Why join The Tutors' Association? - May '17

By Adam Muckle MTA, President of The Tutors' Association

Tutors and tuition companies join the Association for many and varied reasons.

For some it is to invest in and support their professional body, as many other established professions already do. They are seeking to raise the profile of tutoring within the educational landscape. They don't necessarily seek anything from the Association by way of personal benefit, but are acting rather out of a sense of professional obligation as part of their discipline, as in teaching, law or medicine.

Others seek professional recognition for a unique skills-set (as distinct from teaching in a classroom environment). With your membership certificate and designated post-nominals MTA/ATA/FTA (as Member, Associate or Fellow of The Tutors' Association) you can demonstrate to potential clients that you have chosen to sign up to a professional Code of Conduct, have passed a DBS check and are committed to operating ethically. This is an outward and visible sign that you take your role as a tutor seriously – and this in turn is highly reassuring to both clients and the public.

And then there are those for whom simply being part of a dynamic and thriving tuition network of more than 600 tutors and tuition companies, representing some 20,000 tutors nationwide, is a good reason to join. I know myself that tutoring can be a solitary existence and that tutors feel isolated at times. As a member of the Association, you have the chance to meet like-minded people in both social and professional environments. The Association runs a varied programme of social events, workshops and seminars (not to mention an annual Conference) where you can hone or learn new skills, keeping up to date with professional developments. You may even wish to volunteer to host such a workshop yourself. Members have also recently contributed articles to our blog to share their experiences. We encourage everyone to play their part, in an inclusive, democratic, welcoming and friendly environment.

Or perhaps you want to help shape the future of the profession. The Association has already built strong contacts with Parliament’s Education Select Committee, the media, schools and influential organisations like the Sutton Trust - and Board members are regular speakers at industry conferences and events. The Association’s Board is drawn from the membership with annual elections, so there is a real opportunity to contribute to the future not just of the Association but the profession as a whole.

And of course there is the opportunity to access many professional services and resources that the Association offers through its partners and Affiliate Members. These range from tailored legal support and financial services to academic resources and software, most at very attractively discounted rates. One new member told me it was the insurance package, another the DBS service, another the tax accountancy service which they found attractive. By being part of a recognised professional body in this way, these services can save you a lot of money in your business costs.

Since its launch in 2013, The Tutors' Association has evolved to become the recognised independent professional voice for tutoring in the U.K. The Association’s mission is to reach out and establish dialogue with all the varied stakeholders in the educational landscape – and to establish tutoring as a recognised, and valued, part of that landscape. Your membership facilitates these important relationships so that the true message of tutoring is heard. Our strong collective voice is increasingly highly regarded in the world of education as a whole.

I mentioned earlier that the Association holds an annual conference. Last year more than a hundred fellow-professionals attended our first-ever conference at Stowe, sharing insights and challenges with one another. It was a full day of professional support and a great celebration of tutoring and of our progress so far. I would encourage you to join us this year at our second National Conference on Monday 23rd October 2017 at the Barbican Centre, London. With more than double the number of delegates expected, it promises an even greater day of inspiration, workshops and networking opportunities. If you’re not a member and want to get a taste in just one day of everything that the Association is about, this is a great way to do it.

And as for me, what was my motivation to join the Association? For me it was the first of the things I have mentioned; I felt it was important to support the body that was standing up for my profession and seeking to promote the value of it. And now, in my role as President of the Association, this is truer than ever. I am charged with leading its initiative forward, something that enables me to give something back to a profession which has been very good to me in my eight years of tutoring.

Membership is not expensive. As part of your professional practice, our individual membership fee of £99 is tax-deductible. If you are a tuition company the fee is £360. Both rates can be paid in monthly instalments if you so wish. If you wish to become an Affiliate Member, offering services to the sector, the price is £144. You can apply online here: http://www.thetutorsassociation.org.uk/...

I look forward to welcoming you to the Association.

Adam Muckle MTA

President of The Tutors' Association



May 2017

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