Private tutors ‘should face DBS criminal record checks’

The BBC is reporting that the National Education Union (NEU) said teachers barred from classrooms may try to work as private tutors.

Research by the Sutton Trust charity suggests the number of children in England and Wales who received tuition has doubled in a decade. The government said parents could carry out a range of checks on tutors.

It is estimated more than 350,000 secondary-aged school children have received private tuition in 2018, according to a survey commissioned by the Sutton Trust, up from about 160,000 in 2009.

It is thought there are up to 100,000 full-time tutors in the UK, according to the Tutors’ Association. Unlike classroom teachers, tutors do not have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before working with children.

In May, 49-year-old Sanjeev Mittal, from Birmingham, was jailed for five years for abusing two girls during home school lessons.

Labour MP Rachael Maskell said she was alerted to the legal loophole after a teenage constituent said she had been groomed for abuse by a private tutor.

The York Central MP said: “There is a real concern that anybody could turn up as a tutor and enter somebody’s own home, or be in a one-to-one relationship, with a vulnerable young person.”

Adam Muckle, president of The Tutors’ Association, the UK’s only professional body for tutors and tuition companies, backed the call for a change in the law

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