Azara Blog: Government wants one-to-one tuition for "struggling" students

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Date published: 2007/01/08

The BBC says:

Children who fall behind in maths or English could be offered one-to-one tuition to help get them back on track.

Struggling pupils in the later years of primary and early years of secondary school will get extra help outside school hours from qualified teachers.

If the short bursts of tuition succeed in helping pupils in pilot areas, it could be rolled out across England.

The NUT welcomed the plans, saying one-to-one tuition should not just be restricted to those who can afford it.

The General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Steve Sinnott, told the BBC: "If a youngster is struggling at school and their parents have the money to be able to assist that youngster, what they do is they go and they get them a private tutor.

"We believe that access to that one-to-one tuition shouldn't be restricted simply to the children of those whose parents can afford it."

Many schools already give struggling pupils extra help in key subjects.

Who is going to decide what procedure will be used (and how expensive will this procedure be), in order to determine who qualifies for this tuition? Who is going to judge whether the pilot trials have been value for money? Is one-to-one tuition better value for money than small group tuition? Is it fair that someone infinitessimally above the cutoff line gets no extra help and someone just below it gets special help? When are we going to have an education system where everybody gets the best, instead of only a few at the top and a few at the bottom of the pile?

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