New Service to Promote Professional Tuition in the UK

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Tutors' Alliance Ltd. has recently launched a Tutor Check report to detail private tutors' qualifications, experience, references and Disclosure Scotland/CRB checks. Valerie Kemp, an experienced tutor, has developed a report after becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of pupils and the quality of tuition in the UK.

I have been a tutor for a number of years, and I have become concerned by the lack of regulation the tuition industry is subjected to. I believe parents and pupils need to be aware of the checks which ought to be carried out on tutors. The Tutor Check is the gold standard that pupils and parents should look for when engaging a tutor.

With private tuition becoming increasingly popular as an educational solution for pupils of all ages across the UK, one tutor has become so worried about tutors who do not have adequate credentials that she has developed an innovative service.

Many pupils will be surprised to learn that there is no regulation at all for private tutors in the UK. Private tutors do not even require a Disclosure Scotland or Criminal Records Bureau check.

For pupils employing tutors outwith an agency, it is entirely up to the pupil whether he or she checks the tutors' qualifications, Child Protection checks, experience or qualifications. This is time-consuming and a complicated process for many pupils and as a result, these checks are often not carried out.

It is for this reason, the Tutor Check has been created by Tutors' Alliance Ltd. The service is completely free to pupils. Tutors submit their details and records to Tutors' Alliance who then carry out the relevant checks and produce a report. The tutor can then show this report to their pupils, offering pupils the peace of mind that an external organisation has vetted their tutor. In addition, the website offers advice and information for tutors and pupils. A sample Tutor Check report is feature of the Tutors' Alliance website.

Tutors' Alliance's director, Valerie Kemp, says of the new service: "I have been a tutor for a number of years, and I have become concerned by the lack of regulation the tuition industry is subjected to. I believe parents and pupils need to be aware of the checks which ought to be carried out on tutors. The Tutor Check is the gold standard that pupils and parents should look for when engaging a tutor."

Tutors' Alliance also provides a Tutor Check service to agencies to outsource the agencies' recruitment checks.

At the end of the day, the safety of pupils is of paramount importance and Tutors' Alliance has this at the heart of its interests.

For further information please see Tutors' Alliance
Aberdeen, United Kingdom, September 11, 2009

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