Charlotte Santry

Teachers ditch classrooms to become private tutors

Tuition firms report surge in applications from staff tired of ‘politics, pressure and long hours’ in state schools

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Private tuition firms are reporting a huge spike in applications from teachers who are turning their backs on the pressures and long hours involved in working in schools.

It comes amid warnings of a growing teacher recruitment crisis and falling pay in schools, at a time when tutoring demand is predicted to soar under proposals to expand grammar schools.

'Deluged’ by applications

William Clarence, a London-based firm that works mainly with full-time tutors, has seen applications from experienced teachers double in the past year.

Managing director Stephen Spriggs said that he had been ...

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