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Primary £50.00


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Primary £50.00

Special Needs

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Primary £50.00

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Personal Description:

I am qualified to work with students who learn differently, or have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia, as well as students who are generally struggling to keep up in class, whether or not they have received a diagnosis. Learning is made engaging and fun through the many resources I have, including practical equipment, games and technology, as well as the occasional worksheet!

Tutoring Experience:

I have over twenty years experience as a primary school teacher, having taught all year groups. I have worked as a special needs teacher in a Special Needs Resource Base attached to a mainstream school. I have also worked as a teacher with Croydon Literacy Centre. I also hold Approved Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association and an Assessor's Practising Certificate with the Professional Association of Teachers for Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (Patoss). I regularly update my professional development in order to stay abreast of current developments in the field of specific learning difficulties.

Tutoring Approach:

I begin with a detailed telephone interview (free of charge) with the learner's parents to establish the main areas of concern. During the first lesson I will then do a detailed assessment of your child in order to identify their strengths, learning style and areas of difficulty. This will include standardised tests as well as informal tests and my own detailed observations. Many learners who struggle experience difficulties with their short term and working memory, and I will help students develop strategies to improve this. Tuition is structured, cumulative, multisensory, and, above all, aims to be enjoyable. Lessons include a variety of approaches with a wide range of resources, aiming to capitalise on your child's strengths whilst shoring up their weaknesses. This will include simple homework tasks aimed at putting their new learning into their long term memory. I regularly invest in new resources. I consider two-way communication between parent/student/tutor to be essential at all stages, and feedback is provided to parents either at the end of each lesson or by email. I can liaise with class teachers, at the school's request, in order to ensure continuity of support.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Dyslexia Information Training & Tuition Services (2012) - Ocr Level 7 Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Dyslexia Information Training & Tuition Services (2011) - OCR Level 5 Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • South Bank University (1993) - Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • University of North London (1992) - BA (Hons) English Studies (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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