He set up a swim school, then a gymnastics school, before launching his own business providing home-based tuition.

Druett says although his initial motivation was around earning extra income, it quickly became about decreasing the stress and bureaucracy that is part and parcel of teaching.

"I always enjoyed teaching – it was just that at the end of the day the job seemed to be only 50 per cent teaching," he recalls.

"There were the staff meetings, the playground duty, marking, planning sessions, bureaucracy, discipline ... of course, these are all necessary but for me they were the less enjoyable aspects to teaching."

 

Druett believe this is a familiar story within the profession. What started out as a one-man company has now grown into a business with tutors in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Wollongong.

"I discovered very early that the focused attention in a one-onone environment empowers both student and tutor in a way that is not possible in the classroom.

"We can support goal setting, address individual student strengths and weaknesses, build academic self-confidence and encourage motivation."

Druett's company supplies mostly in-home tuition (40 per cent of his students are at primary school) and he says it should be seen as a way to support the work of mainstream educators, not as direct competition.

"I'd love to think that if we're all working for the same thing, which effectively we are, there should be no need to compete at all. What can be achieved when you have a teacher and a tutor cooperating for the student is just amazing."

Even so, Druett says some schools openly discourage their students from sourcing tutoring, thinking they have a monopoly on the child's education.

In some of the top selective schools Druett says there's an enormous pressure on students to achieve.

"If they're all outsourcing tutoring the school's own attitude is 'We work them hard enough, they can't afford to have any outside influences also adding to their stress levels', but of course it's not an increase in stress levels.

"Tutoring provides exactly the opposite — it provides the support and it doesn't have to increase the workload. It shouldn't be about pressure, it should be about learning and the motivation to learn."