Take up of private tuition is increasing among young people, with more than a quarter receiving private tuition outside of school

In our latest annual survey on behalf of the Sutton Trust, 27% of 11-16 year olds say they have ever received private tuition outside of school, up from 18% when the question was first asked in 2005.

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  • Anna Tench Public Affairs
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Of the 2,000 11 – 16-year olds surveyed this year across England and Wales, 27% of young people said they had ever received some form of tuition. This figure rises to 41% in London (up from 34% in 2005), where young people are more likely to have ever had private tuition than any other region of England. 

However, students who receive private tuition disproportionately come from better-off backgrounds. Those from ‘high affluence’ households are more likely than those from ‘low affluence’ households to have received such tuition at some point (34% and 20%, respectively). 

A recent teacher omnibus survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) showed related findings that a number of both primary (14%) and secondary (24%) school teachers are tutoring pupils outside of school, and school heads are sending parents information about private tutoring (18% in primary schools and 11% in secondary schools). 

Technical note

  • The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 200 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.
  • Ipsos MORI interviewed 2,809 school children aged 11-16 in secondary schools (excluding special schools, fee-paying schools and sixth form college) in England and Wales. Pupils were selected from a random sample of schools, and self-completion questionnaires were completed online between 12th February and 24th May 2019. Data are weighted by school year, gender and region to match the profile of school children across England and Wales.
  • Pupils were grouped into high, medium or low family affluence scores based on their answers to six questions in the survey relating to the number of times they had been on holiday with their family in the last year, whether they have their own bedroom, the number of computers owned by their family, the number of cars, vans or trucks owned by their family, whether they have a dishwasher at home, and the number of bathrooms in their home. This categorisation is taken from the World Health Organisation’s Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study
  • You can find the full report here.

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  • Anna Tench Public Affairs

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