its length?

dottyaboutstripes Sat 15-Nov-14 19:06:39

It was for 2 kids. Nope not London - East Anglia. I think in fact she was from some kind of franchise but I can't remember what it was called

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 19:08:29

Thanks dotty, that's interesting. That rate is a bit above what I would expect out of the SE and actually at the top of what I would feel comfortable offering in London.

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 15-Nov-14 19:08:37

Mandarin then Spanish in order of preference.

I'd pay £10 a session for a tutor with relevant qualifications (not in London).

The provision of language teaching in state primaries is abysmal, on the whole.

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 15-Nov-14 19:09:32

Was it Jolie Ronde, dotty?

AnotherEpisode Sat 15-Nov-14 19:10:09

LeopardInABobbleHat would that be £10 for a private tutor or would you pay that in a class environment of around 10 children too?

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 15-Nov-14 19:15:34

Private, maximum 3 to 4 children. For a class group of 10 I'd pay £7/£8 for a specialist tutor in those languages.

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