B.A. (Durham), P.G.C.E., Qualified Teacher. Enhanced DBS.
1st Aid certificate(Adult & paediatric), Judo: 1st Kyu, ASA & RLSS Swimming Instructor, BSAC Diver, Swim Safety Event Award, Safety Kayaker for Triathlons.
My teaching experience at both G.C.S.E. and Advanced level has been extensive. I am an examiner for two major exam boards and have diverse experience of creating original teaching resources tailored to the needs of pupils.
I have spent most of my career teaching across the ability and age range in 11-18 comprehensive schools although I have also taught in the independent sector.
I am also a part-time on-line tutor for one of the Oxford colleges.
I am a very experienced teacher, head of faculty, head of sixth form, examiner and writer. I have recently worked for one of the major examination boards on the new specifications for religious studies at both G.C.S.E. and A2 Level.
During my career as a teacher I have taught philosophy and religious studies to Advanced level and English, history, religious studies, geography and citizenship to G.C.S.E. I also specialise in developing study skills and examination techniques in a range of subjects. I have prepared VI form students for university and UCAS application, including Oxbridge, and acted as a mentor to new entrants to the teaching profession.
I am a freelance writer specialising in education, social, religious and moral issues and I also create e-learning resources for an international educational e-learning company.
I believe that the key to success for most pupils is to develop their skills and self-confidence to enhance their ability to successfully complete their examination by developing study skills and examination techniques.
My first session with a tutee and their parents is to establish their needs and goals. Together we draw up a plan of the work which we will pursue. This plan will be reviewed regularly and a progress report compiled.
Each of the subsequent sessions comprises of:
review of any homework set
review of any problems which have occurred that week
lesson on a topic previously decided upon
My primary aim is to help my tutees overcome any difficulties which they are having with their work and to help them to achieve their goals both in the short-term and the long term. Secondly, I aim to give my tutees confidence in their own abilities and to help them develop their skills necessary to succeed in their examinations.
Relevant homework is set as a means of reinforcing the development of skills since assessment and feedback procedures largely rely on this. In my tutoring sessions I aim to instil the three key qualities that I believe are crucial for academic accomplishment: curiosity, self-discipline, and self-confidence.
Curiosity – My tutorials are carefully structured around each child’s needs and interests: Learning is most effective in an atmosphere of adventure and experimentation, and my lessons are always planned to be equally interesting and informative.
Self-discipline – The ability to work and revise independently is vital for ensuring success at secondary school and beyond. I can help pupils with time management, revision skills, exam technique, and planning and organising their workload.
Self-confidence – I have worked with many children suffering from self-confidence and or self-esteem issues, and have been asked to provide support for children moving into new schools, subjects, and even countries. After tuition, my pupils gain self-esteem from improved school marks, and gain independence and confidence in their own abilities.