I'm a fully qualified, passionate English teacher with over fifteen years' experience of teaching in schools and colleges.
After leaving school in 1994, I completed a TEFL qualification and spent some time teaching abroad as a GAP student; I then graduated from Birmingham University with first class honours in 1998 (English/History). I spent some time working in homeless hostels after university, before completing my PGCE in 2002; I then taught at Abertillery comprehensive for eight years, teaching Humanities and Drama at KS3 as well as English and History to GCSE level. I took on the role of Essential Skills/ Literacy co-ordinator in 2008. Recently, I have worked at Rhymney and Cardiff and the Vale Colleges teaching Essential Skills (Literacy) and GCSE English. I also work as an examiner/moderator for various exam boards, including the WJEC, and I write Functional Skills Exams for Pearson. I have three children, aged twelve, eleven and eight and have enjoyed teaching them as much as I enjoy teaching at Secondary/College level.
I began tutoring in 2011, and have worked with a wide range of clients since then, from primary level ( currently my youngest pupil is in Year 3) to adult learners, including TESOL students (I am Trinity Cert TESOL qualified). I have detailed knowledge of current curriculum requirements, gained from my examining /moderating work alongside my teaching experience, including GCSE and A-Level, as well as the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum.
I aim to tailor my approach to each individual, seeking to make tutees as comfortable and relaxed as possible, and aiming to assess their needs on an individual basis. I draw on more than fifteen years' teaching experience to provide suitably differentiated learning materials and a variety of learning activities to meet each individual's needs.
|Languages||English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Wales, Swansea||2002||PGCE||PGCE Secondary (English)|
|University of Birmingham||1998||Bachelors||BA, 1st class English/History|
|St Joseph's RC Comprehensive, Port Talbot||1994||School||A Levels - English 'A', French 'A', History 'A'|
|St Joseph's RC Comprehensive, Port Talbot||1992||School||GCSEs - 11 'A's inc. English Lang and Lit|
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