Information About Debra - West Wickham tutor - (39 reviews)
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English (Foreign Language)
As a parent myself, I think it is important to mention that I have an enhanced DBS which can be viewed online on the DBS Update Service as well as a recent paper copy from a Lewisham Council check in June 2018. I have spent no time abroad where checking might be impossible.
I am a qualified, practicing teacher since 2003 during which I have been a Head of Humanities Departments - one state and one independent and now working specifically in ASD schools. One school I headed Humanities in was 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 PGCE from Middlesex University.
I have been 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, Bullers Wood School for Girls, St. Olaves and Royal Russell School. In primary, I have tutored: Bishop Challoner, Highfield, Clare House, Pickhurst, Hayes primary, Braeside Prep, etc…
I believe my charges of £50 are reasonable for the experience, dedication and research I put into my tuition. I would expect no less if I were their parents and aim to give value for money and enthuse confidence and enthusiasm in the students.
Teacher training has benefited my work with all types of students. I have worked closely in schools with and 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 as well as understanding (through being a parent) 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. Primary school children have gained places at all the Sutton Grammars as well as Eton (bursary)
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.
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).
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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Additional Languages: French, Italian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- 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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We both think that Debra will be a good fit as a tutor
Many thanks for the coffee and cannoli. It is lovely to meet with clients who feel they need to explain some important details before tuition begins and I am happy to help out in this regard. Onwards and upwards for the future. X
She was patient, structured and reliable and even fitted in some extra dates.
The result is a very happy son as he has now passed his English gcse and it has opened up so many more opportunities for him.
I recommend her very highly and thank her kindly. Happy smiling parent. Well worth the investment
We recommend her very highly.
We'd be happy to recommend Debra as a History tutor to anyone.
My daughter is very much enjoying the sessions and is finding them extremely useful.
I am glad that you feel the emailed feedback is detailed enough for you. Hopefully we'll get T up to speed on Year 6 Maths whilst he's in Year 5, in prep for these 10+ exams!
Debra was prompt and professional when replying to our queries. Our son very much enjoys his lessons and says that Debra is fun to be with.
After two months of tuition, our son is more confident and happy in his English classes at his primary school and we have already seen a raise in his academic level in the English subjects. I would have no hesitation in recommending Debra to other parents seeking to tutors for their children.
He has progressed in the short time we've seen her and only wished we'd found her months ago .
Highly recommended .
She has your genuine interest and is dedicated towards getting the results you desire.
Friendly and approachable.