Hi! My name is Emma and I am a high school English teacher, living and working in North Wales. Originally from the Wirral, I fell in love with Wales as a child on family holidays, and have now lived here for half my life. It sounds like a cliché, but I really have always loved English - right from being a little girl and 'reading' my first book. I have been told that my love for the subject is infectious - I'd certainly like to think so!
I completed my PGCE at the University of Wales, Bangor and have worked in two Conwy schools for the last 14 years. I have had the privilege of teaching English, Drama and Media Studies at Key Stage 3; English Language, English Literature and Media Studies for GCSE; and English Literature, English Language and English Lang/Lit at A level. The pupils I taught had a wide range of abilities and some struggled with various Additional Learning Needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD, to name but a few. I also spent a year working with EAL students, helping to improve their basic skills and also to improve their exam results at GCSE level. I also mark exam papers for the new WJEC English Language exam.
I currently work in a secondary school, where I have continued to teach a wide range of pupils with a variety of different needs, targets, and ambitions. Specifically, I currently teach the WJEC specifications for English Language and English Literature GCSEs, as well as teaching A level English Language and Lang-Lit. I am also heavily involved with the teaching of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, and I really enjoy enabling students to access the top grades in their Individual Project.
I have worked as a tutor for a number of years and I really enjoy it. I have tutored students from Year 4, right the way up to Year 13, and I have relished each and every opportunity. I have had excellent feedback from students and parents alike, as detailed on this profile, and I have other references available on request.
I am very patient and I think that this is a must, for any tutor. It is important to make a tutee feel comfortable and so I am friendly, fun (I hope!) and fairly laid-back. With that being said, I am also firm when necessary and I do have high expectations. Initially, I spend the first session discussing the tutee's main concerns and coming up with a plan that will best suit the student's needs. I work methodically, equipping tutees with the skills they need to improve the areas they have previously struggled with. My aim is always to get tutees to understand things that used to confuse them and, ultimately, to aim higher than they ever thought possible.
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|References Available||On File|
|University of Wales, Bangor||2004||PGCE||PGCE Secondary English|
|University of Wales, Bangor||2003||Bachelors||BA Hons Linguistics with English Literature (2:1)|
|Weatherhead High School||2000||School||A levels in English Language (A), French (C), History (C) and General Studies (C). 10 GCSEs - 4As, 6Bs.|
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