About Me

I am a qualified teacher of English, Religious Studies and Humanities with experience of teaching in primary and secondary schools, specialist units, tuition centres and PRUs. I hold a BA Theology and MA English degrees; with over 18 years’ experience of teaching key stages 1- 4, GCSE and adults, including students with autism, social, emotional and mental health, non-verbal, language and communication delay, dyslexia and Downs Syndrome. My subject specialisms are Religious Studies, Humanities, Citizenship, Geography, English and Maths; SATS, 7+, 11+; in addition, I also teach Personal, Social and Health Education, Life Skills, Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

£90 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

I have extensive experience as a teacher and private tutor working within the mainstream educational system as well as within SEN, Medical Needs and alternative educational units. In addition, I have been successful at working with those students who needed to improve their GCSE grade as well as those students who needed to improve a specific area whether it was essay writing skills, reading, creative writing, algebra.

I have been actively involved in developing the curriculum through planning and reviewing learning sequences to incorporate a wide range of strategies including assessment... Read More
I have extensive experience as a teacher and private tutor working within the mainstream educational system as well as within SEN, Medical Needs and alternative educational units. In addition, I have been successful at working with those students who needed to improve their GCSE grade as well as those students who needed to improve a specific area whether it was essay writing skills, reading, creative writing, algebra.

I have been actively involved in developing the curriculum through planning and reviewing learning sequences to incorporate a wide range of strategies including assessment for learning to ensure that high quality provision that is robust and rigorous is provided regardless of abilities. I have also taken on board whole school initiatives such as literacy for marking, data analysis to inform planning so that relevant intervention and support can be put in place for students that require it so that students are clearly aware of what skills they are expected to work on and develop. The opportunity of being an educational practitioner has enabled me to create engaging resources and learning material, as well as differentiating for students with different learning abilities ranging from high attaining students to EAL and SEN students. Through the monitoring of students and their attainment, I have been able to pin-point under achievement and set specific targets in each case.

My additional experience as a peripatetic teacher of Special Needs and as a Private Tutor has meant that I have had to work independently with a diverse range of students with a variety of learning needs. I had to ensure that more lessons were specific to their needs and my approach was individualized to the needs of each student. This could be in a volatile situation where I would need to adapt my approach according to the emotional and mental state of each student at the time.

My experience to date, has involved teaching mixed ability classes at key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, in mixed inner-city comprehensives within England. This has given me opportunities to teach a diverse range of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds. Through teaching, I have established the ability to modify my style of communication according to the audience and need; from an individual, small group, class or larger setting. I have been able to develop various pedagogies to address young people’s learning styles, therefore catering to individual those students who are visual, auditory and kinetic learners.

Having attended subject network meetings in the past and liaising with the examining board at regular intervals I have kept up to date with current assessment requirements and arrangements that are determined by exam boards for the GCSE subjects I have taught. This has enabled me to implement the changes and adapt existing strategies for learners. Using terminology that examiners use on a regular basis and also building in examination techniques has allowed students to be more confident year upon year in being able to present their knowledge and understanding in the way it is required by examiners. Alongside this, clear target setting is made to ensure that students are clear in their understanding of what is required for their progression; through using levels, grades and success criteria. I have worked closely with my students in making levelling and grading more explicit to students so that students are aware of what levels they are working at. Assessment and monitoring of students’ progress is not only through exam outcome but also in the form of both summative and formative assessments which are planned into lessons to allow me to monitor progression of my students’ understanding; ensuring challenge for all through accessible means.

Throughout my career, I have ensured that I have had a full awareness of my professional development, through taking posts that furthered my skills and developed me as a practitioner. Skills that I have developed are organizational – through managing my job as a teacher and private tutor, for example; planning the lesson time, learning activities, and resources effectively. Alongside organizational skills, I have developed good interpersonal skills through my role as a teacher in various education environments, working with different subject teams, through my position as subject leader for Humanities and PSHE in the PRU; working closely with families, key workers and clients. I am flexible – I have been in situations where a lesson is not suitable for a student or group, therefore adapt accordingly. Behaviour management is another skill which I have sought to develop - I will use a range of strategies to diffuse a volatile situation; I am quite perceptive and will automatically gauge a student’s emotional state before a lesson to create a safe and productive environment for them. I provide differentiated lessons – I have taught a range of students and therefore I am able to create individualized learning resources and curriculum based on each students need and interest as I know that there is not a one box fits all. Through my additional teaching of SATS, 7+, 11+, comprehension skills, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, essay writing and study skills; numeracy, literacy, and phonics, I have acquired different skills to enable a student to access the lesson material and make good progress.

My Teaching Philosophy

Teaching has taught me to be persistent, yet flexible to individual needs as results are not always gained immediately. Re-affirmation of equal opportunities and access to allow students to progress and achieve within the classroom and beyond. Have a continuous passion for learning; make education accessible to all and empower, teach and provide opportunities for all learners and their parents/carers.

Something Sensational About Me

I am a self-taught artist. I have written over 100 poems and two novellas.  I am a brilliant holiday planner and events co-ordinator. My latest adventure is to complete a series of 7 short books on the reasons for being alive for young people who are struggling with an uncertain future.

I'm also a great believer of cats having nine lives! (Maybe that is because I don't own one!)

 

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Availability

  • Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
  • Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
  • Thursday 10.00 - 14.00
  • Friday 09.00 - 11.00

Qualifications and Training

  • January 2011 – July 2011 Graduate Certificate in Psychology Institute of Education, London;
  • September 2008 – June 2009 Personal Development Certificate in PSHE Roehampton University, London;
  • January 2005 – December 2005 MA English Literary Studies, (Award of Commendation) University of Central England in Birmingham, England;
  • September 2001 – June 2002 PGCE: Religious Education and Professional Studies in Education Institute of... Read More
  • January 2011 – July 2011 Graduate Certificate in Psychology Institute of Education, London;
  • September 2008 – June 2009 Personal Development Certificate in PSHE Roehampton University, London;
  • January 2005 – December 2005 MA English Literary Studies, (Award of Commendation) University of Central England in Birmingham, England;
  • September 2001 – June 2002 PGCE: Religious Education and Professional Studies in Education Institute of Education, London;
  • September 1998 – June 2001 BA Biblical Theology – Class: 2:2 Sheffield University, South Yorkshire.
 

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  • You want a tutor who has Integrity, resilience, creativity and passion.
  • You want to see continual improvement and development in learning.
  • You want a tutor who understands that people have different ways and can adapt accordingly.
  • You want a tutor who delivers honest feedback.
  • You want a tutor who will find different ways to encourage, motivate and elicit confidence in others.

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