Parents of nine-year-old seek £144k tutor


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All parents want to see their kids achieve their potential. But two parents from Weybridge in Surrey have taken this to fairly extreme lengths: they have advertised for a tutor at the rate of £12,000 a month for every month their daughter meets the required standard to stay in school.

But why are they doing this, and is this becoming more commonplace?

According to The Telegraph, the parents have advertised for the tutor online. They are concerned that their daughter is not doing well enough to stay in her school (despite being naturally bright), so they are willing to pay a tutor £12,000 a month to ensure she meets her potential. They want her to stay on until her summer exams are over - which would net the tutor £144,000.

In return for the fee, the tutor would need to be available from 6pm to 8.30pm every evening, and for up to five hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings. They would also need the skills to bring her up to speed in all areas of the curriculum.

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It seems like an incredible study schedule - and quite a fee. However, private tutoring is far more commonplace nowadays. Around 24% of all pupils in the UK have a private tutor - rising to 40% in London. There are between 1 million and 1.5 million private tutors in the UK - that's three times more than the number of teachers.

And the best do get paid an arm and a leg. One Manhattan tutor at the top of his game charges $600 an hour, and Matt Bardin says he has plenty of clients to keep him busy. In the UK, super-tutors charge up to £1,000 an hour, and can find themselves flown overseas in a private jet for a session.

And tutors aren't the only tool that wealthier parents are willing to use to secure a better education for their kids. A new report found that almost a third (32%) of professional parents have moved to an area with better schools, while 18% moved to live in the catchment area of a better school.

More than two-thirds (68%) of professional parents paid for extra activities such as weekly music, drama or sporting lessons.

The report highlighted some some parents used less above-board methods, such as citing a relative's address or buying a second home within the catchment zone of a school. One in 10 upper middle class parents admitted they had attended church services purely so their child could go to a local church state school.

But what do you think? Are these things justified in pursuit of a better education? Lt us know in the comments.