Katie Rushforth from the Institute of Education is currently collecting information for the Private Tuition Project, a doctoral research project being completed at the Institute of Education and funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). The main focus of the research is looking at different aspects of tutoring from both tutors' and pupils' perspectives.
This high profile research was recently mentioned on Radio 4's Learning Curve programme.
At a time when 27% of students in years 6, 11 and 13 reported having a private tutor, there is very little research on effectiveness and quality issues surrounding private tuition within the unregulated UK market, (Ireson and Rushforth, 2005).
She proposes to explore what transpires in the tutoring relationship that is effective in raising achievement from both the tutors' and pupils' perspectives.
Katie is keen to get more tutors involved so she can draw more powerful and valid conclusions. This is your chance to influence how academics and the media see this little understood industry.
If you would like to be part of this study please complete the tutor questionnaire. Research of this kind has never been completed in the UK and your participation would be greatly appreciated.
The questionnaire will take approximately 20 mins and can be completed in stages by clicking 'exit the survey' at the top right hand side of the screen, all your answers will be saved. To return to the questionnaire click again on the link and you will return to the place where you exited.
Please see the project website for more details and contact Katie via that website if you have any questions or require further information.