I live in Bromsgrove and have just retired from an English Curriculum Leader post in a Sixth Form College ( August 2018), after a teaching career that spanned three decades. In total, I was a Head of English for 18 years. I have an honours B.A and an M.A. I am passionate about my subject and this passion and enthusiasm very much inform my tutoring style. I have a track record of English teaching excellence. I can supply most of the resources my tutees will need to progress and these will of course depend on the individual student.
As well as having had my own A Level grammar text book published, I am also a three-times published novelist, with full traditional contracts and will be pursuing my writing career in my retirement.
I am a recently retired Sixth Form College English Curriculum Leader -12 years in post. I was also Head of English in a high performing Secondary State School for 6 years prior to that. I have been an English teacher for around 30 years in total. For the latter part of my career, therefore, I taught English A Level Language, Literature, and Language and Literature combined courses, as well as GCSE Language (including the new, linear spec). I have recently taught A Level and GCSE specifications as designed by the following exam boards: OCR, Edexcel, AQA and Eduqas. I am an A Level Examiner for AQA Literature, Specification B.
I also have significant experience as a one to one tutor for GCSE and A Level students.
Friendly, respectful, supportive and highly professional: My teaching is skills-focussed and honed to meet accurately the assessment criteria in a target band for examination and coursework purposes, eg, the crafting of arguments, evaluation of key textual evidence or ideas and integration of correct terminology to enhance analysis and expressive accuracy. I place a great deal of importance on clarity and ensuring students have a secure understanding of key concepts, in order to be able to address relevant assessment objectives in a strategic manner.
I am also very happy to foster creativity and help students to develop creative writing skills, whether for fiction or non-fiction examination or coursework tasks.
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|University of Keele||1984||Bachelors||2:1 English and French|
|University of Southampton||1986||PGCE||Pass|
|University of Leicester||1992||Masters||Distinction in Dissertation - Law and Employment Relations|
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