The Reading Doctor Guidance for Home Tuition during the Covid-19 Pandemic

This guidance is under constant review

Date of Publication 14th July 2020


The Reading Doctor works in collaboration with The Tutor´s Association and follows their guidance, which is directly informed by Government guidance, on safer home tutoring practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tutoring in students’ homes: guidance update 14th July The Tutor´s Association

The fundamental position is that private tutoring in other people’s homes is permitted in the event that it cannot be undertaken remotely, which is still the preferred method. In addition, neither party should be showing any signs of being unwell and both parties must be comfortable with the level of risk involved.

Government guidance currently says:

“If you typically run provision in other people’s homes – for example, if you are a private tutor – you may find it helpful refer to the guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) in other people’s homes (see below). We acknowledge that this is a complex environment, however you should still as far as possible implement protective measures including:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does or who have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate, follow guidance to stay at home

  • increasing the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning

  • following current government guidelines on social distancing

  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by following the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

  • communicating with parents and carers before visiting the household to discuss how the session will be carried out in a way that minimises risk

  • If you run provision out of your own home, you should also consider whether a specific, well-ventilated room could be designated for this.”

The detailed (current) government guidance can be found principally in two places:

Some of the key points are:

  • Social distancing must be maintained wherever possible. Ideally 2 meters or 1metre+ if that’s not possible

  • Pupils wash their hands on arrival and maintain social distancing when entering the home

  • All internal doors will be left open to minimise contact with door handles.

  • Busy areas are identified across the household where people travel to, from or through, for example, stairs and corridors, and movement is minimised within these areas.

  • If necessary, pupils can bring their own snack and drink.

  • Avoiding sharing pens, documents and other objects- Reading Doctor pupils will only use the equipment from their book bag.

  •  Ventilation will be maximised whenever possible.

  • Wearing a face covering is required by law when travelling as a passenger on public transport in England. Elsewhere in England it is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace. If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and before and after taking them off.

Please note that guidance on face masks is subject to revision and change

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