The number of secondary school students who have had a tutor in the past year is currently at 27%. These numbers are even higher in London (41%).
The Sutton Trust has been measuring and reporting on the number of students recieving private tuition since 2005 (when 18% of students were receiving tuition).
They have measured the prevalence of tutoring for students from differing socio-economic backgrounds.
They found that:
- 34% of young people from more advantaged households have had tutoring this year, in contrast to 20% of students from less well-off households.
They also found that
- Young people from minority ethnic backgrounds have a much higher rate of private tuition, with 56% of Asian pupils and 42% of Black pupils compared to 25% of White pupils.
- Those from two parent families are also more likely than those from single parent households (31% compared to 24%)
The Sutton Trust have called for means-tested vouchers to enable one-to-one tuition for less advantaged students of all attainment levels.
Qualified Tutor aim to support this strategy, by offering NPQT scholarships to socially-active tutors who are willing to donate 10 tutoring hours to students eligible for pupil premium. It’s a pay-it-forward grassroots initiative.