About Me

A fully qualified teacher and experienced qualified SENCo. I have more than 13 years' experience working with children with a variety of special educational needs including autism (ASD), anxiety, delayed speech, dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and mental health needs. I am a tutor who consistently brings energy and enthusiasm to my work.
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Fully qualified teacher and SENCo. Available in person in Oxfordshire/Berkshire, otherwise online.

With 13 years' teaching experience and as a fully qualified SENCo, I have advised, monitored and provided interventions for many children with Special Educational Needs ensuring that they are making progress both in the school setting and at home. I work closely with parents to advise and guide on next steps, and how these might be achieved. I have written EHC plans, conducted annual reviews and liaised with multiple outside agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children with SEND. I have tau... Read More
Fully qualified teacher and SENCo. Available in person in Oxfordshire/Berkshire, otherwise online.

With 13 years' teaching experience and as a fully qualified SENCo, I have advised, monitored and provided interventions for many children with Special Educational Needs ensuring that they are making progress both in the school setting and at home. I work closely with parents to advise and guide on next steps, and how these might be achieved. I have written EHC plans, conducted annual reviews and liaised with multiple outside agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children with SEND. I have taught the full National Curriculum with experience in Early Years, at Key Stage 1 and at Key Stage 2. I  also have experience of working with students in Key Stages 3 and 4 particularly in the areas of dyscalculia, dyslexia, ASD and developing self esteem. I have taught all elements of the primary mathematics curriculum to the end of year 6 including the 1:1 tutoring of many children, with excellent results.

My skills and experience developing trusting and meaningful relationships with children with SEND: The trusting relationship is at the core of learning for any child and this need is magnified for children with SEND. Throughout my career I have been able to make connections with children which, over time, develop in to meaningful relationships. Once trust is established, children feel safe enough to take the risk of learning something new.

My specialist skills and experience with working with children with ADHD: I have wide experience of teaching children with ADHD both in the classroom and in a 1:1 setting. The strategies I have found to be highly effective are teaching to a child's interest where possible and offering short, interactive activities to break learning down into manageable chunks. I often alternate the teaching of preferred subjects with less preferred subjects and, if problems arise, I agree adjustments with the child so that we can reframe the work and find a way forward. Children with ADHD want to learn, so my priority is to find what works best with individual children and to use non-confrontational ways to get around difficulties. Communication is key to success, and I  always aim to communicate kindly, clearly and with consistency.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with autism:  I have worked with many  primary age children  with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. As each child with autism presents with vastly different strengths and needs, I have learnt that building a relationship is crucial to children making accelerated progress - in every session I am learning which strategies work well and am tweaking activities to individual interests and learning styles. Many children with ASD need additional support with developing speech and language; this might be by practising speech in tutoring sessions or developing expressive speech to explain or describe thoughts. It may also involve unpicking receptive speech to help the child with increasing their ability to comprehend and therefore to focus.

My specialist skills and experience working with children with anxiety and mental health needs: In my experience, the best way of supporting children with mental health needs is by creating a learning climate which is positive, secure and open. I encourage children to try and identify how they are feeling and what might help them if they are struggling. This might be a break, an informal discussion or a more structured approach, for example learning about the whole range of human emotions through Kuypers' zones of regulation.

My skills and experience with boosting confidence and self esteem: Establishing a trusting relationship with a child links closely with boosting their self esteem and confidence. As part of my teaching I give ongoing support and encouragement with meaningful praise. Working closely with the student means that I have excellent knowledge of the small steps they are making in their learning, and the best boost to their confidence is in recognising their own progress.

My specialist skills and experience teaching phonics and reading: I have taught many children whose primary need is in cognition and learning. This includes 1:1 experience of teaching phonics and early reading, right through to developing fluency and skills of deducing and scanning texts for key information. I have helped many children who find decoding reading relatively easy, but need help with developing strategies for understanding what they have read, discussing  it and answering comprehension questions.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with global developmental delay: I have experience of tutoring children with global development delay including Down's Syndrome. Some of these children had very limited speech and I have made multiple different visual and aural adaptations to ensure that I could advance their understanding. Children I have taught with global developmental delay have made measurable progress in their learning. This progress is underpinned by developing trusting relationships with children and  and teaching to individual strengths and interests. Planning sessions needs to be completely personalised so that children can build on the small steps they have just made.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with dyslexia: I have developed insight into the needs of children with dyslexia and plan my sessions according to the areas that remain insecure. Precision teaching is a highly effective method of teaching reading to children with dyslexia. This technique involves teaching a group of the same words in multiple different ways, so that over time recognition becomes fully embedded. I have also found that matching texts to children's interests is often highly motivational. Teaching reading to children with dyslexia will often include high levels of repetition - the challenge to the 1:1 tutor is to make sure that the teaching remains interesting and fun.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation challenges (SPAG): I have helped numerous children to improve their writing skills by analysing their next small step, then providing meaningful stimulus to practise the identified areas. I have wide experience of teaching grammar, spelling and punctuation (SPAG) with a proven track record of students achieving excellent results in end of year 6 assessment. To support younger writer's progress I use a mix of  strategies  - whatever engages the child - including  playing word games, completing story boards and using colourful semantics.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with working memory difficulties: Common to many specific learning difficulties are problems with working memory. The job of the 1:1 tutor is to help the child to recognise and develop strategies that support their short term memory. These might be, for example, working with short pieces of text then checking understanding before moving on, sequencing next steps very clearly, asking the student to unpick and explain questions, asking a student to read then teach me, highlighting key words and/or taking notes. Through practise and repetition, children develop the combined skills they need to answer questions.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with processing difficulties: I have wide experience of supporting children who take time with processing information. Led by my observations of working with the child, I provide the support they need to understand content before moving on. Effective strategies for this include giving plenty of time, checking for full understanding via questioning, providing summaries and asking questions interspersed through the session - some of which are games, and fun!

My specialist skills and experience teaching maths to students with dyscalculia: I have supported many children who struggle with maths, some with a diagnosis of dyscalculia. Underpinning the difficulty for all of these children is understanding number, and the number system. So following an initial assessment, number work needs to become secure through high levels of repetition -  often using concrete materials to aide visualisation. Children with dyscalculia also have exceptional difficulty recognising mathematical pattern and many carry enduring misconceptions relating to the four operations. The success I have had working with dyscalculic children has been in unpicking their misconceptions then reteaching with high levels of repetition until understanding is consolidated. Functional maths is key to the planning and teaching of mathematics so that dyscalculic children can become proficient in dealing with money, telling the time and reading timetables. My aim with the dyscalculic child is to demystify mathematics  and most importantly, show them that they have the skills and tools to tackle new problems independently.

My Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is simple; I believe that children have an innate ability to learn. If we can find the right strategies and the right person at the right time – learning will take place. Accelerated progress comes from two things: high quality teaching in identified areas which is underpinned by a positive relationship between tutor and student. When both of these align, children can see that they are making progress which is in itself, highly motivational.

Something Sensational About Me

I love being outside in nature and walking my dogs. I will swim in most places, the absolute highlight was scuba diving in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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    Availability

    • Saturday 2:00 pm - 5 :00 pm
    • Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Qualifications and Training

    • Growing Future Leaders Programme (1 year)
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead
    •  The National Award in SEN Co-ordination.
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice in Special Educational Needs
    • Qualified Teacher Status
    • BA Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education - First Class Honours
    • GDPR training (General Data Protection Regulation)
    • Prevent training
    • Philosophy for Children (level 1)
    • First aid at work
    • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Covid 19 pack
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    • Growing Future Leaders Programme (1 year)
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead
    •  The National Award in SEN Co-ordination.
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice in Special Educational Needs
    • Qualified Teacher Status
    • BA Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education - First Class Honours
    • GDPR training (General Data Protection Regulation)
    • Prevent training
    • Philosophy for Children (level 1)
    • First aid at work
    • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Covid 19 package, level 2)

    Choose me if…

    • You are seeking a tutor with experience of teaching children with dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD and dyslexia.
    • You are seeking a tutor with empathy.
    • You are seeking a tutor with excellent subject knowledge of primary maths.
    • You are seeking a tutor with excellent subject knowledge in English.
    • You are seeking a tutor who is highly motivated.

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