MORE than a quarter of secondary school pupils have used private tutors, a new poll has found.
Some 27 per cent of 11- to 16-year-olds in England and Wales have been taught by one, rising to 41 per cent in London, according to the educational charity Sutton Trust.
It said the findings fuel concerns about educational inequalities and called on the government to support lower income families.
Chairman Sir Peter Lampl said tuition ‘means those who can afford it are able to give their children a significant advantage over those that cannot.
‘If we are serious about social mobility, we need to make sure that the academic playing field is levelled outside of the school gate by the state providing funding for private tuition on a means-tested basis.’
Almost half of the 2,381 children asked used tutors to help with work in general, while a third were studying for a particular test.
The trust is calling for a voucher system, funded by the pupil premium, for lower-income families. It would also help private tuition firms provide a proportion of their work for free to disadvantaged children.
Meanwhile, the National Education Union is calling for all private home tutors to face criminal record checks.