Tutor Training

Tutor Training: The Power of Three

Categorised in: Insights | Posted on: 3 December 2021

Ongoing tutor training is vital to enhance the knowledge and experience of the tutors we work with. We support tutors, and in doing so, we support you and your child.

What is the ‘Power of Three’ tutor training?

Our aim is for the entire Osborne Cawkwell family to have a baseline knowledge of these important areas which tutors may encounter when working with young people:

Mental Health Awareness

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Adviser, Dan Licence, advises tutors about depression and anxiety in young people. He explains how to spot the signs and symptoms early on and what to do if they suspect a student is struggling with a mental health problem.

Dan is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor with Mental Health England and many of the tutors we work with go on to take this two day course to strengthen their knowledge base. Many tutors incorporate mindfulness techniques into their lessons to help their students maintain concentration as well as enjoy their lessons.

Tutor training

SEND: An Overview of Specific Learning Difficulties

Sarah Cox is our SEND Consultant and Dyslexia specialist. She provides tutors with practical training on the main Specific Learning Differences, including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, AD(H)D and ASC. Sarah trains the tutors we work with to adapt their teaching to meet the diverse needs of our students.

Sarah has worked in London prep schools as a Dyslexia specialist teacher and SENDCO. She continues to support children who have been referred to us for specialist tuition and in some cases, home schooling.

“I found the training helpful and the videos from both Dan and Sarah very appropriate for our work with tutees. Osborne Cawkwell, is rightly prioritising mental health, a subject that other agencies tend to ignore.” – Jeff, Business Studies Tutor


Our Safeguarding Lead is Dan Licence and our Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Lucy Cawkwell. We train the tutors on our books on what Safeguarding is and the signs and symptoms to look out for. Most importantly we also train tutors on what to do and how to respond if they suspect a young person might be subject to abuse.

We take Safeguarding very seriously and expect tutors to do the same. All the tutors who work with us have an Enhanced DBS check which we monitor on a regular basis. We are also an umbrella organisation who manage DBS applications on the behalf of other tutoring agencies.

Ongoing tutor training and support is key to the success of the tutors we work with. By ensuring tutors feel well prepared going into lessons we provide the best service for you and your child in the long term.

Holly Dinsdale

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