I am a kind, approachable person with lots of experience including with AQA and Edexcel GCSE new style exams. I am very used to helping regular Year 10 and 11s prepare for exams and assessments and have seen grades go up considerably. I have recently qualified with the Cambridge CELTA course to teach non-native speakers English from beginner to advanced level. Younger pupils who are struggling with language-based subjects including English need intervention as soon as possible especially if they have difficulty with reading or writing skills. I’m experienced with dyslexics, those with ADHD and dyspraxia or mild ASD. I enjoy using multi-sensory and creative teaching methods to help keep them engaged and lodge details in their memory for longer! I have a degree in English plus a dyslexia teaching qualification and understand that many pupils needs a fun,approach to be able to learn. I have a great track record of getting GCSE Es up to Cs and even Bs. I believe I have a knack of enabling pupils to make tasks more manageable and to develop their confidence.
I currently work one to one with students aged from 11 to mid-30s for both English Language and Literature. In August 2018 I qualified to teach non-native students English too with a CELTA qualification. I gained an SEN qualification from Helen Arkell in July 2011 and I love it! They are all very different, but all have improved hugely over the past year I have seen them. I came to teaching 11 years ago having had a first career as a journalist and magazine editor, but I find teaching much more rewarding. I have taught PE and sport in three schools (one junior and two secondary) as I have several Sports Coaching Certificates. I also teach PILATES classes regularly in Eastbourne and Lewes.
The key to getting the best out of a student is developing trust and so I begin by making them feel at ease. I am not wanting to make them feel silly or lacking ever. I am genuinely interested in what they think and I am sure they have something to contribute. Many students find English Language particularly difficult as they have not been taught a foundation in it earlier. This of course also makes appreciating literature much more challenging. I try and make my lessons fun which means they are creative, but equally I give students a firm and clear structure they can understand. As their confidence builds they begin to see the improvement in their results. I motivate students to achieve the best they possibly can and I nearly always witness positive results.
|Languages||English (British), French, German|
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|Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre||2011||Professional||SEN/Dyslexia Teaching Certificate|
|Leeds University||1989||Bachelors||BA Honours in English|
|St Giles, Brighton||2018||Professional||CELTA|
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