A child is often one of thirty students in a class. If a teacher were to divide his time up equally amongst all the students he would only spend two minutes with your daughter. The teacher will also have to carry out tasks like registration, explain concepts to the whole of the class, redirect one or several students who are disrupting the learning. If you were to ask your daughter how much time her teacher will spend talking to her, working on an individual level she might say less than 30 seconds.
A teacher often has 150 students. A teacher is often expected to mark your sons work once a fortnight. It would be nice if a teacher spend at least ten minutes reviewing your sons work. If he were to spend just ten minutes on your sons work he would have to work 750 minutes a week marking (approximately 12 hours). A teacher is given approximately 5 hours a week to plan, mark, phone parents, carry out adminstration tasks and meet with other teachers. Most teachers will work well into the night to get most of their additional duties done. Teachers are hard working people, who do an amazing job under difficult circumstances.
Teachers often have to ask students to carry out tasks, that although well meaning, doesn’t always add to their understanding or skill base of a subject. Students instinctively know what they do and don’t know and what they do and don’t understand. A lot of time in classrooms is given over to a “one size fits all” approach to asking students to write this down. Students are often tested before they start a subject and then again after and then again at the end of the term. This is so they can “prove” that your child is making progress to Ofsted. These approaches are essential to the running of a good school as monitoring progress demonstrates how good the school is.
As a parent, your focus is on your childs learning. OVer the space of a term your child might have less than one hour of direct, one to one contact with your child. By hiring a tutor your child will get that attention once a week, every week.
A tutor can:
- quickly identify any gaps in skills, knowledge or confidence issues your child might have.
- produce tailor made “lessons and activities” to move your child on.
- review their progress every week and change activities accordingly.