A QUARTER of secondary pupils have had private tuition, research shows.
A social mobility charity found children from richer homes are nearly twice as likely to get help than the less well-off.
A quarter of secondary pupils have had private tuition, research shows[/caption]
The Sutton Trust, which polled 2,800 11 to 16-year-olds, called for government means-tested vouchers for lower income families to have access to tuition.
It also found that a quarter of teachers have given private lessons in the last two years.
In total, 27 per cent of the children questioned said that they have had private tuition.
This proportion is up from the 18 who said the same in 2005, but down from a peak of 30 per cent in 2017.
A breakdown shows 34 per cent of those from “high affluence” backgrounds said they had private tuition, compared with 20 per cent from “low affluence” homes.
Youngsters in London were more likely to say they have had a private tutor than any other part of England.
The Sutton Trust’s report also found that nearly a quarter (24%) of secondary school teachers say they have taken on private tuition in the last two years.
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Teachers were most likely to have taken on tutoring after direct contact from parents, it says.
Sir Peter Lampl, Sutton Trust founder and chairman, said: “Private tuition is widespread. 27% of teenagers have been tutored rising to 41% in London. A quarter of teachers have provided tutoring.
“With costs of at least £25 per session, many parents can’t afford it.
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