Is Private Tutoring Hindering Social Mobility?

4th October

Increasing numbers of parents are employing private tutors reported The Observer today.  Recently research has found that 25% of children in the UK, and almost 50% of children in London, have received private tuition.  The numbers of young people receiving such tuition are increasing – ten years ago only 18% of children in the UK were tutored and only 34% of young people in London received tutoring.

The Sutton Trust have advocated a means-tested voucher system to allow young people from deprived backgrounds access to tutoring services, which their parents are otherwise unlikely to be able to afford.  The Sutton Trust found that children who are from families within the top 20% of income range are four times more likely to have a private tutor.  A recent survey has also found that 62% of 11 year olds sitting exams for grammar school entry had been tutored privately.

There are real fears that social mobility is being hindered by the growth of private tutoring amongst better off families.

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