One in four state pupils privately tutored

Pupil wellbeing
One in four state secondary school students in England and Wales have received private tuition, a slight increase since last year.

However, students from better-off families are twice as likely to be privately tutored than disadvantaged young people.

A study by Ipsos MORI for the Sutton Trust found that 24 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds have received private or home tuition at some stage in their state school careers. This compares to 18 per cent in 2005 and 23 per cent last year.

However, in London four in 10 students get extra tuition, with a quarter having received it in the last year alone. In Wales, only nine per cent have ever been privately tutored.

The poll also found that 31 per cent of students from better-off families have received some private tuition, compared to 15 per cent from less well-off families.

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