Over the summer holidays we’re piloting some more group courses! Here's everything you need to know about them…
The application process
When will I have to sign-up?
To be in with a chance to lead a group course, you’ll need to complete the form sent to you via email by 27th of June. This will let us know your availability and the topics you want to teach.
Then starting in early July, we’ll give you access to a list of courses that you can select to tutor. We’ll be uploading new courses as and when they have students booked onto them, so throughout the summer, you’ll be able to check the list and select courses that you’re interested in tutoring.
If you were included in the Easter groups courses, you might notice that this is looking a little different this summer - this is to ensure that all courses have sign ups before we allocate tutors to avoid cancellations and disappointment.
What’s the sign up process?
To sign-up, you need to fill in the form sent to your email.
Then we’ll send you regular reminders when new courses are available for you to sign up for - but please do regularly check the course lists. Once you’ve signed up to a course, we’ll reach out to you via email to confirm your place!
What information do I need to provide in the first form?
Please fill in all fields on the form to ensure we know all about your weekly availability over the summer, as well as the topics and age groups you’d like to teach. It’s important that you answer accurately as your answers will influence which courses we host and when!
Am I guaranteed to get work?
Filling out the first form doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get work. Once our courses start getting booked up by students, we’ll start sharing them with you. Then you’ll be able to view a list of available courses and sign-up directly. Sign-ups will work on a first-come-first-served basis.
Who’s eligible to tutor summer groups?
This summer, we’ve invited tutors who’ve taught 50 or more private lessons with us, have top track records, and teach the subjects which have the highest parent demand.
What does a top track record look like?
A ‘top track record’ means that you’ve received at least a 4* review in 95% of your lessons or more.
What subjects are being offered?
This summer we’ll be offering Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, French, German and Spanish. We’ll also be offering some new co-curricular topics – including career paths, university prep and communication skills!
When will I find out if I’ve been successfully confirmed on to a course?
Once you’ve selected a course from the list, you’ll receive an automated email to let you know that we’ve received your selection. Then we’ll check that you’re eligible to tutor that course (for example that you currently tutor the topic that you’ve selected). Within a couple of days, you’ll receive a confirmation email for your course, along with training materials to get you ready to teach!
How do I know if I’m eligible to tutor one of the co-curricular courses?
For career path courses, you should be studying or have studied in a relevant area to the course subject – this will be either business or environmental science.
For university prep courses, you’ll have to be studying or have studied the subject at university level.
For communication skills courses, please make sure you can demonstrate some experience in public speaking, whether this is through university study, work or extracurricular activities.
We’ll specify the course requirements on the course description before you select your course. Please make sure that your experience matches the course topic before selecting the course (as we’ll be checking your profile before confirming you onto it).
How many tutors will be selected?
The number of tutors selected for the groups this summer is dependent on the demand we see from parents – but we expect there'll be around 300 tutors involved this summer.
Can I tutor more than one course?
Yes! You can sign up to tutor more than one course over the summer - just make sure that when you’re signing up for courses, you can fully commit to completing all the lessons. We won’t be replacing tutors or able to reschedule courses or one off sessions, so please ensure that you can commit to 100% of the sessions you sign up for.
We recommend tutoring a maximum of 3 courses, but ultimately this is up to you and how much time you can commit.
Will I get the opportunity to sign up again in the future if I don’t find a course to tutor this summer?
This series of summer group sessions is a pilot, and we’re hoping to scale it up in the future. Whilst we don’t know what subjects or levels we’d be looking for, if you fit the criteria we’ll be sure to reach out.
I’ve selected a course and received my confirmation email – what next?
You’ll receive a confirmation email as soon as you’ve selected your course. Within a couple of days, you’ll receive an email containing everything you need to get ready for your course. This will include the link and a passcode that you’ll use to join your group sessions, as well as your Course Guide. We’ll also send you some reminder notifications closer to your course start date.
Will I receive any training before I teach the courses?
Before the start of your course, we’ll send you a confirmation email with some instructions and links to all your training materials. This will include a Course Guide (learning outcomes, recommended resources and suggested activities) to help you plan your sessions, and online training to help you prepare for group teaching and learn more about how the lesson space works.
Do I teach and access lessons via MyTutor’s platform?
No – it’s a little different from the MyTutor lesson space, so you can only access it using the link and passcode that we email to you prior to the start of your course. You’ll get a link to try and test the new lesson space before the beginning of the course.
But don’t worry - the space is intuitive, and we’ll send you instructions about how best to connect to and use it. You’ll also get a link to try and test the new lesson space before the beginning of the course.
Why can’t I decide which topics to cover?
We want to make sure all our courses reflect what parents are looking for, which is why we’re recruiting tutors for specific subjects, courses, and themes within them. Whilst we’re providing teaching material, you’re free to run your course as you see fit, and adapt it to your pupils' levels. Just make sure to cover the topics outlined to you, as that’s what parents and students are expecting!
How long will the sessions last?
The sessions will last between one and a half and two and a half hours, and they’ll run over 2, 5 or 10 days.
How many students are in a course?
There’ll be between 2 and 6 students in each course, so the course will need to be booked by a minimum of 2 students for it to go ahead. If the course has to be cancelled the week before it’s due to start due to a last-minute change, you’ll be paid a cancellation fee of 25% of the full week to compensate for any prep time.
What happens if not all pupils turn up?
If some pupils don’t turn up, you should still run the course as normal. Just let us know as soon as you finish up, on live chat, over the phone, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then in the next session, you can share any materials from the previous one with the absent student.
If I can’t make one of the lessons, can I reschedule?
If you can’t make it to one of the lessons, you should immediately let us know by emailing us at email@example.com, or giving us a call. We won’t be able to reschedule lessons once they’re confirmed, so it’s important that you let us know in advance so that we can inform the students and help them to find another course if that’s what they want.
What's the cancellation policy for parents?
Parents can cancel their course booking free of charge, if they ask for the change at least 72 hours before the beginning of the course.
What happens if my course gets cancelled?
If the course has to be cancelled the week before it’s due to start due to a last-minute change, you’ll be paid a cancellation fee of 25% of the full week to compensate for any prep time. We’ll make sure to have this organised by the end of September for you.
How will payment work?
As this is still a pilot, it’s not considered part of your usual tutor pay so will come through as a separate transaction and won’t appear on your income page. You’ll receive a payslip via email, separate to your usual MyTutor payment. This will be paid into your usual bank account at the beginning of August for courses during July and at the beginning of September for courses during August.
How often will I be paid?
As these payments will be separate to your usual MyTutor payments - you’ll only be paid once at the end of each month you work on summer group courses.
How will I know if I'll be paid in August or September?
If your course starts and finishes in July you’ll be paid at the beginning of August. All other courses that run over the month of August will be paid at the beginning of September. All payments will be accompanied with a payslip sent via email.
How much can I earn?
The courses have set price points assigned to them, so when you select your course you will also select the price assigned to it. Earnings will range between £26 and £30 per hour. Keep in mind that the courses will run between one and a half and two and a half hours each day, and the courses will run across one or two weeks.
Here’s what parents pay:
|Course type||Level||Parents pay||You take home (including holiday pay)|
|90min x 5 days||
£195 (£26 per hour)
|90min x 10 days||
£390 (£26 per hour)
2h30 x 2 days
£150 (£30 per hour)
90min x 5 days
£225 (£30 per hour)
90min x 10 days
£450 (£30 per hour)
What else changes for group tuition?
For group courses, we work with you a little differently from how we work with you for 1 to 1 lessons.
When you’re tutoring 1 to 1, you have a higher degree of autonomy over the tuition services you provide to parents and students. You’re selected by the parent, set your own hourly rates from the range of bands set by MyTutor, and have a direct relationship with your client.
For group courses, selection and correspondence will come from us, not parents. Due to these different ways of working you’ll need to accept some new T&Cs to reflect that your employment status when tutoring groups courses (Worker) is different from your employment status when tutoring 1 to 1 lessons on the private side of MyTutor (Self employed).
Your tax status will remain ‘self-employed’ for the purposes of your pay for tutoring carried out for summer groups, so you’ll still need to complete your tax return as normal to let HMRC know how much you've earned. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer tax advice, so please seek professional advice or speak to HMRC if you have any questions.
You can read the full T&Cs here.
The lesson space
Can I access the lesson space before my course begins?
Yes! You can test out the lesson space in a demo session here. You’ll also be able to access your lesson space an hour and a half before each session, so you can upload resources or prep the space in advance.
How do I access the lesson space?
You’ll receive a link and passcode to your course lesson space by email – it’ll be the same link for each day of your course. However, the space will renew each day, meaning that anything on the whiteboards will disappear when you go into the next session. But don’t worry – you can still access each day’s session an hour and a half before it starts.
How can I learn how to use the lesson space?
You’ll receive a link to some online training by email. This has lots of useful information on how to use the lesson space, and links to further help.
What happens at the start of a session?
Students can’t enter the space until you arrive – so they’ll be kept on a holding page until you join.
What happens at the end of a session?
Make sure to click ‘end session for all’ at the end of the lesson. This will make sure your students don’t remain in the lesson space without you.
Are sessions recorded?
All sessions are recorded and saved, starting from when you first join the lesson space (even if it’s when you’re prepping).
For more information about the lesson space you’ll be using, check out their FAQs here.
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