I am passionate about English, and enjoy reading and writing. As a former journalist, I now enjoy working with teenagers and young people to pass on my love of reading and writing, and to help equip them with the necessary literacy skills to make progress in school and in life.
I have two teenage children, and currently work as a teacher in an independent secondary school, so I keep up to date with trends and current issues affecting education. I have worked in both maintained and independent sectors, teaching boys and girls.
I am available at weekends during term-time, and during weekday and weekend daytimes and evenings in the school holidays.
I have been teaching since 2003, and have worked with teenagers in the state and independent education sectors. I have taught English Language, English Literature and A Level Creative Writing as well as Media Studies, from Year 7 up to Year 13 (including GCSEs, IGCSEs and A Levels with various different exam boards). I also teach study/revision skills. I provide support with preparing UCAS Personal Statements as well as application and interview preparation. (I have 13 years experience of preparing pupils for university applications through UCAS.) The extended project qualification (EPQ) is another area that I have experience in and can help with.
I have run tutoring, coaching and mentoring programmes for students and teachers, as well as delivering teacher training.
I have a Masters Degree in Education.
Having met the individual tutee, and identified the tutoring goals, I write a personalised learning programme. I adopt an individualised approach, using specially designed, personalised resources which will engage the student, and help him or her to apply what they are learning and to become more confident with ideas, planning and writing skills.
Having been a form tutor for groups from Year 7 to Sixth Form, I have experience of the issues that teenagers may face with their educational journeys, so I am also mindful of the need to be flexible with suggested practices and approaches.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Rhodes University, South Africa||1987||Bachelors||English and Journalism 2.1|
|Graduate Training Programme (Thamesmead Consortium)||2004||Professional||Qualified Teacher Status|
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