Tutoring at home

Learning doesn’t have to finish at the end of the school day.

Most people need to put some extra work in at some time or another to get on top of subjects and it’s much better than worrying, falling behind, or not getting the exam results you want.

Home tutoring is a good way to learn, especially if there’s a particular subject that you are finding hard. Home tutoring can help you get on top of school work more quickly.

Your local authority can help you find a suitable tutor or you may be able to use online learning, like the BBC websites, to work through subjects in an interesting and motivating way. You might like to do this with the help of a parent or carer, or with a friend.

Local authorities

If you are interested in extra tutoring at home in addition to school, your local authority can help you safely find a qualified tutor who will be able to help

BBC learning online

Maybe a virtual tutor is more your style. The BBC has a series of curriculum-based websites designed to help you with your homework and learning. Interactive learning can help you to develop, especially if you’re finding a subject hard or a bit dull.

There’s also an SOS Tutor to search for help if you get stuck on something in particular.

Check out the following BBC pages:

Education Otherwise

The Education Otherwise website provides information, resources and support for parents, carers and young people who are interested in replacing learning at school with learning at home

EOTAS (Education Otherwise Than At School)

Your local authority will also have an Education Otherwise Than At School (EOTAS) Service. This will offer help to children and young people of compulsory school age who are out of school for a wide variety of reasons.

These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Sickness
  • Pregnancy
  • Being excluded
  • Being at risk of exclusion.

It can be a little confusing as many Local Authorities will refer to both home education and EOTAS as “education otherwise” but they are very different options.

Alternative provision offers a package of educational and/or learning activity, which can be provided in and out of school settings.

This could be arranged by a local authority or a school and may include:

  • Full-time placement in a pupil referral unit
  • Part-time placement in a pupil referral unit
  • Placements in an FE college.

Other provision may also be offered, such as:

  • Hospital teaching services
  • Tuition centres
  • e-learning centres.

You might also find a range of alternative projects provided by the voluntary or private sector, or through multi-agency initiatives (such as Youth Offending Teams).

It can also include home tuition if the local authority or school (whichever is arranging and funding the provision) decides that this is the most appropriate way to provide education for an individual pupil.

If you or your parents think that home tuition would be the most appropriate way for you to receive your education, rather than at school, you should discuss this with your school or local authority.

It is important to remember, however, that pupils and parents do not have an automatic right to home education – neither the school nor local authority are obliged to provide home education simply because a pupil would prefer this to attending school.

Visit your local authority’s website for full details.

Home Education

Parents and carers are allowed to educate their children at home rather than at school. Further information on this option is available from the Home Education section of this website.

Education for children with medical needs

If you cannot attend school because of ill health or medical reasons, and you are of compulsory school age, your local authority may decide that you should receive home tuition. The number of hours of home tuition you receive in these circumstances will usually depend on how much you are able to cope with. You should speak to your local authority about this.

If you are attending a FE college and find it difficult to attend your course full-time because you are disabled or have a long-term illness, you should find that your college allows you to combine learning at college with learning at home.

Who can help?

Ask your parent, carer or teacher for help if you don’t understand a subject or are finding something too hard. You could also try talking to your friends – maybe you can help each other.

If you are interested in extra tutoring at home in addition to school, your local authority can help you safely find a qualified tutor who will be able to help. Find details by looking in the phonebook or by visiting the Department for Education website.

If you are interested in replacing learning at school with learning at home then visit the Home Education article on this site for more information

Visit the following sites for more help and support:

The Education Otherwise website provides information, resources and support for parents, carers and young people who are interested in replacing learning at school with learning at home