If the world is more competitive than ever before, then, as parents, we need to try and give our children the best chances. That doesn’t mean that parents need to be pushy and grind their children into the ground, but it does mean that where children are not excelling, they may need a little push. We should give our children the best opportunities to enable them to be the best that they can be, and that’s where tuition comes in.
There are those that perceive private tuition as elitist, but that view is an outdated one. As we found out recently from our “After School Activity Survey”, parents are quite willing to spend significant amounts of money on their children, especially in London. The survey was intended to find out how much parents spend – and our results showed that they do spend in significant amounts. The report is quite revealing and I would urge you to read it. But the point is that while tuition was only affordable to a few, those times have now changed. Private tuition today is an opportunity that many parents have to give their children to prepare them for international competition – and the opportunity to provide quality interventions make the opportunity for education more of a level playing field. Our prices make private tuition for maths affordable and certainly not elitist.
So why else might tuition have a stigma associated with it? Having spoken to many parents over the last year their reasons differ. Some consider that by having tuition, their children might not be good enough – i.e. by having maths tuition it means that their children as not perceived as intelligent enough. Digging further, some parents think that if their child is not excelling at school that might be some fault of their own – that they can’t help their children or don’t have the time to help them. But, school teaching is conducted in a group and not bespoke basis, and, as previously mentioned the teaching of subjects such as mathematics has changed greatly over the years, confirming that the need for tuition is not down to a parenting fault. If education was provided on a completely bespoke basis, we would all be educated in an optimum way for our learning style, but this is not realistic and so education is provided at a group level. That might change in years to come, but, for now, tuition can help bridge the gap to get children to their goals.
As we know, having the right teacher and the right environment is some factors in improving learning outcomes, but having enough time and the right type of explanation for the child is equally important. Everyone’s brain is wired differently – and a parent’s want or need to give their child tuition is an earnest one. Not everyone needs tuition, but where the goal is a difficult one to attain, private tuition can help clear the path. We see tuition happening at different stages in a child’s lifetime, usually starting a year before critical exams, so that these students are able to get or guarantee grade improvement. There are also those who need tuition to get back on track after a transition to a new school – and at that point, tuition can help not only in skilling up the child but also in maintaining confidence at a difficult time. We also see tuition for exceptionally gifted children who really excel at maths and are pushing the limits.
With a growing middle class in the UK who aspire to spend on private education, but can’t afford to because of its significant expense, tuition becomes a viable option. That’s not a stigma – that’s aspirational – that’s wanting the best for our children. And as I said at the outset: “not only do we owe our brightest children a future, we owe the future our brightest children”.