I am currently working at a comprehensive secondary school in Sutton Coldfield. Before my PGCE in Secondary English, I completed a Master's Degree in English Literature specialising in Modern and Contemporary Fiction at Loughborough University. I undertook this Master's, as I am very enthused by the subject of English Literature.

I am confident and enthusiastic about my subject of English and I see tutoring is an extra opportunity to impart my knowledge of English to others, be it those who are struggling with the subject, or those who simply need a confidence boost.

Tutoring Experience

I currently work at a comprehensive school in Sutton Coldfield and have had thus far six years of teaching experience. In this time, I have taught the full range of key stages, from Key Stage 3-5. At Key Stage 5, I teach English Literature. I am therefore very familiar with the A Level structure of coursework. (I am head of KS5 English Literature as well as Assistant Head of English).

I have built a brilliant working relationship with all of my classes and I enjoy challenging them with different resources and texts. This has enabled me to help a range of pupils at my school, including those who are sometimes behaviourally challenging.

I currently teach three GCSE classes (two Year 10 and one Year 11) and three A Level classes (Year 12 and 13).

My top set Year 10 class' statistics are: 85% of the pupils are on or above their target grade. 30% of the pupils are at least one grade above their target. I have had a focus at school on raising the achievement of boys and 100% of the boys are on or above target. 100% of the pupils are currently on A*-C, with 70% on an A or A*.

My set four Year 10 class' statistics are: 100% are on target with 20% above target. 100% of the pupils in this class are currently on A*-C.

My year 12 class' statistics are: 86% of the pupils are on or above target for their coursework, with 46% above their target grade. 100% of the pupils have achieved A*-C for their coursework.

Last year, my year 12 class statistics were: 93% achieved their target grade overall, including the examination.

Although I believe that results are key in schools, I also believe that pupils should be taught to enhance their creative ability. This is very achievable in English and therefore I teach to ensure that pupils achieve their potential in terms of grades, but also to achieve their creative and independent potential.

Tutoring Approach

I am an organised individual and confident in my subject knowledge. My approach to tutoring is that of structure and organisation. Before each session, I would make sure that I am equipped with knowledge about the tutee's English exam board, as this is vital to understanding what the pupil is experiencing at school. I will then discuss with the pupil their weaknesses and strengths within the subject. This collectively with the knowledge of their exam board, will enable me to determine a structure and plan of how the tutee will progress in our sessions.

I will always encourage the use of past papers and essays, or questions for the subsequent session. This is how I try to personalise learning within my classroom, and therefore is the optimum way for me to understand the tutee and to enable them to progress. It is a model which needs to be adapted to each tutee and therefore my approach of getting to know the tutee is vital; they are the ones who will benefit from this style of personalised learning.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
References Available On File


Newman University2012PGCESecondary English
Loughborough University2011MastersEnglish Literature
Keele University2009BachelorsEnglish Literature and Philosophy
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School For Girls2006SchoolA Levels

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