Information About Jennifer - Tunbridge Wells tutor - (12 reviews)
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I am a professional actor and graduate from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and have been working in the private tuition industry for over seven years for various agencies. Before drama school I worked as a Primary School teaching assistant and drama teacher for two years, after graduating from King's College London with a 2:1 in my BA (Hons) English Literature & Language degree. I went straight to university from Norwich High School for Girls in Norfolk. So I have travelled all the way across England in my pursuit of study! I always wanted to tutor because I knew how I worked for all my GCSEs, A-Levels and my BA, and I was fed up with the media claiming exams were getting easier for kids: teenagers today work super hard, as I did! Tutoring older students also provided a lovely contrast to my Primary School teaching.
Sep 2008 – Present
§ Alongside my primary school teaching experience, my private tutoring allows me to help young people of all ages further their learning.
§ I teach English Literature and Language, History, Theatre Studies and Classical Studies, from Primary, to GCSE and A-Level, Degree level and beyond; I am also a registered LAMDA exam teacher.
§ I aid my students in improving their essay structure, spelling and grammar and discussing key thematic and conceptual elements of their required texts.
§ I plan and prepare lessons and constantly assess students, ensuring they receive high quality tutorage.
Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
Teaching Assistant and Special Needs Support
Oct 2008 – July 2010
§ During the morning session, I worked in a Year One class in this south London school and thrived on aiding the children with their literacy, reading and speaking skills as well as exploring numeracy work.
§ I led certain lessons including story time and circle time.
§ I supported key groups of children within the class and was able to use my initiative to plan, deliver and assess their learning in order to encourage progression.
§ I have vast experience in creating my own resources using ICT, and creating artistic displays to proudly exhibit the children’s work; I directed the infant school Christmas play the past two years.
§ I have taken courses in Early Literacy Support, encouraging creative and inclusive teaching especially for children with English as an additional language and complex special needs children. I also have training in “Letters and Sounds” Phonics, and “A First Workshop on Autism”.
§ During the afternoon session, I supported a child in Year Two with Autism. I plan and prepare all his lessons, working towards targets which I and the class teacher have set for him; these include phonics, counting and social skills. I use music as a reward system for the boy, and his singing has greatly improved his speech quality and communication skills.
§ I have extensive training in Autistic Spectrum Conditions, undertaken with Southwark, covering various aspects including history, sensory integration and behavioural management.
§ I worked with various children with complex special needs within school, including children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Galactosemia, and have worked closely with speech and language therapists and learning mentors.
§ I offer one to one support outside of lesson time in the form of music lessons for special needs children; I prepare and provide my own resources and find singing with my students extremely rewarding.
§ I have also spent time in Key Stage Two classrooms, focussing on aiding older children with their literacy skills: I particularly enjoyed aiding Year Six students in exploring literary themes and using appropriate critical vocabulary when studying children’s literature.
Stage Coach Theatre Arts
Early Years and Drama Teacher
Jan 2009 – Present
§ I worked in the Beckenham Junction branch of Stage Coach: using games and prepared resources, I taught my Early Stages children elementary levels of dance, drama and singing, allowing them to develop their confidence levels both on and off the stage. I have written and directed several productions for the children to perform over the year, showcasing their talents to their proud parents.
§ I was also the resident drama teacher for the elder children aged six to sixteen. Through games, improvisation and text work, my students were encouraged to enjoy and improve their passion and talent for theatre in an open and safe environment.
Children’s Theatre Workshop
Founder and Leader
Sep 2006 – June 2008
§ Volunteer Programme with King’s College London, creating exciting opportunities for Key Stage Two children in under-privileged schools in Southwark (beginning with Charlotte Sharman Primary School) to participate in dramatic workshops: one of the most rewarding achievements of my university career.
§ I built and led my own team of student volunteers, liased with people in scholastic authority, as well as having great fun with the children themselves.
§ I was responsible for the programme’s administration (including liasing with the school, council and parents via phone and in person), and lead the planning and carrying out of the workshops themselves.
I have worked as a private tutor for various agencies and also independently, leading my students through 11 plus, 13 plus, GCSE, A Level, Degree level and beyond. I teach English Literature & Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, History and Classics. I also have plenty of experience in working with much younger students (see my CV for details of my classroom and teaching assistant experience) with English as an additional language. I am a confident and enthusiastic individual, with an acute passion for teaching. I have worked as a teaching assistant in an Outstanding inner-city primary school, and before training at drama school was planning to take a post-graduate course in primary school teaching, a desire much encouraged by my class teacher and head of school. I have just graduated from my MA in acting at one of the most prolific drama schools in the country (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); as an experienced dramatic performer and director, I enjoy effectively using these skills to aid children in their learning, leading to a warm, encouraging and happy learning atmosphere. I rapidly and easily create positive, personal relationships with colleagues and children, and believe education should be a creative and inclusive experience for all. I am also on the Directory certified teachers for LAMDA examinations.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2012) - PG Diploma in Professional Acting (Professional) (✔ On File)
- King's College London (2008) - BA Honours in English Literature & Language (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Norwich High School (2005) - A-Levels: English Literature: A, Classical Studies: A, Theatre Studies, A (School) (✔ On File)
- Norwich High School (2004) - AS-Levels: History: B (School) (✔ On File)
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