Information About Katie - Polegate tutor - (5 reviews)
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English (Foreign Language)
I am a caring, compassionate teacher who feels passionately about the learning process. I always aim to make my students feel comfortable and engaged and I adopt an encouraging approach at all times. I feel it is important that students feel valued and strive to help them grow in confidence as I believe this is the key to them reaching their full potential. Apart from being a highly qualified and very experienced class teacher and one to one tutor, I am a qualified social worker who has worked alongside people of all backgrounds and ability. I consider this has greatly enhanced my understanding of people and has made me a more empathic teacher.
I began my career as a teacher of MFL before becoming a Deputy Head of Department for seven years. I became increasingly interested in pastoral matters and then worked in a residential boarding school for adolescents who had a wide variety of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Following three very challenging years, I studied for a Masters degree in Social Work and then spent a number of years working alongside children and their families. This experience greatly helped me in my understanding of human psychology and led me to return to the teaching profession in 2004. Since then I have worked with pupils in inclusion units, in secondary and primary schools, as a SATS tutor, a teacher of EFL and a one to one tutor of literacy and numeracy at KS2 and KS3. I enjoy all forms of teaching and working alongside pupils of all abilities. I have an enhanced DBS with East Sussex County Council and it is current. This site will not acknowledge my DBS as it is more than 2 years old but East Sussex will not renew it as they are happy with the current position.
I am a very organised person who spends much time and effort in preparing for sessions so they can be interesting, informative and fun! I am very encouraging and want students to enjoy their learning and take responsibility for it too. I believe that confidence is vital to learning and aim to boost self-confidence where it is lacking. I adopt an open, honest approach and maintain firm boundaries as I know this boosts learning. I will make an initial assessment and set small, achievable targets so my pupils can monitor their progress.
Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Sussex University (1990) - Masters in Social Work (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Sussex University (1978) - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Sussex University (1977) - French (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I found Katie via this site and arranged an initial, 5 days of intensive 1 hr sessions during the Easter holiday. By the end of the week, although my son was exhausted, and felt it hard work to concentrate for 1hr the difference in his abilities in just one week was noticeable. We’ve continued his sessions once a week in the run up to his SATs exams.
I can’t stress how much basic multiplication has played a big part in helping my son and Katie has really helped to reinforce the significance of this. Over a total of 9 sessions it seems like my son and his tutor have revisited almost the whole year 6 curriculum!
The results are speaking for themselves - In my son’s latest SAT’s revision test at school his result was remarkably higher than expected (more than double what he was achieving prior to his sessions with Katie), and even his confidence in his own abilities has noticeably grown.
Whilst my son still has work to do, I have 100% support in Katie and I hope to continue with sessions as we prepare for yr 7.
I would 100% recommend Katie as a tutor and I’d like to say thank you for the help and support she has given to date.
Thank you so much for such a positive review.
Your son worked really well in every session and soon began to realise the importance of knowing his times-tables. As the sessions progressed, he also began to see that tables are relevant in most area of maths!
We managed to cover a fair bit in 9 hours and I wish your son every success next week as he takes his SATs but also when he goes to secondary school.
I can't thank Katie enough for all her hard work in helping my son not only improving in his maths and English but also his self confidence which is beneficial in all areas of his life.
We have had ups and downs with my son's learning experiences in the past but when we started with Katy we both immediat felt in very good capable hands.