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 examiner r 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?
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|Nottingham University||1995||PGCE||PGCE Secondary (English)|
|Nottingham University||1992||Bachelors||BA American Studies|
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