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teaching freelance in schools and CRB checks


there are several schools in my neighbourhood and i want to approach them with the idea of me teaching guitar on site during school hours or as an after school/weekend/out of term time activity.
in this way i was hoping to overcome the reluctance that some parent's may have of letting their children come to my home if they do not have a suitable practice space in their own home. i was hoping for some advice on the preparation and approach i should take as i do not want to appear unprofessional, overcharge or, even worse, undercharge.
i have not been CRB checked (this is a british thing. it ensures that people working with children and young adults are not convicted murderers/child abusers, etc) but as i understand it the application for a CRB check can only be initiated by the organisation that is employing you, not an individual and you cannot apply for a CRB if you are not employed in a post that requires it. the chicken and egg scenario.
any advice would be gratefully received.

elton ritchie.

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If you call in to your local friendly police station they will give you a form to send off for a certificate that states there is no mention of you on the Police National Computer having done any of these nasty things. This is just as useful as a CRB and is something you can apply for yourself.

For most parents it is more of a convenience that a security issue. I advise applying a surcharge for lessons where you go to them (to cover travel).

 
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thank you. is it a subject access malarky thing? I am doing this presently. I also charge extra for travel time as well as expenses because, let's face it, an hour spent travelling is an hour missed teaching. Elton

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Yes - that sounds familiar.
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Here in the 'States, one might check into their local Homeschooling networks. In Florida, most of the 25,000 kids being homeschooled are doing so thru co-operatives (Co-ops) which retain lawyers and representatives which attend legislative sessions etc. Homeschoolers are required to maintain the same standards as their public school counterparts, and are state monitored to avoid truancy. Usually, homeschool co-ops far exceed public school standards. As such, private music tutor "specialists" are seen in quite a positive light over public school "general" music teachers.

I am about to offer my services to our local Central Florida "CHEC" co-op (Christian Home Educators Cooperative). Actually, one of their number sought me out! I have my first session with the student today at 2:30.

Several states permit homeschooling, which opens potentially many doors for guitar tutors, some co-ops have as many as over 100 students! Most states recognise established tutors without going thru a credentialling process, largely because music is usually an elective. As a result, there is also no state-mandated graduation standard for music, or (unfortunately) any other of the arts. Those standards are, instead, set by entry requirements of whatever college or university the student wants to carry on to, if they decide to go that way. My daughter, for instance, is a graduating, homeschooled art/illustration major aiming for the entry requirements for Flagler University and the Savannah Art Institute. But all of her studies were privately tutored. (she has already illustrated 3 internationally distributed childrens books, and she's not 17 yet!) Incidentally, that's how CHEC found out i was teaching guitar. Word of mouth thru the Homeschool system. Funny, i didn't even think about co-ops until now!!

So, Stateside tutors, check into it! You might find a captive audience right under your nose!

-gary
Deltona, Fl. USA
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Other than my "extra" students (most of them graduates from primary schools) I only teach in primary schools during school hours.
I teach 150 students per week in groups of four to five between the hours of 9.15 am to 3.00 pm five days a week.
I have a few out of hours students but only the ones I actually want to teach.
My 35 hour week generates $1800.00 minimum gross.
It's only a 40 week year 'cos I don't work during school holidays. I spend 12 weeks per year playing music with my kids and friends and we are pretty happy with that.
We're not wealthy but we are happy and all the bills get paid.
I can take my Boyz to school every morning and pick them up again in the afternoon every day. I don't miss a minute of their home time.

That's why I do it.
I love it, I get good money for it and I still get to be with my kids.
No boss, no bullshit, no "you have to work late tonight", 12 weeks off with my Boyz and all the bills paid.
It's bliss.

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How many schools do you have Kommo?

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Hi,

The CRB check is absolutely essential and I would recommend contacting your local councils (try surrounding areas, not just your own) to find out who runs their music service as there is often a government run organisation that does this. This is a good way to "get your foot in the door" and gain some experience but i have found they can be badly run.

Although I have never taught at private schools, I have heard that their standards are much higher and more enjoyable to work at!

Good luck!

-Sebastian

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"I have a few out of hours students but only the ones I actually want to teach"

It is to bad you spend so much time teaching kids you don't want to.

I have 30 kids that come to my house and most of them are young and I like working with them.
I have a recording studio to also make money.

I have been trying to get into the private schools here because the public system won't hire you without a teaching degree. 30 years don't count
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