Find a Tutor

Our tutors are dedicated school entrance specialists with track records of success getting children into top London schools.

How to Become a Tutor with Us

Are you a qualified teacher looking to become one of our five-star tutors? Read on to find out all about our recruitment process.

Our mission is to recruit the brightest and most qualified tutors for school entrance. However, when recruiting we are not just looking for teaching excellence in our tutors, but also positivity, warmth, reliability, and integrity.

Our eligibility criteria are strict. All of our 11 plus tutors have teaching experience, many in top London independent schools. We do not accept undergraduates or graduates with no teaching experience.

We take two references for all our tutors specifically relating to their teaching capabilities and their experience working with children.

All our tutors must currently hold an Enhanced DBS certificate dated in the last twelve months.

We also require copies of all qualification certificates, such as degree certificates and PGCE certificates.

Read more about our top tutors.

Who recruits our tutors?

Our tutors are all recruited by Ed, Juuli and Phil at Mentor HQ. Juuli and Phil are qualified teachers and Ed is our senior recruiter with years of experience recruiting at all levels within the Education Sector.

All members of staff who recruit tutors at Mentor have completed the NSPCC ‘Safer Recruiting in Education’ course within the last twelve months and all the team receive regular safeguarding updates.  This course is the recognised gold standard course for those recruiting individuals to work with children and carries CPD accreditation.

Working with the Tutors’ Association

As part of our onboarding procedures, all new tutors sign our Code of Ethics, which is based on the standards of our professional body The Tutors’ Association.

Key elements of our code include:

  • The importance of encouraging and enabling students to achieve their unique potential as independent learners through acknowledgement, encouragement, understanding and personalised attention
  • The rejection of plagiarism in all its forms (completing children’s work for them)
  • Respecting each pupils’ cultural background, dignity, and values.

The Recruitment Process

We start the recruitment process with a review of a potential tutor’s CV. All CVs must display a complete timeline of their work or education for at least the last five years. If tutors have worked abroad during this period, we will seek an overseas police check for extra security.

Following a review of their CV, we invite the potential tutor to an initial telephone interview. If they’re a strong candidate, we arrange a second face to face interview in person or via Zoom. We ask questions about the tutor’s teaching ability and experience. Then we discuss the techniques they use to help children increase their confidence and improve their results. We also ask for demonstrable examples of when they have helped different kinds of children in various settings, before deciding whether or not to proceed with onboarding the tutor.

How to apply

If you have any concerns about your eligibility or have some questions about working with Mentor please call us on 020 8883 2519. We are here to help.

If you would like to apply to join us, please complete your profile on our Tutorcruncher system.

To apply you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in the UK
  • Have a UK bank account to receive payments
  • Be able to work self-employed in the UK

NB: Tier 2 and Tier 4 visas prohibit self-employed work (however, the rules are different for dependants).

How much work will I get?

The pandemic has changed everything in respect of answering this question. Firstly, there has been a wholesale acceptance and move towards online tutoring and so you will receive many more jobs if you are a great online tutor, with good IT skills and the ability to make lessons come alive over the internet. However, if you wish to visit families in person, we do have options for you.

male tutor conducting online tuition

The move to online lessons has also meant that tutors can accept work from all over the globe and can work more efficiently without factoring in travel time. We have many tutors who, for example, teach children in Asia in the morning, English children in the afternoon and tea time and then pick up with children on the East coast of America in the evening. Given the extent of Covid related learning loss, there is more work for tutors than ever.

Testimonials from our tutors about working with us

‘Dear Edward, I am delighted to have received the great news of my first assignment with you. I would like to let you know that from day one I have felt Mentor Education is a really professional agency and I have had a great experience dealing with you, and also Phil who carried out my initial interview. Excellent, polite and efficient service . Thanks very much for all your help. Best wishes, Yolanda’

‘Hi Mentor, thanks for the pupils this Easter, as normal everything went smoothly. William’

‘Hi Ed, thanks for getting me in with some really lovely families and paying me quickly. Richard’

‘Hi Juuli, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today.  It was lovely to speak with a fellow teacher and I felt that you understood my goal to help kids with additional needs regain their confidence.  Fingers crossed for lots of work from you. Elaine’

Get in touch

How can we help you? Get in touch today and one of our friendly team members will get straight back to you.

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