Information for prospective tutors

Benefits of being a tutor

Being a tutor is a rewarding experience. You will make a difference to the education of the child you are tutoring. Most children being tutored need help with basic reading, writing and numeracy. Some need support for specialist subjects. The children range in age from 6 to 16 years, the majority are between 10 and 14.

Before you can start tutoring you will receive induction training which includes lesson planning and child protection. You will be encouraged to take part in additional training in dyslexia awareness, learning and communication and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

VTO also provides ongoing support, training and tutoring resources once you start tutoring. The Link Worker and the Administrator are available for answering any questions which arise. You will also benefit from the experience of other tutors: you will be assigned a mentor if you wish, and are invited to join in ongoing training sessions and occassional social events, where you will meet other tutors.

Becoming a tutor

VTO welcomes applications from adults of all ages and backgrounds.

To become a tutor you need:
  • High level of Literacy in English.
  • Competence in numeracy.
  • Capability and enthusiasm to communicate and work with children and young people.
If you would like to become a tutor, contact us and request an application pack or access it online here.

You will be asked to fill out an application form, invited for an interview and as part of the selection process we require a check to be carried out through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme for working with children.  This involves a criminal record check which includes spent and pending convictions. This is the fullest form of criminal check available to us.

More information on the PVG Scheme can be found here.

Following the PVG check, completion of Induction training and receipt of two suitable references, you will be paired with a pupil.