I have always had a passion for mathematics in the world around me. I studied maths, further maths and physics at A-level, and completed a degree in mathematics and management science in 1983. After thirty challenging and rewarding years in the Metropolitan Police Service I retired as a senior officer in 2013 and decided to fulfil a long-held ambition to retrain as a secondary school maths teacher. I took up my first teaching post in 2014 and I am now a member of the leadership team at The King's School, an independent Christian school in Fair Oak, Hampshire. I am a father to three grown-up, married sons and a contented grandfather to four little ones. I live in Romsey with my lovely wife, Hazel.
I have been teaching mathematics to GCSE level formally in schools since September 2014 but, prior to qualifying as a teacher, I provided one-to-one maths tuition to family, friends and friends of friends on an ad-hoc basis. During my employment in the police service I headed up various training projects and led the delivery of training to thousands of police officers and police personnel in London.
I am friendly, patient and approachable. I believe the only way to learn mathematics is to DO mathematics, but this means much more than just repetitive practice. I want my students to understand how to apply maths in the real world, and to use their understanding of the world to make sense of the maths taught in schools today. Every student is unique, so I work hard to design a programme of study that meets an individual's needs. I also believe praise and encouragement are great tools for building confidence. Please note, I provide tuition at my home address or online via Skype, FaceTime, etc. and the first lesson with any new tutee is free. :)
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Hull University||1983||Bachelors||2:2 Mathematics and Management Science|
|University of East London||2016||PGCE||PGCE|
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