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Regulatory Body Slays Monsters Operating as Tutors

Updated on December 8, 2009

Students Deserve To Be Safe & Secure

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.  -- George Evans
Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. -- George Evans
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.  -- Plato
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. -- Plato
In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest
In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest

Association of Professional Tutors Steps Up To The Mark

While a number of tuition agencies and individual tutors have found success with the provision of tuition services, a potent group urges nationally scaled reform of the tuition industry. Parents up and down the country have evaluated ways in which tutors, agencies and policymakers can bolster initiatives that screen out poorly prepared, under-qualified and down right dangerous tutors.

Wouldn’t it be great if private tuition had an excellent reputation for its commercial outlook, its relationships with parents and students and its track record of positively influencing and driving change? In this Utopian world tutors and students would be happy and in control, tutors and tuition agencies would be taking responsibility for day-to-day tutor-related issues and the government would be able to address the strategic and underlying regulatory issues.

Unfortunately in the main this does not happen and so headlines such as the following though not a daily occurrence aren’t as rare as they ought to be.

The Paedophile Who Touts Himself As a Private Tutor

'Radioactive' paedophile suspect on the run after skipping court

UK Students Ripped Off by Tuition Agencies

WEST WICKHAM: Private tutor jailed for 10 years for molesting children

Aside from the sensational, there are regular daily complaints about tutors who have failed to deliver (either too lazy to plan & prepare, not properly qualified, or just plain overwhelmed). Parents have every right to seek excellence after all many are paying in the region of £20 - £30 per hour of tuition. This hard-earned money should find its' way only into the hands of the competent. Of course there is so much more than money at stake: exam results feature high in the mind of the parent deciding upon private tuition. School entrance preparation is also high on the agenda but perhaps the most important determinant, is thoughts of the peace of mind that comes with being able to keep up with classmates and the sheer, indisputable joy that comes from conquering that difficult subject.

It must be said that by far the majority of personal tutors are competent, honest, law-abiding and decent - these tutors must be protected from the negativity that currently surrounds the industry.

The Association of Professional Tutors (APT) has taken the mighty step to take the lead in the professionalisation of the entire industry.

APT works to enhance the status and quality of private tutors to ensure that students receive the best possible education from checked and approved providers. APT promotes the importance and value of private tuition, enhances the preparation of tutors with respect to their knowledge of content, tutoring techniques, and the overall learning process.

The mission of APT is to ensure that the students and tutors alike are able to conduct their transactions in a safe, dependable and well-managed manner, while providing a flexible, yet sound regulatory environment that promotes fair competition, encourages innovative development, and supports the economy of private tuition. As a proponent of self governance, APT is unwavering about maintaining accepted best practices. In addition the Association proactively lobbies Government on key issues related to education.Moreover the Association aims to ensure that its members make an effective contribution to education.

Undoubtedly the Association is the most important professional organisation for tutors, agencies and those who work on a professional basis in the tuition industry. Given the response so far it appears that in a matter of time, the only working tutors will be those accredited through the APT, giving peace of mind to parents and students alike.

An unknown person once said:

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence." APT is certainly doing so!!!

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    • JanTutor profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Thompson 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Here, here!

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      chunkymcmanus 

      6 years ago

      I agree with richie anyone wth any sence would want to know who is tutoring their cildren

    • JanTutor profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Thompson 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for the kind wishes and apologies for the very late response (I've been away from hub for a long time now). I sincerely wish you and your children all the best.

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      Richie 

      6 years ago

      Ok so I get what your sbout and commend what your doing. I have piano tutor for my kids. He's very good but he's the 4th I can't begin to tell you the problems I had with the 1st 3. You are so right in what you are doing. I wish you the best.

    • JanTutor profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Thompson 

      8 years ago from London, England

      Jen, Thanks for your kind words, very much appreciated!

    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      Jan, I found this hub most interesting and learned things I hadn't been aware of before reading this hub about good tutors. Congrats on a well written, informative hub!

      Jen

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