The Association was set up, first and foremost, to create a community for members of the tutoring profession.
Become a part of a community of fellow professionals with whom you can exchange information and experience; gain access to specialist courses and webinars; benefit from discounted resources and services, such as applying for a DBS certificate; put the power of TTA branding behind your business... or even help shape the future of the profession. And that's just the start.
Recognition of a commitment to behaving ethically and professionally
To become an individual member, you have to sign up to our Code of Ethics and have passed a DBS check (if you are tutoring children or vulnerable adults). If you do not have a current DBS check, you can apply for one through TTA. This is of significant, and growing importance to parents. It offers them reassurance and creates a real and valuable, point of difference between members and non-members. It says that you are serious about your profession and your relationship with both parent and child.
To make the most of this, as a member you have the right to use TTA Branding on your materials, including your website.
Opportunities to learn and acquire new skills (or hone existing ones)
We run a range of events on a wide range of topics from Special Needs tutoring to how to grow your business. We also run webinars that you can access from the convenience of your own home. Most of these are FREE to members.
Our Annual Conference goes from strength to strength, bringing together industry and thought leaders to share their insights, and providing thought-provoking workshops with the opportunity to discuss and question current issues.
The more diverse your skill-set and the more up-to-date your knowledge of current best practise, the greater the competitive edge you will have in the marketplace.
Opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience
All our events have time built in to network with other tutors, and we also run social events, sometimes with a speaker, so that you have the chance to make contact with, and pick the brains of, like-minded tutors.
Perhaps you'd like to host or run a webinar or workshop yourself to share an area of your expertise with other tutors. We'll help you do it.
We will very soon have an area of our website where members will be able to ask and answer questions for each other. We know that tutoring can be a lonely existence, and the Association provides an easy way to really feel part of a vibrant and active community.
Access to information and resources that assist with all aspects of tutoring
Through our Affiliate network, we can offer members a huge range of resources from discounted books to legal and accountancy services. Need a source of inexpensive PII? We've got it. Need online or printed educational resources? They're here. Many members find that they get the cost of their subscription back many times over just through the deals our Affiliates have on offer.
And if you tutor children but are struggling to obtain a DBS check, we can help - and our service is often a lot quicker than going through an agency.
Helping to shape the future of the profession
TTA is very much a member-led body. If you'd like to do more than just be a part of the organisation that represents all that is best in the world off tutoring, there is every opportunity to lead rather than just follow.
We have a series of Panels which are there to shape everything from events to the focus of TTA - and even the profession itself. Join a panel, stand for election to the Board, take advantage of speaking and writing opportunities and really make a difference.
Creating a voice for the profession and building bridges
Tutoring holds an important place in the education landscape, but our profession is all too often either unheard or misrepresented. We are committed to changing this.
First, we want our voice to be heard more loudly in discussions about education. 'Out of school' learning is vital to the health and wealth of the nation and education strategy needs to acknowledge and take account of this.
Second, we want the perception of tutoring to be universally positive. We want the profession to be seen as complementary to classroom education and not in competition with it; we want tutoring to be understood as available to all and not just to the wealthy or privileged, and we want tutoring to be understood as a force for creating social mobility.
To that end, we actively seek to engage with schools and teachers; with educationalists and policy makers; with organisations such as the Sutton Trust, and with government.