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'Derawan received fantastic feedback from the teachers that they worked with who found them to be professional and attentive to student needs. Further, Derawan built a positive rapport with students who found them to be helpful at all times and looked forward to working with them each week. Derawan displayed a mature and positive outlook and is highly reliable.'

Secondary School Tutoring Programme Leader at Bethnal Green Academy

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • 7+/8+

  • English

  • History

  • Maths

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

2013: Queen Mary, University of London

BA English and Drama (First Class Honours)

2003-2010: Rugby High Grammar School for Girls

A-Levels: English Literature (A*), Art and Design ( A*) , Drama and Theatre Studies (A)

AS Level: Philosophy/Religious Studies (A), General Studies (A)

GCSE: English Literature (A*), English Language (A*), Drama (A*) History (A*), Art and Design (A*), Religious Education (A*), Core Science (A*), Additional Science (A), German (A), ICT (B), Mathematics (B)

About Me

My specialist subjects are English Language and Literature,  up to and including degree level, as well as preparation in maths and English for 7+ and 11+ exams. I also tutor GCSE History and the 13+.

I am a friendly, attentive and approachable tutor who enjoys providing a positive, encouraging and dynamic learning experience for students of all ages and abilities – my aptitude for tutoring stems also from my passion for my subjects, as I am eager to share the enthusiasm and knowledge that I have gained from my own learning experience with others. I believe it is important to be enthusiastic, engaging and especially patient when supporting students.

Recent tuition

I have been tutoring for over five years and have worked with a wealth of different students, including home schooling students with high ability and with special educational needs.

Please find some examples of my experience, below:

Reception Level Homeschooling: English and Maths with a focus on phonics, vocabulary building and preparation for integration into a more formal school setting.

Pre-School tuition for Rumana age 3: Rumana was attending nursery and other activities but is brighter than her peers. I am keeping her ahead of curve by tutoring her in the basics and beyond in an engaging and inspiring way.

Home schooling SEN Key stage 2 English: Homeschooling Sophia for 6 months. Sophia has suspected autism, delayed language/literacy development, and behavioural issues. Sophia and I worked on her spoken and written communication, reading using phonics, numeracy, in preparation for entering schooling in Sweden the following September. In our initial lessons, Sophia refused to engage with writing/reading/numeracy beyond what she knew already, but by our final weeks Sophia was requesting new books for us to read together, showing me her proficiency with times tables and setting maths questions for me to complete.

Key stage 1 English: I have worked with students ranging in age from 5 to 8 years old. My lessons focus on increasing confidence and independence in reading and comprehension, accuracy and creativity in writing, along with learning and practising new spellings. I am always keen to make all activities and tasks fun and engaging, especially for children with English as a second language who may find such tasks daunting or difficult. I often like to use my creative skills to create tailor-made stories for the children, which encourages students to read, as well as inspiring them to write their own stories. I also cover maths in my lessons, using games and toys to familiarise younger students with complex arithmetic, and encouraging them to have confidence with harder tasks such as multiplication and division. I also work on teaching younger students how to write cursively, and I was pleased to learn that one of my six year old students recently received the Progress Award for handwriting, reading and comprehension at his school.

7+ experience: Preparing two students for  the 7+ examination in Maths and English. I build my lessons not only around developing and challenging key skills but also on setting practice papers regularly, closely mimicking exam conditions in order for students to become familiar with time restrictions and feel confident in their exam technique under conditions which children can often find pressurising. I strive to ensure these lessons are engaging and varied, as well as setting up suitable, positive expectations  for young children

11+ English: Preparation for Haberdashers and Mill Hill, and in this time, both students have had their improvements recognised by their respective current schools.

13+ English: Two months preparation which resulted in successful applications to Mill Hill and Highgate.

Year 8 SEN : Sebastian (13) has, dyslexia, and memory problems. Over 8 months, Sebastian and I focused on writing and reading. We used word games and challenges to engage him with language and create useful connections/mnemonics to support him in exam situations which he found particularly stressful.

Home schooling Year 9 English, History and ICT: Working with Taheerah one day each week to support her with English, History and some aspects of the ICT syllabus whilst she receives treatment for an ongoing health condition.

Home schooling GCSE English Language and Literature: Working with Imani one day each week to prepare her for her final GCSE English Language and English Literature examinations. Due to other commitments Imani is not able to attend school.

Home schooling SEN with Sebastian (aged 12): Sebastian has dyslexia, auditory processing difficulties, suspected Pathological Avoidance Disorder. With continuous advice and support from Sebastian’s mother, the aim of our lessons is to provide a gentle introduction to home-schooling for Sebastian. Centring our sessions around Sebastian’s interests (imagining and designing computer/board games), we work through writing, reading and communication exercises that serve to engage Sebastian whilst working on his core literacy skills. Sebastian’s suspected PDA means that whilst he is a confident and entertaining speaker, very eager to discuss his ideas, he sometimes struggles when having to relinquish control in an exchange with another person. Much of our work has been focused on encouraging Sebastian to cope with both giving and receiving attention and focus in an exchange with another person, listening to other ideas and becoming a more collaborative learner. We have a drawing game that we play which involves using adjectives to ‘build’ a creature piece by piece, swapping the piece of paper and taking it in turns to complete the drawing so that the finished image is a joint effort. Sebastian has insecurities about his writing and reading level, and to avoid pressuring him and causing anxiety, I will always engage in or respond to any task I set him, for example if I ask him to write a short piece, I will always do the same – so that we can share and respond to each other’s work equally – or if we read, we will take turns and allow plenty of time for support and engagement with the text.

English Teaching Assistant: I have significant experience as a teaching assistant, with one-on-one contact, with students at Bethnal Green Academy. Whilst at the Academy, I have supported Key Stage 3 students in their English lessons and helped prepare GCSE students for their English Literature GCSE.

At Key Stage 3, I have worked closely with groups of high ability students of advanced reading ages in their reading comprehension and textual analysis. I have worked one-on-one with particular students in order to monitor and help them improve their reading comprehension and writing skills, planning and supervising short assessments. During this time, a Year 7 student I have worked with on a weekly basis, Sami, progressed from a 4c to a 5a.

At GCSE level, I have worked with a range of students – from students with learning difficulties and those with English as a second language, to those with very specific areas of difficulty, and high ability students who feel unchallenged in their school work. I have supported them in their reading and extended writing in preparation for controlled assessments and examinations. At all levels of ability, I have found that one-one-one support has already resulted in increased confidence, a higher level of engagement and sustained progress in both writing and reading.

Hobbies and Interests

Enthusiastic about every area of the creative arts, I am a published writer, performance poet and a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme. My work as a short story writer has been included in the anthology, ‘Things that Have Happened’ published by Treehouse Press. My first short play  debuted at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston as part of a festival of new writing. I also help co-ordinate poetry and performance events across London.

Client Testimonials

‘James has taken to Derawan very quickly. Derawan is excellent, and that their lessons progress very smoothly. All good!’

‘ ‘Derawan received fantastic feedback from the teachers that they worked with who found them to be professional and attentive to student needs. Further, Derawan built a positive rapport with students who found them to be helpful at all times and looked forward to working with them each week. Derawan displayed a mature and positive outlook and is highly reliable.’ – Secondary School Tutoring Programme Leader at Bethnal Green Academy


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