About Me

Qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience: primary with specialism in Early Years. Also experience working with students with SEN including: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, ADHD, autism, elective mutism, cochlear implants, language and developmental delay, ‘gifted and talented’ pupils and ‘Looked after’ children'. Experience also with SATs, 7+, 8+, 11+ 13+ and Common Entrance exams for various schools in London, Surrey and Kent.
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I am a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience of classroom teaching across all Primary ages in all subject areas, with specialism in Early Years. Over the years, in both my classroom teaching and tutoring roles, I have taught many children with special educational needs, to include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, ADHD, autism, elective mutism, cochlear implants, language and developmental delay, and also ‘gifted and talented’ pupils. I have also taught ‘Looked after’ children and, being adopted myself and thereby feeling a particular affinity with the ... Read More
I am a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience of classroom teaching across all Primary ages in all subject areas, with specialism in Early Years. Over the years, in both my classroom teaching and tutoring roles, I have taught many children with special educational needs, to include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, ADHD, autism, elective mutism, cochlear implants, language and developmental delay, and also ‘gifted and talented’ pupils. I have also taught ‘Looked after’ children and, being adopted myself and thereby feeling a particular affinity with the issues that such children might feel both at school and at home, I have also trained in identifying and supporting their needs. Alongside this, I have also been a private tutor across  all age groups, facilitating  general confidence-boosting, filling various learning gaps, and preparing students for various examinations, to include SATs, 7+, 8+, 11+ 13+ and Common Entrance exams for various schools in London, Surrey and Kent. In my most recent role as Reception class teacher and Head of Early Years at an independent preparatory school in Surrey, my work and interaction with the children has been described as ‘Excellent, Outstanding’ by OFSTED inspectors. I have recently stepped down from this role in order to concentrate solely on my tutoring role, since I find this work particularly rewarding.

Over the years, I have worked alongside Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Social Workers to develop programmes and strategies to support many students of various ages and abilities, in order to meet their academic, social and emotional needs. However, I am always keen to identify additional learning needs where parents sense the ‘something is not quite right’, but where their child has been deemed by the authorities to be either too young, or their needs ‘not severe enough’ to warrant a formal diagnosis.  With my many years of teaching experience, I am able to quickly build personalised interventions for such children in order to address their individual needs. I support their learning with various scaffolding strategies and put in place any building blocks that may be missing at an appropriate pace for the child, which in turn facilitates increased confidence and excellent progress. Equipped with new strategies to make tasks easier, quicker and more successful, my students become independent learners in a short space of time.

Since assessment is key to effective lesson planning, I consistently assess students through both formal and informal methods, always paying attention to details which contribute to the whole process. In order to boost a child’s self-esteem, I pride myself on the ability to then modify my lessons in creative ways to highlight the learning strengths of each individual child, whilst also furthering development skills in the weaker areas.

I use my intuitive skills to sense underlying issues behind a child’s behaviour, in order to help and support them as situations occur. With the aim of building confidence in my students and reducing any apparent stress levels, I have always employed a teaching style which is kind in approach and calming in nature. I am consistently patient, fully aware that students have ‘good and bad’ days and believe strongly in the power of positive reinforcement of their achievements, whether those achievements are in the lessons there and then or in their home/school life generally. I strive to enable my students to feel relaxed enough that they can ‘open up to me’ about any problems they may be experiencing in their academic learning at school, or challenges they may be facing in their social life or at home, since this so often impacts upon their self-esteem and performance.

I take pride in building and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the parents of my students as well as the students themselves, since I strongly believe this partnership is key to successful learning and development in all areas.

I am highly organised and meticulous in everything I do and firmly advocate the setting of high standards and challenging expectations with all my pupils. Whilst thriving on structure and routine myself, and maintaining this within my teaching and tutoring roles, I do also recognise the need for flexibility when working with the changing needs of individual pupils and am happy and able to adapt where necessary.

First and foremost, I have a genuine love and joy for the children I teach, and since students instinctively know this, I have delighted in parents informing me that it has clearly played a vital role in their child’s learning and progress. To summarise - I am a kind, friendly, patient and caring person who is committed to maximising the potential of children of all abilities and talents!

Having had to transition to online teaching with many of my students more recently, in the light of the COVID 19 pandemic, I have been amazed at how successful it has been, due to the fact that I use an extremely effective online teaching platform which enables me to screen share an interactive whiteboard with the student, import and work together on worksheets, games or various activities, and all in real time via audio/video conference. I have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents regarding their child's online lessons.

My Teaching Philosophy

I truly believe that a warm, nurturing approach enables children to reach their full potential and that self-belief blossoms within an environment of trust.

With this always in mind, my teaching methodology ensures the inclusion of the following criteria:

Establishing good relationships and levels of communication with pupils & pupils' parents.
Identifying pupils' learning and behavioural needs.
Creating schemes of work, lesson plans and effective strategies to address learning and behavioural needs and to continually review and adapt these, as necessary, in order to facilitate maximum development.
Teaching with warmth and empathy, encouraging and assisting pupils in the process of mastering skills in certain subject areas and also in areas of learning for personal development.
Facilitating confident, independent learning in order that pupils can apply learned skills and strategies to set tasks & situations.
Assessing pupils' progress & giving constructive feedback to both pupils & parents.

Something Sensational About Me

I am the proud mother of a strapping 30 year old son, now a very successful Graphic Designer and happily carving out a life of his own!

I am highly creative, both in the field of Art and Design (see qualifications) and also Music, having achieved high grades playing the piano and the flute, and therefore feel that I have a great deal to offer aside from academic subject support. In my spare time, I love to keep fit and regularly walk, dance and work out at the gym.

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    Availability

    • Monday 9am - 3pm
    • Tuesday 9am - 3pm
    • Wednesday 9am - 3pm
    • Thursday 1pm - 3pm
    • Friday 9am - 3pm

    Qualifications and Training

    EDUCATION
    • B. Ed Honours Degree (Art) Pass, 2nd Class
    • B. Ed Degree (Art) Pass with Commendation
    • 1984-88, West Sussex Institute of Higher Education
    • 3 A' Levels
    • 9 O' Levels
    • 1977-84, Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge, Kent
    TRAINING COURSES
    • ‘Safeguarding Young People, Level 1’ (Prospero Teaching), 2019
    • 'Online Safety’ (EduCare), 2018
    • ‘Health & Safety in Education: Staff Awareness’ (EduCare), 2018
    • ‘Use of Reasonable Force in Schools’ (EduCare),
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    EDUCATION
    • B. Ed Honours Degree (Art) Pass, 2nd Class
    • B. Ed Degree (Art) Pass with Commendation
    • 1984-88, West Sussex Institute of Higher Education
    • 3 A' Levels
    • 9 O' Levels
    • 1977-84, Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge, Kent
    TRAINING COURSES
    • ‘Safeguarding Young People, Level 1’ (Prospero Teaching), 2019
    • 'Online Safety’ (EduCare), 2018
    • ‘Health & Safety in Education: Staff Awareness’ (EduCare), 2018
    • ‘Use of Reasonable Force in Schools’ (EduCare), 2018
    •  Supporting Adopted and Looked After Children in School (PAC-UK), 2018
    • ‘Introductory Training for Discovery Education/Espresso’, 2017
    •  ‘Paediatric Infant & Child First Aid, Level 3’, 20017
    •  ‘An Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect’ (Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board), 2014
    • ‘Foundation Stage Profile Standardisation’, termly, 2007 to date
    • ‘Paediatric First Aid’ (Safe and Sound), 2007
    •  ‘The Foundation Stage Profile’ (Croydon Education), 2004
    • ‘Creativity’ (Croydon Education), 2003
    • ‘Introduction to Foundation Stage Profile’ (Croydon Education), 2003
    • ‘Personal Selling Skills’ (Enterprise Agency of North Kent), 2002
    • ‘Word Processing Techniques, Essential Level’ (CETS) Pass, First Class, 2000
    • ‘Introduction to Personal Computers’ (CETS), 200
    •  ‘The Nursery Record’ (Croydon Education), 1996
    • ‘The Implications of Religion for Schools’ (Croydon Education), 1996
    • ‘Returners to Teaching’ (Kit-Kat) with weekly placement at Coulsdon Nursery School, 1996
    • ‘Public Speaking’ (Croydon Further Education), 1994

    Choose me if…

    • the following things are what you are looking for in an effective tutor:
    • - a kind, friendly, patient and caring person who takes pride in building and maintaining a productive relationship with both parents and children...
    • - someone who has always immensely enjoyed the one-to-one nature of their tutoring role and has delighted in seeing the rapid development of students, born out of the positive relationship that forms, and thereby an increased and productive confidence...
    • - someone who firmly believes in setting challenging expectations and demanding high standards...
    • - someone who has the experience and expertise to provide a 'tool-box' of strategies to support children with various educational needs and behaviour challenges.

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      Matt

      I am delighted to write a reference for Melanie and may I assure you that she is both an incredible teacher with a wealth of experience, and also a wonderfully kind and caring person, who takes pride in all that she does. Melanie has taught my children for over 11 years; she has the perfect balance of teaching in a calm and caring way, yet her students absolutely respect her. Melanie is also a mother herself so has a comprehensive understanding of children and their needs. She is kind and caring, and wholly approachable at all times. Her patience is second to none, whilst her firm but fair approach when dealing with children is extremely effective in setting boundaries and expectations. She is highly creative and resourceful in generating ideas to keep children engaged and happy with various activities around their academic learning. My eldest son was lucky to have Melanie as his Reception year teacher when he was four years old. Over the year he flourished in her class, both academically and also in terms of blossoming as a person. We were all sad when his time in the Reception year came to an end and I can truly say no other teacher has ever come close to being as good as Melanie. A couple of years later, I felt our son needed some tutoring as he was preparing to sit the 10+ entrance exam. Without hesitation, I thought of Melanie and was so glad that I did. The one-to-one teaching was invaluable and her focused and skilled methodology helped my son get a place at one of the top schools in the country. Melanie still tutors my eldest son during the holidays and I feel that he really benefits from this. My younger son is now having tutoring with Melanie and he will be sitting the 11+ this coming January. He is totally different to my older son, having special educational needs, and Melanie has altered her teaching to accommodate this. She is really enabling him to reach his full potential and he really enjoys his tutoring lessons with Melanie. In summary, I have always felt that my children are in more than qualified and safe hands when they are with Melanie and I am forever grateful for her help and support over the years with my two boys.

      Mr Matt

      Melanie has taught my children for over 11 years; she has the perfect balance of teaching in a calm and caring way, yet her students absolutely respect her. Melanie is also a mother herself so has a comprehensive understanding of children and their needs. She is kind and caring, and wholly approachable at all times. Her patience is second to none, whilst her firm but fair approach when dealing with children is extremely effective in setting boundaries and expectations. She is highly creative and resourceful in generating ideas to keep children engaged and happy with various activities around their academic learning. My eldest son was lucky to have Melanie as his Reception year teacher when he was four years old. Over the year he flourished in her class, both academically and also in terms of blossoming as a person. We were all sad when his time in the Reception year came to an end and I can truly say no other teacher has ever come close to being as good as Melanie. A couple of years later, I felt our son needed some tutoring as he was preparing to sit the 10+ entrance exam. Without hesitation, I thought of Melanie and was so glad that I did. The one-to-one teaching was invaluable and her focused and skilled methodology helped my son get a place at one of the top schools in the country. Melanie still tutors my eldest son during the holidays and I feel that he really benefits from this. My younger son is now having tutoring with Melanie and he will be sitting the 11+ this coming January. He is totally different to my older son, having special educational needs, and Melanie has altered her teaching to accommodate this. She is really enabling him to reach his full potential and he really enjoys his tutoring lessons with Melanie. In summary, I have always felt that my children are in more than qualified and safe hands when they are with Melanie and I am forever grateful for her help and support over the years with my two boys.

      Lisa

      Melanie was a Tutor for my daughter Erin, from academic year 4 until she left primary school in year 6 in 2018. I approached Melanie because my daughter had lost confidence, particularly in maths, and was falling behind in school. Melanie worked patiently with Erin and steadily built her confidence so that she was moved up a level in class. Melanie continued to work with Erin mainly in maths, but also in English and helped her prepare for the entrance exams for her current secondary school. Since starting secondary school Melanie has continued to work with Erin in the holidays to re-cap work that she has struggled with during the school term. Whilst working with Erin, Melanie also picked up on facial tics that Erin had developed. Melanie used various techniques to help Erin to relax and gain control of her tics which she was then able to use at home and in school. I feel that Melanie genuinely cares about her pupils. At one time, Erin was struggling with friend issues at school and was being treated unkindly by a child at school. It was sometimes difficult for Erin to speak to me about this but Melanie always took the time to talk to Erin and try and give her advice about how to deal with difficult situations at school and Erin always felt she could talk to Melanie. I cannot recommend Melanie enough, she is a very kind, warm person who puts children at their ease whilst also getting them motivated about their work which in turn builds confidence and produces great results.

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