Are you a qualified teacher looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge? Apply your skills where they’re needed most. We work exclusively with looked after children and need experienced tutors to join our team.

What do I need to become an Equal Education tutor?

Passion. You don’t necessarily need to have worked with looked after children before. You do need to be able to inspire young people, often from challenging backgrounds, to want to learn.

Persistence. Working with looked after children can be completely different to traditional private tutoring. With commitment, you can make a huge difference to these children who may have poor grades and challenging behaviour.

A strong academic record. Ideally you’ll have qualified teacher status, although we do consider those with equivalent qualifications and relevant experience.

Expert knowledge of your subject area. You’ll need a BA, BSc, or equivalent.

Flexibility. We work around the UK, and will match you with students that are near to you. We often need tutors at short notice and, due to the unpredictable lives of young people in care, working hours can vary.

A recent enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

What can I expect from Equal Education?

A competitive hourly rate.
Your hours can vary from one to 40 a week. It depends how much work is referred to us through social services and what you’d like to take on.

Work that suits your schedule. On a freelance basis, you can work with young people who need support with their school work once a week. Or young people who are out of the school system who need daily tuition during the school hours.

The opportunity to develop your professional and personal skills. You’ll only be matched with young people who you really want to work with.

Professional networking and training. This includes monthly meet ups and a bespoke training programme delivered by education consultant Kate Cairns, who specialises in working with vulnerable children and young people.

All the advice and support you need.
We’ll support you to help looked after children get the education they deserve.


How to apply

If you’re interested in becoming an Equal Education tutor, we’d love to hear from you.
Please send us:
– an up to date CV
– a cover letter answering outlining your experience in engaging difficult learners.

Send your application by email to

What our tutors say

“I worked with a student who didn’t speak much English. I had to be creative and innovative, incorporating IT and music into my teaching to communicate ideas. I really enjoyed the challenge.”

“After a few sessions, I could see my student had had a very difficult and unstable upbringing. His behaviour was erratic and I could see he didn’t place much value on education. With help from Equal Education, I was able to develop a range of activities to gain his trust and build a strong relationship, so I could motivate and inspire him.”

“Despite being incredibly intelligent, my first student lacked a desire to learn. It was so rewarding for me to help her move from apathy to attaining A/A* grades.”