I have been teaching English at secondary school level for over 20 years and I am just as enthusiastic and passionate about the subject now as I was at the beginning of my career. I have taught in a variety of secondary schools: inner city, suburban, large and small. Whatever the school, in whatever the area, my primary aim as a teacher has always been to provide an excellent education for my students; an education that will help students to develop as students of English and (where necessary) help them to succeed in externally set exams such as GCSEs and A Levels. In all areas of my life, whether professional (as a teacher and tutor), or personal (for example as a parent) I encourage the development of a growth mindset: the idea that we can always improve and always do better than we think possible if we are open to learning, do not have pre-conceived ideas about what we can / can’t achieve and are willing to listen to and act on advice and feedback.
Throughout my career I have taught all secondary key stages: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. At Key Stage 4 I have taught both English Langauge and English Literature. In June 2017 I also worked as an examiner where I marked GCSE English Langauge papers. Working as an exminer for the new English Language specifications has given me an invaluable insight into how to prepare students for their GCSE English Langauge examinations. At Key Stage 5 I have taught A Level English Literature in the past and I currently teach the new A Level English Language specification. With regards to GCSE Media, I currently have responsibility for planning and delivering the new 2017 AQA specification and I have previously taught the legacy Media Studies specification. In both English (at all key stages) and in GCSE Media Studies, I have a proven track record of success.
The job of any teacher or tutor is to identify the skills or knowledge gaps of their students / tutees and then work out the best way to address these gaps. For this reason, regardless of whether the tutee is just starting out in Year 7 or weeks away form their GCSEs, the same fundamental questions will be addressed at the first tutor session: what is it you need to know? Which areas of this knowledge are you struggling with? What’s the most effective (and enjoyable) way to address these knowledge gaps?
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Nottingham University||1995||PGCE||PGCE Secondary (English)|
|Nottingham University||1992||Bachelors||BA American Studies|
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|Media / Communication Studies||One-to-one||Online|