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Bryony

"Bryony has been helping my 16 year old daughter, Isabella with her home schooling. She left school for medical reasons. She is taking her GCSEs and Bryony has been teaching her English and RS. She works alone with Bella in our home and they set the timetable together. We trust Bryony and would recommend her to anyone."

Parent of GCSE English and RS student

  • Art

  • Drama

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • History

  • Music

  • Religious Studies

  • Senior School Entrance

  • Theatre Studies

  • University Applications

Academic History

2019-2022 University of British Columbia (UBC), Masters in Children’s Literature (MACL) with a focus on literature in education, research in education methods, materials for children and young adults, illustrated materials and publishing and screenwriting

2011-2012 Oxford School of Drama Diploma, One Year Postgraduate in Acting

2005-2008 University of Sussex BA Hons., English (2:1)

2002-2004 Queen’s College, London A-Levels – English (A), Drama and Theatre Studies (A), Music (B); AS Level – History (B)

About Me

I have worked since 2011 as a private tutor, specialising in English Literature and Drama (to undergraduate level); also History, Religious Studies, Art and English Language (to GCSE); and study/revision skills.
• I have worked with students ranging from 5 – 40 years old
• I have taught students with a range of special educational needs
• The majority of my students gain top grades/access into their chosen path of further education
• I develop personalised syllabuses and schemes of work

Since 2020 I have expanded my work as an SEN teacher in schools. I am an SEN Teacher at Fine Arts College and held the role of Deputy Senco at Kew House School. This followed years working in SEN and learning support at a range of London schools. I specialise in working with students with Autism, anxiety, ADHD and dyslexia and a range of other learning differences. I have worked with students from years 7-13 in class in a range of subjects and one-to-one outside of the classroom, and in small group interventions for extra English and study skills. I provided study skill help, emotional support and strategies to access and breakdown given work. I also help school refusers and students who have difficulties accessing mainstream learning. I am also well versed in supporting students with accessibility and advocation.

• I worked closely with students with Autism, Dyslexia, Anxiety, Depression, Attachment Disorder, ADHD and Global delay
• I provided one to one study support
• I led group study support mentoring
• I provided scribing, reading, exam support

I have also worked as a workshop facilitator for The Code as well as being a trained Coach with Connections in Mind.
• I co-developed and now lead workshops on study and revision skills for teenagers who have executive functioning needs. We have developed an intensive course guiding students to use social encoding, flash cards, mindmaps, past exam papers in tangent with timing, revision timetabling, testing, essay structuring and stress management.

I have worked with children and adult learners in a number of different situations, from leading workshops to one-to-one tuition. I am enthusiastic about the many different ways that there are to learn and teach. I feel each student needs someone to work with them creatively, responding to their needs and encouraging an engaging environment. I learned a lot from leading script-writing workshops with young carers and finding different routes into teaching.

My background in Music, Art and History feeds into a fully rounded academic and creative/practical overview. Having an English Literature degree and a training from the Oxford School of Drama I am fully open to finding ways to spark interest in creative subjects and see how they link to one and another, in a friendly manner and with passion for the subjects. I have a wealth of experience and understanding of supporting students with additional learning needs. I have attended a training course run by the National Autism Society on Autism and Anxiety which has empowered me to teach students and help them to develop useful coping mechanisms and strategies at times of high intensity or stress. I have also supported students with ADHD, dyspraxia, and sensory processing difficulties. I have led workshops in improv for communication, confidence, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving with a range of students.

Recent tuition

Please see a snapshot of my recent tuition below.

Primary

Maths and Drama

I have taught maths to 6 year old Ariana and drama to her and her younger sisters. For maths, we worked on  fractions and more complex multiplication and division. I used card games and shop games for more practical maths exercises. In drama we worked on an abridged version of a Midsummer Nights Dream I tailored especially for them, letting them explore soundscapes, animal studies and how to create an atmosphere and different characters. They were incredibly enthusiastic and worked really hard with very difficult language.

English Speaking

I work with James (5), Emma (7) and Micheal (9) every week on their English speaking. I use vocal exercises, song, accents, acting, drawing, story writing and reading online to engage them and encourage fluency, confidence and flexibility with language and voice. The lessons are fun, playful and structured around their different modes of learning.

Study Skills and School Support (Dyslexia)

I have given dyslexia study support to 7 year old Sam, who has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. His parents became aware that Sam’s learning was significantly delayed in key areas in comparison to his brother who is very close in age. As such, he has been diagnosed relatively early and so he is a little younger than a lot of the other students I work with. We focus our sessions on helping Sam to learn new strategies to help him with his writing and reading. For example, we are currently working through a bank of graphemes that Sam will be able to add to his toolkit and will help Sam to feel more confident with reading and writing within all his subjects at school. I work with Sam on a weekly basis at his home.

GCSE & IGCSE

GCSE Drama

I have helped several students with GCSE Drama, including with the Edexcel syllabus. Materials regularly covered have included The Crucible, Twelfth Night and DNA. One of my students last year, Sam, achieved an A in his final exam. We focused on the evaluation of theatre productions and his devised work in write ups.

GCSE English Language & Literature & History

Louis and Sam are very bright twins who worked at different levels and with different strengths and weaknesses in English Literature and Language and History. I was asked to help them leading up to their exams with revision and essay structuring. We worked mainly on Lord of The Flies and Of Mice and Men, looking at significant arguments and use of quotations. The boys both achieved A* in both English Language and Literature (AQA) and in History (CIE).

iGCSE English

Kate and I worked together in preparation for her iGCSE Edexcel English Literature and CIE iGCSE English Language exams. We focused on her set texts: Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, Measure for Measure, and her poetry anthology. Kate went on to achieve an A* in both of her exams.

Home Schooling GCSE and A-Level English

I have worked for the past few years with Sally who is home-schooled online. Initially I took her through exam practice for English Literature and Language GCSE. She received A* in both. She decided to continue working with me at A-Level in literature.

Home Schooling and Mentoring – GCSE English Literature and Language, History and Music

Francesca has been absent from school over the past year due to anxiety and illness. I was brought in to get her back on track in order to pass her GCSEs and get back into school for AS Level. This has included focused mentoring and covering of the syllabus for all subjects, whilst encouraging an engagement with group learning. She is on track to return to school in September.

Home Schooling (Dyslexia) – GCSE English Literature Language and Religious Studies

I have been working with Bella, who has left school and has mild dyslexia, to complete her GCSEs. We have been working on essay writing, language analysis, creative writing, writing techniques, genre and poetry and in RS covering her AQA syllabus.

English, History, Maths, Science, Art and Drama (15 years old – Autism, dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties)

I support both Charlotte and Kene as part of my work at Grey Coat Hospital School. Charlotte is autistic and both students have dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties. We have worked at how to work steadily through their work, approaching them slowly and thoroughly to tackle them. I am supporting them with a broad range of subjects, with particular focus on English Literature and Language, and History.

Creative Writing

I led script writing workshops for a group of young carers in Camden aged between 10-14, over six weeks to gain understanding of structure and using imagination to create and foster their interest in literature and drama.

A Level

AS English Literature

I am working with Nina on her English coursework (AQA) and exam essay technique. We have been specifically focusing on how to structure essays and language analysis.

A-Level English Literature

I am supporting Hannah with her coursework. She is writing a piece on the theme of betrayal and using the texts Madame Bovary, ‘Betrayal’, Harold Pinter and poems by Christina Rossetti.

AS Drama and Theatre Studies

Kate studied the practitioner Peter Brook alongside Stanislavski, working on The Three Sisters and Othello. We also worked on audition monologue coaching and vocal work in preparation for Drama School auditions next year. Kate achieved an A.

Audition coaching

I tutored an A-level student in audition techniques for drama school, including research into texts both Shakespearean and modern and understanding of breaking down the text and preparation needed. The student attained recalls at several top drama schools, including Royal Welsh and Guildhall.

Drama School Application

I helped a past GCSE student of mine, Francesca, with her entry into a performing arts college to study an acting and Theatre course. She was successful in gaining a place and is now happily completing her course.

Undergraduate

Foundation English Literature

I have been working with Mira over the past 4 years on a personalised English literature syllabus aimed at application to foundation courses at Cambridge. English is Mira’s second language and she is returning to further education. We worked through a broad sweeping history of the literary canon covering Shakespeare, Austen, Toni Morrison, Beckett, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Sylvia Plath and more. Mira gained a place on her desired course at Cambridge and I have been supporting her academic work since then – focusing on critical writings, essay structure, language analysis and engagement with relevant current political global events and using literature to reflect on historical periods.

BA English Literature

Teresa is working on her dissertation on Renaissance Literature and the theme of female suffering. We have focused on Shakespeare’s language and critical responses.

Piano

I am currently teaching piano to 5 year old Vera, taking her through the basics of musical theory, games drawing clefs and finding notes on staves and practical rhythm and tonal guessing games to accustom her musical ear. I use Monkey Puzzle theory books to work through and bring a selection of easy tunes and duets to get started on. I also find it useful to encourage composition as it engages the learner.

Hobbies and Interests 

I have had a passion for literature and drama (both theatrical and cinematic) from a young age. I act and write but also am interested in set design, putting my Art training in Florence and clothes-making skills into practice.

Client Testimonials

“Bryony has been helping my 16 year old daughter, Isabella with her home schooling. She left school for medical reasons. She is taking her GCSE’s and Bryony has been teaching her English and RS. She works alone with Bella in our home and they set the timetable together. We trust Bryony and would recommend her to anyone.”

Parent of GCSE English and RS student

“My daughter has left school due to medical issues and often lessons have to be rescheduled but Bryony is always very flexible. She can read people well and can adapt her teaching methods to suit different students.  Bryony has a good relationship with her and they work out the timetable for the lessons between them. ”

J.S

“Your help during that scramble was much appreciated. Thank you very much Bryony. She followed your advice in terms of making the structure clear and simpler to understand, as well as improving the introduction and adding some textual analysis.She got her coursework bumped up to A and got a high A overall in English A level. And she got her preferred place to study history at UCL next year, so she’s very happy.”

J.G.

“Bryony showed me focused yet creative ways to approach the syllabus and completely changed my experience of school. I went from a D to an A in a matter of two terms.”

Study skills workshop student

  • Home schooling Experience

  • Online Specialist

  • SEN Specialist