I am an English and Media studies teacher in a secondary school in Carlisle, Cumbria, having moved from Hertfordshire in August 2015, where I had built up a successful tuition business. I am in my 12th year of teaching.

I am a 34 year old mother of 3 who is passionate about English, with my specialities being Shakespeare, drama, poetry and reading skills. I also strongly believe that the Media is an ever important aspect of our everyday lives. I am currently Second in English and leading a Media Studies department, having been Head of Department for Media Studies for 7 years.

Tutoring Experience

4 months work experience in a school in Southampton, working with small group of year 9 boys to achieve in their SATs exams.
1 year teacher training in Southampton. Worked at 2 schools in this time.
4 years working as an English and Media teacher at a school in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, teaching pupils ages 11-18 (Key stage 3, GCSE and AS/Alevel). Was head of Media Studies.
Previous job, I was head of Media Studies and English teacher at a secondary school in North Hertfordshire, teaching pupils aged 11-18.
I am currently Second in English at a school in Carlisle, as well as developing Media Studies in the school.
Tutored 5 A level pupils in past few years, all achieving their predicted grade or higher.
Tutored 2 year 7 pupils.
Tutored students in year 8 and 9.
Tutored 9 pupils in preparation for their GCSE exams, with all pupils achieving at least their target grade.
Currently tutor 3 year 11 students, helping with controlled assessment preparation and developing exam skills.
Tutor a Key Stage 3 student in key skills and preparation for starting the GCSE course.
Have also been a 1:1 tutor over the past 3 years for 8 pupils in the schools I have worked in.

Tutoring Approach

The sessions are carefully structured and planned. I start the session with a spelling test and then a short activity to focus the tutee on the task for the day. I then introduce the focus in detail (obviously this section will change depending on the focus for the session), explaining aspects that need explaining and modelling as needed.

The second half of the session involves a more indepth task, which I set for the tutee to attempt. For A-level pupils, this section usually involves an element of discussion about the texts being studied and look at exam questions.

The final ten minutes involves discussing the work done and marking/checking the work. There is then a re-cap task to ensure that the learning from the session is established in their mind.

I believe that tutoring is a two way process, with the pupil needing to respond to the tasks and texts studied. There are a range of types of activites in the sessions in order to cater for different learning styles and ensure the pupil gets the most out of each session.

For the Key stage 3 pupils, the lessons include developing their key skills in written communication, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
References Available On File


Hills Road VI form college2000CollegeA-level in English Language and Literature
University of Southampton2005BachelorsBA (Hons) in English and History (University of Southampton )
University of Southampton2006PGCEPGCE in English (University of Southampton)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge2008MastersMA English Literature (half)

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