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Hourly Rate
Secondary £33.00
GCSE £33.00
A-Level £33.00
University £33.00
Casual Learner £33.00

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I am a PGCE-qualified English language, literature and ESOL teacher with nine years of teaching experience. I have a B.A. (Hons.) degree in English Language and Literature for which I won a 2:1. I am also a registered examiner with CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) and the IB (International Baccalaureate), and am DBS cleared.

I have a proven track record of success with regards to both my teaching practice and my students' examination results (see below).

I decided to stop working in schools last academic year in order to concentrate full-time on my tutoring business which I now do full-time. I live in Leighton Buzzard, South Beds… and I am 33 years old and married.

Tutoring Experience:

In my last teaching position, I was Head of English responsible for an English department of five teachers, offering GCSE's and the IB to approximately five hundred students.

I was also the IB Extended Essay Co-ordinator, in charge of managing thirty teachers and 71 students during two years of the Extended Essay independent research project that is an IB Core requirement.

Regarding my own teaching practice: out of 14 lesson observations, I have received ten 'Highly Effective['s]' and four 'Proficient['s]'. I have been given praise in particular for my strong classroom management, my structured and appropriately-pitched lesson resources/activities and the creativity with which I approach conceiving of teaching and learning activities.

With regards to my students' results: over eight years and out of approximately 137 G.C.S.E. and A-Level examination candidates, 129 have received A* to C grades. My seventy one IB students all won 4-7 grades (the equivalent of A*'s to C's) in IB English.

The private students I have taught have attended a variety of schools and colleges in Bedfordshire, Luton, Dunstable and Milton Keynes, including Cedars, Van , Milton Keynes College, Aylesbury High, Bedford High and Manshead.

I am also employed by local education authorities to help students who, for some reason or another, are not in mainstream education.

Tutoring Approach:

I love English language and literature, and see absolutely no reason why learning these disciplines should be boring, even in the context of exam preparation. Reading and writing are not subjects to me; they are a necessary, vital and hugely enjoyable part of everyday life.

The first session with your son or daughter is an assessment session. Based on this, I create an eight-week learning plan, comprised of learning objectives tailored to your child's needs. English skills are not something that can be mastered in one session, and for this reason, I revisit and revise skills that are lacking session to session. I also set weekly homework which is marked-with feedback-in time for the next session. If support with school/college coursework or homework is needed, we will focus on that in sessions too.

I provide monthly feedback reports to parents via email, based on the learning plan and how well those learning objectives are being achieved. I provide all learning resources apart from stationery.

Tutoring takes place in a dedicated room in my house, in which the only other person resident is my husband who is a chemistry teacher at Aylesbury High School (and, thus, DBS cleared too). I offer sessions of duration of an hour minumum, increasing in quarterly hour increments for anything up to three hours (i.e. a session of an hour and a quarter could be catered for).

I can either be your child's primary English teacher, or serve as an adjunct to the English teaching they are currently receiving in school or college.

My students tell me my tutorials and lessons go by very quickly because of the variety of different activities I include. I have been told that as a teacher I am patient and kind, but firm.

I have very high standards for myself and my students, whatever their current capability and achievement level might be. I take preparation for public examinations very seriously-particularly with regards to GCSE English Language which is a core qualification.

I am experienced in teaching English Language and English Literature for all boards (AQA, OCR, WJEC, Edexcel, CIE, IB), all tiers (e.g. Foundation/Higher) and most specs (i.e. Spec A or Spec B) at both GCSE and A-Level.

I am also very familiar with preparing ESOL learners for the IELTS, TOEFL and Trinity.

I have a keen sense of differentiation which means that whether it is moving students from a 'D' to a 'C' grade, or pushing a student from an 'A' to an 'A*', I can break down to the student exactly what it is they need to do in order to cross the grade boundary. An intimidating examination essay question that a student is convinced he/she has no hope of answering can be approached systematically, with guidance from myself, so that a student can always gain some marks at least.

I believe that thorough knowledge of assessment criteria is a must-both for myself and my student. Unless a student knows what is required of them to win an 'A*' or a 'C', how will they get it?

With regards to all English qualifications, I believe two key skills-often neglected-is effective planning and self-editing when writing any kind of text-be it creative (narrative/descriptive-writing) or analytical (essay-writing). I have a wealth of resources, created by myself, which assist my students in honing these vital elements of the writing process.

Another skill that students also quite often need support with is analysis, particularly when writing 'Explanation'/'Analysis' sentences in PEEL paragraphs. Improving this can lead to a significant jump in marks.


  • University of East London (2008) - English (Secondary and F.E.) (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • London Metropolitan University (2007) - English Language and Literature (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Lansdowne College, London (2000) - 3 A-Level's (B-C) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Hurst Lodge School, Berkshire (1998) - 10 G.C.S.E.'s (A*-C) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Chinese, French, Spanish
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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