One major thing is working with children of all abilities, when you have the job you need to be able to assess the abilities of the children without knowing much about them. You should demonstrate the ability to adapt well to your environment and change your behaviour depending on who you are talking to. REMEMBER - some children may be older with less understanding and some may be younger with more understanding. Don't judge skills based on age.
When it comes to the interview, there will be a short maths and English test to assess your abilities and there will also be a role play in which you have to help a child (usually played by a manager) with a question. Be yourself and make sure to have an open mind as not everyone has abilities that you would expect, they can be both higher and lower than you think. You may get to watch a zone in action, write down as many questions as possible, show your enthusiasm and don't be afraid to get involved.
Are the hours fixed for part time tutors (eg can they pick what days they can work)?
I believe that it differs from centre to centre, but the way we do it is that we specify the days that we are available and let them know which days we can't work and then we are timetabled in. In my opinion, it's super flexible.
Does Explore Learning require pre-employment background checks? What kind of background check does Explore Learning do and how long does it take to complete?
Yes, although these take a long time to get back and you will start work before they are cleared.
Getting paid and working with children who you weren’t allowed to punish for wrongful behaviour
I am 58 and a qualified retired primary teacher would i fit in at Explore Learning
You would fit in really well. I believe with your experience, you would make for a great manager let alone a tutor, Apply!
There aren't any benefits that are offered that you wouldn't get elsewhere e.g. you travel somewhere for training, the expenses will be reimbursed.