I am often asked how to help children who lack confidence at school. I find that one-to-one tuition can be a vital support. This gives children an opportunity to spend time with a qualified teacher and talk through their difficulties.
Children often have excellent teachers and also get the chance to work in small groups at school. This is very helpful. However, some children need a little more. They need the chance to spend quality one-to-one time with someone who is experienced and qualified.
That’s where the role of the personal tutor comes in. Tutors support what the teacher does. They do not replace the teacher.
When I was a class teacher, I had no problem with students having personal tutors. In fact, I often saw the benefit in the classroom and was pleased when they brought in work to show me.
For me, it was a partnership. We were all involved in supporting the child and helping them to become a better learner.