Specialist Experience and Skills
I am a Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills, with 24 years' experience teaching Maths, Science, English and ICT, preparing for exams including 11 +. study-skills, revision techniques, school subject catch-ups or interventions. I teach all ages from Primary level to GCSE and adults. I am trained and specialised in identifying additional learning needs, knowledge gaps and providing strategies to develop, support and fast-track learners so that they can develop skills or acquire knowledge easily to achieve their learning goals or qualifications (from 11+ to GCSEs). This includes supporting lea... Read More
I am a Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills, with 24 years' experience teaching Maths, Science, English and ICT, preparing for exams including 11 +. study-skills, revision techniques, school subject catch-ups or interventions. I teach all ages from Primary level to GCSE and adults. I am trained and specialised in identifying additional learning needs, knowledge gaps and providing strategies to develop, support and fast-track learners so that they can develop skills or acquire knowledge easily to achieve their learning goals or qualifications (from 11+ to GCSEs). This includes supporting learners with identified or unidentified learning needs and advising on exam access arrangements.
I have extensive experience supporting students with additional learning needs: autism (including high functioning), dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, EAL/ ESL, numerous other SEN/ SEND, SEMH, SEBD, PDA; devising and advising schools and professionals of individual learning needs, strategies, equipment and exam access; working in close liaison with school teachers, SENCo, heads of department, school head, specialist professionals and parents.
How I work: I break sessions into sections and vary the tasks to address the different skills needing development. This ensures a productive session each time and helps maintain focus and attention. Sessions may cover quite a lot, depending on the needs and ability of the student, and if several subjects are covered. Small homework tasks are given for practice if requested, and parents advised, as well as any new observations and strategies taught. I can also liaise with schools or produce a list of ways teachers can implement strategies or support within day-to-day teaching and school life.
I am very experienced in planning programmes of learning based on the needs of the young person, adapting and modifying as required. This can be for one or more subjects (English, Maths and/or Science) and subjects can be integrated, especially in developing language or literacy skills across most subjects KS2, 3 and 4. Sessions usually cover identifying new and better ways of working, developing the young person’s skills and personalising strategies to empower the young person to work confidently and independently. English and Maths are the most common priorities, generally, or working on particular sub-skills such as organising ideas, writing things down, improving presentation, expression or communication skills and teaching ways to be able to work better and more easily. I can also liaise with schools and produce a list of personalised strategies to help teachers and the school work more successfully with your child, with the aim that your child and their needs are better understood and feel supported.
Study-skills and exam-technique sessions: I help students to understand potential barriers to their learning, and how they can overcome such barriers so that they can answer questions more effectively and precisely - to become a better learner with better grades and outcomes. Sometimes students find it challenging to know exactly how to interpret and answer questions. I help them to break questions down to make them more manageable, and then to answer questions accurately using the marking scheme. I present students with kstrategies to help them access exam papers, become more organised, prepared and independent so that they have ownership over their own learning.
My experience boosting confidence and self-esteem: I am extremely empathetic and sensitive to the needs of learners. I am very observant and work both with the child and parents. Students feel understood and co-operate well with me. From the outset they receive positive feedback, suggestions and new strategies to make learning and completing tasks easier for them. Initial screening are not formal tests, but observing how a student works – and I will help them as required! Out of this new strategies and better ways of working are identified and shared with the young person, who then realises they can do tasks. Further practice is given, short homework tasks and reminders, and very quickly their levels of confidence and self-esteem rise.
Screening and assessing for Maths or English: In my initial session or two, I will do brief screening tasks that reflect the educational needs of the young person and the support needs identified by parents, the school or professionals. All observations are discussed with parents and the child, identifying useful strategies that will help and be incorporated into a plan for learning negotiated with you. Even from session one, strategies, tasks, and homework tasks will be given for your child to start practising working in new ways. Sometimes I may recommend referral to an optician or a specialist.
I am very experienced in teaching English and Maths to diverse learners from starter level (Primary) to GCSE and higher. I am also trained in assessing and supporting dyslexia, literacy and communications. Please see other sections for particular support needs, or ask!
My English tutoring sessions: I am very experienced in teaching English from beginner levels, primary Key stages 1-2, preparation for 11+, key stages 3 -4 and for GCSE English Language and Literature, as well as preparing students to take alternative English exams such as IELTS for UK Citizenship, to meet university entry requirements, or for medical professionals.
My Maths tutoring sessions: I have been teaching Maths at Primary Intervention through to GCSE for over 10 years now. I am very skilled at breaking down learning, boosting skills, plugging knowledge gaps, and covering the national curriculum form Key stages 1 to 4. For some students, literacy issues affect their Maths progress, so working on literacy, dyslexia in combination with Maths skills is very important.
My Science tutoring sessions: You may feel your child is lacking confidence in Science at school, or needs to be taught essential knowledge in a practical, hands-on or alternative way so your child learns about the world around us. I can cover different topics in Science at KS1, 2 and 3 - all essential preparation for GCSE Science (that is compulsory for all UK students). Science topics can be integrated with other skills, such as developing literacy and writing. Small-scale practical and hands-on science experiments, as well as creative projects crossing history, geography or art, and trips outdoors or to museums will enhance learning. Science topics available: living things and habitats, plants, animals, human species, life cycles, evolution, states of matter, sound, light, electricity, properties and changes of materials, earth & space, forces.
My experience working with students with autism and ADHD: I am extremely empathetic and sensitive to the needs of learners. I am friendly, personable, patient and approachable and all students feel comfortable with me. I have worked with a number of students with ADHD, those on the autistic spectrum and students with Asperger’s syndrome. I can work with the individual needs of young people, their particular behaviours and communication needs, working with you to support them to cope better in school and in day-to-day life. I can work with your child on catch up for various subjects or specific subjects, organisational skills and strategies, support for homework or focus on topics or skills they are behind or struggling with. I also can provide support for revision, preparation for exams or or preparation for 11+. I strive to ensure activities and resources are engaging and break activities down into manageable chunks which helps maintain focus, and help students realise their potential, as well as positive reinforcement and praise that build their confidence and self esteem. I can also identify the particular learning needs or accommodations the school can make for your child, as well as communicate with the school on your behalf.
My experience working with students with Speech and Language Needs: I can also work with speech and language needs, using different phonologies for reading, speaking, developing clearer speech, developing confidence when speaking and interacting with others and use alternative methods of communication – such as visual cues, or images to use with your family, friends, at school, in the classroom, with teachers, general communication and feelings. I can also advise schools on ways to communicate and include your child without putting them on the spot or embarrassing them.
My experience teaching students with Dyslexia: I am trained to assess and experienced in devising learning programmes to develop the skills of dyslexic students. This can be stand alone or integrated with school subjects. I use multi-sensory learning to work on the particular areas and skills that students need to develop: processing, memory, spelling, organisation, planning and writing skills, proof-reading. Students rapidly pick up new skills and their personalised learning strategies boost their self-esteem and progress in school.
My experience teaching students with Dyscalculia: I can work with your child using multi-sensory techniques to develop their maths skills. I can cover all national curriculum levels: key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 - to GCSE or alternative Maths accreditation. Teaching will involve a lot of scaffolding and personalising strategies to learn, practise and remember techniques, as well as carry out operations, as well as working closely with parents and the school. I am happy to liaise with the school on learning priorities as well as advise on techniques and strategies
My experience scaffolding and developing skills: To help students make progress and achieve higher levels, skills and tasks sometimes need to be broken down and built up by scaffolding learning. That is, learning needs to be structured in order to build on existing skills whilst acquiring new skills, that need to be practised. Further practice is achieved through set homework tasks, giving strategies or goals for the child to implement during the week, in tasks, school work, in school, as well as checked or tested, revisited and added to in subsequent sessions.
My experience preparing for the ‘Back-to-school’: Most students will feel anxious about returning to school or starting a new school after 5-6 months at home during Lockdown. I can work with your child to mentally and physically prepare them for returning to school, interacting with others, adapting to new schedules, being prepared to have new teachers, and feeling more confident in class – with classmates, teachers or support staff, doing tasks. I can also work with your child to develop their communication, interaction, organisation, English and Maths or other skills that would help them feel more ready to return to school and going into the next school year, as well as catch up in the skills or subjects you require.
Collaborative Working: I work closely with young people and their families. I help develop personalised strategies, building on their strengths as well as building up their weaker skills. This could be to help with motivation, focus, organisation, memory, retention, processing, planning, writing skills, spelling, exam or study skills, as well as help with their learning tasks, homework, to catch up quickly in subjects they find hard or are behind in: not only English and Maths, but also Science, History, RE, Geography, Business, Design and Technology, Textiles, Food Technology, Art, and PE.
I work independently, and can devise individual learning programmes, strategies and resources for specific needs, as well as follow guidance of professional: your child’s school teachers or specialists such as Speech and Language Therapists, mental health professionals, educational psychologists, social workers for looked after children. I can also liaise with schools or other professionals on your behalf.
I am experienced with managing different learning needs and behaviours, and have worked with all ages, in primary intervention, secondary, FE college and university (under and postgraduate). I currently work in a secondary, with newcomers and any student requiring additional support in mainstream subjects, working 1:1 or small groups.
I am very down-to-earth, warm, friendly, extremely patient, kind, supportive, work with humour and sensitivity, according to getting the best out of the young learner. I work holistically, personalising learning and putting the young person at the centre of their learning, developing their independent learning skills. Learners quickly gain confidence in what they can do, raising self esteem with noticeable rapid improvements in attitude, progress and achievements in other areas too. Students normally exceed expectations after a short time in their main schooling.
My experience preparing students for the 11+: I am experienced in preparing young learners for the 11+, including children who are behind in the curriculum, or have additional learning needs that have been hindering their progress. I can develop the core skills your child needs to compete effectively in 11+ entry assessments in all skills: Maths, English, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, for different boards (GL, CEM, Durham, York etc). It would be helpful to know the schools you are considering applying for.
My experience teaching ESOL / EAL students: I have also years of experience teaching and preparing students for ESOL assessments and the IELTS English test (Academic and General Training Modules) for university entrance: with sixth-formers, adults, professionals, native English speakers to international professionals and academics (undergraduate and postgraduate). I can identify personal learning needs that enable fast tracking and students to often jump two levels of achievement at low to mid levels, including achieving top scores with higher level students.
Please do not hesitate to discuss your requirements or concerns. Learning and support is a collaborative process between myself, the young person, the parents, the school and specialist professionals. The rate can be negotiable. I am able to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends.