As a supply teacher, the unpredictability of employment often leads teachers into other areas of education. One of the most reliable sources of income for supply teachers is private tuition.
As a qualified teacher, becoming a private tutor is relatively easy. It’s recommended that tutors are qualified to at least degree level and hold a DBS certificate to ensure students and parents make safe hiring decisions. Most supply teachers will already have these practicalities covered.
Most private tutors in the UK are self employed and either find work on their own or through private tuition agencies. In any case, all tutors need to be registered with HMRC within three months of going into business. Even if registered with an agency, it’s usually up to the tutor to arrange their own tax payments.
Here are some practical aspects to consider when setting up as a tutor:
- Will you travel to students or will they come to you?
- If you choose to tutor in your own home, will you apply for professional indemnity insurance?
- If you decide to travel to students, have you considered fuel expenses in your hourly rate?
- Most lessons take place after school - are you willing to give up your evenings and weekends?
As with any new business, one of the most difficult aspects of setting up as a tutor is marketing. Finding your first student can be challenging but once word gets out in your local area, you’ll soon pick up more students through word of mouth. One of the most effective ways of marketing your services is online. These days, Google is the first place people go when looking for local information so if you’re internet savvy, setting up your own website can be a great way to ensure consistent business.
Similarly, there are several private tuition directories that you can register with such as The Tutor Website, which advertises your services directly to students and parents in your local area without paying agency fees.
How Much Can You Earn?
How much you earn as a tutor can be dependant on where you live and what you teach. Tutors generally charge between £20 and £50 per hour, dependant on experience. Those living in London tend to charge more than those who live elsewhere in the UK. Many tutors offer their services full time and report earnings in excess of £36,000 a year – the equivalent of a teacher on an M6 pay scale. Tutors who teach core subjects can find themselves booked months in advance for lessons. English, Maths and Science tutors are most in demand by students.
For more information on working as a private tutor in the UK, have a look at The Tutor Website.
Featured article kindly submitted by Jamie Thomson of The Tutor Website
Second in a series of articles looking at additional earning potential for supply teachers