Specialist Experience and Skills
I am a classroom teacher and middle leader with many years’ experience teaching across all the primary key stages: a proven record of helping children progress, setting suitable challenges, and closing the gap in attainment for targeted groups; I am passionate about providing positive learning experiences and making the learning relevant, creative and cross-curricular; widely experienced with pupils who have special needs, and have extensive knowledge and understanding of how to personalise learning to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential.‘ I am able to break t... Read More
I am a classroom teacher and middle leader with many years’ experience teaching across all the primary key stages: a proven record of helping children progress, setting suitable challenges, and closing the gap in attainment for targeted groups; I am passionate about providing positive learning experiences and making the learning relevant, creative and cross-curricular; widely experienced with pupils who have special needs, and have extensive knowledge and understanding of how to personalise learning to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential.‘ I am able to break the learning down for students as well as developing individual skills, study skills, personalising strategies and preparing for exams, for all students needing intervention or with varied SEN (Special Educational Needs) teaching needs, particularly Maths, and English.
Help focuses on the individual skills your child needs to develop, development, revision techniques, school subject catch-ups or interventions. I teach across all the Primary stages from the early years to KS2. I have advanced training in language and literacy, in supporting students with dyslexia, working with different learning needs including ADHD and autism, providing strategies to support students with SEN and speech and language delay, support and fast-track learners so that they can develop skills or acquire knowledge easily to achieve their learning goals or qualifications. This includes supporting learners with identified or unidentified learning needs and advising on exam access arrangements.
I have extensive experience supporting students with additional learning needs: dyslexia, ADHD, EAL/ ESL, language delay, challenging behaviour, speech and communication difficulties, autism (including high functioning), visual or hearing impairments, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, numerous other SEN/ SEND, SEMH, SEBD, PDA; devising and advising schools and professionals of individual learning needs, strategies, equipment and exam access; working in close liaison with school teachers, SENCo, heads of department, school head, specialist professionals and parents.
How I work: I break sessions into sections and vary the tasks to address the different skills needing development. This ensures a productive session each time and helps maintain focus and attention. Sessions may cover quite a lot, depending on the needs and ability of the student, and if several subjects are covered. Small homework tasks are given for practice if requested, and parents advised, as well as any new observations and strategies taught. I can also liaise with schools or produce a list of ways teachers can implement strategies or support within day-to-day teaching and school life. I am very experienced in planning programmes of learning based on the needs of the young person, adapting and modifying as required. This can be for one or more subjects (English, Maths and/or Science) and subjects can be integrated, especially in developing language or literacy skills across most subjects. Sessions usually cover identifying new and better ways of working, developing the young person’s skills and personalising strategies to empower the young person to work confidently and independently. English and Maths are the most common priorities, generally, or working on particular sub-skills such as organising ideas, writing things down, improving presentation, expression or communication skills and teaching ways to be able to work better and more easily. I can also liaise with schools and produce a list of personalised strategies to help teachers and the school work more successfully with your child, with the aim that your child and their needs are better understood and feel supported.
My experience boosting confidence and self-esteem: I am extremely empathetic and sensitive to the needs of learners. I am very observant and work both with the child and parents. Students feel understood and co-operate well with me. From the outset they receive positive feedback, suggestions and new strategies to make learning and completing tasks easier for them. Initial screening are not formal tests, but observing how a student works – and I will help them as required! Out of this new strategies and better ways of working are identified and shared with the young person, who then realises they can do tasks. Further practice is given, short homework tasks and reminders, and very quickly their levels of confidence and self-esteem rise.
My English tutoring sessions including reading, writing, phonics and spelling: I am very experienced in teaching English from beginner levels, primary Key stages 1-2, preparation for 11+, and preparing students to feel confident in completing all the tasks. I have worked with students of all levels and abilities, and am quick to identify as well as support any additional language, literacy, dyslexia or other issues that affect a student's progress and writing skills. My specialist skills and experience teaching creative writing to students, I do this using Talk for Writing which I have led teacher training on. I have worked with students and teachers across the primary age range, encouraging learners to develop their creative writing skills and ideas using: stimulus resources and pictures; introduce new vocabulary (particularly learning new adjectives, developing the use of synonyms and antonyms, and the use of prefixes and suffixes); plan writing, to use different writing techniques for effect, including considering who is writing, the genre and purpose of the writing, time, tense, use of descriptive language, and language and literary devices such as the use of metaphors, similes, personification, rhetorical questions; and learn strategies to remember what to include. Genres may include poems, narrations, descriptive pieces, stories or speeches. My specialist skills and experience helping students to start, plan and write stories include developing ideas from a word or a theme, doing simple mind maps to develop ideas and vocabulary, add in useful words. In writing we will look at effective planning, different ways to start a story, how to develop a story, how to add details, make interesting and varied sentences, add drama for effect, consider the perspective of writing (as an observer or actually there), time, thoughts, speech, conversations between people. My specialist skills and experience teaching inferring skills to students, Reading skills such as skimming, scanning, reading for gist and understanding, locating information, understanding facts or opinions and inferred meanings are essential to succeed at KS2 and beyond. I have worked with all ages of student to help develop reading skills, in particular inference skills in order to better understand the writer's meaning and intended effect on the reader.
My specialist skills and experience teaching Maths: I have been teaching Maths skills to students across the primary age range, preparation for 11+, for many years. I am adept at breaking down concepts, making Maths visual or kinaesthetic and linked to a young persons' day-to day life. I can teach your child the Maths needed , plug knowledge gaps, reteach concepts so your child learns how to do the Maths tasks, read Maths questions and problem solve as well as prepare for exams. Reading Maths questions can be very difficult for many students, so teaching students to read the question carefully, identify the figures, establish the task type and what operations are needed, are all skills I cover in all Maths sessions, in addition practising steps, showing workings and making final answers clear.
Screening and assessing for Maths or English: In my initial session or two, I will do brief screening tasks that reflect the educational needs of the young person and the support needs identified by parents, the school or professionals. All observations are discussed with parents and the child, identifying useful strategies that will help and be incorporated into a plan for learning negotiated with you. Even from session one, strategies, tasks, and homework tasks will be given for your child to start practising working in new ways. Sometimes I may recommend referral to an optician or a specialist. I am very experienced in teaching English and Maths to diverse learners from starter level. I am trained in teaching language, communications and literacy to higher levels, also in supporting dyslexia. Please see other sections for particular support needs, or ask!
My specialist skills and experience working with students with Dyslexia: I have been trained to support students with dyslexia, and been using these skills in my teaching for many years. I can develop personalised strategies with your child to help them cope and develop their skills in all subjects and classroom, according to the form of dyslexia or learning needs of your child - this could include in reading, writing, listening or speaking challenges they may experience due to having dyslexia (whether diagnosed or not). I can work with different phonologies to address sound / spelling challenges, writing, organisation, presentation, reading skills. To develop better spelling I can plan a spelling programme using the vocabulary your child needs to learn. To work on organisation and presentation, I will use your child's work as well as bring models, structures and frameworks to use to help improve their writing skills (from ideas planning, structuring work, writing, self-correcting, proofreading. Also, verbalising ideas can be helpful, talking through ideas and while writing.
Homework, study-skills and exam-technique sessions: I help students to understand potential barriers to their learning, and how they can overcome such barriers so that they can answer questions more effectively and precisely - to become a better learner with better grades and outcomes. Sometimes students find it challenging to know exactly how to interpret and answer questions. I help them to break questions down to make them more manageable, and then to answer questions accurately using the marking scheme. I present students with strategies to help them access exam papers, become more organised, prepared and independent so that they have ownership over their own learning.
My experience scaffolding and developing skills: To help students make progress and achieve higher levels, skills and tasks sometimes need to be broken down and built up by scaffolding learning. That is, learning needs to be structured in order to build on existing skills whilst acquiring new skills, that need to be practised. Further practice is achieved through set homework tasks, giving strategies or goals for the child to implement during the week, in tasks, school work, in school, as well as checked or tested, revisited and added to in subsequent sessions.
My experience working with students with Autism and/or ADHD: I am extremely empathetic and sensitive to the needs of learners. I am friendly, personable, patient and approachable and all students feel comfortable with me. I have worked with a number of students with ADHD, those on the autistic spectrum and students with Asperger’s syndrome. I can work with the individual needs of young people, their particular behaviours and communication needs, working with you to support them to cope better in school and in day-to-day life. I can work with your child on catch up for various subjects or specific subjects, organisational skills and strategies, support for homework or focus on topics or skills they are behind or struggling with. I also can provide support for revision, preparation for exams or or preparation for 11+. I strive to ensure activities and resources are engaging and break activities down into manageable chunks which helps maintain focus, and help students realise their potential, as well as positive reinforcement and praise that build their confidence and self-esteem.
My skills and experience developing students’ independence: all my work is about developing a student's independent learning and coping skills - be it developing personalised strategies for school, the classroom, making progress, doing better work, socially - at school, at break and lunchtimes, or for life in general, according to the individual's needs and parents' wishes.
My experience developing speech and interactive social communication skills: I have taught students in different educational settings to develop their communication skills for day to day, social and school / college / work settings - using effective listening strategies, appropriate language, to consider formality or informality of situations. Also, how to build and develop friendships at school, how to listen and show respect to others, show empathy and understanding, to gauge mood, give appropriate responses, and deal with conflict. Sessions will develop your child's confidence to interact with others, build relationships and independence.
My skills and experience developing social skills including conflict resolution skills: I have worked with children both in and outside school settings to develop their confidence in communicating with others, dealing with conflict, trying to regulate their emotional response and make sense of a situation, so that they handle situations better without so much upset.
My experience working with students with Speech and Language Needs: I can also work with speech and language needs, using different phonologies for reading, speaking, developing clearer speech, developing confidence when speaking and interacting with others and use alternative methods of communication – such as visual cues, or images to use with your family, friends, at school, in the classroom, with teachers, general communication and feelings. I can work with the Speech and Language Therapist and follow their guidance and do exercises with your child. I am very experienced in teaching English language, speaking, developing fluency, word and sound formation, and building a young person's confidence and skills to communicate effectively day-to-day and for different situations. I can also advise schools on ways to communicate and include your child without putting them on the spot or embarrassing them.
My experience teaching students with Dyscalculia: I can work with your child using multi-sensory techniques to develop their maths skills. I can cover all national curriculum levels. Teaching will involve a lot of scaffolding and personalising strategies to learn, practise and remember techniques, as well as carry out operations, as well as working closely with parents and the school. I am happy to liaise with the school on learning priorities as well as advise on techniques and strategies
My experience preparing students for the 11+: I am experienced in preparing young learners for the 11+, including children who are behind in the curriculum, or have additional learning needs that have been hindering their progress. I can develop the core skills your child needs to compete effectively in 11+ entry assessments in all skills: Maths, English, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning.
My experience preparing for the ‘Back-to-school’: Most students will feel anxious about returning to school or starting a new school after 5-6 months at home during Lockdown. I can work with your child to mentally and physically prepare them for returning to school, interacting with others, adapting to new schedules, being prepared to have new teachers, and feeling more confident in class – with classmates, teachers or support staff, doing tasks. I can also work with your child to develop their communication, interaction, organisation, English and Maths or other skills that would help them feel more ready to return to school and going into the next school year, as well as catch up in the skills or subjects you require.
Collaborative Working: I work closely with young people and their families. I help develop personalised strategies, building on their strengths as well as building up their weaker skills. This could be to help with motivation, focus, organisation, memory, retention, processing, planning, writing skills, spelling, exam or study skills, as well as help with their learning tasks, homework, to catch up quickly in subjects they find hard or are behind in. I work independently, and can devise individual learning programmes, strategies and resources for specific needs, as well as follow guidance of professional: your child’s school teachers or specialists such as Speech and Language Therapists, Mental Health professionals, Educational Psychologists, Social Workers for looked after children. I can also liaise with schools or other professionals on your behalf. I am experienced with managing different learning needs and behaviours, and have worked with all ages, in primary intervention