It occurred to me that this was the perfect example of a tutor being employed not to help a child pass an exam or get into a particular school, but simply to support and guide them in a subject they wanted to investigate. The parents could see that their son had a boundless enthusiasm for science and felt that he would benefit from being able to interact with someone with real knowledge and skill in that area.

When so much of the media attention focussed on tutoring is negative, these unheard stories are important. There was no particular end goal to these lessons – simply learning for the love of the subject.

Are you a tutor who has taught lessons in this way? Are you a parent or student who has employed a tutor for this reason? We’d love to hear more stories of this type of tutoring.