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Advice to parents and carers making private arrangements for their children's education

Many parents will at some stage think about employing a private tutor to support their child’s learning, or provide for their child’s education other than at school.

Before engaging a private tutor, parents are advised to:

·         always interview their chosen candidates

·         ask for, and check, professional references, qualification certificates

·        ask to see a copy of the tutor’s Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check

If there are career gaps on the tutor’s CV ask for, and check, their reasons why.

If the tutor is employed at a school you can also ask for a reference from the school’s Headteacher.

Remember – you are the employer and have the right to ask for this information

·         It is a good idea to interview your candidates at home and introduce them to your child so you can see how they get on

·         Once the tuition starts it should take place in an area that you have easy access to and can see what is happening. Make sure that the area is well organised and suitable for studying. Do not use a bedroom

·         If you are unhappy with the way a tutor is treating your child you can tell them to leave immediately and dismiss them from the position

If you are concerned for the safety and welfare of your child you should discuss the matter with the Child Care Duty Team on 01225 39312 or 01225 396313 (see below) or email



If you have a concern about a child or young person, please call:


Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team on 01225 396312 or 396313


If outside of office hours please call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165


If a child or young person is in immediate danger then please dial 999 and ask for police assistance.

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