About Me

I am a qualified and highly experienced primary teacher with 7 years of classroom and private tutoring experience. I am now an SEN teacher who specialises in teaching children with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, ASD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), dyscalculia, dyslexia and global developmental delay and those who have been classified as Gifted and Talented, .

I trained as a teacher through the highly-regarded Teach First Leadership Development Programme for high achieving graduates, and gained my PGCE through the prestigious UCL Institute of Education.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

I am a specialised in teaching primary school aged children (age 5+) with SEN including ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, moderate/severe learning difficulties and those classified as Gifted and Talented.

I worked as a mainstream class teacher for 4 years before having the opportunity to establish an SEN hub for mainstream children with moderate/severe learning difficulties who are at least 2 years behind their peers academically. In the hub, I am responsible for creating IEPs for each of the 12 pupils and putting in place effective personalised interventions to a... Read More
I am a specialised in teaching primary school aged children (age 5+) with SEN including ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, moderate/severe learning difficulties and those classified as Gifted and Talented.

I worked as a mainstream class teacher for 4 years before having the opportunity to establish an SEN hub for mainstream children with moderate/severe learning difficulties who are at least 2 years behind their peers academically. In the hub, I am responsible for creating IEPs for each of the 12 pupils and putting in place effective personalised interventions to address gaps in maths, reading and writing, as well as programmes to develop social skills. The hub has since been used as a model for other schools in the borough of Lewisham.

As well as working with children with ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia, I can offer specialist support with:

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD): for the past 4 years I have worked with a boy with ODD, taking him from Year 1 through to Year 4. The most effective strategies with this pupil have been: lots of positive praise; acknowledging and sympathising with the pupil’s feelings on any given day; working with the pupil to help recognise and understand different emotions; consistency with expectations; setting manageable, achievable goals; involving the pupil in goal setting; really understanding the personal interests and motivations of the pupil and incorporating these into both learning tasks and rewards; finding ways to make learning more interesting and appealing to the pupil; accepting the possibility that usual approaches to learning may not work and finding other, more creative and unusual ways to allow learning to happen; remaining calm and positive even in the face of verbal and physical challenges.

Gifted and Talented: I have worked with many gifted and talented pupils, both in the mainstream and SEN provision. I believe it is important to ensure that every child achieves as highly as they can. Having high expectations and aspirations is key, as well as creating an atmosphere in which it’s ‘cool to be clever’ and where all sorts of talents and abilities are valued. I have found it beneficial to make learning vivid and real, developing understanding through enquiry, creativity, e-learning and problem solving, within and beyond the classroom. You can enrich the learning experience further by making links across the curriculum.

Zones of regulation for managing emotions: The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavioural approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete coloured zones.  The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.

Maths: I am trained in the maths mastery style of teaching which aims to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts using concrete and pictorial aids. In addition, I am trained in the Precision Teaching method of planning, which aims to meet the needs of an individual child who is experiencing difficulty with acquiring or maintaining some skills. It has an inbuilt monitoring function and is basically a means of evaluating the effectiveness of what is being taught. This method can be applied to areas of the curriculum that can be broken down into clear objectives, e.g. numeracy and literacy skills.

Phonics and Reading: I have taught phonics since 2013 and effectively prepared pupils for the Year 1 Phonics Screening. The systematic approach of phonics lends itself well to the Precision Teaching method. However, phonics doesn’t suit all learners; in this case, systematically building up a bank of sight words can be more effective, allowing pupils to recognise the shape of words without the need to memorise all the sounds and letters of English. The Paired Reading strategy is also effective for pupils who struggle with phonics.

Writing: The sheer number of skills involved in learning how to write can make it a very challenging endeavour. I have broken down further my skills and experience pertinent to each area:

- Handwriting: I am experienced in teaching handwriting using the Cambridge, Penpals for Handwriting programme.

- Fine Motor Skills: The underdevelopment of fine motor skills can often be a big barrier for children learning to write. I have a range of activities aimed to develop fine motor skills for writing and other tasks, such as tying shoes laces, fastening zips, etc.

- Spelling: The Precision Teaching method is effective in helping children build a bank of spellings.

- Story Language/Structure: I am trained in the Talk for Writing method of teaching writing; it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. This method is particular effective for children who lack imagination or who need to focus on the act of writing without the added pressure of having to create completely original ideas. It also helps children build a repertoire of popular story structures and develop the language of storytelling.

- Sentence Structure: I am trained in the Shape Coding method. The method uses a visual coding system to show a child the rules for how words are put together in sentences, to develop the child’s understanding of spoken and written grammar and to develop their ability to use grammar successfully to express themselves.

Writing and implementing IEPs: I have written dozens of IEPs and put into place effective interventions to address targets.

Social Skills and Social Stories: I have been trained in the Socially Speaking method; a unique social skills programme that lasts a whole school year and is divided into three units: let’s communicate, let’s be friends, and let’s practise. As pupils progress through the carefully structured programme, their self-esteem will increase and their listening skills and expressive language abilities will improve, and in turn everyone will benefit from enhanced social interaction. I have been trained and had many years’ experience in writing social stories for a wide variety of children and situations.

My Teaching Philosophy

I form excellent working relationships with parents and children alike; I believe this a key foundation in understanding how best to assist a family in realising their child's potential. I am skilled at understanding the necessary steps, however small, for all children to make progress which is specific to them.

Something Sensational About Me

I speak French and Italian fluently, having lived and worked in France, Italy and Switzerland.

I am the proud father of an energetic little boy, Cosmo.

Between working and parenting, I enjoy long distance running and have run 3 marathons to date!

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    Availability

    • Monday 9am - 5pm
    • Tuesday 9am - 5pm
    • Wednesday 9am - 5pm
    • Thursday 9am - 5pm
    • Friday 9am - 5pm

    Qualifications and Training

    • 2015: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
    • 2013 - 2014: PGCE in Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education, London
    • 2013 - 2014: Teach First Leadership Development Programme
    • 2006 - 2010: BA (hons) French with Linguistics (2:1), King's College London
    • Advanced Safeguarding for DLS (Designated Safeguard Leads)
    • Precision Teaching (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Colourful Semantics (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Fine Motor Skills (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Zones of Regulation (
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    • 2015: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
    • 2013 - 2014: PGCE in Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education, London
    • 2013 - 2014: Teach First Leadership Development Programme
    • 2006 - 2010: BA (hons) French with Linguistics (2:1), King's College London
    • Advanced Safeguarding for DLS (Designated Safeguard Leads)
    • Precision Teaching (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Colourful Semantics (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Fine Motor Skills (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Zones of Regulation (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Social Stories (Kelvin Grove Primary School)
    • Educare: Autism Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness, ADHD Awareness
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Prevent Duty

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    • You want a professional and dedicated tutor who will be committed to understanding your child's specific needs and helping them to make progress.
    • You want a calm and positive tutor who will make your child feel at ease, boost their confidence and enjoy our sessions together.

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      Rozib

      Phil has been tutoring my 8 year old son for the last 5 months. He initially spent time assessing him on a range of subjects to see where the gaps were and has then started to methodically work on these areas. Phil provides me with clear updates at the end of each lesson. These de-briefs have helped to guide me with the homework I then do with my son. Phil has a very calm, even manner. My son never moans about having to do the lessons! We have found the 1:1 focused tutoring invaluable and I would highly recommend Phil to any child who needs a boost!

      Suzie

      Phil has been tutoring our son, who has a range of dyslexic associated learning difficulties, for over 18 months now. His calm and patient approach has certainly been extremely beneficial and thus has given my son confidence and security within areas of learning which he otherwise would have struggled to grasp quickly. Phil has always been available to feedback and evaluate my sons progress after the sessions which has helped to determine the correct path for tutoring. I would highly recommend him.

      Catherine

      Phil has been tutoring my 7 year old daughter for about 6 months now. We are so impressed how his calm and encouraging way of teaching has brought out confidence in her, something that we don't see that often as she is quite a shy introverted character. It is incredibly pleasing to see her enjoying her lessons, speaking up and even getting excited about them. Phil is also great at keeping us up to date on how she is doing which is a great insight in to a world that parents often only get a small glimpse of at school. I would highly recommend Phil. I feel like we have found a diamond in the rough. Thanks Phil!

      Rosie

      Phil has been tutoring my 8 year old twins now for over a year and they are absolutely thriving from his lessons. Both children have benefitted enormously from his very calm and consistent manner, his patience and his firm and fair guidance. Lessons are creative and stretching without being too much and the concentration he elicits from both kids is really impressive. They have become little learners who are confident in their own knowledge and who approach schoolwork now with a good learning attitude. During lockdown our sessions have been so helpful and have assisted me enormously when I sit down with the kiddos to homeschool as they are ready for learning and understanding applying themselves and the rewards this brings. Phil has been wonderful for our family and we recommend him most heartily. Thank you Phil!

      Imogen

      Phil worked with our son for two years and in that time he immediately worked out what he needed to bring out the best in him. Phil carefully built a rapport with lots of calm, positive praise. He was clear and brilliantly communicative with us and had so much patience for my son (and us) never once displaying disappointment or frustration. He also got us all amazing results. Couldn't recommend him enough.

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