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Jessica H

"Within one session Jessie helped my daughter, who suffers from dyslexia and potentially ADHD, re-engage with learning! Thanks Jessie!"

Parent of year 9 student

  • English

  • Maths

  • SEN

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

  • 2023- Pediatric First Aid V11
  • 2022- First aid course
  • 2022- Safeguarding and Child protection Level 2
  • 2022- The zones of regulation, self-regulation
  • 2022- Cued articulation
  • July 2017- Technical Skills Course in Property Making, RADA
  • 2014- Irlen Certificate; to be a qualified assessor of the visual perception difficulty Irlen Syndrome/ visual stress
  • 2012- 2013  QTS, West London Partnership Graduate Teachers Programme, Kingston University
    Good with outstanding parts in 3 of the 8 Teaching Standards, including Phonics
  • 2012- Attachment needs
  • 2009-2010  OCR Level 5 Diploma in an SpLD (Dyslexia)
  • 2006- 2009 Winchester School of Art, Southampton University – BA Fine Art Painting
  • 2005-2006 Southampton University – BA Fine Art Foundation Year – Upper Second Class Hons with Distinction in “Reflective Journal” Dissertation. Examinations passed with Distinction in Module 2.

About Me

I am an experienced teacher and SEN teacher with QTS and OCR level 5 diploma in SpLD (Dyslexia), and qualified visual stress assessor. I have been working in the mainstream and special educational needs sector for 12 years specialising in dyslexia, ASC (autism), ADHD, EAL, dysgraphia, GDD, PDA, dyspraxia, working memory, processing difficulties, speech and language needs and SEMH needs. This has been with students in the primary, secondary and post 16 phase of their education. I have been the head of the dyslexia provision within a secondary school and my teaching experience is within the school setting, home setting and online.
 
As a tutor, my focus is to enable the child by promoting a love of learning, self-awareness and confidence which leads to positive results with regard to the child’s well-being and academic and social progress. I am a highly empathetic teacher and I invest a lot into my practice whilst maintaining a healthy work and life balance. I always try to develop as a practitioner whether it be with my resources, assessment, liaising with parents and my line manager or the personalised methods used in each session. I apply my 12 years of experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team in a mainstream and SEN educational setting to meet the specific needs of the children that I work with.

Recent tuition

Maths and English, Year 1

I worked with a 5-year-old boy within the home setting who had dyslexia, speech delay, attention needs, due to his medical and emotional needs, and supporting him to transition back to school for year 2. We worked on securing the foundations in both maths and English in a fun, creative and collaborative way. It was wonderful to observe him grow in both confidence and learning abilities. I then continued to work with him within the school setting providing 1:1 sessions as part of the morning curriculum. It is fantastic to still be in touch with the family, who are now based in the US and I continue to work with him and his sister when they are visiting the UK.

Maths, age 6

It is fantastic to be working with a 6-year-old student to consolidate maths skills, secure areas that they are finding difficult, whilst following their school’s scheme of work. This involves challenges, games, problem solving activities, puzzles, mazes to develop eye tracking and mapping skills, and opportunities for written and verbal recording of their ideas. This has been in both in person and online, and I am confident and experienced in delivering with both.

EAL

Recently I was delighted to work with a girl with EAL, mild dyslexia, dyspraxia, language delay and attachment needs, to pass her English and maths assessments for Portland Place. I really enjoyed working with children to provide some routine and familiarity during the uncertain times of lockdown, and enjoyed adapting to the hybrid approach of in person and online format to continue to plan fun and engaging lessons.

Year 6 English and Maths

I currently work with a year 6 student to develop both his English and maths skills in preparation for transitioning to secondary school. He has high abilities with language-based tasks and so we have been focusing on organisation of ideas, sequencing, structuring, planning and checking, and applying mathematical knowledge to word problems. It has been fantastic to hear what he achieved with his SATs tests and I look forward to working with him whilst he is in the secondary phase of his school journey also.

Hobbies and Interests

Alongside my teaching, I work as a designer for theatre and film, and as an artist. One project involved creating an armchair costume…! A recent project was designing set and costume for a production at the Southbank Centre and I am currently working on creating my own clothing and wood engraving. I also love to stay fit and regularly take part in dance, yoga and climbing.

Testimonials

“Within one session Jessie helped my daughter, who suffers from dyslexia and potentially ADHD, re-engage with learning! Thanks Jessie!”

Parent of year 9 student

“Our daughter who is dyslexic and has suspected ADHD has been switched off from learning. Jessie made her tutoring sessions fun and engaging and also tried to support her through discussions about sleeping and other daily routines. Jessie also gave lots of feedback after each session which was very helpful.”

Parent of year 2 student

  • Fully Vetted

  • Qualified Teacher

  • SEN Specialist