Welcome to our blog on becoming an 11 Plus tutor.
How to become an 11 plus tutor
Although many 11-plus exams claim to be tutor-proof, coaching for secondary school entrance tests is a huge industry. Parents want to give their child any possible advantage over the competition, so there is a high demand for good 11-plus tutors. More than a quarter of state school pupils are estimated to have had some form of private tuition.
There are no formal requirements or qualifications for becoming an 11-plus tutor. In theory, anyone can set up as an independent tutor. However, you will need a supply of past papers and other teaching resources. Set up an online profile for your tutoring business and use social media and online 11-plus forums and directories to find clients. Tutors often get referrals by word of mouth. Your business will only thrive if you can successfully coach children to pass grammar school and private school entrance exams!
There are also many tutoring agencies that employ 11-plus tutors on a freelance basis. They will typically take a commission, but provide tutoring resources. Tutoring agencies typically require their tutors to be educated to an undergraduate degree level. Additionally, they expect tutors to have a DBS certificate. Tutors may also consider taking out liability insurance.
Do we really need to get a private tutor for my child to sit the 11-Plus?
Yes, it is a very good idea. Even though your child may be capable of getting into grammar school, it is important they familiarise themselves with the types of questions that could be asked, the format of the exam papers and how to perform under exam conditions to give themselves the best chance.
Do we start tuition before our grammar school application?
There is not a one size fits all solution! However, generally speaking, we advise no more than 12 months of tuition for the Eleven Plus. So, starting at the beginning of Year 5 is probably a good time. At the very latest, January of Year 5 for exams taking place in September of Year 6.
How do you choose the right tutor?
Word of mouth is often the best way. Look for tutors who’ve gained positive reviews from other parents and successfully prepared students for the 11-Plus exam in your area. However, don’t take recommendations as gospel. What’s important is that your child gets on with their tutor. Many tutoring services will be happy to offer trial sessions at a lower rate so you can get a feel for the tutor before committing to full-priced lessons.
Amount of tutoring needed
Once again there is no precise answer about how much is the right amount. During term time, most tutors will hold a weekly session of between 60 to 90 minutes with additional homework set each week. In the holidays the tutor may also recommend extra sessions. This is especially important in the summer period leading up to the 11 Plus exams in Autumn.