About Me

Qualified teacher with over 30 years' experience.

Having been a school teacher and also a private tutor to children of all ages for over 30 years now, I have recently moved away from classroom teaching in order to concentrate more on my tutoring role, since I find this work particularly rewarding.
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.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

Having been a school teacher and also a private tutor to children of all ages for over 30 years now, I have recently stepped down from being Head of Early Years alongside my most recent classroom teaching position in order to concentrate solely on my tutoring role, since I find this work particularly rewarding.
I am a kind, friendly, patient and caring person who is committed to maximising the potential of children of all abilities and talents. I take pride in building and maintaining a productive relationship with both parents and children, as I strongly believe this is the key to... Read More
Having been a school teacher and also a private tutor to children of all ages for over 30 years now, I have recently stepped down from being Head of Early Years alongside my most recent classroom teaching position in order to concentrate solely on my tutoring role, since I find this work particularly rewarding.
I am a kind, friendly, patient and caring person who is committed to maximising the potential of children of all abilities and talents. I take pride in building and maintaining a productive relationship with both parents and children, as I strongly believe this is the key to successful learning and development in all areas. Being a parent myself, I am fully aware also of the importance of the nurturing side of childcare and the need to promote a child’s physical, emotional and social development, in addition to supporting their intellectual progress.
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 teaching styles and strategies where necessary.
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.
I am honest, trustworthy and loyal and could assure a high level of professionalism and confidentiality within any school or family setting. Having had various roles over the years as a Head of department, schoolteacher, governess and tutor, I am happy to provide excellent references from both schools and families I have worked for.
Within my role as a private tutor, I have prepared students for 7+, 8+ and 11+ exams, and Common Entrance exams for various schools in London and Surrey. In addition, I have taught many children with special educational needs over the years, to include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, ADHD, autism, elective mutism, language delay and developmental delay.

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 29 year old son, now a very successful Graphic Designer and happily carving out a life of his own!

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Availability

  • Monday 10:00-14:00
  • Tuesday 10:00-14:00
  • Wednesday 10:00-14:00
  • Thursday 10:00-12:00
  • Friday 10:00-14:00

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), 2018 - ‘Online Safety’ (EduCare), 2018 - ‘Health & Safety in Education: Staff Awareness’ (EduCare), 2018 - ‘Use of Reasonable Force in Schools’ (EduCare),... Read More
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), 2018 - ‘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), 2000 - ‘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... Read More
...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..in summary, someone who is committed to making a difference to all children of all abilities and talents!

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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.

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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