Almost one in two children in London have a home tutor, figures reveal

The Evening Standard is reporting new research that suggests children in London are twice as likely to receive private tuition than those in the rest of the country.

Some 44 per cent of London children admitted having had a home tutor, compared with 22 per cent of those outside the capital.

The London figure has rocketed by 10 percentage points in the past decade, raising fears that poorer children are being left behind. The Sutton Trust has surveyed 2,500 young people about their education every year since 2005 and the latest results, to be published tomorrow, show how private tuition in London has spread. In 2005, 34 per cent of London pupils aged 11 to 16 said they had a private tutor.

The Sutton Trust, which works to improve social mobility through education, is calling on the Government to introduce a means-tested voucher system which poorer families could use to pay tutors. A spokeswoman said: “London pupils are now twice as likely to have received private or home tuition as their peers in the rest of the country. But those children whose parents can’t afford it are put at a disadvantage.”

“We need to make sure that the academic playing field is levelled outside of the school gate by the state providing funding for private tuition on a means-tested basis…”

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I am increasingly concerned about the impact of private tutoring.

I have no objection in principle but, unlike most other types of educational advantage, such as going to a certain school or having more educated parents, it bothers me that tutoring can be completely invisible so it effectively becomes a secret weapon.

It is hard enough for disadvantaged students to compete when it comes, for example, to getting places at the best universities or the best jobs, but if they are against people who have been extensively tutored as well – and no one assessing them knows this – what chance do they stand?

Bearing this in mind, how do you feel about the Sutton Trust proposals for means-tested vouchers?


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  1. There should be no state funding for private tutoring.  This only increases the hot-housing of children except in a few exceptional cases such as time lost from illness.  
    That said, such tutoring only (allegedly) gives advantage to children applying to selective schools (state or private).  Pupils attending non-selective state schools are not affected so it’s odd that Sutton Trust suggests spending taxpayers’ money on the unregulated private tutor business.
    Unfortunately, the Sutton Trust perpetuates the myth than it’s only by allowing bright disadvantaged pupils to go to private school that social mobility will increase.  Nonsense, since Sutton Trust’s own research found comprehensive pupils outperformed their equally qualified peers from private or state grammars at university.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Only rich people can afford to live in most of London which might explain the difference is percentages…

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Dear “The Sutton Trust”, If the govt won’t even fund schools properly, what chance do you think a “voucher for tutors” has?

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Only rich people can afford to live in most of London which might explain the difference in percentages…

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