As A-Level Pass Results rise to 97%, Tutors International Founder Asks "Is it the Exams or The Curriculum Content That is Getting Easier?"

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Between 1997 and 2010 the A level pass rate rose from 87.7% to 97.55%, and private tuition specialist and founder of Tutors International, Adam Caller, believes recent graduates are going to find it harder to gain employment due to a ‘dumbing down’ of school curriculum content and a lack of etiquette and cultural education.

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A shake-up of the school-based education system in general is needed

Tutors International founder, Adam Caller, today announced his concern over the standards of school-based education. Unperturbed by recent reports [1] that exam boards and teachers are colluding to help students to pass exams, and as the national A-level pass rate is the highest ever at over 97%[2] Caller stated, “A shake-up of the school-based education system in general is needed.”

Caller left classroom teaching in 1996, and became an education consultant before founding leading private tutoring service, Tutors International ( in 1999. “When I was last teaching in schools, I was using my old Year 10 notes to teach an A-level class. There have been 15 years of erosion in the quality and breadth of the content in the school syllabus since then, and the exams at the end of it simply match the dumbed down core curriculum,” he says.

Keen to point out that this was no fault of the students, Caller went on to say that while pupils are achieving fantastic grades, and entering top universities, they are leaving the traditional education system with a less rounded education than previous graduates:

“At Tutors International we place only the very best private tutors, recruited from the best universities, who have achieved excellent grades throughout their education. But the qualities we additionally look for in our home tutors are those of politeness, respect, and a degree of cultural education, that seems to come as standard in previous generations, but is now sadly lacking in recent graduates.”

Caller presented the alternatives to school-based education, which include home tutoring tailored to include lessons in the classics and etiquette to supplement UK curriculum content, or studying for the IGCSE, the international version of the UK’s GCSE, which universities look upon favourably in prospective students due to the greater demands it places on the students.

Caller states, “I am increasingly seeing graduates from leading universities who have a mediocre range of knowledge, appalling spelling, and bad manners. Private tuition is an excellent way to address these failings at an early age.”


About Tutors International
Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities. Tutors are available for full-time tutoring positions, for major support and tutoring outside school hours, or for home-schooling. Tutors International is able to source the best international tutors including multilingual travelling teachers to accompany families travelling around the world, or those whose lifestyle necessitates frequent travel, in order to maintain consistency in education in extraordinary circumstances.

Tutors International provide tutors in a wide variety of situations from helping students re-take critical exams, helping pupils with the transition of moving between international school systems, and supporting youngsters with AD/HD and dyslexia. They provide a bespoke service to find the right tutor that suits the child's needs and aspirations, and if a live-in tutor is required, it is essential that the assigned tutor is the right match for the family and fits in the environment.

Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder and is very sensitive to children's educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors to help families.

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Phone: +44 (0) 1865 435 135

Adam Caller
Tutors International
Clarendon House
52, Cornmarket Street

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