Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications do I need?
Currently, there's no official accreditation for tutors in the UK, so how qualified a tutor should be is generally at the discretion of clients. However, we only accept tutors with degree-level qualifications or who are in the process of a degree qualification.
Teachers and retired-teachers often decide to become tutors and they are sometimes the preferred choice of tutor as their previous experience clearly shows their expertise. On the other hand, many clients consciously decide to choose a tutor who is not a teacher, as they may have a slightly alternative teaching approach. We recruit both teachers and non-teachers as tutors.
How old do I have to be?
Tutors must be at least 18 years of age.
What do I have to do to become an Acorn Tutor?
Send us an email with “Tutor Application: (your name)” as the subject and attaching your CV (be sure to include a reference contact). If we like the look of your CV, we'll then get in touch with you to arrange an interview. We'll then send you an application form to complete and contact your referees.
I fulfil all the requirements and the interview goes well- what next?
Congratulations- you match-up to our high standards! We’ll now put you on our tutoring database and then start putting you in touch with clients as soon as possible!
Do I need a DBS check?
You are required to have an enhanced DBS certificate in order to work with Acorn Tutors. If you do not have one, you can obtain one via us upon joining. Once you have obtained your DBS, you can apply for the Update Service and transfer your DBS across to other roles that might require it, saving you the cost and hassle of having to constantly reapply for a new certificate.
Do I have to accept an introduction from Acorn Tutors?
There is no obligation to accept any particular introduction by Acorn Tutors. Each introduction must be considered on its own merits, and failure to accept will not prohibit future introductions.
Do I have to have a minimum number of pupils per week?
No tutor has to accept a minimum number of pupils per week, as is the case with some agencies. Many of our tutors are happy with just one pupil, whereas some may have up to ten or more per week.
How does payment work?
The tutor receives their fee directly from the client at the end of each lesson. The tutor is asked to collect the agency commission at the same time, as a matter of administrative convenience, and to send the sum collected during each calendar month to Acorn Tutors within the first nine days of the following month.
How much can I charge?
Tutors set their own lesson fees. Be mindful though, if they're eye-wateringly high, you may not receive a lot of interest!
What about travelling expenses?
If travel exceeds a radius of 1 or 2 miles, then you might reasonably ask for some extra contribution to expenses.
Do I have to tutor from my home?
No, although many of our tutors tend to. Sometimes, clients are more receptive if a tutor is able to go to their house. If you decide to teach at home, make sure the setting is appropriate for learning and consider getting insurance.
If you would like to discuss things further, please just get in touch.