The student is a 10-year-old boy who attends school in Moscow, following both the CIE and Russian curricula. The family want their son to attend a top UK university, and can see that the British portion of his schooling is just not operating at the requisite standards.
He is a bright boy who shows a love of learning and has good English for his age. He is polite, kind and has a superb sense of humour. He is from a close family who value education and communication skills – both in terms of learning languages and understanding cultural and linguistic nuances, customs and practices. The boy has the nous and drive to excel academically, and is well supported by his family.
The boy plays classical guitar and has dabbled with piano and music theory. It would be advantageous if the tutor can play an instrument. The boy plays tennis but while he likes sport, he has little experience of team sports.
His favourite teachers are fair and calm. They have a deep understanding of their subject matter and take the time to explain new concepts thoroughly. The boy recognises that patience and mastery of their material are qualities of a teacher who is able to win the respect and hard work of their students.
Role of the Tutor
This role calls for an able, calm and well-qualified educator with a sense of humour. They must be able to deliver the full spectrum of IGCSE subjects including the triple science, double maths, humanities and English with the possibility of Latin and/or another European language.
The boy plans to continue attending the Russian part of his school only. The Tutor will deliver his English schooling, and should be able to merge the work of Key Stages 3 and 4 to give him a long, thorough, run-up to his IGCSE exams. He should be able to cope with the material of KS4, and will likely benefit from the challenge. The goal is to have him supported and encouraged but never pushed to reach his potential.
The Tutor should be able to plan and deliver superb, engaging lessons which lead to the boy achieving top grades across his subjects. They must be very organised and an excellent record keeper, able to provide evidence of the work covered and to what level. They should understand of the standards maintained by top UK private schools. The Tutor must lay firm academic foundations, introducing effective study methods, revision strategies and stress management exercises. The Tutor will be responsible for planning a curriculum, setting a timetable, delivering lessons and assessing mastery. There may also be some travel in this role.
The Tutor should incorporate their surroundings into their lessons, blending subjects where appropriate and inspiring and enthusing the boy with the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.
The Tutor must have a superb academic record and be a superb educator and a good role model: educated and polished, with excellent manners and personal values. It would be a bonus to find a Tutor with hobbies or skills that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family, such as drawing, astronomy or debate. A good knowledge of music and the ability to play an instrument will be very well received.
The Tutor should have excellent English. The boy’s father may want to improve his own command of spoken English, and the Tutor should expect that some time will be given to that.
Hours and Holidays
The Tutor will likely be required to work an average of 4-5 hours contact time Mon-Fri with preparation time in addition. Some weeks will be busier and the weekly average may be around 35 hours on occasion. The days should follow a structured timetable which includes regular breaks, opportunities for sport, music and other extracurricular activities. There should be little need for additional homework. Flexible working hours may sometimes be required.
The Tutor is entitled to two consecutive days off per week which will usually be over the weekend. Untaken days that have accrued will be compensated by a pro-rated payment in lieu. The Tutor will be entitled to a minimum of 9 weeks (45 working days) paid vacation per annum at times convenient to the Client.
Accommodation and Transport
Accommodation will be provided in Moscow, and will likely also be used as the schoolroom. The Client will cover any travel expenses associated with this role, as well as meals and food during any periods of travel.
A car is provided for reasonable local use, and is not limited to work-related journeys.
The Tutor must be fit and healthy, a non-smoker, without visible piercings or tattoos. A medical check will be required.
The Tutor must have the requisite travel and health insurance, vaccinations, and necessary visas. Tutors International will assist with the Russian visa.
The Tutor should must be comfortable with a CCTV recording of the schoolroom.
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