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Madeleine has worked with Simply Learning Tuition and has been introduced to several of our long term clients with great success.

Simply Learning Tuition

  • French

  • Philosophy

  • Religious Studies

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

UCL Institute of Education, 2016-2018, Masters in Educational Leadership (Teach First).

UCL Institute of Education, 2015- 2016, Secondary Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Outstanding.

UCL, 2011-2015, BA French and Philosophy, 1st Class Honours.

Shrewsbury School, 2009- 2011, A-Levels, 2 A*s, 1 A in French, English and Religious Studies A-Levels

(+ A in Maths AS) –

The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, 2006-2009, GCSEs, 10 A*s.

About Me

My specialist subjects are French, Religious Studies and Philosophy, and I am am able to teach these throughout secondary level and up to degree level.  I am also confident in teaching English, having achieved an A* in English Literature at A-Level and having spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Paris.

In 2015 I was awarded my PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages, with a rating of ‘Outstanding’ by the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.  Within my capacity as Head of French and Head of Student Voice I am a thoroughly enthusiastic and engaged practitioner, fully dedicated to ensuring the progress of my students as well as developing my own practice.

Despite my career in secondary teaching, I have always had a special interest in private tuition. I find it highly rewarding to support individuals in reaching their goals. Through one-to-one tuition I am able to bring out the best in learners by building positive working relationships and setting high expectations from the outset. I use a variety of diagnostic teaching and learning strategies to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of learners in a given subject area. This ensures the right level of challenge is secured for each learner, as they are consistently kept in the ‘learning zone’ by reaching just beyond their current level of attainment.  As students take ownership over their learning, the fundamental qualities of self-motivation, confidence and intellectual curiosity are cultivated.

Studying part-time for my Masters in Educational Leadership whilst teaching allowed me to better formulate and implement my vision for students. My teaching and tutoring style supports the development of metacognitive skills such that students become ‘expert learners’. This student-centred approach is fundamental to what makes me a good tutor – by giving pupils the tools to improve their awareness of the different processes that best support their learning, I empower them to take ownership of their learning, to enjoy taking risks and seeking new challenges, and most importantly to develop a lifelong passion for their subject.

Recent tuition

I have previously taught as a Foreign Language Assistant in Paris, working in three primary schools to deliver a range of lessons in English Language. Alongside this I taught six students privately (aged 11-16) in English. I later spent six weeks working as an English teacher at HSBC Paris HQ. This involved working with individuals in a mentoring capacity as well as developing an engaging curriculum for English Language study at the company.


I work full time in a secondary school as a French teacher, and, as Head of French, I lead a team of others to ensure the highest possible quality of teaching is offered to our students. In my teaching I am skilled in maintaining a close focus on the individuals I teach, and as such can target key areas for development and suggest personalised action plans. These ideas are communicated to students through regular individualised feedback based on work completed both in and out of lessons.

Since September 2016 I have been tutoring a high-achieving student in A-Level French. My client is predicted an A* in their A-Level, and so we have engaged in many teaching and learning strategies designed to stretch the most able students. Although our sessions have maintained a close focus on the exam marking criteria and topic areas, we have gone beyond the core curriculum requirements by building up a more varied vocabulary and complex idiom, using debate-style questioning to go into greater depth in the topic areas, and focussing on metacognitive study skills to ensure efficient and enjoyable learning strategies. *Update August 2017*  – my client achieved an A* with nearly maximum UMS across all key skills, and will be beginning an undergraduate course in French at a Russell Group University in September 2017.

Year 6 French – I worked with A on a weekly basis for 7 months, helping him to catch up to his peers with his French. A had moved to the UK from abroad and was new to learning French, together we worked to build his vocabulary and confidence and he was working very well in his class by the end of our time together.

13+ French – I worked with one student Aaron for about a year, specifically in preparation for the 13+ common entrance French exam. He excellent progress in our sessions due to my familiarity with the course requirements and my subject knowledge as Head of French at the school I teach in.

Hobbies and Interests 

I am a keen musician. At school I was a music scholar and reached Grade 8 Singing, Grade 7 Piano and Grade 6 Flute.

I have sung in choirs throughout my life, and currently still enjoy singing in Ealing Choral Society as well as running the choir at the school I teach in.

Other hobbies include yoga and meditation and the great outdoors. I am going to spend the summer in India completing my yoga teacher training.

I am originally from Staffordshire and love nothing better than a good walk in the countryside!

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