►► TUTOR SUMMARY ◄◄
An award-winning teacher ♦ 16 years’ experience in some of the UK’s toughest secondary and college classrooms ✦ Expert in 7/11+/GCSE/A Level/Degree level ✦ Specialist in English, Maths, History, International Relations and entrance exams ✦ University of Warwick and University of Birmingham prize-winning student ✦ MRes and PGCE trained with QTS status ✦ Served as Assistant Head of Department, Advanced Teaching Practitioner and Teacher Training Lead ✦ ”Super Tutor” with over 15k lessons across 1k students within 32 countries✦ Educational consultant sought out for occasional media appearances (Radio 4, BBC) ✦ Mentor to entrants into property with developments totalling £14 million ✦Come and learn with the best ⚠️Limited slots⚠️ ⇛BOOK THROUGH FIRST TUTORS⇚
►► MY STORY ◄◄
I am currently a grade-one “outstanding” teacher in my present school, and have been delivering KS3, GCSE and A Level English, Maths and History in the secondary and sixth-form sectors for the past 16 years, in which time my results have far surpassed national pass rates. Moreover, due to these outstanding results and innovative teaching methods, I have served as Assistant Head of Department; helping us to be awarded an internal grade 1 “outstanding” rating for the 6 years in which I held the post. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience as an “Advanced Practitioner”-tasked with turning around failing cohorts in some of the UK’s toughest classrooms, as well as my time as an examiner for a variety of GCSE/A Level exam boards.
Moreover, due to this long history of being a stand-out professional in the education sector, my advice has been sought out for occasional media and radio appearances for discussions on educational policy, whilst also being head-hunted to tutor the children of prominent public figures including Premiership footballers, Olympic athletes, luminaries of the business world, and even the family of a Nobel Prize winner for a month-which was awesome!
Furthermore, in also being an accomplished property developer with my own UK real-estate portfolio and honorary co-founder of a former property company alongside my partner, I have acted as a business mentor to Year 11 students on entrepreneurship, and how to begin their own journey in property investment, which has seen me guide some of the UK’s brightest new generation of business leaders.
In my remaining spare time, I am currently engaged in the pre-reading for the start of my future PHD in International Relations, during which I will be studying the geopolitics of any superpower conflict over Taiwan. Furthermore, I enjoy travelling extensively in our second home of Tuscany with my young family, supporting Manchester United, playing the drums, and playing the PlayStation (although not as much as I used to, these days!)
As my full and varied career has hopefully shown, I have a passion for English, maths, history, and the 11+ exams, taking great pride in providing the best academic and pastoral support I can, whilst hopefully being an outstanding role-model for all of my students, as I help them forge their way in the world.
►► QUALIFICATIONS ◄◄
--MRes (Distinction) in International Security from University of Warwick-won academic award for writing an “outstanding and genuinely original dissertation” that represented: “an important contribution to existing literature in the field of International Security”.
--PGCE (Distinction) in Secondary Education-ranked in the top 2 trainee teachers in my year’s cohort, with outstanding feedback in academic and practical assessments
--BA (Hons) in English/History from University of Birmingham-received special award for achieving academic excellence despite coming from the bottom 5% of UK families in terms of socioeconomic poverty
--A Levels (A* in all subjects taken): prize winning student in my sixth form for most inspirational pupil, and was in the top 2% of the UK for my academic results, including 100% in key modules
I have a broad range of experience turning around struggling students in some of the UK’s toughest classrooms, as well as challenging high achieving learners in the pursuit of academic excellence. In my teaching and tutoring career thus far, I have taught across the curriculum age-ranges (7-18 years), as well as undergraduate and postgraduate level students, and specialise in teaching troubled learners lacking confidence, whilst pushing very bright pupils.
Since I began teaching at my institution, English pass-rates received a 25% upwards leap in the opening two years and my tutoring pass grades in my subjects of English, maths and history have been outstanding, so that the vast majority of my classes/tutees are now passing with strong academic grades, and attaining entry to prestigious preparatory schools and/or universities. During last academic year, my tutees enjoyed superb results in English, Maths, History and the 11+, with 96% reaching their target minimum grade, and 68% exceeding this mark, entering prestigious institutions such as the University of Durham, University of Heidelburg and Bromsgrove School, as well as world-class employers such as Rolls Royce. Therefore, over my career as a “super-tutor” so far, I am proud to have delivered over 15,000 lessons across 1000 students within 32 countries, from the UK to Hong Kong.
I also have considerable mentoring expertise, in having built my own UK property portfolio currently valued at £2.75 million from scratch, I have mentored many adult and teenage entrants into property investing, guiding their purchases and renovations to the overall value of £14 million, and counting. In addition to this, I have also been an informal mentor to UK gang members, tasked with persuading them to their back on lives of criminality, and embrace the transformative potential of education, which has been among the most rewarding roles of my career thus far.
►► PARENT FEEDBACK ◄◄
--“Jonathan is fantastic and my 15 years old have a big turn round about his
view of education. Now he can't wait for his lesson!”
--“I could not have wished for a better tutor for my son! I cannot praise Jon's
enthusiasm for his subject, motivational skills and professionalism enough.”
--“The biggest testimonial comes from my son, who now looks forward to and
enjoys his weekly visit! praise indeed from a teenager!”
--“I have nothing but praise for Jonathan.”
--“George is totally happy to see him which is a miracle at 3pm on a Saturday!”
--“Jon is a fantastic teacher best tutor I have ever had.”
--“AMAZINGLY helpful, nice and very cooperative.”
--“Thanks soooo much Jon, Ashleigh passed, she won't be doing retakes and is
feeling incredibly relieved.”
--“We feel lucky to book a place with him early on as he seemed to be full
booked before December.”
--“Never passed an English test before in my whole life then came to Jonathan
with very little time for my first GCSE exam and managed to get an A for
English literature and a B for creative writing. 10/10.”
--"Jon has a unique ability to get students onboard in a short amount of time.
He is quick to establish a rapport, building on trust and confidence which
makes an ideal platform for focused learning”.
--“He is heavily in demand which speaks volumes in terms of his reputation and
is super knowledgeable and prepared for all elements of the syllabus.”
--“He went from a predicted a 4/5 to an 8 !!! We were extremely pleased and
put this down to Jons ability.”
--“I wish we had found him earlier! We highly recommend him!”
--“He is helpful and gifted at tutoring kids so they understand exactly what they
need to change or improve on. We will be using Jon for all of our children.”
Besides enjoying superb results, my pupils benefit from a relaxed yet challenging atmosphere, with high commitment being expected of them and this has shown to bring both personal and academic growth, which is always pleasing to see. Moreover, in strengthening self-esteem and exciting the minds of my students, to equip them with the skills they need to excel in later life, I seek to provide them with only the finest education possible.
In terms of my lesson delivery, I always strive to be on the cutting-edge of education in use of teaching resources and methods. Therefore, my approach to tutoring makes use of the techniques of “blended learning”, utilising advanced video-conferencing software, modern presentational packages such as Prezi, powerful virtual learning environments and resourced by well-known educational companies, all supported by online platforms provided by GCSE Bitesize, amongst others. This constant innovation was perhaps best illustrated by my recent use of computer games as a learning tool, which led to some of my classes’ GCSE English creative writing being utilised by exam boards as exemplars to share across the UK, in which they were inspired by video games such as Halo and Mass Effect to attain grade 9s.
In light of this dedication to using Smart tech to deliver a first-class education, throughout my teaching career in inner-city schools and sixth-forms, I have become known for never leaving any learner behind, whilst using creative methods in covering the curriculum in an accessible and enjoyable way.
Needless to say, I passionately believe that education should be a joy, not a chore, and I always do my best to ensure this for each and every one of my students, both in the classroom and online.
*Enhanced DBS certified
**Kindly note: proposed rate will be dependent on level of study, length of tutoring period and demand.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Warwick||2011||Masters||MA Politics and International Studies|
|University of Wolverhampton||2006||PGCE||PGCE-Post Compulsory Education|
|University of Birmingham||2005||Bachelors||BA (Hons) English|
|Rowley Regis College||2002||College||A* in 4 A Levels (English Lit, Sociology, History, and Law)|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||2|