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English

Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00

Drama

Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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Personal Description:

Friendly and enthusiastic tutor and facilitator and expert at Drama for all levels.
(GCSE, A Level, Degree, Auditioning for drama schools, coaching for professionals). And also English to GCSE.

I am an expert in drama having been working and teaching drama for over thirsty years. I have written, directed and produced many plays and films, working extensively with professional actors. I have had my work produced in Brighton and Lewes Festivals.
I founded a number of theatre companies and created the nationally recognised social issues and human rights drama company.

Tutoring Experience:

Very experienced tutor and facilitator. I have taught in mainstream and special needs schools and colleges in London (Wandsworth College and the City Lit.) and for East and West Sussex Education authorities. I have run special projects for Gifted and Talented pupils and have run youth theatres and produced numerous theatre, film and writing projects. I taught Drama, English and creative writing to seriously ill children at St Bartholomew`s Hospital school for over five years. My work has been featured in The Times Educational Supplement.

Qualification in teaching from the City Lit… Diploma in drama from East 15 Drama School/University of Essex. And trained in film at the Kensington Film Project and Brighton Film School as well as with the film director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, The Croupier).

I am an experienced writer and happy also to teach writing and play/screenplay writing.

Tutoring Approach:

Drama is often taught incorrectly. It is not a science and it is not English. Drama is an art and should be taught as such. This is what examiners are looking for: 'That the students response demonstrates an excellent knowledge of how drama and theatre is developed and performed' (AQA). Therefore students shouldn't just write be encouraged to write lots and lots of words, hoping that they'll hit the spot somewhere. If students really have an understanding of what the art of drama is all about, then they'll be able to give a sophisticated answers that demonstrates they understand what drama is about and they express their individual voice. And this is what makes one student stand out among the many students going through the process of drama exams. And the many GCSE students who think Drama is just an 'easy subject'. And another thing about drama- it's brilliant and exiting! - it's about being alive and being a human being - and so it's interesting! (If a student is bored, it's not being taught correctly).

I work with past papers to make sure students are thoroughly prepared for examinations and work in a person centred way so that the teaching session is focused on each student's particular needs and individuality. I have tended to specialise in working with students approaching exams and I create learning plans for each student that works with their particular strengths; empowering them to be able to do their best. I get students enthusiastic about the work and able to think for themselves. I have helped a number of students with special learning needs pass their GCSE's.

Extensive practical experience of writing, drama; acting and directing, means I can be of particular assistance to students studying plays and novels. I have developed special resources for most GCSE and A level texts- plays and novels eg. A Doll`s House, Jeckyl and Hyde, An Inspector Calls, Of Mice and Men, Medea, Our Country's Good, The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Woyzeck etc. etc. These resources enable students to gain a deep understanding of the text and to know how to approach exam questions.

Note - I also have a qualification in Counselling Skills and am very good with students who are feeling stressed or overwhelmed or where the school or college or lack of teaching has let them down. I am happy to be contacted to just discuss any issues students are experiencing.

Some feedback from recent students and their mum's:

Rating: 5/5
Comments: Will was incredibly helpful when contacted at very short notice to see if he could give feedback on drama A Level coursework. His comments have been very useful and easy to understand. The advice he gave will be invaluable throughout the rest of the course too. Highly recommended!

"Dear Will, I just wanted to let you know how brilliantly he did in his exams! He got the well deserved A in drama, an A* in English and a C in Biology. Warwick required AAB but A*AC is the equivalent and they have confirmed his place for September 2016.
Thank you for all your help and support.

"Good news. She secured a B overall in her Drama A2 as a result of a B in her written paper – it was this B which in fact secured her place at Southampton. So the exercise of resitting the written exam was well worth it and your input made all the difference, so huge thanks from us both".

"Just to let you know he got B in both Drama and Film. He is really pleased and only 3 marks of an A overall!! so thanks for all the help and I hope we can do some more work this year.

Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • City Lit. (2002) - Teaching Certificate (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • East 15 Drama School (1989) - Diploma in Drama (College) (✘ Not On File)

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