I have been involved in every aspect of education for most of my working life, and that includes bringing up my three children - all of whom I taught! Though I am a qualified teacher with a post graduate degree, I am equally happy working with much younger children. In my spare time, I am a writer and spend as much time as I can on my boat.
Over thirty years, I taught at every age level from Infants to Oxbridge candidates, in maintained and independent schools. My specialist subjects are English, English Literature, Theatre, Film and Media Studies and Classical Civilisation. I have also been a headteacher, a principal, a governor, an examiner, a teacher trainer and school inspector. I am very familar with the demands of entrance exams, SATs, GCSE, AS and A level - and I set up and ran units to help children with special learning needs including dyslexia and English as a Second Language.
Skype tuition is becoming more and more popular and I am happy to receive enquires from potential students who may not live within travelling distance.
I believe tutoring needs three things to be successful: a clear goal, a clear plan to get there and a determination - by the student and the tutor - to make it work. A warm personal relationship is important - because that enhances the confidence of the student - and is a motivation in itself. The sessions I run are very interactive, carefully structured to maintain interest and involvement and I provide regular updates and reviews with students and their parents/carers to ensure that the progress which we all want to see - after all this is the ultimate team game! - is being made.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate and up to date Safeguarding training and documentation can be viewed on request at the start of tuition.
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|University of Oxford||1972||Bachelors||English|
|University of Leeds||1973||PGCE||English/Theatre/Drama|
|University of Oxford||1978||Masters||English|
|University of Reading||1991||Doctorate||Jacobean Bibliography|
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