I am a friendly and patient newly qualified teacher (NQT) looking to dedicate some spare time to share the knowledge, skills and experience I have with young and old people alike. I love science and physical geography because it satisfies my curious nature about how everything around us works. I also love helping people and the fulfilment it brings.
I completed my teacher training with Whitley Bay Teaching School Alliance and earned my postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with Newcastle University in 2017. My specialism is secondary physics up to A level, with additional experience in teaching biology and chemistry up to GCSE level. I have an enhanced DBS check, which is available on request, and have attended certified safeguarding and child protection training.
My background prior to teaching is marine geophysics, with 8 years industry experience putting theory to practice in challenging offshore environments around the world.
I have a first-class BSc degree with honours in Geophysical Sciences from UEA and a MSc degree with distinction in Volcanology and Geological Hazards from Lancaster University.
Outside of teaching I have a passion for volcanoes as I believe they are a spectacular natural wonder. I also love to travel and enjoy a good hike in order to revel in the natural world around us, as well as experience alternative cultures around the globe.
I look to inspire my students and expand their aspirations to the many opportunities they may have ahead of them by supporting their progress to achievement.
I have been tutoring for a year now with good grades achieved in the latest 1-9 GCSE Science results.
I am currently working as a teaching assistant in a Northumberland middle school where I work one to one with a number of students aged between 11 and 13 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I thoroughly enjoy facilitating their learning and development in the following Key Stage 3 (KS3) subjects; Maths, English, Science, RE and PE.
During my teacher training I taught KS3 and GSCE level biology, chemistry and physics as well as AS level physics. During my school placements I gained experience in differentiating my teaching for mixed ability classes, learning how to adapt resources and strategies to meet the needs of individuals, including SEND students as well as gifted and talented learners. I also gained experience in effectively using assessment to build on prior knowledge and promoting good progress through encouragement and reflection.
The first session will be to get to know the student’s preferred learning style/s and to decipher where his/her strengths and areas for improvement lie. This information would then be used in conjunction with the national curriculum and current exam board specifications, if relevant, to tailor plan future sessions to build on prior knowledge and stretch the student towards making improved progress.
I endeavour to build good rapport with students to make our time spent learning together enjoyable as well as educational. I am a believer of encouraging a growth mindset and, if necessary, would look to promote a change from a fixed ‘I can’t do this’ attitude to ‘I can’t do this yet’ attitude and use positive praise to increase self-confidence. I will use my real-world experience in industry as a useful tool to help students understand not just what they need to know, but why they may need to know it.
I have a range of materials from lesson PowerPoints, simulations, physical models, student textbooks, worksheets, revision aids and past exam papers to use during sessions and would also look at developing exam craft in terms of understanding questions and writing clear answers (literacy focus) and answering mathematical questions (numeracy focus).
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Newcastle University||2017||PGCE||Secondary Physics|
|Newcastle University||2017||QTS||Newly Qualified Teacher|
|Lancaster University||2011||Masters||MSc Volcanology and Geological Hazards|
|University of East Anglia||2006||Bachelors||BSc Geophysical Sciences|