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John Aidan Neil

John Aidan Neil

Home Tuition for English and Entrance Exams in Bourne

I am a graduate of the University of Liverpool and of the Open University, and in addition am a qualified teacher.

Although English is my principal focus, I have a wide range of interests, including among other things history, fell-walking, football, tennis and Latin.

My publications have included two sets of English GCSE materials and several English KS3 guides. In 2012 I published a book on medieval history, and several children's novels. I have also written a book on Richard III.

I am happy to tutor in your home.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught English and English Literature for over 25 years in both state and independent schools to a wide range of pupils, from the very high achieving to the less able.

At A level I have taught English Literature, English Language, and English Language/Literature.

I have been Head of English for 18 years in two schools (one of which has been one of most successful comprehensive schools in the country) for a number of years. My departments have always been the most successful or among the most successful departments.

My teaching career has involved teaching and tutoring pupils and students of all ages and abilities from year 3 to degree level.

Over a period of three years three of my pupils were awarded the highest marks in the AQA GCSE English and Literature examinations from over 350 thousand candidates each year.

My department received an award for the highest performing A level girls nationally.

My GCSE results for have been consistently better than predictions by between a half a grade and a grade.

I have had similar success with A level.

My classes' National Curriculum levels are usually a level or more better than predictions.

I have successfully coached primary age pupils for entry to public schools and selective state schools, including Eton, Oundle, Magdalen College School, King's Peterborough and Bourne Grammar. I have many years of tutoring experience.

Tutoring Approach

Since every student is an individual with their own range of skills and knowledge, I tailor my teaching to their needs. Accordingly, I select from a range of traditional and more informal methods to suit the individual.

The following are some of the areas where different students often require help, although the list is by no means exhaustive:

At Key Stages 2 and 3:
spelling, punctuation, grammar
comprehension, including answering written questions
creativity, including writing descriptions, narratives and poetry
writing skills, including sustaining a coherent, interesting style.


responding to more complex comprehension questions
writing detailed essays developing use of evidence and discussion
understanding and responding to set texts, including essay responses
techniques for oral work.

At A Level:
Understanding and responding to texts
Analysing spoken and written English
Writing polished, detailed, fluent essays

Working in Groups:

Although I usually work with individuals, it can be more cost-effective if you are able to put together two or more students to work side-by-side.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Open University1987BachelorsBA English Degree
University of Liverpool1980PGCEPGCE (Teaching Certificate)
University of Liverpool1978BachelorsLLB English Law Degree

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