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Alex had been tested in Year 4 for dyslexia and he came out mildly dyslexic for spelling.  He has a poor short term memory, and we were concerned about him going to Senior School with these problems. Alex started off a bit ‘anti’, but now he agrees that his writing is better and the improvement has been commented on by teachers.  We are so pleased he is getting professional help, and are especially pleased that he now see the benefit and is self-motivated. He now is now asking for help with his Maths too!
Mrs D Wilson
“I would just like to say I have nothing but praise for I Love to Learn and all the tutors, not only has Dottie already improved with her maths work in the time she has been there but her confidence is so much better too. I want to thank you all so much, she has absolutely loved it, and without a doubt I would not hesitate in bringing her back.” Kayleigh (parent) 2021
Kayleigh Nutbeamparent
GCSE Maths
Alex says ” I learned more in three months than my whole time in the maths classroom at school. I went from dreading it to feeling much better about being there.” This Summer he was overjoyed to find that he had gone from a Grade 2 in his mocks up to a Grade 4 (C) pass in his final exam.  
“Our children have enjoyed their time at your tuition centre very much, and my wife and I have been incredibly impressed with your professional approach to tuition. Thank you so much for all you have done in making our kids feel comfortable, cared for and safe.” Mr Usuanlele.
Mr UsuanleleParent
At the time of writing this testimonial, my daughter has had only 5 sessions and her confidence and ability has increased significantly!  (Now) she talks of enjoying maths and of her abilities in maths instead of her inabilities, participates more in maths lessons at school and is keen to do her maths homework, both from school and from the sessions.  As a parent I am thrilled that her confidence has grown significantly and would recommend I Love to Learn without hesitation.
S BondParentPortsmouth
“We also had a parent’s meeting at his school earlier this week.  I am pleased to say that his maths teacher was very impressed with not only his work, but also his attitude toward it.  I can only say that this is because of the wonderful service you and your colleagues have given.  Thank you so much for this.  Ellis is really enjoying his time with you and also seeing how well he is doing and this has resulted in a positive attitude towards learning.” James (parent) 2021
James Hannon
“Thanks for all your hard work with Rebecca Kivlin. She has started Milton Cross this week. Rebecca is in the top set for maths and science, and the second group for everything else. Without coming to Love to Learn she would never have achieved this.  Thanks”    
Julie Powell
I would like to thank you for everything that you have done, and also pass on my gratitude from Lottie because she has learnt she has really benefited from and her confidence in maths has vastly improve, so much so that she now tells me that she looks forward to maths class at school!
Charlotte's parents
winner “We had planned to stop the tutoring after the 11+ exam, but with the next lockdown and more disruption to her education, we quickly relented when she literally begged us to continue going! The sessions are adjusted to her needs and she describes them as ‘really fun’ and she likes it that the work is specific to her level and much more individualised than the class work at school.”
Penny Meeking
I would like to thank you for the enthusiastic way in which you have helped Vicky gain confidence in her abilities to learn.  She has been a different child since coming to you and has a more positive view now!
Vicky's Parents

A Guide to the Cost of Private Tutors

Why Does the Cost of Tuition Vary So Much?

tutor1According to prospects.ac.uk after-school tutors in the UK charge from around £20-£60 per hour in 2024.  Of course all of this will depend on a great deal?  Is the tutor qualified?  Does the tutor have experience with children?  What qualifications does the tutor have in the subject and what exams (if any) is the child working towards?  It would be quite normal to pay £65 per hour for GCSE tuition and much more than that for the best 11+ tutors in London say!  (Tutorfair.com have prices of over £100 per hour for specialist 11+ tutors/entrance exam tutors)

So why is there so much variation?

What Makes Some Tuition More Expensive?

Does The Fee Include Overheads?

Some tutors work from home or will visit the student’s home, so may have travel expenses which are high at the moment.  Some tutors work from a centre, so they have to pay overheads such as power, rent and rates.  The resources and working environment may be better but it will cost a little more.

How Experienced and Qualified are the Tutors?

This is probably the biggest variable as tutors do not have to be qualified to offer their services.  Some tutors may have a degree in the subject they are teaching and some tutors may have teaching qualifications and classroom experience in schools, so will expect to be better paid.

Does the Tutor Pay VAT?

Tutors do not have to pay VAT  on the private tutoring they do if they are self-employed.  Companies will need to pay this tax howerer if they go over the VAT threshold.  The government have recently changed the law on this as some agencies were avoiding VAT, now they will all have to pay it too.

What Education Level or Exam is the Student Aiming For?

Generally the higher the level of qualification the student is studying for the fewer tutors will be qualified to teach that subject.  If you are studying for a maths degree, for example, it will be more expensive to hire a tutor.  The tutor will have to be more experienced and qualified themselves and the lessons will take longer to prepare, therefore they will charge more.

What Makes Some Tuition Less Expensive?

The Number of Students in a Group

One way to reduce costs is to teach more students at a time.  This may lead to a less individualised lesson if the planning is not well organised.

What Is the Preparation Time?

Using standard resources and computer programmes is a way to reduce costs.  This reduces the preparation time for tutors and so reduces the amount of time spent on each lesson, before and after.  Some companies use AI computer resources which respond to the child’s progress so the tutor does not need to do any planning.

Online or In Person?

Online tutoring can provide services anywhere which increases the supply of tutors and therefore reduces the cost.  For example, they could be from another country with lower wage costs.

schoolkidsWhy are some tuition companies more expensive?

Generally, the more qualified and experienced the tutors are, the highter the fees are going to be.  Some tutors will charge more because, even though they may not pay VAT or have to pay wages, they may have built up a reputation that allows them to increase their fees.  Also, in some regions there is a lot of competition for independent school places and therefore a lot of demand for 11+ tutors.  This drives up prices.

Why are some tuition companies cheaper?

Some ‘tuition centres’ do not employ fully qualified tutors, in fact some may just be enthusiastic graduates or less.  Some education businesses do not actually teach the children but allow the computer AI to teach them.   If a tutor lacks experience and qualifications, teaches online or doesn’t have to travel far, they are likely to charge a lower fee.

I Love to Learn Professional Tuition-Where do we fall?

We only employ fully qualified and experience teachers to be tutors here at I Love to Learn.  This means that we don’t even interview anyone unless they have QTS (qualified teacher status).  We also expect tutors to have a number of years of actual classroom experience.

We run dedicated education centres which means we have to pay overheads.  It does give us the advantage of having all our resources in one place and the ability to run tuition in small groups.  For those reasons our frees of £46 for each 80 min session, which works out at only £34.50 per hour, and we think is great value.  We also think the teaching environment, the excellent computer/non-computer resources and the fun of small group learning make our tutoring a really high quality product.

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