Experience with the Primary curriculum, providing home-school learning and online learning;
I am a qualified Primary school teacher and have taught across both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. I therefore understand and am able to teach the full primary curriculum as well as support with homework. I have also provided home-school tuition for a number of students and is experienced in planning and delivering individualised home-school programmes. Throughout Covid-19 I have taught a number of children online and the transition to online learning has been a great success; lessons are interactive and engaging.
My skills and experience teaching students who struggle with reading comprehension; I specialise in teaching phonics and reading and have implemented whole school phonics and comprehension interventions. I will be able to pin point what your child is struggling with and teach a variety of different skills to boost their comprehension. We will learn how to read, visualise and understand the bigger picture in a story. We will look in-depth at reading skills such as retrieving/recalling, summarising, inference, predicting and vocabulary. As well as reading texts we will do lots of other activities to improve comprehension skills such as ‘reading’ and deducing meaning from pictures or drawing to help visualise a story.
Experience boosting student’s confidence and self-esteem; Boosting self-esteem and confidence is integral and comes as part and parcel when working with children who struggle with learning. Giving praise for even the very smallest of achievements is absolutely imperative when building confidence in a student who often thinks they're 'rubbish' at everything. I also ensure I am building on their strengths and using their strengths to help their weaknesses.I have successfully been able to support progress, improve confidence and develop self-esteem whist nurturing a love for learning and having fun in the process and will be able to do so for your children. Experience working with students with dyspraxia and hypermobility and the teaching of gross/ fine motor skills and handwriting;
Whist working as an SEN teacher I taught many students with dyspraxia and hypermobility. There are lots of techniques I use with children depending on how dyspraxia and hyper mobility effects their learning. Giving lots of breaks, extra time, step by step learning, repetition and organisational techniques are important as well as improving their muscle strength and motor perform.
One difficulty many children with dyspraxia struggle with is motor skills and handwriting. I have tutored many children with difficulties to use cursive handwriting. I use a variety of resources and activities to progress the students fine motor skills such as Tharaputty and in-hand manipulation activities before handwriting. I then use multi sensory resources such as glitter and sand to form and remember the shapes of the letters for handwriting Experience working with children with dyslexia and dyscalculia and attention/focusing skill;
I hold an OCR Level 5 qualification in teaching learners with SpLD. In my most recent role I have been supporting children in a prep school who are either dyslexic or who have fallen behind in their school work. I prepare and plan a multi-sensory series of work in phonics, reading, writing and maths for these children in order for them to catch up with their peers and boast their confidence in the classroom as well as preparing them for 7+ and 11+ exams.I also have experience teaching children with ADHD and attention difficulties. I will be able to keep your children focused and engaged by using timers, a variety of different activities and ‘brain breaks’..
Experience teaching for the 7+ and 11+ exams; I have tutored many students for the 7+ and 11+ exams. In my most recent teaching post I was as a specialist dyslexia teacher at a top London independent preparatory school. In this post I taught children who struggled with literacy and numeracy to succeed in entering and passing 11+ and 7+ exams. I have an exceptional record in supporting students with school entrance exams listed below.
North London Collegiate School;Latymer Upper school; Francis Holland School;City of London School for Girls; Channing; Dulwich college; Highgate school; The American school; Wellington; Wetherby senior school; Harrow; Eton college; Bute House Preparatory school; Emanuel School; St Pauls; Westminster School; Westminster Under School; Kew House; Alleyn’s School. Experience working with students with sensory needs;
As an SEN teacher I have worked with children with a variety of sensory needs. Each sensory need is individual to the child and there are many different strategies I have put in place to address the level of arousal and help a child reach a more optimal state to learn and perform tasks. Some of these include hand held fidgets, ear plugs, weighted vests, wiggle cushions, personal quiet spaces.