Beacon offers a great deal of support to tutors. Being a private tutor is not the same as being a teacher in a school, and we believe that tutors, and consequently students, benefit from a strong support system.
At Beacon, we encourage and support our tutors to continue their professional development through CPD courses and further training. We will help you identify areas of your practice that you wish to develop and to find courses and training to achieve this.
As part of our induction programme, you will undergo Child Protection, Cybersecurity and First Aid training.
Beacon tutors are given a Beacon email address to give a more professional appearance to clients and external organisations. This also provides access to the Beacon resource library and to the virtual staffroom enabling collaboration with your fellow tutors.
Every year, usually before the start of the September term, all of the tutors and back office staff meet up for a couple of days to get to know each other, share ideas, do some face-to-face training, and to generally get ready for the year ahead. This is a valuable opportunity to share best practice and ideas that make us all better tutors.
All Beacon tutors have access to shared and private chat functionality with the back office staff and the other tutors. We use this to share tips and ideas, keep in touch and feel part of a wider team.
We encourage a collaborative and supportive working environment at Beacon. As part of this we have an extensive online resource library with ideas, activities and worksheets that are suitable for a private tutoring environment. We also encourage our tutors to upload any great resources they find or create in order to share everyone’s best ideas.
An experienced tutor is available as a first point of contact for advice, or just as a friendly ear. This is especially useful for people in their first full-time tuition role as we recognise that there is a steep learning curve no matter how experienced a classroom teacher is.