I currently work at a school in North Somerset in the role of head of girls' PE with responsibility for the A-Level course. I have been teaching for over 6 years and began my career in South London where I worked as Academic Co-ordinator for examinable PE. I have experience teaching GCSE, BTEC, OCR Cambridge National and A-Level PE and specialise in the physiology and psychology content.
I graduated from the University of Southampton with a first class honours degree in Sport Studies. The multi-disciplinary nature of my degree meant that I was lucky enough to cover aspects of sports from a wide range including Sport and the Law, Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Sociology and Essential Issues within PE to name a few. I am passionate about Physical Education as a subject, continually following and partaking in debates regarding the academic stance of the subject, as well as actively participating myself. My dissertation (awarded a high first class mark) involved visiting secondary schools and considering the relationship between 'PE' and 'School Sport' with the recent dissolution of school sport funding.
I have always strived for the best, achieving:
GCSE: 7 As and 2 Bs
AS Level: Biology - B
A Level: PE - A
Psychology - A
English Language - A
Trained at University of Gloucester through the GTP programme and a local Bristol school.
Worked for 3 years in South London where I progressed to Academic Co-ordinator for PE.
Moved back to Bristol and joined a school in North Somerset where I am head of girls PE. I also have responsibility for year 11 mentoring programmes where we look at how metacognition can support students in their revision. I have been at this school for 3 years.
My A-Level results have always been above national average for the sections I am responsible for teaching. I regularly attend and lead CPD training sessions and am keen to continue to develop my teaching practice.
I have experience tutoring GCSE and A-Level PE for exam boards AQA and OCR, however I am happy to adapt to new examining board if required.
I am keen to understand and find out what works for you and fully support the notion of personalised learning with which I have resources that I would use to support this.
I would begin by using a basic assessment to create a grounding of understanding before building upon this in a manner appropriate to each individual. With many years of both teaching and coaching experience I appreciate that different approaches work for different individuals and would look to co-operate with my tutee to assess which works best.
From my teaching experience I feel I have a firm understanding of specifications of different exam boards and would look to utilise a wide range of resources and materials to make lessons fun and worthwhile. Students must ensure that they are confident with both content and exam writing skills and I firmly believe it is vital to build in structured exam practice into their learning. I have a multitude of resources that I use when I teach to assist with exam practice and would happily pass these to tutees that I am working with.
To finalise, I would look to end each session by discussing what has been learnt. It is in my experience that it is often the manner in which someone says something that can trigger the memory of a key bit of information in an exam situation.
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|University of Southampton||2011||Bachelors||First Class Honours BSc in Sport Studies|
|STA||2010||Other||STA Level 1 Swimming Coach|
|University of Gloucestershire||2012||QTS||Graduate Teacher Programme|
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