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The Benefits of Private Tuition

The concept of private tuition has been with us for centuries, originating as a benefit for the children, generally boys, of the financially privileged classes. The concept then was to develop a small and focused environment, in which sons and heirs could be taught the rudiments of business, whether this be ‘landed’ estate management, or the external business ventures of the middle classes. These rudiments were taught in addition to a general and good standard of academic education. Such education was expanded to include the sort of general knowledge, which would thoroughly equip the tutee to be adept in social situations.

The Success Of Private Tuition

The success of private tuition can be measured in terms of its longevity; after all, it can be no coincidence that this system of education has continued to be desirable and effective well into the 20th century and beyond. This is in spite of the almost commensurate evolution of the alternative Preparatory and senior schools.

Indeed today, having been privately tutored until the standard entry point of 13 years, an applicant often has an increased chance of application success for much contested places at Public schools at senior level. Such children are often found to be better organised and disciplined in the execution of their academic work, than their school-attending peers.

A Bespoke Timetable

Perhaps the key to the success of private tuition lies in its flexibility. Tuition can be full or part time, and compliment other forms of extra-curricular education such as outdoor learning, and the currently on-trend promotion of sporting activity. Research conducted to ascertain how children learn best has found that balance between sporting and educational activity is essential to achieve optimum learning, but that this can require careful timetable organisation. It stands to reason that the flexibility to offer this balance lies much more easily within the remit of the private tutor, who is able to offer a bespoke timetable, built around the individual child’s needs, than that of a ‘corporate’, and by its very nature inflexible, large school environment. This adoption of work/sport balance is a valuable lesson, which has benefits far beyond childhood.

The World Is Becoming A Much Smaller Place

The world in which we and our children move is becoming a much smaller place, and working parents are often required to operate within the global market place, both virtually, and physically. Private tuition offers a way in which to keep the family together: gone is the necessity of boarding a child out, previously considered the best way in which a child’s educational (and personal) stability could be ensured when parents worked away.

If children are able to travel as part of their secure family unit then they not only have the benefits of cultural and linguistic exposure, but also by utilising private tuition, their academic education need hardly miss a beat.

Private Tuition Can Provide The Best Possible Outcome For Both Parents & Children

Some of the most notable literary figures, such as the novelists Henry James and the more contemporary Tracey Chevalier were privately tutored, and credit this entrepreneurial method of teaching with imbuing them with a lifelong passion for literature and the arts.

In James’ case in particular, his private tuition was delivered in Europe, England and America creating, as his father wished, the broadest possible outlook, and ready access to books (!) for his children. Surely, this is one of the best examples of how the flexibility of private tuition can provide the best possible outcome for both parents and children.

Private tuition was devised to offer high quality, and individual educational advantages to children, and these ideals have hardly changed over the intervening centuries. What has strengthened the concept of private tuition is the flexibility of the education itself, and the environment in which it can be delivered, which can only be celebrated.

December 28, 2015

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