About Me

Qualified Primary Teacher with 22 years of SEND experience including Autism, Developmental Language Delay (DLD), Dyslexia. Areas of specialism; literacy & language, autism, communication. As a caring, enthusiastic and conscientious tutor, learning will be tailored to meet the needs of your child. Learning will be fun and mutli-sensory and I will foster confidence and independence and boost self-esteem.

 

£100 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

A qualified teacher with 22 years’ experience working with children with additional and special educational needs within a range of primary settings. I have in-depth experience and knowledge of working with children with literacy, language and communication difficulties and Autism.

My skills and experience developing trusting and meaningful relationships with children with SEND: Central to working with any child, but especially a child with SEND, is the ability to develop a relationship of mutual trust which requires empathy and the investment of 'time'. Throughout my career I have built re... Read More
A qualified teacher with 22 years’ experience working with children with additional and special educational needs within a range of primary settings. I have in-depth experience and knowledge of working with children with literacy, language and communication difficulties and Autism.

My skills and experience developing trusting and meaningful relationships with children with SEND: Central to working with any child, but especially a child with SEND, is the ability to develop a relationship of mutual trust which requires empathy and the investment of 'time'. Throughout my career I have built relationships that allow children to grow in confidence and flourish as individuals and learners.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with autism/ PDA:  I have worked with many  primary age children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASC) and and have supported families during my work for the National Autistic Society. Many children with ASD need additional support with anxiety which can be supported well through positive relationship building and by being calm, friendly and approachable. Just as importantly is the need for routine and structure which I will always apply through use of visual supports, visual timetable and task plans.  This is especially true of children with PDA who may also benefit from alternative strategies. Children with ASC may also require support with developing speech and language skills which may involve developing expressive and receptive language skills which I have experience and expertise in following my role as language unit teacher where I also worked closely with speech and language therapists. I am Makaton trained and have used Colourful Semantics to support children's oral language development.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with dyslexia: I have developed insight into the needs of children with dyslexia through completing a Dyselxia Action course and through working with children and families as a special needs advisory teacher for the local authority. It is well recognised that many children with Dyslexia, or a specific literacy disorder, may often require an alternative form of  teaching, using structure and repetition, to help them progress with reading and writing. For the older child this may involve specific morphological instruction through word play, teaching about spelling rules and patterns and making links explicit and contextual. For the younger child it will be important to establish a structured, fun and multi-sensory approach to teaching phonics and how this can be applied meaningfully for reading and writing. Some children will require necessary foundation skills to be embedded before moving on to the more familiar phonics. This may involve a phonological or phoneme awareness programme to support the development of the language sound system such as rhyme, sound discrimination and syllable awareness, all of which are necessary skills for literacy development. As a  skilled and experienced practitioner, I am able to support children requiring that different approach to literacy allowing them the opportunity to become confident and independent learners.

My specialist skills and experience teaching students with processing and working memory difficulties: Many children with SEND will have difficulty remembering what they have learnt. This may be due to a weaker short term and working memory. Fortunately, there are many strategies available to help children and that can support them to become successful and independent learners. Implementing these strategies has become part of my daily practice and include multi-sensory learning that is fun and meaningful, frequent revisiting of prior learning and linking new learning to previous learning and familiar context. My job as a tutor is to help a child to recognise and develop strategies that support their short term memory.

My skills and experience with boosting confidence and self esteem: Establishing a trusting relationship with a child links closely with boosting their self esteem and confidence. As a tutor I am skilled at tailoring the learning to meet individual need while making learning practical and fun which boosts a child's confidence and self-esteem. As part of my teaching I give ongoing support and encouragement with meaningful praise.

My most recent teaching position involved working for Surrey County Council as a Specialist Teacher for Inclusive Practice (STIP) specialising in the development of Literacy and Language. This involved working with pupils making limited progress in core areas of the curriculum and providing strategies to support them. This role also included training staff on topics such as Understanding Dyslexia and Supporting Children with Reading and Writing Development.

As Inclusion Leader/SENDCo in a large mainstream primary school I managed a team of teachers and teaching assistants to support inclusion in the classroom and facilitate interventions for pupils with a range of learning needs such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Developmental Language  Disorder (DLD).

In addition to having a good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the Primary English National Curriculum, I also have good knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 (2015) and endeavour to stay up-to-date with educational developments on  Education and SEND through key organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am a firm believer that every child is unique and has the right to an education which meets their individual need.

As educators it is our job to inspire and empower children and young people, whatever their disability,  allowing them to become motivated, independent learners. This, to me, means establishing a positive and open relationship with every pupil, modelling by example and helping each individual to become aware of their own strengths and find ways in which they can get the best out of themselves.

I feel it is important that we support pupils to make connections with previous learning, apply skills and concepts in different contexts and allow reflection to be applied as part of the learning process. We need to make learning steps small and achievable while offering pupils scaffolding tools and opportunity for repetition. This approach supports the embedding of learning and will see struggling children become more independent and thrive as individuals.

If a child with literacy difficulties is responding slowly to robust and intensive intervention we, as educators, need to recognise the importance of understanding the nature of the difficulties and how they might be addressed so as to improve their overall educational outcome. The importance of identifying gaps in children’s Language skills, such as phonological awareness,  phonological processing and grammatical understanding, cannot, I believe, be under-estimated. This identification allows us to respond to individual need and reduce anxiety that can so often be felt by struggling children.

Something Sensational About Me

Over the years I have participated in various volunteering roles, my most memorable one being my 3 months visit to Africa. This involved different projects including working with animals on a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, teaching children and supporting the local community in Zanzibar. Altogether an unforgettable experience!

During the pandemic I complete a course on the Principles of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture which stood me in good stead for volunteering at an outdoor Special Needs Farm. A fulfilling experience which allowed me to indulge in my love of animals and gardening while helping school groups and adults with learning disabilities to take part in happy and memorable experiences. I found my love of chickens during this time!

I have a sensational black and white cat named ‘Jazzy’ who inspired me to help out at the local cattery during busy periods. I'm not sure if I or the cats got more pleasure from the fuss given.

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    Availability

    • Monday 9:30 - 3:30
    • Tuesday 9:30 - 3:30
    • Wednesday 9:30 - 3:30

    Qualifications and Training

    • QTS - BEd HONOURS, ENGLISH (2.1) University of Southampton, 1994
    • Safeguarding Children - level 2, 2022
    • Understanding Autism, including: Communication, Sensory Differences, Stress & Anxiety, 2021
    • Elklan Trainer - Speech and Language Support 5-11yrs, 2020
    • Developing Literacy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia -  British Dyslexia Association Level 4, 2018
    • Makaton (Speech with signs and symbols), 2001
    • Commitment to ongoing professional development
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    • QTS - BEd HONOURS, ENGLISH (2.1) University of Southampton, 1994
    • Safeguarding Children - level 2, 2022
    • Understanding Autism, including: Communication, Sensory Differences, Stress & Anxiety, 2021
    • Elklan Trainer - Speech and Language Support 5-11yrs, 2020
    • Developing Literacy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia -  British Dyslexia Association Level 4, 2018
    • Makaton (Speech with signs and symbols), 2001
    • Commitment to ongoing professional development
     

    Choose me if…

    • Your child’s literacy development is either failing to proceed in line with his/her peers, is having difficulty with engaging with learning or appears ‘stuck’ with their reading and writing.
    • You want a tutor who will take the time to understand what motivates your child and identify key strengths as well as the barriers to learning.
    • You want a tutor who will support your child’s literacy development through meaningful, practical and fun tasks with opportunities for making connections and reinforce learning.
    • You are seeking a calm and compassionate tutor to encourage your child to engage with learning, develop as an independent learner and grow in confidence.

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    Staines, Chertsey, Shepperton, Walton-on Thames, Weybridge, Byfleet, Ottershaw, Woking, Chobham, Sunningdale, Virginia Water, Englefield Green, Egham, Ascot, Ashford, Sunbury-on-Thames.

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