You’re looking for the right tutor for your special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) child… but there are so many websites. How on earth are you going to find the right one?
It’s a conundrum many parents face, trust me.
If your child has special educational needs, you need a tutor who not only understands the challenges associated with that, but also knows how to effectively support your child.
Now, have you seen how many tutor websites say they can cater for children with SEND needs? You have? Well, you may have also dug a little deeper and found many tutors across lots of sites, all with different credentials and various prices. So, how do you choose between them?
Choosing a SEND tutor
I would say that there are two key things to look for first. They are:
A tutor’s qualifications
When you’re looking for a special needs tutor you should look for a person who has relevant teaching qualifications. A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) along with qualified teacher status (QTS) is the minimum a tutor should have. After that, you should see if a tutor has any additional qualifications that would be relevant to helping your SEND child. These could include:
A special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) qualification
Qualifications relating to prevalent learning difficulties, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.
Once you’re satisfied that the tutor you’ve chosen has relevant qualifications, then check their price.
Price will vary depending on a tutor’s qualifications and experience. If, for example, you went to see a speech and language therapist privately, you would typically pay between £50 and £100, reflecting the level of skill and expertise of the specialist. The same goes for tutors.
All SEND Tutoring teachers have specific training and qualifications in special educational needs and disabilities. So you know that they have the skills, knowledge and experience to help your child reach their potential.