Do you need to be a qualified teacher to be a tutor?

Posted on December 12th, 2017

It’s not necessary to be a qualified teacher to tutor.

It does help if you have some experience of working in the educational sector or a qualification which is specific to the subject you will be supporting.

When I started tutoring this was a main concern of mine. My degree is childcare and education but I had never trained (or had any desire to train) as a teacher. I had worked in childcare and educational settings for the previous 11 years both mainstream and special needs.

It was explained to me that some parents will prefer qualified teachers, but other parents will place more emphasis on the tutor’s ability to relay the information and their ability to build a relationship with the student.

Teachers are trained to teach in a specific style. It is possible that if the child doesn’t understand the teacher’s techniques in the classroom, they may need someone to explain it to them using different methods or a different logic.

Having said this I have qualified teachers who work for Starr Tutoring who are amazing and get fantastic feedback. Equally I have tutors who work for us who aren’t qualified teachers but who have built up a great rapport with the student. They focus on the child’s personal needs; how they learn and what their areas of weakness are. They have great subject knowledge and the ability to pass this knowledge onto others.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor but feel you need some extra support before you start, you can arrange for a free 30 minute chat* to help you get started.

If you’re interested just email me at with the subject heading FREE 30 minute chat. I will do what I can to help you get started on the journey to becoming a successful tutor.


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