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Primary £50.00


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Primary £50.00

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Primary £50.00

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Personal Description:

I am qualified to work with all students, but particularly those who learn differently, or have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. Learning is made engaging and fun through the many resources I have and continue to invest in, including practical equipment, games and technology, as well as the occasional worksheet! As a specialist teacher, I am heavily involved with my local dyslexia association and work as a volunteer on their telephone helpline. I also maintain links with the British Dyslexia Association.

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 my local authority's Literacy Centre.

I hold Approved Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association and am a full member of 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, as well as staying in touch with changes to school curricula and assessment processes.

Tutoring Approach:

Above all else, my tuition aims to keep the individual learner at its heart, and so lessons are bespoke to each learner, often with considerable time put into their planning.

I begin with a detailed telephone interview (free of charge) with the learner's parents to establish their 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 are experiencing difficulties with their short term and working memory, and I will help students develop strategies to improve this.

Tuition is structured, cumulative, multi-sensory, and, crucially, 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 review my resources and invest in new ones periodically in order to ensure that they continue to meet my students' needs.

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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