We caught up with Ludo Millar, Director of the Love Tutoring Festival, to find out more about what’s in store.
1. Can you tell us more about the Love Tutoring Festival?
The Love Tutoring Festival will bring together tutors, tutor-support services, teachers, educationalists, coaches and entrepreneurs from around the world (genuinely, we have all 6 continents represented!). Across 5 days of online events, ranging from expert demonstrations to participant-led workshops to keynote presentations from experts and thought-leaders in the field, we aim to give tutors of all levels and ages the opportunity to meet, connect, contribute, learn and leave with a sense of fulfilment and renewed optimism.
Our fremium ticket model allows for tutors to join us for free (for 28 events) but also access all 6 of our famous CPD-accredited workshops for the cut price of only £68 (and Watling tutors and followers can access a special 21% discount, using the code WATLING21 at checkout).
Come for the free ticket, stay for the CPD accreditation!
2. What was the most challenging part of organising the Love Tutoring Festival?
Part of me wants to say the marketing, promotion, social media, and scheduling of events – of course this took time, but I wouldn’t say it was the most challenging aspect.
The trickiest part of the Festival so far has actually been finding space for all of the wonderful speakers and guests we’d like to invite to the Festival. We want all of you to be speakers next time! That’s the culture we’re cultivating – if you’re not quite sure about this, come and see for yourself!
I’ll probably find that arranging 9 back-to-back events per day for a whole working week will be the most challenging part, but we haven’t got there yet, so how could I possibly say …
3. What will make this Festival such a unique event?
Attendees will leave with a (renewed) sense of optimism about who tutors are, how they work and what they can achieve. As someone interested in tutoring (as I hope you are), there are clear benefits to this.
With hundreds of tutors coming together and sharing in the curious and supportive culture we embody at Qualified Tutor, imagine the positive energy that will be spread back to the hundreds, if not thousands, of students who work with Festival tutors every day, week, month and year.
With so many opportunities to meet tutors from around the world, we hope to inspire hundreds of global connections. Connected by the Internet but powered by a local feel, we are offering the unique opportunity to link up with tutors both next door to you and halfway across the world, in an explosion of tutoring partnerships.
But most of all, we hope to help you find greater enjoyment in your tutoring.
Whether through an enriched professional outlook, a larger and more profound network of fellow professionals or simply the confidence to take that next step, we hope that each attendee can leave the Festival admitting, openly or in secret, that they do, truly, Love Tutoring.
4. How is World Tutors’ Day tied into the Festival?
World Tutors’ Day is Friday 2nd July. Throughout the day, we will be hosting events that aim to honour the work that tutors do, both across the days of the Festival but also every single day.
World Tutors’ Day is not a one-off. This is an idea that may already be beyond Qualified Tutor – we’ve launched an open-access thank your tutor form at worldtutorsday.org that allows anyone in the world to leave a special thank you note to their tutor(s).
But we want you to be more involved than that.
On July 2nd, one of our tutoring friends, Lucy Spencer, Founder of the Education Boutique, will be taking part in a (we think) world-first 24hr Tutor-thon. To be involved yourself, we ask you all to log any and all tutoring sessions you have during those 24 hours in our unique International Tutoring Tracker (webpage coming soon …)
Over the 24 hours, we will be able to log thousands of hours of tutoring happening across the globe, demonstrating the international nature of tutoring in today’s industry. Be part of something special and something truly global.
Ludo has been involved in tutoring for almost 10 years now, first working as a tutor for primary school children in his local area in 2014. Since 2019, he’s been helping to develop Qualified Tutor into what it is today: a wide and welcoming tutoring community, training provider and quality mark for tutors all around the world. Now, as Love Tutoring Festival Director, he’s ready to raise the profile of tutoring to another level.