Residential tuition

How residential tuition works

Categorised in: Insights | Posted on: 4 May 2023

We receive several requests for residential tuition each year.

Residential tuition means the tutor will live with a family for anything from 2 days to a year (or more).

Short term residential tutoring

School holidays are popular times for short term residential tutoring. Working with a tutor for 2 to 28 days without the distraction of school gives a child a great boost. Tutors cover gaps in their knowledge, consolidates school work, practices exam questions, as well as working on extension material.

On short term residential placements, a tutor normally teaches four hours a day. Two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon (plus extra breaks if needed). More than four hours a day is possible but this depends on the age of the student. Four hours of one-to-one tuition is very intensive. Many students also need time on their own to absorb what they’ve learnt.

Case study:

A girl who was moving to a school in the UK from France had a tutor at her home in France for the month of August. The girl did not have to sit any exams, but due to the difference in curriculums, there were many gaps in her knowledge that needed to be filled. 

Luckily she started her new school full of confidence and settled quickly into her new academic environment.

Long term residential tutoring

If a family lives outside of London, abroad, or is embarking on a period of extended travel, they may request residential tutors on a long term basis. This can be for anything from 1 month to a year – or even longer.

The tutor normally works Monday to Friday. Tuition is either worked around school hours or arranged according to the family’s schedule if the child is not at school. The curriculum followed either mirrors what the child is doing at school or is tailor-made to the student (whether following a traditional curriculum or project-based learning).

Residential tuition also allows a tutor to get to know a student very well. Discussions over mealtimes and sharing free time together helps the tutor to continue challenging, supporting and building confidence outside of lessons.

Case study:

For one Osborne Cawkwell client, engaging a long term residential tutor allowed her son to travel with her for work for 12 months.

The tutor ensured her son kept up to speed with his school work. Indeed, he stretched and extended the boy’s knowledge. Subsequently the student ended the year further ahead than expected. The tutor also became someone the pupil relied on and trusted.

Residential tuition consultant

Lucy Cawkwell handles the vast majority of residential and home schooling tuition requests. She is contactable on email and on the phone 020 7584 5355.


Read more:

> International students: Moving to a UK school
> A day in the life of a homeschooling tutor

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