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About First Tutors: Arts & Crafts

First Tutors: Arts & Crafts was established in 2005 with the aim of helping people find great teachers in their local area. As the first service of our kind, we have won industry award ,and appear regularly in the educational, regional and national press. We are committed to making the tuition market more open and merit-based.

Why Use Us?

  • Reassurance - We conduct ID and reference checks on all our teachers so you can choose them with confidence.
  • Choice - We have many thousands of teachers nationwide, covering a wide variety of subjects. Whether you need to prepare for your Maths GCSE or brush up on your French, First Tutors: Arts & Crafts can help you find a teacher for your subject and level.
  • Feedback - Collectively our teachers have thousands of client reviews.
  • Affordability - We ask for a one-off finder's fee of £9.99-£34.99 and that's all! You only pay once you've used the members' area to discuss the necessary arrangements with your teacher and are happy to go ahead with tuition. Some agencies charge an additional £10 for every hour a teacher teaches, but with First Tutors: Arts & Crafts there are no additional agency fees or hidden costs.
  • Flexibility - There are no minimum or maximum limits on the number of hours you can book a teacher for. And our service can be accessed 24/7, whenever suits you.
  • Accessibility - Our site is secure, functional and easy to navigate. We have a professional development team focused on delivering the highest quality user experience.

First Tutors: Arts & Crafts vs a Typical Agency

First Tutors: Arts & Crafts differs from conventional Tuition Agencies and it is important that you understand how:

  • Browse and select your teacher yourself: there is no middle man.
  • Contact your chosen teachers directly through our private forums to discuss your needs - no payment necessary.
  • We don't perform DBS checks ourselves - this means you must ask to double-check any references/DBSs your teacher claims.
  • We ask for a £9.99-£34.99 finder's fee and that's all. We don't ask for a fee on top of every hour a teacher teaches but equally we cannot fairly intervene if you are not happy with the teacher you have chosen because we do not manage the ongoing relationship. We do however collect feedback from all student's regarding their teacher a couple of weeks after making an introduction for the benefit of other parents and students'.

The cost difference between choosing your own teacher and using an agency:

First Tutors: Arts & Crafts Typical Agency Saving
Introduction £9.99-£34.99 £0 - £20 ~£5
10 hrs of tuition £180** £250 £70
Additional Agency fees (10 hrs) £0 £50
(£5 p.h.)
Total £185 £310 £125

* Our one-off fees are variable and linked to the tutor's price per hour to make our service as affordable as possible

** This is based on our teachers' average fee: £18 per hour (our teachers charge upwards of £9 per hour)