Following my undergraduate English degree at the University of St Andrews, I qualified as an English teacher through the Teach First programme in the summer of 2012. I have been passionate in supporting my pupils’ successes in a variety of schools.
I am friendly and patient with a passion for my subject and genuinely enjoy sharing my knowledge with those who I teach. I am dedicated to continuously improving my own subject knowledge to ensure that I am able to equip my pupils with the most up to date information and strategies to be successful communicators and achieve highly in standardised tests. I do this through examination boards, additional training and have achieved my Masters degree in Education.
I am a qualified secondary English teacher of 7 years and have taught English Language and English Literature to all year groups from Year 7 to Year 13. I have been privileged to teach pupils of a wide range of abilities and enjoy teaching all age groups and seeing all my pupils reach their full potential. I have been successful in supporting the highest achieving individuals to achieve the highest grades preparing them for future study in English. I have also found success in enabling those pupils who need more support to achieve the 'standard' Grade 4 in English Language that college courses require. I have had responsibility in school for devising and providing intervention for Year 11 pupils who are on the borderline of achieving their expected and required grades. I have also enjoyed working with Year 6 primary school pupils helping them to become ready for the transition to secondary school English.
For the past 5 years, I have been a GCSE examination marker and currently mark for AQA English Language (experience of both papers) and previously marked Cambridge iGCSE. I have taught both of these examination boards as well as Edexcel for both Language and Literature.
Primarily, my main aim whilst teaching is to help pupils realise the possibility of their success through motivation and encouragement. In my experience, it it vital to build the confidence of pupils to give them the best chance of success. Alongside my encouraging nature, as a teacher, I pride myself on ensuring that the lessons I plan are appropriate, engaging and effective for the individual pupils I work with to ensure that they benefit and progress in each learning session. I take great pleasure in seeing pupils hit that 'light bulb moment' when they understand and consolidate a new skill or achieve something they have not done before. I believe that every child can succeed and, as such, I work to understand where each individual's weaknesses and insecurities lie then devise strategies which will give the child the tools to achieve their potential. In short, my approach to tutoring is one which suits the tutee; there is no single way to enable success and I use a variety of strategies to ensure each tutee receives the tuition which is most suited to their personality and learning style.
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|University of St Andrews||2011||Masters||English|
|University of Sunderland||2012||PGCE||English|
|University of Warwick||2014||Masters||Educational Leadership|
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