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I have worked with children from 1 1/2 years old and young people up to 18 years old since 2006. I have always worked in the SEN departments of mainstream primary and secondary schools and have experience in a PRU and a Specialist Autism Outreach School. I have been in the past a SEN TA and Tutor, an Interventions teacher, a nurture teacher and a SEN/SEMH/ASD teacher. Developing Study Skills:
I have helped students across all key stages to get well organised and build their time management skills. A year 7 mum wrote a special letter to me thanking me for my organisation training to her son. I take pride in making a positive change for my students. Furthermore I focus on working towards confidence in thinking, answering and engaging. Most of the times hesitation is the enemy of progress and nothing more than that. With a personalised learning plan paired with a good prompt schedule - based on Applied Behaviour Theories' values - I managed to make a 2 year old develop his attention span from 5 minutes to 45-50 minutes in less than 3 months. Lastly, the top skills that I usually aim for are writing, comprehension and research skills. These make my students independent and proud for taking responsibility for their work. GCSE and other qualifications preparation:
In my latest teaching role in 2020 I got experience supporting KS4 (year 10) students in their English GCSEs preparation. We worked in detail for Fiction and Non Fiction examples for developing comprehension skills, creativity and love for reading. I followed an holistic approach that included almost all styles of writing. We focused on features' comparison and recreating content to provide a secure environment for building fun and engaging learning. For the same school I was the teacher of a year 11 class for the Achieve programme by Prince's Trust. This is not a GCSE but has varied tasks and is aimed to help students gain an award, certificate or diploma. Further to that, back in 2017, I supported as a teaching assistant BTEC Engineering students in their Maths and DT lessons. This happened under the guidance of their Maths/Engineering teachers and the SEN department. This makes me confident to work with students towards getting qualifications. Other subjects except English and Literacy:
I have taught up to year 7 and supported in all Key Stages students for Science, Art, D/T, PSHE, ICT, Music, Cooking, Yoga, Food Play, Drama, Maths and Geography. An extracurricular approach is always in mind so learning can be relevant, fun and engaging. Activities are designed to support real life applications with a view to enhance social and life skills. Previous skills and experience for Autism:
I have got training for PECS (level 1) and other picture focused tools, ABA (diploma), Social Stories, basic Makaton and sign language, Level 3 CPD Autism course and have liaised with Educational Psychologists, Art therapists and Occupational Therapists for the needs of my students. My best quality as an Autism Tutor is my relationship building skills that are committed to the unique personality of my learners. I have experience of using many different strategies and can produce precise behaviour and learning plans to support targeted skills and needs. I have worked in the past with challenging behaviour and non verbal pupils and I could consider in person sessions for very specific needs if my clients have completed a range of online interventions. A Sixth Form student of mine has completed successfully his work experience at the end of our academic year together and a year 7 student won the Jack Petchey award with my support as a Tutor. Previous skills and experience for other SEN (Dyspraxia and Anxiety, Global Developmental Delay, SEMH, SEBD, HI, Challenging behaviour etc):
I have experience with students of almost all SEN. I have worked for GCSE preparation, social and communication skills, Zones of Regulation, language development, Literacy across the curriculum, English comprehension, homework support, behaviour support, target setting, confidence building, mentoring, vocational training, Prince's Trust qualifications, interview and social interaction support through role play etc. My main strategy is to provide engaging content with a positive approach for small step praise. Confidence building and positive mind-set is the number one lesson one will learn with me in practical terms and inclusive philosophy. I feel confident to support children make comparisons through reading and develop their writing skills across all Ficton/Non-Fiction styles. Last, I have drafted reports related to Annual Reviews of my key students based on their EHCPs and know how to work towards EHCP targets. Previous skills and experience for ADD/ADHD:
I have experience of creating and delivering education and communications resources to enable movement in lessons, and online lessons can adhere to that too. I can create with my students or on my own 3-D objects as supporting education tools and board games to make sure students keep their hands and legs occupied creatively while resources and learning is happening. I have more than once created settings and resources for reading, singing and writing while standing and/or in movement. I am confident to help develop the attention span of students with very precise plans and records with additional guidance on keeping up the progress at home and in school. I am very creative and if you're up for a challenge you'll get to see how learning can be done on the go! Previous skills and experience for language needs (Sp&L, EAL/ ESL):
I can slow down and use small steps with lots of praise for students with Sp&L needs. I have many times used pictures to enhance vocabulary, which works in a very basic level, and other times I had the students give their own explanations while developing their research skills online. Building vocabulary can be next to building sentences, paragraphs or stories and I have experience in this using visual and engaging material. I love teaching how we use dictionaries of all kinds and my students can become specialists in writing, reciting and reading poems, letters and stories. With a confidence building focus everyone is included and everyone can achieve - I have been awarded for story writing in the past and I'd love to support a child or young person do the same if that's what they dream for themselves. KS1 and Early Years nurture experience:
I have experience with creating educational opportunities for toddlers and little children using games and playful resources that develop soft skills and hand-eye coordination. I focus on helping little students explore learning through experimenting and using sensory aspects of items around them. Music can play an important role for brain development in young ages and for that I can play the piano and help students compose little songs. In reading and writing I have taught handwriting to increase thinking speed, phonics and singing for speaking clearly, colourful semantics for basic sentence structures and parts of speech classification and used books as a valuable resource to enhance independence and confidence. I follow an inclusive philosophy and I am willing to plan for team play with friends or activities with favourite pets to support relationship building, attainment, engagement and active listening skills. Previous skills and experience for Dyslexia:
I have completed a University post-graduate course for supporting students with Dyslexia and can follow specialist therapy programmes from an Education Psychologist. I have liaised with Dyslexia Specialists to develop SPaG skills. My innovative Dyslexia lessons can provide a range of tricks to enhance academic achievement and parents will be delighted to realise strategies that are easy and practical. Decoding written information can be a lesson by itself for these students and my previous experience in inference training can make the learning an exciting playful experience. Relevant software I worked in the past with - IDL programme, Reading Wise programme, MathsWatch. Other skills and experience:
I have strong public speaking and presentation skills because I have presented my artistic work and gave personal interviews to newspapers, magazines, TV shows and radio programmes. I have also pitched my ideas to connect with investors, charity representatives and board directors of museums or other institutions. I have many times in the past been part of professional productions and have received a commendation award for my work. I have, for two years, kept a column in a family oriented blog for advice to parents/carers by answering their questions weekly and crafting video tutorials with various recycled materials. A STAR example - Situation, Task, Action, Result Experience of creating or delivering education or communications resources:
Back in 2018 I worked with a key student, that was autistic, he was struggling with learning how to solve inside triangles problems in Geometry. I was there to support him in his lesson and noticed that, along with my student, all students were struggling to realise inside triangles' exact locations in a cuboid. I then went and created out of wire and tape a 3-D shape with colourful strings on its four corners. I taught my student how to use the colourful strings to create inside triangles and visualise the given information or the solution he was expected to give. Now the ABC or EZH of a 2-D representation of a cuboid was brought to life and he could understand what was asked from him. Soon the whole class used this 3-D resource and the Maths teacher also used it for all her classes for this specific topic. I ended up donating my little cuboid to the Maths department and everyone appreciated the offer.