Cecilia
Cecilia
About Me

Highly experienced, 19+ years' teaching experience
Qualified teacher with SEN experience
ADHD and focus/ behaviour support
11 plus preparation experience

Tutor Specialisms and Experience
  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post 16
  • EYFS Teacher
  • KS1/KS2 Teacher
  • KS3/KS4 Teacher
  • Dyslexia Assessor
  • Qualified Assessor
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Academic challenges – primary general
  • Academic challenges – secondary general
  • Maths
  • English
  • Spelling and reading
  • Phonics and reading
  • Speech and communication challenges
  • Gifted and talented
  • Educational Consultancy
  • Behaviour and/or social and/or emotional challenges
  • Memory and processing challenges
  • Fine and/ or gross motor skills
  • Focus and attention
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Autism
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ entrance examinations
  • GCSEs,A-level,university
  • Other
  • SEN other
Experience, training and skills

I am a highly-skilled, qualified SEN teacher and lecturer of over 18 years. I have used numerous programmes, teaching aids, and software packages to help promote the pupil’s studies’ and improved confidence for his or her greater chance of success. I use multi-sensory English and Maths tuition which especially supports children with SEN including ADHD other needs. My learners are all unique; one of my key strengths as a tutor is being able to motive then and to keep them focused on the task at hand. I always observe whether the child is predominantly a VISUAL LEARNER (learns best by seeing), an AUDITORY LEARNER (learns best by listening) or a KINESTHETIC LEARNER (learns by doing/feeling); I am able and willing to ascertain individual learning aspirations and desires in a flexible, calm and friendly atmosphere.

I am a highly commendable, experienced, committed and competent tutor, and a well-qualified and established learning and skills professional. I have gone through extensive training and professional development and have obtained a Certificate in Education, Post Compulsory Education and Training (Literacy), an NCFE Level 3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, a BA Honours in Applied Professional Studies, a French degree (attaining a distinction), a two-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in French, English Language, Government and Politic and 4 A Levels. I hold numerous certificates: Communication Skills Level 3, IT Level 2, Numeracy Level 4, Safeguarding Children in Education Level 4, Equality and Diversity Level 2 and Health and Safety Level 1. I am now studying for an MA in Inclusive Special Education. I hold a certified DBS and have been working as an educator, a teacher, tutor, mentor and assessor. I have had CPD training in Key Skills, Basic Skills, Essential Skills, ESOL, EFL and Functional Skills curriculum and qualifications respectively. I hold a Certificate in Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, a Certificate in Prevent Referrals Online Training Part One, Risk Assessment, Health and Safety Awareness and Emergency Paediatric First Aid Certificates, and many more in industry. I am a member of the Institute for Learning, the Society for Education and Training, a recognised member of the Department for Education and Skills, the Tutors Association, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, Childcare.co.uk and the National Education Union.

I have used several research-based programs that have helped struggling readers such as managing and planning for homework, using Dolce spelling list to challenge and improve on spelling, using visual imagery through ‘Reading Rockets’; an online tool as a strategy for helping the learner generates an image while reading a text and create mental images while reading to improve comprehension.  The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in years 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multi-sensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. I have used this medium to help structure activities for literacy instruction.

I engage my students  to their full potential and bring out the best in them. My experience is varied so I bring with me fun and for this role a magic touch which I believe could create pride in the learners and a long-lived experience for each one of them. I am a people’s person and therefore, I am very open and engaging and have a warm and caring disposition – this makes me a rare gem in this career.I have a calm attitude and I am always willing to adjust my time, culture or teaching style to meet the varied needs of my learners hence my drive to work with students with different learning needs. I show spirit and optimism in everything I do and encourage my learners to develop in a calm and responsive manner. I am very creative and love making learning easier for individual learners. On the other hand, I am a strong character that brings with me a gentle smile which often makes it easier for my learners to engage willingly and participate fully in their learning experience. This breaking of the ice has its positive rewards of making the environment a fun and yet fulfilling place for my learners to learn and improve themselves, ultimately.

My Teaching Philosophy

As a tutor, I have very strong communication skills and I make learning that may seem so complicated or complex theories can be explained in simple terms. I have the ability to identify my students' learning styles and adapt my teaching methods to suit different learning abilities.

I differentiate the learning according to capabilities – visual learners are presented with information in tables or charts and others prefer using technology. My skills have helped me to adapt my style of communication to meet their respective needs. I have maximum patience because I believe that learning an L2 language or a new concept can be challenging, so is having the patience to explain new concepts and processes. Therefore, I use my skills to explain concepts fully and patiently until each learner understands or grasps the concept.

I have the ability to set my expectations of the length of time learners could get their heads around new ideas. I, therefore, tend to plan the lesson in a way that it benefits the students and the issues raised are also addressed relatively carefully to meet intended outcomes. I tend to deliver information clearly and accurately but I do so in a pleasant way and enable my students to feel relaxed enough to ask questions and sharing bits and pieces of personal information with them to break down the teacher-student barrier and get the best out of them. It breaks the ice and student tend to relate with me and build up a can-do approach.

I use my interpersonal skills to help my students realise that their ability to learn is actually about how much they commit themselves to what they are studying. I am quite organised in my lessons to reassure students that I have the ability to help them achieve their goals. As a teacher and lecturer or tutor, I make sure I always have a lesson plan, student reports and individual records of work to help map out what needs be studied and when, and to keep abreast with the administration involved.

I am at speed with my IT skills which are very significant when working with young learners, adult learners or learners with specific learning disabilities or difficulties. I can send emails, use apps, work on mobile devices and use virtual classrooms effectively. I can help students transfer over the lessons on to digital devices to help them learn on the go and at their own convenience. Where possible, I tend to create digital versions of all my materials and lesson notes for easy access to students whenever they need them.

Choose me if…

– you would like to give your child that academic boost that they deserve, knowing that they are expert hands with a very highly-skilled SEN qualified tutor;

– you are looking for an expert tutor who has exceptional behaviour management techniques;

– you are looking for a tutor who can motivate your child to focus, and excel in their academic studies.

Something sensational about me

I am a Sierra Leonean-born UK citizen, and a mother of two who believes in creating a balance between family and work with effortlessness. I am friendly, warm, sociable, cultured and considerate; but most of all, I enjoy caring, sharing and imparting knowledge to others.

I have excellent communication skills and a love for reading and writing poetry and short stories, have a flair for the creative industry especially  and enjoy dancing and crochet work. I am interested in personal career progress and core developmental upgrade and using new strategies to organise and manage self, inspire and impart knowledge to others and doing charitable work.

I enjoy teaching and learning and contribute momentously to helping my colleagues’ and peers’ development, learners’ growth, and mentoring them throughout their careers or their studies. I have always been in love with cognitive growth and learning development; therefore, I went back to studies afterwards.

 

Availability
  • Sunday

    15:00pm - 18:00pm

  • Monday

    16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Tuesday

    16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Wednesday

    16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Thursday

    16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Friday

    16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Saturday

    15:00pm - 18:00pm

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