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Subjects Taught

Maths

Hourly Rate
Primary £50.00

English

Hourly Rate
Primary £50.00
Secondary £50.00
GCSE £50.00

French

Hourly Rate
Primary £50.00
Secondary £50.00
GCSE £50.00
Casual Learner £50.00

History

Hourly Rate
Primary £50.00
Secondary £50.00
GCSE £50.00
A-Level £50.00
University £50.00

Entrance Exams

Hourly Rate
11 Plus £50.00
13 Plus £50.00

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly Rate
Primary £50.00
Secondary £50.00
GCSE £50.00
Casual Learner £50.00

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Personal Description:

I am enhanced DBS-checked which is available upon request (last certificate is dated 15th June 2018 by the London Borough of Lewisham.) I have been a qualified, practicing teacher since 2004 during which I have been a Head of two Humanities Departments - one state and one independent. The State school has been consistently the top performing non-selective state school in the country. I have experience of both special and mainstream education (from P-scales through to KS5 levels) I have qualified to teach children in both France and Britain - so have diplomas from Besancon University as well as Lancaster and Middlesex.
I am a History examiner at GCSE and A-Level since 2007, having worked consistently since that time for OCR, and since 2013 for Edexcel, AQA and CIE.

Qualified and experienced in teaching both History to Year 13 and French to GCSE. I also teach Common Entrance: English, Maths, VR, Non-VR at 11+, 10+ and 7+. Working currently in special education - Autistic spectrum Conditions, Aspergers, dyslexia and dyspraxia.

These are the schools whose pupils I have or am working with at the moment: Eton, Aldenham School, Whitgift School, Trinity School, Merchant Taylor’s School, London Oratory, Alleyn’s school, Wilson’s School, Coloma Convent Girls, Sevenoaks School, Wellington County Grammar, St. Olaves and Royal Russell School. In primary, I have tutored: Bishop Challoner, Clare House, Pickhurst, Hayes primary, Braeside Prep…

Tutoring Experience:

I believe my charges of £50 p.h. are reasonable for the experience, dedication and research I put into the students’ experience with me as their tutor.

Experience
Teacher training has benefited my work with all types of students. I have worked closely, and led, departmental efforts in Gifted and Talented, SEN conditions, Specific learning difficultues and mental health issues: ASD, ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, CFS, OCD and more. I am adept and experienced teaching (primary) Key Stage 1 and 2 in all areas, e.g. English and Maths, phonics, reading, SATs testing and phonics screening tests.

For GCSE, I am experienced in teaching English Literature and Language as well as History, French, Business studies and RE. For A Level, I am highly trained in teaching and examining History and make a niche in feeding back to students on their history essays and suggesting models in order to improve their grades and performance generally.

As part of my time as a teacher I have been asked to tutor for Entrance Exams, such as 7+, 10+, 11+ and 13+ for my friends. As I have been successful in this, I decided to offer this as a paid tutor. I have enabled all my students to get into either their first or second choice, sometimes with very little time to spare. Some of the schools I have helped students to gain an offer after selective exams are: Henrietta Barnett, Queen Elizabeth Boys, Dame Alice Owen School, Haberdasher Aske’s Boys’ School, Trinity, Whitgift, Bromley High, Croydon High, Eltham college, Habadasher Aske’s School for Boys, North London Collegiate School, Merchant Taylor’s, Some of my A Level students have secured Oxbridge places to study Law and History.

My teaching experience has helped me note signs where there is a SEN, such as dyslexia and discalculia which had been missed by teachers. Furthermore, I referred a student onto Kuomintang who had been unable to grasp some elementary maths and needed a very back to basics approach. In summary, I do not believe in my profit above student needs.

Dedication

I am extremely motivated by excellent results and proving to parents and teachers that, with some care and attention, their child has a great deal of potential even when others have suggested otherwise. I have seen this in my school career and want to provide a very tailored approach to the student so that I work on their confidence and skills. This might be in using mark schemes and examiner reports to ensure History questions are answered in a way which will gain the most marks for the least amount of input (necessary for those who write slowly or become overwhelmed).

Tutoring Approach:

Tailored to the needs of the individual through conversation with student and/or parent. Face to face lessons for KS1/2, usually for KS3. Possibility of skype for KS4 and 5 or emailed essay feedback. Ask for details of whatever your areas of needs are. Lessons can be tailored to suit Skype/online.

As stated earlier, I put a lot of research into my tutoring. This means that I am completely aware of the mark schemes, examiner reports, specifications and all materials provided by the students school when helping the students. Some schools demand questions to be answered in their own particular way, so I will be aware of this when helping a student gain maximum marks in their coursework, etc.

Any lessons which take place at student house takes into account distance to travel, which means that non-local tuition, e.g. half an hour to drive to, will incur an hour's tuition rate. Lessons are usually at my house, unless otherwise agreed and financially viable.

Important information necessary to consider before contact is made:

1. All payment for the month of tuition is required at the start of the month in order to secure dates and times for that month;
2. Cancellations for the month will not be refunded, as per after-school club arrangements;
3. Duration of lessons is for one hour at a pre-agreed time
4. History essays which are marked and graded and feedback provided will be charged on a consultancy basis in advance. Any non-used hour’s/minutes will be refunded.
5. No hidden charges or payments will be invoiced for unless these have been pre-agreed.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, Italian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Middlesex (2003) - history and French (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • Lancaster University (1994) - History and French (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Inlingua International Languages training Academy (1994) - TEFL (Professional) (✔ On File)

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