Cheltenham Tutor

Long experience of teaching in state schools and as a private tutor means that alongside deep subject knowledge, I also employ a broad range of teaching strategies with my students. In the past three years as a private tutor, as well as supporting dyslexic students between the ages of 8 and 30, I have guided pupils through the new English Language and Literature AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas and Cambridge syllabuses.

I am a mother of three sons now in their early twenties, two of whom are dyslexic. I worked as a teacher in state schools for 30 years, of which the last 25 have been in Cheltenham. In 2015 I decided to focus full time on tutoring. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, running, going to the theatre and reading. As my husband is a writer, we are both involved in local arts such as the poetry festival and the Everyman theatre.

Tutoring Experience

My whole teaching career of nearly 30 years has been spent in state schools. I have taught all secondary ages but especially enjoy A Level English Language, a course which I helped to establish and taught for several years in my last school. In 2007 I obtained a diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at Gloucestershire University, one of the few courses recognised by the British Dyslexia Association. Alongside my mainstream teaching, for the past 10 years I have also tutored privately. Tutoring has ranged from gcse preparation to dyslexia tuition to A Level Literature examinations.

Tutoring Approach

Private tutoring enables teachers to focus on the best aspects of teaching: building a fruitful relationship with a student and allowing them to see rapid progress. Unless time is very limited, my lessons normally include time for a game to improve vocabulary, for instance, or to improve working memory and this gives tutor and pupil the chance to interact on a less formal level. The relationship between tutor and student is crucial to creating a climate of trust in which the latter is not afraid that they will be criticised. My approach is very much that the student's skills are a separate entity to their personality; they can be improved and developed with input from both the student themselves and their teacher.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


University of Gloucestershire2007ProfessionalDiploma in Specific Learning Difficulties
Edge Hill College, Merseyside1986PGCEEducation with Drama, English and EFL
Portsmouth University1985BachelorsDegree in Literary Studies

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