I am a Primary School teacher with 14 years experience. I went into teaching at the age of 25 after having worked in Local Government delivering training to the agencies involved in responding to major incidents (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Environment Agency etc.); I am used to working with a wide range of ages in a learning environment. I am also a mum of two young children. Currently I am head of year in a 4 form entry school.
Before training as a teacher, I moved from my work in Local Government to a teaching assistant position in order to gain experience in a Primary school and in order to assess whether teaching as a career was the right choice for me. Having decided I wanted to train, I completed the Graduate Teacher Programme with The University of Reading, training in a school in Oxford. I was employed by the same school at the end of training until 2011 when due to a house move we relocated and I began working in a school in Milton Keynes. My specialist interest is in English, and I have been Literacy co-ordinator at two different schools. I have taught over the range of ages from year 1 through to year 6 and the majority of my experience has been in upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6). I have prepared year 6 pupils for the end of Key Stage 2 SATs, teaching up to level 6 in some cases for both English and Maths. I am also an English Reading marker for SATs and know how to effectively prepare children for tests in reading. I have also worked in several Easter and summer schools with year 6 children who need some learning gaps closed so I am used to quickly identifying and plugging gaps in learning in order to maximise progress.
I believe children should lead their own learning and in tutoring take an approach where the child's interest drives the type of work we do, especially if it is for gaps in learning. The first step towards success is making learning fun, accessible and interesting. Children will make progress if they are happy and their confidence is developed, then they will become more independent learners. Overall I believe a skills based approach to teaching rather than a knowledge based approach is more valuable for children, especially if they are enjoying the tasks they are doing. Please note I only have limited availability; this is at weekends usually however please do contact if weekdays are required.
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|University of Reading||2005||Professional||Qualified Teacher Status|
|University of Lincoln||2002||Bachelors||2:1 honours degree|