Parents warned of ‘charlatan’ private tutors who teach very young children

The Evening Standard is reporting that parents have been warned to resist the growing pressure to employ tutors for children under the age of five…

Any tutor who says they teach very young children is a “charlatan”, according to the Good Schools Guide which is published today…

This year’s guide states: “Unnecessary tutoring is the tutoring of children of two, three and four years old.

“This is nonsense, oppressive and driven by anxiety. People who purport to tutor this age group are charlatans.”

Ralph Lucas, Editor of The Good Schools Guide, said he is concerned about “the extraordinary excess of private tutoring in London – where some children are being tutored every evening and at weekends arranged by parents who feel they must do this because everyone is doing it and they have no choice”.

Tutoring is particularly common among children being prepared for entrance to London’s top independent schools. Mr Lucas warned that instead of drawing upon school reports and other information about a child’s performance, independent schools “want to go by the results of a test taken in an exam room on a particular day with a 20 to one chance of getting through. This isn’t doing our kids any good and it isn’t doing the schools any good.”

The Guide recommends that parents who are seeking a tutor aim for a local person who has coached generations of children, but warned that parents will only pass on their names once they no longer need them themselves…

Latest research from the Sutton Trust found that four out of 10 state school children in London have had private tuition, meaning youngsters in the capital are almost twice as likely to have received extra help than those elsewhere in the country.

The charity warned that the boom in private tutoring, which can cost up to £40 an hour, is putting poorer children at a disadvantage.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the trust, said: “Parents naturally want to do the best for their children. Providing private tuition for them puts those children whose parents can’t afford it at a disadvantage.”…

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Seems almost incredible that 40% of London state school children are having private tuition, let alone children aged two and three. Wow. What do you think? Please let us know in the comments, via Twitter and by taking part in our poll…

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