This is how 3 referees rated Hilary:
I am a friendly and outgoing person, and have always loved working with children. I enjoy gardening, keeping fit, tennis, music and reading. I have two children aged 18 and 16.
I have been a primary school teacher for 27 years, and have taught all age groups from 5-11.
During my teaching career I have taught all primary subjects, including maths and English.
I have also tutored many individual children privately, in both maths and English, as well as in preparation for entrance exams to private schools.
I have recently left the teaching profession in order to develop further my interest in private tuition.
I have a calm, patient manner and can quickly establish a good rapport with individual children. I am able to quickly assess their current level of ability, then discuss with the child, and the parents, which steps are needed in order to make progress. I explain clearly the learning objectives for each lesson, and provide all appropriate materials. In every lesson I encourage the child to actively engage and to ask questions where they are unsure. I can provide extra homework if required, but this can be a flexible arrangement.