Is your child falling behind? Finding the right tutor | Cowra Guardian

If your child has fallen behind in learning at home, you may want to consider finding a tutor. But choosing the right guardian to meet your child’s needs can be daunting.

Tutoring expert and co-founder of the Australian Tutoring Association, Mohan Dhall, said a parent can discern that their child may need additional tuition fees when they see or are told by teachers that their child was behind or ahead of his peers of the same age.

Parents need to be aware of the usual stages of development to make an informed decision about the need for additional and targeted support. General information about a child’s position in relation to these stages can be obtained by examining the NAPLAN data received after testing in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

As the guardian market is increasingly saturated, parents need to know how to select the right guardian for their child.

Here are some of Mr. Dhall’s expert tips to help your kids get the most out of their school fees.

Types of tutor

Mr Dhall said different children have different needs. Tutoring can be one-on-one, small group, large group or online. Individual tutors will prepare lessons for each student, tutoring centers have established homework and lessons, and coaching centers focus on test performance.

Tutors should also be qualified for your child’s age group – primary tutors should have teacher training and high school tutors should be subject matter experts.

Child protection

Mr Dhall said parents and guardians should keep responsibility and child protection in mind when choosing a guardian. All guardians should have a work check with the children and should welcome parents’ questions about safety.

Online tutors should record all online tutoring sessions and make them available to parents. “Guardians who avoid responsibility should be strictly avoided,” he said.

Expected costs

Tuition can be expensive, so it’s important for parents to be careful who they use to tutor their child, Mr Dhall said. Prices can range from $ 10 per hour for group classes to over $ 150 per hour for a highly trained and experienced professional offering one-on-one support. Sometimes tuition centers charge quarter by quarter, usually between $ 400 and $ 800 per 10 week quarter.

Where to look

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a tutor, where to start your search? Avoid social media platforms or websites where guardian credentials cannot be verified. “Several people have come to us to report scams from these websites,” he said. The ATA website has a list of all of its members. Members follow a code of conduct, have child protection credentials and qualifications verified, and receive training.

NAPLAN’s surprising 2021 results

Despite fears that lock-in learning may leave children missing, NAPLAN’s preliminary results are “reassuring,” the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACRA) reported.

This year, more than 1.2 million students from over 9,000 schools took the exams for the first time since 2019.

Surprisingly, preliminary results from NAPLAN reveal that the COVID-19 pandemic has had no significant impact on student literacy and numeracy at the national or state level.

The 2021 results were “not significantly different” from the 2019 results, ACRA said. Compared to 2008, reading, arithmetic and spelling for years 3 and 5 have improved considerably.

“It is certainly a relief that we have yet to see the big drops we were expecting due to school closures,” Federal Education and Youth Minister Alan Tudge said.

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