I have more than 20 years of experience teaching SEN (including dyslexia, ADHD and focus/ concentration challenges, autism, SEBD (social, emotional, behaviour difficulties), English, Maths, Art preparing for exams 7+, 8+, 11+, study skills revision techniques. I teach all ages from Primary to A levels.
My experience working with students with Dyslexia:
I have worked with dyslexic students ages 7-18 as well as conducting special classes for dyslexia adults. I have also designed and implemented curriculum geared towards students with language disabilities. Furthermore, I have collaborated with other special education personal to design and administer curriculum. I can monitor the child’s progress, determine which plans are working, which ones are not and I can help to make changes when needed. It is essential to know the form of dyslexia a child has in order to help them cope and develop skills whether diagnosed or not. Also allow more time for reading, listening and understanding as well as giving written material in bullet points rather than in blocks of text.
My experience preparing students for the 7+, 8+, 11+:
I have 12 years experience in preparing students for 7+, 8+, 11. I have been very successful in getting students into major public schools and Grammar schools and developed the core skills students need to compete effectively in Maths, English particularly harnessing the pupils creativity to develop their own writing style, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning for different boards ( ISEB, GL, CAT 4, CEM, Durham, etc ). It is important to have a range of schools the parents are considering applying for so I work closely with them in order for them to choose the right school for their child at age 7 or 11 as each school has a different ethos and educational philosophy. Similarly each child has a different personality and talents so being in the right school will give them life skills, opportunities and experience they need to reach it. I have an exceptional record in supporting students with school entrance exams successfully getting them into top flight schools including Sussex House, Wetherby, Dulwich College, DPL, Westminster Under School, Jags, Alleyns, Putney High School, City of London School for Boys & Girls, Francis Holland, Emanuel School, North London Collegiate School, Highgate School, Bromley High School, Sydenham High School, Royal Russel, Trinity School, The Godolphin & Latymer School and City of London Freeman’s School. When preparing students for 7+ or 11+ it is necessary to have a systematic approach by working on sample papers to familiarise the students with format and time management skills. I cover different types of questions and address any gaps in regards to comprehension, creative writing, verbal and non verbal reasoning or maths and support students to recognise patterns, developing their problem solving skills and confidence growth.
My experience working with students to boost their confidence and self-esteem:
I have worked with students both independently and in a school/college setting who have low self-esteem by helping them increase their confidence and self belief. I am extremely empathetic and sensitive to the needs of the students. Observing how students work suggesting new strategies to make learning and completing tasks easier as well as giving positive feedback so the students feel understood and want to co-operate.
My experience in teaching spelling and writing, especially to children with (possible) dyslexia:
To develop better spelling I can plan a spelling programme around the pupils spelling difficulties. Students that need to develop spelling, organisation, planning and writing skills will eventually pick up new skills and this will boost their self esteem and progress. Sometimes students get overwhelmed by written instructions ( particularly those of 11+ exams ) and they struggle to take in the information. Breaking down the task will give them more confidence and allow them to feel more at ease with the writing or spelling tasks. To develop students writing skills I encourage them to use new adjectives, develop the use of synonyms and antonyms, use prefixes and suffixes, use metaphors and similes. Finally I encourage them to use different ways to start a story, develop a story and introduce speech and conversation in order to make their writing more interesting.
My skills and experience delivering fun sessions to help students engage in learning:
I have been very successful in helping children discover their interests and passions as well as finding and appealing to the child’s varying learning style. One way to spark a love of learning is to help children discover and explore topics that truly interest them. Throughout the years of my experience I have found that learning is enhanced when the child is given the opportunity to select the topics of interest to pursue. My sessions will be addressing the formal school curriculum but making the learning experience more fun. However formal the subject is the learning can become more fun through academic games or creative activities, and by incorporating these into an academic subject or by simply using humour or telling an interesting story related to the subject taught, can ultimately make the learning experience more fun. Furthermore using brain breaks to help with the intensity of the given task a child will be able to return to the task re-energised and more focused. Children have their own unique ways of learning so it’s vital to be able to adapt ways which are more effective to them personally, whilst supporting and encouraging their efforts.
My experience teaching specialist skills and interventions to develop students independence:
I have high expectations for the pupils and it’s important to encourage them to feel confident in their performance and ability, developing students independent learning according to each individual needs, ensuring they remain in control and make good progress.
My skills and experience teaching Maths and English to students:
In my SEN role as well as entrance exams preparation I have extensive experience in teaching English including handwriting, and Maths. I supported the students to overcome their barriers to learning, helping them fulfil their full potential and in their ability in reading, writing and numeracy skills. My classes are tailored to the individual students personality and learning styles.
My experience teaching primary aged students and pre-prep schools
: In my SEN role, as well as in my extensive 7+ experience, I have supported children in overcoming their barriers to learning and helping them to achieve their full potential. I have 12 years of experience teaching primary aged students with numeracy, literacy including phonics, handwriting and number bonds. Depending on the primary age it is vital to employ techniques such as breaking down tasks into bite size chunks, lots of repetition and finally making learning engaging and fun.
My skills and experience teaching students with ADHD and focus/concentration challenges:
I have worked with primary and secondary children who find concentration and focus a challenge in my current Special School and Independent School Setting. It is crucial to build a rapport with each individual student. By introducing a variety of activities and more manageable tasks this will be particularly helpful to students who struggle with concentration. Throughout the years of my teaching experience I have seen how being patient and encouraging the students improves their confidence.
My skills and experience working with children with speech delay:
I am very experienced in teaching English language, speaking, developing fluency, word and sound formation and building a child’s confidence and focusing on what child can do well, as well as using visual reminders/images in order to build child’s confidence of communicating. I can work with the speech and language therapist and follow their guidance and also give advice to schools in ways of communicating with the student in a school setting, so the child is not being put on the spot or being made to feel embarrassed.