A Code of Ethics for Tuition Agencies

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At TutorCruncher, we believe that all tuition agencies should abide by a code of ethics to ensure that they deliver the best possible service to their customers. Whereas the private tuition industry isn't regulated by the government, it's up to agencies themselves to set their own standards when it comes to offering tuition to students. Here are our recommended guidelines for tuition agency standards.

Safety First

We believe that safety should be the priority for every tuition agency. Because tuition agencies offer their services to those under 16 and to other vulnerable members of society, we believe that every tutor should undergo a criminal background check from the Disclosure and Barring Service before they are offered a contract with an agency. Ideally, we also believe that tutors should be given training on how to be safety conscious during lessons and students should receive information on how to stay safe when they're on their own. We believe that safety is everyone's responsibility and everyone involved in a student's education should have a responsibility of care. ** Suitable Qualifications for Tutors ** Tutors come from a range of different backgrounds and that's one of the things that make the industry so successful. However, we believe that there needs to be a minimum qualification level set for people who want to become private tutors. We don't necessarily think that every tutor should hold a teaching qualification but we do believe that they should have a qualification in the subject that they plan to teach. Ideally, we think tutors should be educated to degree level and have relevant experience of working in the education industry or with young people. ** Student-Focused Learning ** One of the main differences between private tuition and classroom learning is that one to one tuition enables tutors to give more time to understanding what students think of particular learning points. We believe that one to one tuition gives students more of an opportunity to express their opinions, which encourages independent learning. By taking a student- focused approach, students form their own opinions quicker, which can help with all aspects of their education including exam preparation and making the transition from high school to university.

A Desire to Succeed

Every tuition agency should have a desire for their students to achieve their full potential. At the heart of it, that's the reason that students attend agencies in the first place – they want to improve their education. We believe that a tuition agency should do all it can to help students achieve their goals and should employ a variety of different teaching methods to enable them to do so. Making use of the wealth of experience that tutoring agency staff have can be a great way to ensure that students receive the best possible education. What do you think of our code of ethics for tutoring agencies? Do you agree with our list? Are there any points that you'd like to add yourself? What standards does your tuition agency abide by? We'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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