About three in ten children have had private tuition outside school, research published today suggests.
Teenagers from wealthier families are twice as likely to have received additional help compared with their poorer classmates, and those from minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to have had a tutor than white pupils.
Private tuition is the “hidden secret” in an “educational arms race” that reinforces the advantages of richer children, according to the Sutton Trust, which commissioned the report.
A poll of more than 2,600 secondary schoolchildren found that three in ten had received private or home tuition, including music lessons, at some stage. This is up from a quarter last year.
More than a third of those from more advantaged households said that they had received private tuition, this year’s survey found, compared with less than a fifth of those from poorer families.
More than half of Asian pupils and more than two fifths of black pupils said that they had had a tutor, compared with a quarter of white children.
The trust said that it was calling for schools to establish “homework clubs” to give poorer pupils the support they needed and urged government to introduce a voucher system, using money set aside for disadvantaged children, to provide addition tuition.
Jemma Crew in the Independent also comments. (The shadow education market is now worth £2 billion….
Without adverse selection future medics will come from the privileged classes… Years of unethical recruitment, whilst rejecting the bulk of UK applicants are coming home to roost. Meanwhile, thousands of “nurses” are not what they seem, and patients die because “real” nurses are too busy.