"After sessions with Clare, my son gained confidence in both spoken and written English. Clare was extremely engaging and he looked forward to having lessons with her. I would highly recommend Clare as a tutor because she is highly competent and brings to the sessions compassion and understanding of my son’s educational needs."
Year 3 English Tuition
Somerset SCITT: Graduate Teacher Programme – Outstanding
Bath Spa University: BA Hons Early Years Education (2:1)
Royal High School, Bath: A Levels – Physical Education & Sport (B) Fine Art (B) Business (C)
My subject specialisms are Maths and English. I am an enthusiastic, high-energy teacher who loves to instil a love of learning in my pupils. As a tutor, I aim to always encourage a child’s independence so that they have the skills they need to question and explore new concepts with confidence. Building a strong and trusting relationship with the children I work with is fundamental in achieving engaged and motivated pupils in every session. I very much take on the ‘partner’ role as a tutor. I like to work alongside the child to facilitate their learning in a gentle but purposeful way, using key questioning to further their understanding. My focus is to always celebrate a child’s strengths but to also build their confidence in those challenging areas, allowing them to feel comfortable to take risks with new concepts in a safe learning environment. I have a firm grasp of the stages of development in early reading, writing and mathematics and have worked closely with many children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, providing personalised support and challenge for them in these areas. I have a great deal of experience working with children with additional needs, including speech and language delay, sensory processing disorders, autism, selective mutism and children with English as an additional language. I have therefore regularly worked alongside other professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists, sharing good practice and putting their advice into action. I have the knowledge and experience of working as a teacher in schools as well as in home learning settings and therefore I can adapt my teaching to a range of learning styles and environments.
I have in excess of 4000 hours of tutoring and home school experience, working with students from Reception to Year 3. I have provided a sample of my recent tutoring experience here.
Year 1: Confidence, play skills and speech
Joshua is an excitable, Summer-born boy who found interacting cohesively with other children challenging. He therefore lacked confidence in initiating play with his peers and spoke in very short sentences. We worked on a range of social skills, including taking turns, listening to and giving instructions, acceptance of peers’ choices and being gentle with others. We initially practised these skills together and then I encouraged Joshua’s parents to invite one school friend round on a weekly basis so that we could begin building positive relationships with his peers. We used lots of small world play in our sessions to facilitate Joshua’s sentence building and expressive language, which was progressively improving as his confidence grew in his play with friends. Joshua formed some wonderful friendships with children in his class and they were soon being invited round for weekend playdates, which was a joy to see.
Year 1-3: English (SEN)
Jack was a very shy little boy with global delay. He found speaking, reading, comprehension and writing challenging. I initially focused on increasing his confidence in these areas through fun games involving storytelling aloud and dialogue activities, to ensure he was using full sentences when describing something, giving instructions or telling a story. We then moved onto creative writing tasks, using the skills from previous sessions, widening his vocabulary, as well as working on grammar and punctuation. Jack made steady progress throughout the 3 years I worked with him and his confidence and enthusiasm for storytelling and creative writing increased significantly.
Year 1-3: English and Maths
Delilah is a gifted and talented pupil and initially excelled in Maths and English. Her parents felt she was not being challenged enough at school and this was having a negative effect on her levels of motivation for these subjects. In English, we focused on creative writing and grammar. I found that when Delilah was given more choice over what she could write about, her enthusiasm increased dramatically and the level of creative writing she produced was outstanding. In Maths we followed the Maths Mastery programme. Her number fluency was already excellent, however we needed to ensure that Delilah had the foundations necessary for her to apply this to reasoning and problem solving confidently. Working on these fundamentals supported Delilah in her Maths skills and gave her the confidence to take on new challenges.
Age 7-10: Home schooling (SEN)
Syd has severe language delay and associated sensory and social difficulties, working at a 3 year olds level in his speech. I have worked with him for the last 3 years in a full-time, home learning role along with his brother. I have worked alongside other specialists such as speech therapists, occupational therapist and educational psychologists, using their expertise and sharing good practice. I have helped create a personalised curriculum for Syd, covering Maths, English, Science, Art, Cooking, Yoga and topic – based projects. This curriculum has had minimal language to ensure Syd’s confidence is maintained. As well as planning and teaching these lessons, I have also supported Syd’s social skills when attending home school events and other social outings. I have used Makiton to support his understanding of my speech and to encourage his own, as well as using colourful semantics to underpin his sentence structure when describing something. Sid has made steady progress throughout my time with him and is now requesting more when he needs something or requires assistance. His confidence in academic subjects continues to increase which is lovely to see.
Age 7-10: Home schooling (SEN)
Charlie has language delay and associated sensory and social difficulties, working at a 4-5-year olds level in his speech. I have worked with him for the last 3 years in a full-time, home learning role along with his brother. I have worked alongside other specialists such as speech therapists, occupational therapist and educational psychologists, using their expertise and sharing good practice. I have helped create a personalised curriculum for Charlie, covering Maths, English, Science, Art, Cooking, Yoga and topic-based projects. His lessons have been focused around his interests, as this has increased his enthusiasm towards his learning. Charlie’s language has developed significantly over the last 3 years, with him now forming full sentences and having the resilience to continue to communicate in a different way if an adult or peer hasn’t understood what he has said. With this increased language, his social skills have also improved and it is a joy to watch him play alongside others, as before he would avoid being in their company. He is so motivated to learn that he will often bring me new project ideas to start and busy himself with prepping some resources we might need.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy running and yoga. My dissertation focussed on the effects of yoga on children’s wellbeing and I regularly use yoga breaks in my sessions to help pupils concentrate and increase their energy levels. I love to travel and have recently explored Vietnam and Cambodia; experiencing new cultures and delicious food. I love to hike and one of my greatest achievements was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with my father and brother to raise money Help for Heroes. I’m also a trained ski instructor and have worked seasons out in Canada, teaching adults and children, from beginner to intermediate.
‘Clare was a tutor for my 7 year old son in 2016 and 2017. She provided him with support for his reading comprehension and writing skills. Clare initially focused on increasing his confidence in these areas through fun games involving storytelling aloud and dialogue activities, to ensure he was using full sentences when describing something, giving instructions or telling a story. They then moved onto creative writing tasks, using the skills from previous sessions, widening my son’s vocabulary, as well as working on grammar and punctuation.
After sessions with Clare, my son gained confidence in both spoken and written English. Clare was extremely engaging and he looked forward to having lessons with her.
I would highly recommend Clare as a tutor because she is highly competent and brings to the sessions compassion and understanding of my son’s educational needs.’
Parent of one of my tutees
‘Clare has taught our twin 9 year old boys for nearly three years, since September 2016. Both our boys have severe language disorders and associated social communication and sensory difficulties.
Clare has been a fantastic asset to us, teaching the boys an exciting, wide-ranging curriculum. This has loosely followed the national curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage up, but she has adapted it appropriately through individual education plans for the boys’ differing needs. Clare has carefully planned and implemented lessons but has also added in additional focuses as they’ve come up, for example relating to personal care or safety when outside the home, etc. Clare has been incredibly adaptable to whatever the boys’ interests have been or to experiences that have come up in their lives, and has changed her work with them as needed, whilst always keeping her eye on their short and long term goals.
Clare has worked brilliantly within a team of professionals including two teachers (of which I am one), three speech therapists, an occupational therapist and educational psychologist, as well as with us as parents. As well as her academic teaching role, Clare has supported both boys in social groups such as gymnastics, football and craft as well as workshops and play dates. She has been able to do this in a way that has enabled the boys to become more independent in these situations, whilst feeling supported if needed. One of our boys, who initially needed 1:1 support in all social situations, is now able to do several of these weekly groups independently, which has been a joy to see!
I would highly recommend Clare for any work with children, including those with special needs. She has always been reliable, flexible and has an excellent work ethic. Her extensive knowledge and experience of working with children, along with her kind nature has enabled her to bring out the very best in both our boys, so that they have truly been able to achieve their potential.’
Home Schooling Parent
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