I have enjoyed teaching History for 36 years through many years of turbulent change in the state school system. I passed my PGCE at Leeds University in 1981 in History and English. I have mainly taught History but have stepped in on occasion to teach English classes in two of my previous schools. I was Head of History in two schools and a GCSE examiner for two years.
I have a passion for my subject which I have always tried to impart to my students of all levels and this was reflected in consistently good exam grades at GCSE and A Level as well as a strong uptake at option times from students in Key stage 3. This was all possible because of a tight knit highly motivated History department who shared skills, knowledge and experiences at Boston Spa School and DeLacy Academy.
I have now retired but still want to teach History, albeit in a reduced capacity as I believe I still have a lot of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to pass onto students taking all levels of History, which will enhance their understanding of the subject and exam preparation, thereby increasing their chances of success and enjoyment in the subject from Key Stage 3 to A level.
I have done some private tutoring with children of my friends who were struggling in preparation for their exams. I covered a lot of topics that they had already covered but reinforced their learning and understanding and then applied these skills by going through exam questions and what was being asked in the questions. I was keen for these students to gain confidence and believe they could succeed at all levels of History and throughout my career I have endeavoured to make History interesting, fun and accessible whether it be 1;1 or in a classroom situation. I use a variety of techniques to enhance understanding and only practice questions and assessments when I have fully prepared my students so they can gain confidence by succeeding doing any form of test. To do this I make use of examiners reports from the exam boards and also from colleagues who have taught with me or in schools close by.
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