I have worked within the teaching profession for over 17 years in both the state education and private school sector. With a genuine passion for English Literature and Language, I have felt extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with both young people and adults to assist them on their educational journey and navigate their route to exam success. With this in mind, I have an outstanding track record for improving pupils' grades: all of my pupils have passed their exams and most have achieved two grades higher than expected.
My most recent position was as the Head of English and Drama in a private school near Brighton, a role which I found extremely rewarding and I instilled within my department two main objectives: to create an engaging and dynamic environment for each and every student to thrive within, and nurture the child's interest in the subject in order to unlock their true potential.
I am a people person; students get on well with me and tell me that I am both relaxed and patient, allowing individuals to flourish and making learning feel "easy". I have a talent for building confidence, explaining things clearly (in a number of different ways) and providing the vital skills for revision where the aim is to thoroughly prepare and focus in the lead up to exams.
Prior to teaching I worked in a web design agency, art gallery and spent two and a half years travelling through Asia. My hobbies are photography, films, running and travel.
I've been teaching in state and private secondary schools since 2001 and have taught both young people and adults in the UK and abroad. My most recent position was Head of Faculty for English and Drama for three years at Lewes Old Grammar School (a private school near Brighton), before relocating to Cheltenham to in order to be closer to family and to set up my own private tuition company.
During my 17 years of teaching my primary focus has been teaching English Language and Literature at KS3, KS4 and KS5. As Head of the English department at L.O.G.S I successfully improved upon the high pass rates at both GCSE and A-level. By initiating innovative strategies in schemes of work and individual lesson plans I ensured that pupils at KS3 were supported effectively and given the best chance of obtaining excellent grades once they reached Year 11. Leading a team of English teachers through the changes in the exam system (from grades to the current numbering system) meant I devised imaginative schemes of work and crucial time-saving teaching techniques which ensured examination success. Last year my English department had "excellent" results whilst nationally grades dropped. I believe the key to a pupil fulfilling their potential is a combination of: the teacher-pupil relationship based upon trust, upbeat dynamic lessons which make learning fun and relevant to the world we live in, and empowering pupils with information to enable them to be independent, pro-active learners.
During my years of teaching I have worked with a range of different exam boards and led meetings to moderate and mark work accurately and effectively.
I have privately tutored pupils with special educational needs (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and weak literacy) and I am experienced in setting suitable learning challenges and overcoming potential barriers to learning.
As a private tutor I feel my priority is to make the pupil feel at ease and able to ask any questions whenever they need to. I very quickly ascertain the pupil's concerns, needs/objectives, and subsequently set clear targets for the pupil to achieve success at any level. I am passionate about helping students get the best from themselves and approach each pupil as an individual - as if he or she were my only student. Designing my tutoring around a student's specific needs and individual way of learning, I feel is a priority, so each course I offer is individually tailored to suit your child's needs. After a short time with me, organisation will become second nature to your child as I provide a folder with organised sections which gives a clear overview of the course and elements that we will work through together. I am also happy to communicate by email with their class teacher to provide extra support where required if this is felt appropriate.
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|University of Swansea||1994||Bachelors||English Degree 2:1|
|King's College, London||2002||PGCE||PGCE|
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