The UK’s first tutoring association has been launched in a bid to professionalise the industry.
The Tutors' Association estimates there could be more than a million tutors operating in the UK, with the number increasing. The Association says that schools and families lack "quality guarantees" given the industry is unregulated.
The association will expect all its members to hold a degree and abide by a code of ethics. Members will also be vetted to ensure they are suitable to work with children.
26 tutoring businesses are already signed up, including: British Home Tutors, Carfax Private Tutors, Enjoy Education, Fleet Tutors, Harrison Allen and Knowledge Seekers (together with the Centre for Market Reform of Education, an education think tank).
They are joined by 12 corporate members, two associate members and six individual tutors.
According to The Tutor's Association's website, membership fees for the association are as follows:
Individual membership (£85 + VAT)
Individual membership is designed for individual tutors, including both freelancers and those who work for companies.
Corporate membership (£300 + VAT)
Corporate membership is designed for tutoring companies/agencies.
Associate status (£85 + VAT for individuals, £300 + VAT for corporates)
Associate status is designed with two purposes in mind:
To provide a straight-forward means by which individuals and companies may engage with the association and its agenda while considering full membership.
For consultants and organisations providing support services to the tutoring industry, who wish to indicate their support (such as publishers, technology companies, and online forum/network providers).
More information can be found on The Tutor's Association Website.