Helen
Helen

B.Ed(Hons),

B.Ed(Hons),

About Me

Qualified Teacher
Highly-skilled Maths Intervention Specialist
Extensive special-educational needs experience
Creative, multi-sensory and child-centred approach

Tutor Specialisms and Experience
  • KS1/KS2 Teacher
  • SENCo/ SENDCo
  • Academic challenges – primary general
  • Maths
  • Gifted and talented
  • Focus and attention
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Other
Experience, training and skills

I am an experienced teacher, having worked closely with individuals, and groups of pupils, for most of my career. I have a calm and patient manner; always seeking to understand and empathise with others.

Much of my teaching experience has been in the area of Learning Support, with the past 8 years specialising in the delivery of Maths intervention programmes to children who find this subject particularly difficult. I am also a practising artist, and have run many workshops and projects for children and adults in schools and other settings.

From 2010 to 2014 I was responsible for implementing the 1:1 “Numbers Count” Mathematics intervention, as developed by Edge Hill University, in the primary school where I had already worked for a number of years. I identified gaps in pupils’ mathematical understanding, using diagnostic assessment, then planned and taught individual Maths programmes for each child. This role involved liaising closely with parents and carers; enabling them to support their children with related Maths activities at home. I also planned and delivered training to other school staff and governors, and as part of my LEA’s NQT induction programme.

Since 2014 I have further developed this teaching role, in conjunction with the school, to enable a much wider group of children to benefit from specialist mathematics teaching. I work closely with class teachers to plan their daily lessons, with particular attention to differentiated teaching content and materials. I support the delivery of lessons to the whole class, whilst at the same time identifying children who require extra support in specific aspects of Maths, through rapid & focused intervention, which I give later the same day, either individually or in small groups. I monitor and assess children’s’ progress, and advise on follow up work. The role also involves supporting less experienced teachers in their understanding of the Maths mastery curriculum, as well as training teaching assistants in the use of Maths activities and interventions aimed at specific groups of pupils.

In addition, I have worked as a teacher artist across my LEA, planning and implementing creative visual arts projects that emphasise pupils’ emotional and social development.

 

My Teaching Philosophy

I take a creative, multi sensory and child centred approach to teaching and learning; at all times recognising differing learning styles, backgrounds and abilities, and aiming to develop the full potential of every pupil.

My belief that learning should be enjoyable leads me to be constantly looking for new and creative activities with which to engage my pupils, often stemming from their own interests, and incorporating games and very practical resources.

Choose me if…

…you are looking for someone who has an in depth understanding of the way people learn mathematics, and who will enable your child to enjoy learning the subject, and relating it to the real world.

…you would like your child to develop their general confidence and self esteem through carefully planned art, design and craft projects.

Something sensational about me

It’s fairly unusual to find someone who is a Maths specialist and an artist – I have a passion for patterns visually and in numbers, so the two definitely work together!

Location

Helen

Wood Green, London, UK

Availability
  • Monday

    2pm - 6pm

  • Wednesday

    2pm - 6pm

  • Friday

    10am - 6pm

Education
  • 1987
    Middlesex
    B.Ed(Hons)
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