"We are so very grateful for all you have done to boost John over the last year. He is light years ahead of where he was, and the credit all goes to you! Thank you for all the long hours you put into his learning to help him prepare for his GCSE assessments."
Parents of a GCSE English student
2017-2019 Warwick University Diploma in Education and Training Grade: Outstanding
2011-2012 University of Sussex MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought
2008-2011 University of Sussex BA (Hons) in English Literature (2:1)
2005-2007 A-levels: English (A), Photography (A), Drama and Theatre Studies (A)
I am an English teacher with Qualified Teaching and Learning status, who has been teaching for 10 years. I have a Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature and I am very passionate about motivating and inspiring young people through teaching literature. I received a Distinction for my teaching practice by the University of Warwick while studying for my Diploma in Education and Training, which was assessed through eight observations over two years. I have been tutoring online for the past 4 years, and enjoy using technology to engage and inspire. I enjoy teaching creatively, stimulating learning in a lively and fun way through use of film, images, poetry and drawing on contemporary societal issues to help young people see the relevance of what they are learning. As my experience is mainly in alternative provisions with small class groups, my focus has always been on differentiation and tailoring my tuition to address an individuals needs. I am used to differentiating my lessons to support learners with autism, dyslexia, mental health issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Year 9 English
I am currently tutoring Sandra, a Year 9, online. She lives in Singapore and her parents wanted to improve her conversational English and develop a more broad and sophisticated vocabulary. We have been reading a range of challenging texts over the past three years that we have been working together and I continue to support her literacy and English study in school in our weekly sessions.
Year 10 English
I am currently tutoring a boy in Year 10 with autism who was initially defiant and unwilling to engage. His parents were concerned as his predicted grades in Year 9 were 2s. I have been working with Dylan for a year and he was recently commended in his school’s ranking test for ‘biggest improvement’, having gone from 172 out of 176 to 37th place. We are currently working on developing his ability to write formally, for different audiences and purposes in preparation for his English GCSE. His predicted grade in English is now a 6.
Another student I work with weekly is called Sam. His mum was concerned about his progress after his school struggled to find a permanent teacher and he was often having supply teachers for English. I have working with Sam to support his understanding of the literature texts (Macbeth and A Christmas Carol), as well as his poetry analysis. I have seen his confidence and predicted grades improve significantly over the past year, and he is now predicted a grade 6 for English Literature and Language.
I tutored a GCSE English student called John to help him for his exams as he was predicted a grade 3 at the end of Year 10. We worked together weekly for a year, developing his understanding of the literature texts (Macbeth and A Christmas Carol), as well as honing his analytical responses to texts. This student was passionate about sport, but found English challenging and boring so I initially engaged him by preparing work on sports people. Once he had developed some confidence in his ability, his engagement significantly improved and he achieved a 5 in his GCSE later that year.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy reading literature, especially modern poetry. I enjoy wild swimming, cycling, surfing and skiing. I am interested in the arts and I’m currently learning pottery, horticulture and carpentry.
“We are so very grateful for all you have done to boost John over the last year. He is light years ahead of where he was in, and the credit all goes to you! Thank you for all the long hours you put into his learning to help him prepare for his GCSE assessments.”
Parents of a GCSE English student