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Simon

Private Maths and English Tutor in Barnard Castle

Based in Bowes, near Barnard Castle, I am currently available for online tutoring in maths and English Language. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, I will be available for 1:1, and small group tutoring in my home. Please contact me to reserve your place. If you or your child would benefit from sharing their learning with a friend, I welcome your contact and look forward to hearing from you.

I'm an experienced teacher who enjoys facilitating maths and English learning, and I have taught in secondary and upper primary schools, further education colleges, prisons, and the community. I have also worked as a private tutor, specializing in maths and English. As a psychology graduate, I have experience in statistics and data handling. I currently edit and proofread as a profession, working with writers and authors to ensure the work is perfectly polished and ready for publishing or submission. Previously, I worked in the police service as a detective and the Army.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught maths to learners of differing abilities and age-ranges in many environments - schools, the community, prisons, and as a private tutor. I have Maths PGCE in secondary education and also in further education. I completed Level 5 Maths Specialist training and have significant experience with learners who struggle to learn maths. I have supported learners with maths and English GCSE, Maths/English Basic Skills, and Maths/English Functional Skills. My experience of teaching young people and adults with dyslexia is extensive, and I have supported a range of learning difficulties.

I undertook my PGCE Secondary Maths to build on prior qualifications and experience. Before training at the secondary level, I worked as a private tutor, specializing in Maths and English, supporting learners in their own homes. Experience in managing and leading an extensive education department within a prison environment, I ensure a high standard of teaching Maths and English alongside many other subjects. I have coordinated Maths delivery and taught in prisons for many years. I also supported Maths delivery in community settings, such as primary schools, learning centres and colleges.

I taught and supported students taking Maths and English GCSE, Basic Skills, Functional Skills, and Key Skills. Having taught a range of vocational courses, I embedded Maths and English in main subject areas while also teaching Citizenship, Money Management, Equality and Diversity, and Psychology. My teaching has been assessed as outstanding by Ofsted and other quality assurance processes. I have had excellent success tutoring learners undertaking GCSE Maths - these are learners who have previously not achieved a Grade C (4 or 5) despite having been in the school system and further education.

Tutoring Approach

Learning takes many forms, particularly in Maths and English, but it must be fun and challenging. I use a range of techniques to engage, motivate, and enthuse with excellent results.

Some learners have difficulty understanding the basic concepts of Maths, but once understood, tremendous progress can be seen. Many leaners experience a ‘light-bulb’ moment, understanding a previously misunderstood concept provides the missing link to their knowledge. These foundations are essential to progression and a deeper level of understanding.

Teaching learners who struggle with concepts in maths is where my strengths lie. Taking the time to get to know how each student learns, I design a program of study to suit their preferred learning style. It is for this reason. I believe learners need the time to ask, explore, and apply their mathematical knowledge and understanding in an environment where they are not afraid to make mistakes or ask questions. It is often the learners’ misconceptions that tell me most about the stage they are at. This approach requires patience and an ability to form a relationship to encourage questioning. With new confidence and motivation, I have seen learners exceed all expectations and enjoy maths and English learning.

Before COVID, I have taught from my home, and parents/guardians are welcome to stay for the lesson to encourage and promote safeguarding and confidence in the student. I am currently offering online sessions; however, I am asking parents to register interest for face-to-face following restriction lifting. Please do contact me if your child has a friend, or two, who would like to combine their sessions, and we can discuss the possibility. Thank you.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

Bishop Grosseteste University2017PGCESecondary Maths
University of Bedford2010ProfessionalLevel 5 Diploma in Teaching Maths
Nottingham Trent University2007PGCETeaching in the Lifelong Sector
University of LIncoln2006BachelorsPsychology

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