I have recently taken early retirement from full time teaching as head of A level sciences. This teaching experience included many scientific trips abroad with Operation Wallacea and throughout my life I have undertaken many educational ventures around the world and in the UK. I also have qualifications in outdoor pursuits. I am a very active person and enjoy a range of sports. For some 25 years I have worked for the exam boards, mainly marking at GCSE and A level in biology. Furthermore I am a member of the society of biology.
Currently I work as the principal teacher of biology in a private tutorial academy.
I have 36 years of teaching experience in a range of schools from grammar to comprehensive. During this time I have been head of all key stages in science and in OFSTED inspections was consistently rated as 'good' in my teaching.
I have successfully taught A level biology to all levels of ability including students preparing for Oxford/Cambridge. Some of these students scored full UMS marks in their module exams.
It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of students in their learning. A personal approach is needed and learning methods need to be tailored to the individual rather than just information gathering. After 34 years of teaching I do have many strategies to use. With my exam board experience I tend to concentrate on improving exam technique and offer many examples of past questions for students.
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