Having gained qualified teacher status in 1976, I teach from Key Stage one through to A level English. My teacher training was in Liverpool where I studied Child Development and Psychology. My subject specialism is English Language, a subject I am passionate about. While I agree that change is a necessary part of modern society, I believe that the basic rules of grammar are constant and form our literary heritage.
I spent twenty years teaching English in Greece. When I returned to England I taught English, Numeracy and IT skills to adults.
My skills are wide ranging. I make a point of adapting to the child's needs, setting mutually agreed targets to monitor progress.
I have recently retired from teaching but I still produce resources for exam boards and mark English Language GCSE for AQA. I teach English as a Second Language to non English speakers during the summer at a prestigious school locally.
Dynamic and driven I have taught in the private sector for thirty years. I have recently retired from teaching English at Secondary school in both the English Department and SEN Department where I also provided dyslexia and pastoral support through Key stages 3 and 4. My continued focus is on grammar and spelling as well as creative writing and I can guarantee improvement in these areas. I am a skilled practitioner who is well liked and maintains an excellent rapport with students.
I have recently completed the Catch Up Literacy course. This was extremely useful and guarantees progress in reading for struggling learners. I am experienced with dyslexia and dyscalculia. I do not see these as obstacles to learning but rather as challenges which once overcome give pupils renewed confidence in their own ability.
My results speak for themselves. My students grow in confidence after only a couple of sessions.
I have been successful as a marking examiner for AQA for six years. I mark the English Language paper one. The feedback I have had from senior examiners has been exemplary. Despite teaching different examination boards where the goalposts are constantly changing I am quickly able to make a fair assessment on the student's ability and potential.
I am currently updating my dyslexia assessment skills by following two online courses. It is vitally important to enhance one's own personal skills.
I left my work as teaching assistant recently to work with my daughter in her business. I still work occasionally in secondary school as cover supply.
Every Summer I am employed in a local Summer Schol where I teach English to teenagers and adults. I specialise in preparing students to take the IELTS examination
I adapt the scheme of work to suit the student's requirements. Flexibility is vital in tutoring and I will always find the best way for a particular student to learn. Learning should be fun. My methodology involves ending every lesson by recapping on what has been learned. I follow the National Curriculum Framework and give targets and feedback on assessments and progress. I love my main subject which is English but am flexible enough to give guidance in other subjects. I have helped several pupils who have problems with maths and genuinely struggled. Having a fear of maths is not unusual. I help the pupil to develop in confidence assessing potential and capability.
|Languages||English (British), French, Greek|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Basic Skills Agency||2001||Professional||Core Curriculum Numeracy|
|British Computer Society||2005||Professional||ECDL|
|Liverpool University||1976||College||Primary trained|
|Liverpool University||1976||College||Certificate of Education, Triple P practitioner, Speakeasy practitioner, Parent Support Advisor|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||0|