The continuous failure of the state, as well as the private schools to address the individual and unique problems of the students and ever increasing demand of the parents to see their children are getting respectable grades in A level and GCSE, has led to a boom in the private tutoring industry in the recent years in UK. Irrespective of the fact that the tutoring industry is continuously being criticised by the group of teachers and irrespective of the fact that the effort of the State is being continued to make the student self-reliant to learn the subjects with the help of their school teachers only, the tutoring industry seemed to be gaining its momentum day by day because of its efficient and effective contribution to the educational drive of the students.
The human civilisation is rolling forward each and every day crossing the barrier of new challenges in every field of knowledge and to keep its pace, the educational system of every society is gradually uplifting its standards. The syllabus is changing continuously to pose new challenges before the students as well as new barriers to break to achieve their intended results. The schools are trying their best to educate and support their students to cope up with the new challenges and the new heights of the syllabus but is failing miserably simply because of the reason of supply-demand gaps. Developing a clear concept of the subject as well as getting an undivided individual attention of the tutors is simply becoming more and more impossible for the students from the school teachers. The problem becomes intensive when the student is really lacking in concept and failed to keep pace with the rapid coverage of the syllabus by the school teachers. Almost all the students in the UK are facing the same problem in one or more than one subjects and the picture is more or less same in all over the world, especially in the economically advanced countries like UK, USA.
Getting a good grade in A level, GCSE or getting a good score in SAT, has now become simply impossible without the help of a tutor and the reflections of the students of various grades in the UK reveals the same. There is a surge for private tutors and the curve is going to be upwards in the coming days as the specialised skills of the private tutoring industry in addressing unique problems of the students, the capacity of preparing an effective plan for them to achieve their goal, the ability to encourage them to bring out the best of their performance are all contributing to the unprecedented demand of the UK tutoring industry and truly marking a new dawn for the same.
According to the guardian, the private tutoring industry in the UK has already touched a whopping £6 billion mark by the end of 2014 and the graph is trending upward, irrespective of the status of the economic condition of UK. The percentage of students opting for private tuition for the betterment of their grades or for having access to better universities or educational institution has been increased from 18% in 2005 to 25% in 2014 and London, in particular, has registered the percentage at 44% by the end of 2014.
More than hundreds of thousands of students in the UK, starting from the primary level to the university level, are relying on the private tutoring either to improve their subject knowledge or to improve their grades. These are even true for the higher class assignments as well as research papers. The price, according to The Guardian, varies from £7 per hour to a staggering £60 per hour for enjoying these private tutoring services. The parents are anxious to get their child through the continuously updated syllabus and to see that their children get an opportunity to study in a good university or school to have a secured career. So they are paying and in front of the fierce competition amongst a large number of students in the UK, the parents are more willing to get the additional support of the private tutors to fulfil the dream of their children. In fact, for most of the parents, the private tuition has become one of the essential parts of the education system and there is no way that any level of State effort can stop this feeling. The reason is clear. The parents and the students are getting results, the private tutoring industry, with its vast pool of resources, are delivering and hence the parents are even more eager to pay for securing the additional help for their children over and above what they get from the regular school teaching.
The significant fact that already a large number of state primary and secondary schools are paying thousands of pounds to the private tutoring industry itself is a remarkable evidence how the private tutoring industry is playing increasingly significant and vital role in helping the entire student community of UK to achieve their educational objective. As reported by The Guardian, Exam Confidence, a private tutoring agency charges up to £1400 per day from some of the schools which want to provide the additional facilities of private tutoring for its students who are lacking in concept and are failing to keep up with the pace of the school teaching. This is not the one. Almost all the private tutoring agencies, especially the online ones, are getting such contracts from various State as well as private schools to provide extra tuition in order to help their underprivileged students. The report that the number of such registrations and contract with the private tutoring agencies are on the rise is quite encouraging for this multi-million-pound tutoring industry.
The educationalists and the state are continuously striving to put a hold on this tremendous growth rate, but the industry is flying with colours and scaling new peaks with each day because of the unprecedented demand of the private tutors, both online and offline and because of the dismal performance of the State run schools to win the confidence of the students as well as their parents to provide the teaching standard required by the students to achieve their goals.