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I am a full time English and Drama teacher (Head of Department, Edexcel, AQA - moderator and examiner ) living in County Durham. I work full time in an Academy that has a very good reputation for success. I have worked as a teacher for over 18 years, an examiner for over 12 years. Prior to my teaching employment I worked as part of a creative writing team for one of the biggest advertising companies in the UK. I also ran and managed a chain of Theatre schools.
I enjoy working as a tutor and am able to travel week nights and weekends.
Along with teaching I upload weekly on my YouTube educational channel.
I like to start all English work with a short reading and writing test (especially with KS2 and KS3 pupils). This enables me to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. I create personalised plans for your sessions. All sessions are aimed to be enjoyable and challenging.
I have lectured in Theatre for BA degree courses at several higher education establishments including Drama schools and have recently worked with young adults preparing audition pieces for Drama schools and GCSE component 1 and 2 performances
I graduated from Manchester University in 1999. I then furthered my studies, trained as a teacher, at Durham University (PGCE). I am currently employed as Subject Leader - teaching English and Drama. As a tutor I find myself having to be very flexible and have a very good grasp of all the major examination syllabuses for both GCSE English Language and Literature ( Edexcel WJEC, AQA, IGCSE, AQE-Northern Ireland,).
My formulas for GCSE English range from 'getting over the line grade 4/5/6 to aiming high grade 7/8/9.
KS2 English teaching covers comprehension and SPAG for SATs and entrance exams, including AQE for northern Ireland pupils.
I am also currently working as an examiner and moderator for GCSE Edexcel and AQA (English and Drama). As all employed teachers I have QTS, a full CRB check and always carry my photo ID and DBS disclosure Reference when working.
Over the past years I have also tutored many pupils including pupils oversea preparing for entrance exams from 11plus to 6th form. I have a 100% success rate, including some of the more competitive private schools in the UK and international schools. My formulas and structure are well planned and developed from years of experience as a teacher and examiner. My client base has stretched from China, Russia, America, Dubai to most regions in the UK.
I also have tutored pupils that are following home school curriculum.
Dedicated pupils and correct preparation equal success. Please contact me for further information.
I believe tutoring 1-1 enables students to have precise focus on any issues. A good tutor can raise achievement in a well-structured manner to reach and exceed targeted grades. Planning and preparation is a key to success from both student and tutor. I think it advisable to have ( if school allow and if possible) school exercise books at hand. I will be able to see what part of the curriculum has been covered and where help is needed.
I have recently taught several pupils, through Skype, Teams and online tutoring. This is an option for you and I find it very beneficial, especially if distance is an issue!
My tutoring has helped many pupils and feedback is great to receive:
Thankyou sooooo much I got a 7 in language and 9 in literature. Thankyou thankyou, thankyou.
Hi Paul it's *****, I passed my English language with a 5 and literature with a 5. I can't thank you enough how much you've helped me to get the results I wanted, it really did pay off. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me, you've helped me so much! Couldn't have done it without you!!
Hi paul got a 5 in both language and literature really happy thank you for all your help.
Hi Paul just to let you know that +++++ passed both her English exams. She got a 6 in language and a 7 in lit. She's over the moon. So thank you so much for all your help. It's definitely paid off! Thanks, +++++
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Durham University||2002||PGCE||English and Drama|
|Manchester University||1999||Bachelors||English and Drama/ Acting|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||1|