My name is Judith. I live in Low Moor, Bradford with my eleven-year-old son, our Dachshund, Chief, and our cat, Cat (he was a stray-who-decided-to-stay and we'd got used to calling him Cat by then). I am a voracious reader - my favourite pastime which I don't get enough time for. I love maths too, especially primary school maths because I think it's the maths we use for the rest of our lives, so I think it's relevant to everybody. I enjoy music - I go to gigs, play the guitar for pleasure (definitely not to entertain others), can read music a little from piano lessons as a child, which helps me when I sing in a local choir, which I really like - it's a great feeling, singing with a group of people. I started working in schools quite late, only after I had my son: I wish I'd done it earlier because, it might sound a little corny, but it really is a joy (most of the time!) and an absolute privilege to be around children as they learn and grow. I've had a varied career, and taken a great deal of pleasure from it, but never more so than when helping a child to succeed and feel great about themselves. Best job in the world.
I have worked in Upper Key Stage 2 in primary schools for a number of years, and until April 2017, worked as an HLTA in primary school teaching French, RE, PSHE and Computing, as well as devising and delivering interventions in Maths and English across years 5 and 6. I have previously successfully coached groups of Year 6 children who were preparing to sit the Level 6 Maths paper (when SATs existed and had levels).
I have experience and a good understanding of the level of ability required to pass grammar school entrance exams, and am a good judge of a child's potential success - in fact, my predictions so far have been 100% accurate, whilst not always matching those of other tutoring organisations. I make sure parents are always fully aware of the likely results of their child being tutored for a particular exam, and support them in making the best choice for their child, which is not always to continue with tutoring. Children I have tutored over the past three years have been successful in gaining places at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
I've always believed that when teaching anything, you have to make it as relevant as possible for the child - explain why they need to know it, what benefits knowing this stuff will have, and make it as entertaining as possible. Not always easy to do with some subjects and topics, but I always try to vary my methods of teaching, testing knowledge and setting targets. Alongside individual teaching programmes which include games and digital content, for some subjects I DO use text books, tests and achievable targets, because I believe many children enjoy a sense of progression and achievement, when this is designed to be attainable for them individually.
I am willing to travel within five miles to tutor in the client's home, for sessions lasting 90 minutes or more. I charge for travel at £1 per mile. I much prefer to offer lessons here at my home in a quiet, organised room aside for that purpose with comfortable seating and plenty of space and all the resources I know we will need, where I know I can get the best from your child.
For those parents who want it, I am happy to set homework of about 10-15 minutes per day for each day the child does not have a one-hour tutoring session, and allowing them one day free of work (so, if a child has two short sessions or one long session per week - more details on request - I would, if required, give four pieces of homework). This homework will be tailored to the individual child. The setting and marking of this homework is free of charge.
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|Stonebridge||2013||College||HLTA Diploma with Distinction|
|Keighley College||2000||College||Intermediate Diploma in Counselling Skills|
|Leeds Polytechnic||1983||College||HND French, Spanish & Business Studies|
|Wyke Manor||1980||School||'A' Level French & German|
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