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About the role

What it's like to tutor with us and some of your questions answered.

Express interest for next academic year

As a tutor, you'll

Empower young people

to reach their potential in Maths, English or Science at primary and secondary level.

Deliver small group tutoring

to up to three pupils per session - you'll focus on individualised learning needs.

Plan sessions

using our bank of high-quality resources and the support of our team of qualified teachers.

Work as self-employed

and apply for tutoring assignments on our online booking system. Once confirmed, you'll commit to fixed days and times at the same school for around 15 school weeks. 

Your questions answered!

Want to tutor with us but not sure if you're eligible? Got questions about pay or working on a self-employed basis, or about what tutoring involves? We answer some of your most common questions below!

Am I eligible to tutor?

Our tutors work for us on a self-employed basis. If you're a UK citizen, then you'll be able to do this on the UK Government website and should complete this before taking on any work with us.

If you're not a UK citizen but your immigration status allows you to work as self-employed in the UK, then you should check your Right to Work (UK Government website) before applying.

If you're not a UK citizen and your immigration status doesn't allow you to work as self-employed in the UK, then you wouldn't be able to be a self-employed tutor with us.

If in any doubt, you can:

Note that it is your responsibility to ensure you can register for self-employment before applying to tutor with us.


Absolutely not! You do not need to have teaching or tutoring experience to be a tutor with us, as we provide full training and support, however, if you do have any such experience, please highlight this in your application. 

If you're a qualified teacher, then you'll have a bespoke training route and a pay uplift to reflect this.


  • To be a Primary Tutor, we require you to have a minimum of Grade B/6 in both Maths and English at GCSE level.
  • To be a Secondary or College (Post-16) Tutor, we require you to have a minimum of Grade A/7 in the subject you wish to tutor.

If you’re successful in your application, we’ll need to see your GCSE certificates as evidence of having achieved these grades. 

International qualifications

If you did not go to school in the UK, we do accept international equivalents, so please continue with the application, and fill out your qualifications in the ‘Education Details’ section. Grades from international qualifications can be transposed by checking the following guidance.

If you attended school before the advent of GCSEs, please enter your O-level grades in the ‘Education Details section of the application.’

For any questions about grade requirements, please get in touch.

At Tutor Trust, safeguarding children and young people is our top priority. All tutors must be willing to undergo an Enhanced DBS check and provide two professional or academic references. 

If you have lived in a country outside of the UK for a consecutive period of 6 months or more within the last 5 years are advised to have an overseas police check completed. You should consult the UK Government's guide to criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

To me, 'transforming lives through tutoring' is about making a positive and lasting impact in students' lives, empowering them to reach their full potential, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need for a brighter future."
Sara Salim, Greater Manchester Primary Tutor

The application and interview process

All our interviews take place on Zoom. Please ensure you have a quiet space and a strong internet connection in advance so that the interview can run smoothly.

At your interview, we would like you to provide: 

  • Original copies of your GCSE English and Maths certificates. If you have applied to be a Science tutor, please also provide original copies of your GCSE Science certificate(s). 
  • Two proofs of ID from the attached DBS document list (e.g., driver’s license, passport, birth certificate); 
  • One proof of address. 

We require that you have these documents to show us on screen. If you cannot provide all these documents at your interview, we advise that you book an interview slot and then provide the documents later. 

Please also email the above documents, along with a completed copy of the attached Self-Declaration form, to recruitment@thetutortrust.org

Finally, please follow the instructions on the attached CareCheck guidance sheet to complete an online CareCheck application. This will allow us to process a DBS check for you if you are successful at interview.

Lasting roughly 25 minutes, you'll meet two members of our team and tell us your motivations for tutoring with us. You'll then talk about a scenario-based question that you will have been sent in advance. Finally, you'll perform a five-minute tutoring roleplay to show us some of your teaching flair. You'll be sent this in advance.

Being a tutor has encouraged me to consider a career in teaching! I love working in a school environment and spending time with the students on my current assignment is such a pleasure I can honestly say I look forward to going into work!
Bethany Whiteside, Greater Manchester Primary Tutor

Tutor training

Before you can apply for assignments, you'll need to have completed each stage of your core training. Your programme will differ if you are a qualified teacher or not. Our team will support you through your induction so you can begin tutoring as soon as possible.

While completing your induction, our Recruitment Team will be completing DBS and reference checks. Please keep an eye out for emails from us that detail what you need to do to help with this. Note that DBS checks are carried out by a third party, and the time it takes for them to be completed can vary and is out of our control.

Tutor Trust's core training ensures that you feel confident from your first tutoring session, and that our team feel confident you will be able to deliver tutoring that has a real positive impact on young people's attainment, confidence and enjoyment of learning.

For most tutors, training will involve 10-15 hours over the course of 2-3 weeks. The training is all online and consists of a mix of self-paced learning on our Thinqi platform and live sessions with our in-house team and trainers from the University of Manchester

Training for Qualified Teachers is shorter. 

Please see this page for full details of what our core training involves.

No, our training - and all ongoing learning and development - is provided completely free! It costs us over £200 to recruit and train each tutor, so we do ask that you only apply to join if you are committed to delivering tutoring. 

Once you've successfully completed training and all other onboarding checks, including references and your enhanced DBS, you'll be eligible to bid for tutoring assignments. However, the learning does not stop there.

You will have access to a wealth of resources and tutorials on our Thinqi platform for tutors. We also hold regular live online sessions with our in-house team and external experts to continually upskill our tutors.

Being a tutor helps me to become a better role model and inspires me to set a good example and instil a genuine curiosity for learning in the pupils I teach. On the flip side, each day I tutor I am given the chance learn something from the pupils themselves."
Joe Clarke

What tutoring is like

We offer tuition in the following subjects:

  • Primary (Maths and Reading)
  • Secondary Maths
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

For Primary School tutoring, you’ll be working mostly with Year 5 and Year 6 students, although we work with Years 3-6. For Secondary School tutoring, you’ll be working mainly with Year 10 and Year 11 students studying for their GCSEs, but we work with Years 7-11.

As part of our Tutoring Plus programme, we also work with pupils with additional support needs, including those in Alternative Provision settings or Looked After Children (LAC).

You'll work with a range of young people who have been selected by their class teacher as they've been identified as pupils who may benefit from some extra support. When you take on an assignment, you'll get any necessary information about the pupils you'll be tutoring so you can plan to personalise the sessions for them. This may include information relating to current grades, strengths and weaknesses, and any Special Education Needs (SEND).

Most tutoring takes place during the school day (8am – 4pm) inside the school building, and during school term times.

Once you’re fully trained, you’ll access details of available assignments through our online booking system, which shows the date, time, pay rate and length of an assignment.

You can apply for as many assignments as you wish, but consider that a tutoring assignment is typically 15 school weeks in length. We follow the term timetable of schools, and so tuition can sometimes run one or two weeks into the university holidays. Therefore, please check your availability before applying for an assignment.

The amount of available work varies depending on the time of year and the demand from schools and we cannot guarantee that work at a particular time/in a particular area will be available.

We work with schools across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and Merseyside, so we ask that you should be prepared to travel up to an hour within your city region to get to a tutoring assignment. 

Assignments that require a longer-than-usual commute may have an uplift in pay to reflect this.

Once you've completed tutor training, you'll be able to access details of tutoring assignments by location and day/time so you can decide which tutoring work you'd be able to take on depending on your schedule, existing commitments, and location.

Although we extended our support to include online tuition for pupils who needed it the most during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have now returned to in-person tuition for the majority of sessions, as this has been proven to have the greatest impact on the attainment of the young people we work with.

There may be some opportunities to tutor online, but please note that this will be limited and, therefore very competitive, and we cannot guarantee the availability of any online work.

This means that our tutors should be based in either one of our three city regions: Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, or Merseyside, and be willing to tutor in person.

The best moment that I had was witnessing the spark of understanding in a student's eyes when I was teaching a group of year 7. They were originally quite weak in the addition and subtraction of negative numbers. I had been using different methods to explain the concept, but it didn't seem to work. It's that magical instant when one of the methods finally works in helping the student understand abstract mathematics concepts, and their face lights up with a newfound confidence. As a tutor, it is immensely rewarding to see their progress and know that you played a role in their learning journey."
Jessica So

Pay and remuneration

We'll pay you a minimum of £22 to plan and deliver each hour of tuition, depending on your experience.

We pay our tutors on the 15th of every month by bank transfer for the hours worked in the previous month.

You'll also receive:
•  A one-off bonus of £20 when you complete your first tuition session in the 2023/24 academic year.
•  A one-off bonus of £100 when you complete at least 30 hours of tuition in the 2023/24 academic year.

If you have QTS, we'll pay you either £25 or £30 to plan and deliver each hour of tuition, depending on experience. Normally, if you have completed your ECT years, you'll be on the £30 pay rate and if you have not, you will be on the £25 pay rate.

Seeing improvements over a 15 week assignment has improved my confidence in potential careers in teaching. I have also felt more connected to communities in Manchester, especially as the school was not close to where I currently live and the children were from a range of backgrounds."
Eleri Griffiths

Our tutors say

Our tutors are consistently positive about their experiences tutoring with us.
  • 99 %

    of tutors agree or strongly agree that they have made an impact through tutoring.

    Tutor Survey 2023

  • 94 %

    of tutors agree or strongly agree that tutoring has increased their confidence

  • 77 %

    of tutors agree or strongly agree that they feel more connected to the local community

    Tutor Survey 2023

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Express your interest

We're now accepting expressions of interest to work with us next academic year. Register your details and we'll let you know when we open applications during the summer.

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