Additional education is a hot topic for discussion, leading to a range of franchised businesses being set up to aid parents who want their kids to have more than just the traditional schooling.
The escalation in these out-of-school tutoring franchises has become a booming British industry. Education blog EdPlace reports that British parents spend £6bn a year on private lessons for their children.
This growth has happened as secondary education has changed. Schools are now ever more selective about which children they take on - leading to franchisees being hired to help children pass entrance exams.
The growth is also, in part, due to the desire that so many people to work in education. Children's education is a sector that offers an intellectually stimulating career and a dependable source of income - and clients are drawn to the franchise network, which is often less expensive than using private tutors.
Tutoring suits the franchising arena as the opportunities can provide a fulfilling full-time career or a flexible way to earn money in franchisees’ spare time. Where private tutoring suits those with a speciality, children's education franchise opportunities are able to provide training, therefore rarely requiring formal teaching experience.
A final reason for the explosion in children's education franchises is that education lends itself to the online world – melding face-to-face sessions with online support. Computer packages are now sophisticated enough to let tutors and tutees work on projects or learning games at the same time, and the rise of social media allows franchisees to advertise their services to a targeted parental market.
Types of education franchises
Some children's education franchises are structured as tutoring services that focus on franchisees running tuition centre franchises in the private tutor mould, such as those provided by Tutor Doctor. Franchisees focus on improving core school subjects such as Maths and English and are for children already
Working with precisely-created educational programmes, franchisees are able to meet individual child needs. With this type of children's education franchise, franchisees and their staff are seen as ‘mentors’ running after-school workshops created in line with the National Curriculum comprising written tasks and hands-on games.
Franchisors will guide new franchisees through set up of their own tuition centres, helping establish a
business and providing continued support. Importantly, the franchisor provides new franchisees with both know-how and the materials required.
There are other types of children's education franchises that are structured differently to this. These types of franchises were created as a result of the diversification of education to help teach younger children in a more play-oriented way.
With formal education now starting at an earlier stage and parents wanting to provide activities for their kids' free time, a variety of franchise concepts have been designed to meet these needs.
This approach to widening education in the arts is taken by The Creation Station – where children aged four to ten are taught by franchise owners about how to utilise crafting and drawing. Similarly, the Weeny Boppers franchise is designed to teach music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and children at weekly preschool sessions.
Budding franchisees with a passion for education and good business sense should jump at the opportunity to work in this sector. It is one that offers a truly rewarding work life, a great work/ life balance and plenty of opportunity in an expanding market!