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Subjects Taught


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Primary £35.00
Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00


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Primary £35.00
Secondary £35.00


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GCSE £35.00
A-Level £40.00

Entrance Exams

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11 Plus £35.00
13 Plus £35.00
University £35.00


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GCSE £35.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Study Skills

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Primary £35.00
Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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Personal Description:

Being nominated National Teacher of the Year Award four times in my career is testament to the dedication and pride I put into making progress with every individual I work with. I am an engaging, fun, energetic and inspirational teacher who is passionate about raising achievement at all levels.

There is nothing more reassuring to know that your child is receiving the highest levels of tuition from someone with extensive experience, who is passionate about learning, is goal-orientated, but will also invest in the whole family fully to ensure that all guidance and support is provided and highest levels of achievement are obtained.

Whether you need support to achieve your favoured school in the 11+ Entrance Exams, would like an A* at A-Levels, a first honours degree or to make rapid progress in Maths and Engish at KS2, or even just to build your confidence and develop revision skills, I am a firm believer that outstanding tuition starts from understanding the needs of the learner. My teaching at every level is tailored towards the needs of the learner and every step is taken to support the progress of the learner. This social constructivist philosophy, combined with my charismatic personality, ensures that all of my students not only have a great time learning, but they also make exceptional progress. Many parents over my 16 years of tuition explain that their child's learning needs are not being met, they are not being stretched enough, or they are not inspired; too often, they haven't developed the skills to learn independently. However, after a programme of tuition with me, all of them have been amazed what impact 1-to-1 tuition can have on these areas, but also on their confidence.

FROM THE START… Having qualified with a 2:1 in Sociology from Staffordshire University in 2000, I then trained as a teacher under the expert guidance of Tony Lawson (ATSS, Sociology Review) from the University of Leicester. Along with achieving outstanding references during my PGCE, a range of my GCSE and A-Level worksheets were published to illustrate best practice.

I started my teaching career in 2001 in Borehamwood and in my first year I was nominated for Teacher of the Year award, which demonstrated the commitment I put into my teaching and also the students I teach. From this point on, I have worked as Head of Sixth Form in a school in Berkhamsted and then spent 8 years in one of the most challenging Secondary Schools in inner-city London. I am currently working as Head of Sociology and Director of Studies at an Independent College in Oxford, ranked in the top 40 schools nationally with a department that is in the 89th percentile in the country.

Throughout this time, I have held many management responsibilities including: Assistant Head of Year, Head of Year, Director of Studies, SMSC Co-ordinator, Head of Social Sciences Department, Head of Humanities Faculty, Associate Senior Leadership Team member, and also Head of Sixth Form.

Throughout my teaching career, the key foci have been:
1. Intervene in underperforming subjects, departments and also Sixth Forms and turn them into outstanding in a short period of time.
2. To train and support teachers to become outstanding practitioners.
3. To achieve exceptional exam results.

My current Sociology school results for are 84% A*-A grades with 100% A*-B grades. Within my tutees, all students achieved well above their predicted grades with the majority achieving A or A* grades

I am also a lecturer at the London School of Economics, teaching Sociology to the most able A-Level students in London on the 'CHOICE' programme. Amongst the topics I taught were: the impact of London Gangs, Nike and Globalisation, Consumption and Changing Identities in contemporary society.

Although I would like to teach every student possible, my career has been in secondary education. However, I have always had a keen interest in the 11+ Exams as I believe that every student should be given an equal chance to achieve the secondary school of their choice. This has been my main area of tuition over the past 16 years, and alongside, I have built a significant client base in the Hertfordshire Oxfordshire and London areas. Students respond well to my direct approaches to learning new formulae in maths or understanding patterns within verbal reasoning and I enjoy working with students who learn in different ways, such as visual learners where I can tailor my explanations to their preferred way of learning. I have extensive experience in preparing students for Entrance Exams to secondary schools (11+ exams and common entrance), with exceptional success in students achieving the school of their choice based on their Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal reasoning and English scores. I am extremely flexible in the type of tuition I can provide, ranging from one-off diagnosis sessions to year-long programmes to fully prepare a student for their 11+ exams.

After an initial consultation with the family to assess the needs and length of programme, tuition usually starts by teaching the foundation formulae and skills of maths. These are essential for problem-solving and developing the confidence to respond to contextualised scenarios, which are often absent in Primary School learning. As a start, I focus on: area of shapes (square, rectangle, parallelogram, triangle, circles, compound shapes), volume, percentages, ratio, time, long multiplication/division, decimals, fractions, algebra and angles. When these are secure, we practise them using past exam papers. I then move to verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and English, focusing on the key skills and exam techniques.

11+: Watford / Buckinghamshire / Harrow / Hertfordshire Independent Schools
I am currently leading on a variety 11+ Exam initiatives in the South-Herts consortium area, preparing students for the Watford 11+ Entrance Exams. I also have a wealth of experiencing in preparing students within the areas of Buckinghamshire (for Aylesbury Grammar), Barnet (especially QE Boys/Girls), Oxford (Dragon school, Headington), Harrow and also Independent Schools in Hertfordshire, such as Berkhamsted School, Merchant Taylors, St Columbas, Haberdasher Aske's and St Albans Boys School. For students wishing to apply for independent schools, I can prepare students for their written statement and also their interview technique.

I can offer Maths, Verbal Reasoning, non-Verbal Reasoning and English in both standard and multiple choice, across **Web Address Removed** and CEM exam formats.

I have had over 16 years (4 years as head of Sixth Form) of working with students UCAS applications, Personal Statements and also University choices. Although schools tend to work to a generic formula, the key aim of the personal statement is to make it as personally reflective as possible. My sessions focus on discussing connections between the student and their prospective area of study and then build a personal statement from these roots. Modelling paragraphs, re-phrasing and marking drafts make up the rest of the process with the aim to create a statement that you are not only happy with, but will also provide you with excellent offers. In the past 8 years 100% of students have achieved a place to read the subject of their choice at University.

I can offer the following sessions:
One-off tutoring sessions, a number of sessions over a period of time following a detailed scheme of work, intensive one-week exam-focused sessions, exam practice, a complete GCSE or A-Level course, University Personal Statement support/writing technique/feedback.

Tutoring Experience:

Nominated Teacher of the Year: 2000/1, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13.

Specialist in Sociology, Psychology, 11+ Exams (esp. Watford, St Albans, Bucks, Oxfordshire), KS2 Maths, KS2 English, Health and Social Care, Life Coaching (confidence, self-esteem, independent learning, revision techniques).

I have the ability to tutor any of the above subjects across a range of examination boards. In addition to GCSE and A-Level qualifications, I can tutor at degree level and also Secondary School Entrance Exams (11+ exams).

2015/16 Sociology Exam results: 81% A*-A, 100% A*-B.

AS/A2 Sociology - 16 years experience
GCSE Sociology - 16 years experience
11+ Exam preparation (Maths, Verbal Reasoning, English) - 16 years experience
AS Psychology - 10 years experience
GCSE Psychology - 10 years experience
BTEC Level 2/3 Health and Social Care - 12 years experience
GCSE Citizenship - 12 years experience
KS2 Maths and English - 16 years experience
Head of Sixth Form - Personal Statement support, UCAS application support, University application support - 16 years experience

Tutoring Approach:

I believe that tutoring must be focused on the learner at all times and must be reflective of their needs. My approach to tutoring will differ from student to student and all resources will be specifically made for each session, taking into account the preferred learning style of the tutee.

As part of my tutoring, I will offer the following:
- Session 1: Creation of a bespoke scheme of work tailored to your needs. This scheme of work will form the pattern of tutoring for the future sessions.
- Each tutee will be issued with a folder with the scheme of work at the front to provide a clear journey of learning that will take place.
- ALL resources will be reflective of the learning styles of the learner (visual, auditory and/or kinaesthetic learners).
- ALL resources will be created by myself and will be in colour.
- Assessment points will be provided throughout each scheme of work, all relevant to your examboard specification.
- Regular homework assignments will be given to assess the learning from each session.
- Exam practice, exam modelling, exam-writing feedback, essay writing frames.

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


  • Institute of Education (2006) - Teacher Mentoring Level 1, Institute of Education (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • N/A (2005) - Leading From the Middle, NCSL (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • Leicester University (2001) - PGCE Social Sciences, specifying in Sociology, University of Leicester (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • Staffordshire University (2000) - BA (Hons) Sociology, Staffordshire University (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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