If your children need tutoring whether in English, maths, the sciences or a second language, Cayman has a wealth of highly qualified and enthusiastic tutors and organisations available and ready to help.
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As of the 2019-2020 school year, tutoring centres will no longer be able to serve five students full-time; they will be strictly limited to providing supplemental support for home schooled children for no more than two hours per day. The only alternative is for them to be approved as an ‘educational institution’ by the Ministry of Education, which has proven tough as it means that these tutoring companies that have five students are expected to have facilities that equate to those at much larger schools. This will have the biggest impact on those special needs students who, having fallen through the gap in Cayman’s education system, now rely on specialised tutoring programmes full-time.
Cayman has plenty of options when it comes to tutoring, although the teaching standards do vary. To help you navigate through this, here are some insider expertise from qualified teachers.
Parents seeking specialised services, such as reading intervention for a child with dyslexia, should be receiving the support from a qualified individual as it is critical that the teacher knows how to teach that child. So, if your child is dyslexic then finding a tutor who is trained in either the Wilson Program or the Orton-Gillingham dyslexia instructional approach is essential. Asking if they have a certificate of qualifications proving they can teach either might also be a good idea.
If you are looking to have your child tutored for their GCSE or A Level exams find a teacher who has experience teaching the current curriculum your child should be learning for that specific subject. Make sure they have specific experience getting children through those exams and have not just taught the subject up to an earlier grade.
If you are looking for a Maths tutor consider that children in the US system learn Maths in a very different way to those in the UK system. In the US system students learn Maths in themed branches (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry and then calculus) but in the UK system students learn a broad cross-section of the whole subject of Maths and then build on it each year. Enquire as to what experience the tutor has with the curriculum, and if they don’t seem to have enough knowledge of it then find one that does.
Although a teaching assistant can help guide a child with special needs, and teach children at primary school, you would do well to find a qualified teacher for your child’s external exam tutoring. Expect on average to pay CI$50 an hour for one-on-one tutoring. Below is a list of the tutoring companies who are registered and licensed by the Education Council.