Ever sat in the lesson space waiting for a pupil who never arrives?
They’re not skiving on purpose, pupils on the Schools Programme sometimes can’t help missing a session due to last-minute changes in their timetable.
In these cases, if your pupil hasn’t turned up for your lesson, you might have the option to be matched with a new pupil.
This is to provide one-off cover for the remainder of the hour, and you’ll receive an extra £10 if you choose to join the new lesson - £20 total for an hour’s teaching. Nifty.
How will it work?
If we think it's likely that your pupil won't be attending, we'll ask you if it's okay to start a search to match you with a lonely pupil of the same subject and level.
If there's a match, you'll see a list of pupils that you can help out. Just select a pupil and their details will pop up, along with a 'Launch Lesson' button - click that and you'll join the new pupil.
Once you're in, treat the lesson as you would a normal cover lesson. Introduce yourself and take some time to find out a little about your pupil and what they'd like to work on. To help out with this, when you launch the lesson the pupil's profile will open in a new tab.
(Bear in mind this switch won’t happen every time you’re without a pupil, as there needs to be a fellow lonely pupil to match you with.)
What if I'm late?
If you are more than 5 minutes late, we'll start searching for a cover tutor for your pupil - and if there’s a match you’ll miss that lesson. If you know that you'll be running late, please call us at the time and we'll make sure that your pupil isn't matched with a cover tutor.
A note on our policy
We know we're always telling you how important it is to stay in the lesson space for the full 55 minutes if your pupil hasn't shown. Though this still stands, under these circumstances it's more than okay to leave your original lesson - you're helping out a pupil that wouldn't have had a lesson otherwise!