About Me

I am a fully qualified teacher, and have taught for 30 years. I have had a lot of experience in teaching English (ages 4-18), Maths (ages 4-11), Study Skills and exam preparation (GCSE preparation and Year 6 SATs). I have extensive experience providing bespoke, fun, creative or functional sessions to children and young people with autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, mental health challenges, ADHD, and difficulties with organisation and time management, behaviour, language, and concentration. I have worked in school as a mainstream English and SEN teacher. In addition I have had roles in nurseries, Pupil Referral Units, Pre-Schools and within a child's home environment. I have a lot of experience with pupils from all ages from 4-18 years.

I have an understanding of what it means to work with children with a range of conditions/illnesses, some of which are Down Syndrome, eating disorders, leukemia, insomnia, fetal alcohol syndrome, epilepsy, mental illness due to neglect/abuse, social anxiety and global developmental delay.
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** Please note that during lock down  (starting from January 2021) I will not have any availability, due to having taken on additional lessons on a temporary basis until schools re-open. Thank you.

I am a highly skilled specialist English and Maths tutor, and confident to teach/support pupils with autism, epilepsy, study skills, MLD, working memory challenges, management and organisational difficulties, global developmental delay, dyslexia, dyscalculia, organisational and handwriting challenges, concentration/focus problems, working memory challenges, speech and language difficulties, APD, s... Read More
** Please note that during lock down  (starting from January 2021) I will not have any availability, due to having taken on additional lessons on a temporary basis until schools re-open. Thank you.

I am a highly skilled specialist English and Maths tutor, and confident to teach/support pupils with autism, epilepsy, study skills, MLD, working memory challenges, management and organisational difficulties, global developmental delay, dyslexia, dyscalculia, organisational and handwriting challenges, concentration/focus problems, working memory challenges, speech and language difficulties, APD, social and emotional difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, dysgraphia and comprehension/inference challenges.

Fun and bespoke Sessions: I am highly skilled at creating relevant and specific lessons for children that factor in their particular challenges and interests. I have modified many learning programmes for SEN children  as well as built other SEN programmes from scratch. As such I am highly capable of creating lessons to which a pupil can relate whilst also face their difficulties. I have found SEN children who can relate to their learning material will reach their fullest potential and enjoy the learning experience and want to know more about the world.

My ability to understand children on the autistic spectrum: Having spent a lot of time working with autistic children, I understand that their view of the world can be very different to people who are not on the spectrum; that an autistic child's world can be seen very litarally by comparison, and that a learning activity needs to be delivered in smaller sections as it is not always easy to recall a given sequence of tasks.

My specialist experience working with students with focus and concentration challenges, autism, dyslexia, autism and/or dyscalculia: I have worked with many children/young adults  over the years in groups/individually, focusing specifically on reading, spelling, handwriting, writing, numeracy/maths, organisation, listening and speaking skills. I understand that children with specific learning difficulties such as these do not always respond best to the mainstream style of teaching, and as such often need a more practical approach with different techniques to help them with their organisation and study skills, as well as their learning. I have found that the use of games and visual techniques, as well as a breakdown of the language used in Maths and English helps to make the curriculum much more accessible to children with a variety of SEN, including those with dyslexia, autism and/or dyscalculia.

I have a great capacity to work with students with English (reading, handwriting and writing) and Maths challenges, and have worked with many SEN children and young adults individually with a cross section of language and learning needs, on intensive reading programmes to help them overcome reading difficulties such as decoding, phonemic awareness, phonics, and learning graphemes/phonemes, whilst always incorporating the importance of reading comprehension. I have used various age appropriate word games/ techniques to enhance reading skills as well as to increase confidence in their approach to reading.

My specialist experience teaching English: In addition to Literacy and Maths SEN teaching I am an experienced mainstream English teacher, having taught at all levels from age 6-23 years. I have a lot of experience of teaching the primary maths curriculum from reception to year 5, particularly to SEN children on individual learning programmes. I understand it can sometimes take time to build trust and a proper solid relationship between the tutor and student.

Study Skills: Having working with many pupils who are approaching GCSE's, I have had a lot of experience in helping students prepare for their exams.  This has been in the following areas: time management, organisation, prioritising, planning ahead, planning long-term projects or assignments, modifying notes in preparation for revision, creating study visuals for revisional purposes, setting goals, checking work and establishing good routines and habits.

My specialist experience teaching children with focus and concentration challenges : I have taught many children who have experienced problems with concentration whilst working, and have used many effective techniques that would motivate them and help to keep them on task. Many students require assistance with their organisation and planning, enabling them to feel more confident and have a more focused approach as a result. My most recent post was for 15 hours a week from Nov 19-July 20 with a child with extreme focus challenges. The child made excellent progress throughout the year. I know that with such difficulties it can be an ongoing issue that is constantly present and needs to be targeted continually, but with empathy and understanding, using variable approaches, depending on the particular child.

My other SEN specialist teaching experience: Having worked with children with various verbal challenges, I have gathered a lot of experience teaching young people from early years to age 18 who are non-verbal (ASD), selective mute, and children with very limited verbal abilities. Having experienced many SEN settings I have encountered children with school phobia and have a great empathy with children in situations who are experiencing any level of anxiety due to school culture.I have a great understanding of students from differing backgrounds with a range of SEN. Through private tutoring together with my experience in educational settings I have spent the past 3 decades on a continual learning curve understanding the challenges a child across the age groups with SEN faces, and have as such found excellent strategies to help them progress.

Teaching and interacting with children/young people brings out the best in me as an individual. I feel I have great interaction skills with young people, as well as an appropriate level of humour when required. I have a speciality for modifying work for SEN children and have modified worksheet packs across the curriculum both at primary and secondary level. I am fully aware that many children do not best respond to the mainstream method of education and need something different and I have the skills to adapt to different children's needs. I have an abundance of patience, understanding and effective communication which I believe have been highly instrumental in the success I have had historically with many SEN pupils. My testimonials from past and present students convey my ability to inspire children and and help them through challenges. I know that I would bring a great energy to any learning situation I was placed into, and am adaptable and versatile to differing situations and environments.

I have worked with many professionals both in and out of school, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech & Language Therapists and Educational Social Workers, and have received speech therapy training to conduct sessions for ASD primary KS1, which I have been able to successfully put into practice. My work with SLT and other professionals includes many schools, past recent and present, including my recent post at a Primary School in Acton and my most recent post at a Primary School in Gloucester Road. My experience of running reading intervention programmes has proven invaluable.

I keep close and continual assessments of the children with whom I work. I find this to be crucial when monitoring progress and also when reviewing a child's needs which is essential for an SEN child.

I would consider it a priority to know and understand the background and SEN of a pupil I was asked to work with, and use extreme empathy at all times, keeping a full awareness that a child's SEN can be due to many factors which could be related to physical or mental health, illness, genetics, background, cultural or political factors, issues from the child's pregnancy and/or birth as well as other possible factors.

Most importantly, I would take each lesson as it evolves, and not have pre planned expectations of what will be achieved. I am aware that a child with SEN has differing factors that can effect their ability to learn. As such I feel it is important to be open to the possibility of variation each day, and hence would not enter a lesson with any preconceived thoughts or anticipation about how the lesson will evolve.

I am aware that SEN children sometimes thrive in an alternative place other than the classroom. I also feel it is a fine balance and ultimately SEN should have as much inclusion as realistically possible into the classroom culture, but only as much as is comfortable and appropriate within the needs of the child.

I have developed many social stories for children who may suffer with emotional, language, communication and behavioural difficulties, and can adapt them to any issue/situation. I am a believer in usual visuals as much as possible, in particular for younger primary children. The use of a routined system that involves regular images and language gives a child confidence and a sense of security.

I am skilled at adapting work programmes for children and have confidence in my abilities to amend programmes to suit any child with SEN, whether their needs be specifically maths and/or literacy, or finer points that relate to communication and/or non verbal challenges.

In my experience I have found it invaluable to sometimes temporarily take a child away from a situation that is causing stress and take some time out to do an alternative activity. I am very experienced at using sensory techniques to help children learn effectively and also work through emotional challenges.

How I work: When first meeting a new pupil I would always assess exactly what their needs are and evaluate the difficulties being encountered. This would be a 3 way process involving myself, the child and parent/guardian (plus the school if appropriate.) My plan would then be to decide what the best learning approach would be, and how I would use various multi sensory resources, ideas, techniques to help the child move forward. I frequently use mind maps  in my approach, as I believe this is a tangible way to breakdown a concept and understand it on different levels. I would also use mind maps and other techniques to help a child process language breakdown, evaluating the meaning and use of language that could appear confusing, whilst incorporating visuals where appropriate, rather than standard techniques and resources that may appear in the mainstream. I would also aim to give the child as much learning independence as possible during each session, so that their confidence potential would be developed.

I am confident in writing and reviewing IEPs and find them invaluable in the educational experience of any child. I have spent a lot of time working with external agencies that support SEN and as such have taken a lot of their expertise which has helped me understand a child's mindset, abilities, difficulties, potential red flags, and overall has contributed towards a much more sophisticated and developed approach to my teaching technique.

My Teaching Philosophy

I would approach all situations with optimism and patience, and allow a pupil space to get used to me in their own time. I would look at difficulties by setting reachable goals,  encouraging independent learning as much as possible, whilst also being fully supportive at every stage of their learning as required according to the child's SEN. I would organise a plan for each child, but until I had worked with them would not assume which strategies may or may not work best. As a teacher of SEN, I always begin with the perspective that no two children are the same. When approaching a lesson, I would gauge each situation separately, and find the approach that would be most appropriate. I would intend to always find a way to ensure that the child I was teaching understood the objective of the lesson. I would then seek to give some examples, possibly with the use of other resources. I would ensure instructions are clear, and that child knows the set task via a clear sequence of instructions, ensuring any potential confusion is addressed throughout, as and when required.

I find that positive reinforcement is very effective and would endeavour to use such strategies to motivate children through their challenges. I have used reward/sticker/smiley face charts successfully on many occasions for younger pupils. I use verbal praise throughout each day for all children when a child is trying hard to achieve the aims of the lesson, and am always be mindful of their specific needs. Hence I would always bear in mind the child's SEN, and use praise even if lesson objectives are not being met, but the child in question was making positive steps forward, no matter how small.

I am highly conscious of safeguarding every child that I come into contact with. This is a huge part of school culture, and my mindset as a teacher, whether it be in or outside of the school setting. I feel it is a big part of my job to be sure that children are safe first, before they can be educated. I would always do my utmost to maintain the safety of any children within my responsibility, and ensure that I knew who the appropriate staff members, managers are to talk to, should a situation arise. If I felt that any of the children for whom I were responsible for in my role required me to have a handling plan, then I would be sure to liaise with the appropriate member/s of staff or parent so that I knew exactly what the plan was, before beginning any tuition with that child.

I am, and will always be, fully committed to the welfare, safety and education of children, with a particular emphasis on developing the fullest possible learning experience and potential of children with SEN.

Something Sensational About Me

I can sing! I love to use singing/acting in my lessons when appropriate. It always seems to go down very well. For younger children I incorporate "Teddy Shows" which is probably self explanatory. I use soft toys with younger children to approach some learning situations with great results, factoring in role-play and make-believe to the structure of lessons.

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    Availability

    • Monday 09.00 - 11.30 (online)
    • Wednesday 9.00 - 11.30 (online)
    • Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00 (online)
    • Thursday 10.00 - 11.30 (online)
    • Thursday 16.00 - 18.00 (online)
    • Friday 13.30 - 15.30 (online)
    • Sunday 14.30 - 16.00 (online)

    Qualifications and Training

    • Qualified Teacher Status;
    • BA HONS Social Science 2:2;
    • PGCE Secondary - Specialising in English/SEN (Pass);
    • Accredited CPD Safeguarding Level 1;
    • Speech Therapy Techniques KS1 children with ASD;
    • ECB Safe Hands;
    • SEND training for refugees;
    • Power of puppets training;
    • Social Stories inset training course.
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    • Qualified Teacher Status;
    • BA HONS Social Science 2:2;
    • PGCE Secondary - Specialising in English/SEN (Pass);
    • Accredited CPD Safeguarding Level 1;
    • Speech Therapy Techniques KS1 children with ASD;
    • ECB Safe Hands;
    • SEND training for refugees;
    • Power of puppets training;
    • Social Stories inset training course.

    Choose me if…

    • You are looking for a specialist teacher who is extremely patient, positive, approachable and adaptable to changing situations;
    • You are looking for a specialist teacher who can be creative, has a has a sense of humour when required, who will continually encourage and support;
    • You are looking for a specialist teacher who is adaptable to all learning environments;
    • You are looking for a specialist teacher that supports class inclusion but also appreciates there is a vast need for one to one learning in many situations for SEN children, that can adapt and modify any English lesson and any primary lesson;
    • You need a specialist teacher who is experienced in using confidence building techniques, someone who will always care deeply about the progress and care of children with SEN.

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      Andrea

      Jane tutored me for three years whilst I was in years 8, 9 and 10 and helped me through a lot of challenges and difficulties. Jane's tuition has made a massive difference to my career that I am now pursuing. I would highly recommend Jane as a tutor.

      Michele

      Jane has tutored my daughter for three years and is very patient, reliable, and gives 100%. She has been amazing and really helped my daughter to achieve her very best. Would highly recommend.

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