How we recruit our tutors

Our mission is to recruit the brightest and most qualified tutors to work with our families and schools. However, we are not just looking for pedagogic excellence in our tutors but also positivity, warmth, reliability and integrity.

Our eligibility criteria are strict.

All tutors must have at least a degree in the subject they wish to tutor AND teaching experience. We do not accept undergraduates or graduates with no teaching experience.

We take two references for all tutors specifically relating to their teaching capabilities.

All tutors must hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate dated in the last three years.

We personally view all qualification certificates such as Degree Certificates and PGCE Certificates to check our tutors are who they say they are.

Who recruits our tutors?

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

All members of staff who work recruiting tutors at Mentor have completed the NSPCC Course ‘Safer Recruitment in Education’. This 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 upon the professional standards of our professional body The Tutors’ Association.

Key elements of our code include:

  • The importance of creating an independent learner who is not reliant on ongoing tuition
  • The rejection of plagiarism in all its forms (completing children’s work for them)
  • Respecting each pupils’ cultural background, personal dignity and values.

The Recruitment Process

We always start with an initial telephone interview of a potential tutor. If the candidate is strong we arrange a second face to face interview in person or via Zoom. We ask questions around the tutor’s teaching ability and experience and the techniques they use to help children and increase their confidence and results. We discuss specific examples where they have tangibly helped different kinds of children in various settings. Finally, as parents ourselves, we always consider if we would like this person to turn up on our door and teach our child?

All tutors also submit a CV to us which must display a timeline of their work or education for at least the last five years. If tutors have worked abroad during this period we seek an overseas police check for extra security.

First lessons

We are particularly careful when matching a tutor that we do not yet know well with one of our families or schools. We ask for a review of the tutor after three lessons with their pupil and are delighted to report that our current stats are that over 95% review their tutor as five star, the highest grade possible.