“I can thoroughly recommend Mariam, who worked with my son diligently preparing him for his SATS at Primary level. Her enthusiasm, and drive shone through with my son, and her determined and highly spirited way of teaching made lessons engaging and stimulating. I cannot thank her enough for her time, effort and energy, and will most certainly be using her, and recommending her in the near future again.”
Mrs Newby, SAT Tuition
Senior School Entrance
Roehampton University, Surrey (2007-2008): PGCE (Primary)
Roehampton University, Surrey (2002-2004): BA Education with Sociology
Fortismere Sixth Form College, London (2002-2004): A-Levels
Copthall School, Mill Hill (1997-2002): GCSEs
My subject specialisms include English, Maths and Entrance Exams. I am a caring, knowledgeable and experienced teacher with additional specific expertise in Special Education Needs (SEN). Furthermore, I have a background in preparing children for Phonics screening and SATs (Key stage 1 and Key stage 2). I am a qualified teacher and have been working as a Private Tutor since 2014. Whilst working as a teacher I taught in inner and outer London schools, as well as schools in Hertfordshire.
My nine years teaching experience has given me an understanding of what it means to be a reflective practitioner. I believe education is not just about academic success, but also about nurturing and developing the whole child. The skills and knowledge I instil in children, equip them both for academic and social success.
I take time to build a strong relationship with the families I work with, I give personal feedback and am always available for further support outside of lessons. Regardless of ability, I always work effortlessly to ensure the children have fun and make progress. I understand that all children have different learning styles and so I adapt my teaching appropriately. I am extremely nurturing, firm but fair, and ensure my pupils have fun interactive sessions.
I have worked with many students to provide one-to-one support, tutoring individuals from Pre-School through to Year 7. Here are some case studies to demonstrate my recent experience.
4+ Exam Preparation (Successful entry into Channing School)
I supported Lilly to speak clearly and answer questions effectively, whilst giving helping with her concentration, turn taking and cooperation. This was done partly by using role play activities and games. Lilly was successful in gaining entry into Channing School, and we still work together to develop her reading and writing.
Year 1 Booster Tuition (SEN Dyslexia and Autism)
When Lucas and I started working together he was behind age expectations. I prepared very short creative activities to keep him focused and made sure that the entire lesson was visual and very ‘hands on’ for him, as this was an effective way to keep his concentration. I was also able to offer practical advice to Luca’s parents, as I have my own child with autism. With my support he passed the phonics screening test and went on to make good progress in his Year 2 SATS. His confidence and concentration have improved massively.
Year 4 General Booster Tuition
Joseph is from Jamaica and is living in England for four years. We are working on developing his literacy skills and filling the gaps in his learning. We are currently working through the Key Stage 2 curriculum and I am setting regular targets and appropriate homework for Joseph. I am also teaching him independent learning skills, as well as supporting his inference and comprehension skills. Joseph is making fantastic progress and is exceeding all his targets.
7+ Entrance Exam Preparation & Homework support (successful entrance into Highgate School)
Louie and I worked together for two years in the build-up to his 7+ exams. We worked through papers identifying the gaps in his knowledge and planning our next steps. This then allowed me to set weekly targets and set appropriate homework. This meant that I taught to his gaps and also consolidated his previous literacy and maths learning, along with supporting the use of an expanded vocabulary. We worked hard on resilience and confidence as well as problem solving which helped holistically. Louie worked extremely hard and gained entry into Highgate School.
11+ Entrance Exam Preparation & Homework Support
Laura has been working with me on 11+ preparation. We have been working on her literacy and maths skills, past exam papers, problem solving and her proof reading. She is making fantastic progress and is passing the past papers well. She lacks confidence so we are currently working on resilience and exam technique. Laura will sit her entrance exam in November.
I have been teaching as a primary school teacher since 2008. I have always worked in schools with children with a range of special educational needs, such as memory processing, dyslexia and autism. I have also attended various autistic and dyslexia training as well as supporting children in my own class with these needs.
I currently tutor an autistic boy who also has ADHD and have tailored my lessons to suit his needs. I also tutor another student who is severely dyslexia, with slow memory processing. We use lots of phonics games, pictorial and practical lessons. My own child is also autistic with slow processing and likely ADHD and I am working with him and the school to support him further. I always work closely with parents and set realistic targets for my children.
13+ English Preparation
I taught a student over a year for 13+ preparation to Wetherby last year. We worked on English and Verbal Reasoning, and I made sure that closer to the exam we focused on working under time pressure too. We worked through lots of past papers and de-coded everything into small chunks, repeating questions again and again. He ended up gaining admission to Wetherby.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. In my spare time I like to swim, go to the theatre and travel. I am also very interested in autism and enjoy supporting families who have children with additional needs.
“As a secondary teacher of English myself, I struggled to find a tutor for my own child, as being in the profession makes it especially difficult to find someone ‘right’. However, I can thoroughly recommend Mariam Joseph, who worked with my son diligently preparing him for his SATS at Primary level. Her enthusiasm, and drive shone through with my son, and her determined and highly spirited way of teaching made lessons engaging and stimulating. I cannot thank her enough for her time, effort and energy, and will most certainly be using her, and recommending her in the near future again.”
A. Newby (Parent)