UK’s online tutoring sector attracts biggest funding to date

MyTutorWeb aims to use the funding to dispel the myth that rich Londoners have access to the best tutors for their children – by providing high quality, affordable, one-to-one tuition online: anytime, anywhere.

MyTutorWeb, which was set up in 2012 by 57-year-old former city director, Robert Grabiner, and recent Maths graduate Bertie Hubbard, claims to offer its investors a strong proposition in the context of a UK tutoring trend that sees one in four schoolchildren receiving one-to-one tuition. It has experienced a 400 per cent growth in demand for its tutors in the last 12 months, has taken over 20,000 bookings from 4,000 pupils the length and breadth of the country (and abroad) since its launch and is attracting high calibre, largely Oxbridge-educated employees to its London-based operational HQ.

“Tutoring online means that families are no longer limited to what’s available where they live,” says 57-year-old former city director, Robert Grabiner, who partnered with recent Maths graduate Bertie Hubbard to set up MyTutorWeb in 2012. “They can choose the best tutor for the job – no matter where they’re based.”

Last month the Sutton Trust revealed that London pupils are twice as likely to receive private tuition as those outside the capital. But, of all bookings to date, MyTutorWeb reports that only 17 per cent of its pupils live in the capital. Its pupils, who pay from £18 an hour for live tutorials online, are 82 per cent state-educated and come from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds.

Uniquely, MyTutorWeb taps into the talent of 900 of Britain’s top undergraduates to tutor children online. “Our tutors aren’t just subject specialists, but also role models, coaches and mentors,” adds Grabiner “and they elicit almost 100 per cent positive reviews from pupils and their parents.”

“Private tuition online is starting to transform tutoring trends,” concludes Grabiner, who predicts that the UK will soon emulate the US in its appetite for this educational medium. “It boosts children’s confidence and learning with the one-to-one attention that they may not get at school – whenever and wherever they want it.”