‘I would like to thank you for the immense effort and commitment you have put in to help my son ... In a short period of time my son has developed renewed motivation for English and a large part of this has been your approach in helping him understand key building blocks and language techniques.’
Parent, Age 6 English Tuition
Government & Politics
Senior School Entrance
1985-1990: Rugby School, Art Scholar and boarder
1991-1994: University College, Durham, BA Archaeology
2015-2016: Keele University, PGCE (Primary Education)
2021: New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, PGCert (in ADHD and Related Neurodevelopmental Conditions).
Current: Part-time MSc studies.
I am a member of the EMCC / European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
While my A-Level & GCSE specialisms include History, Psychology and Government & Politics, I am trained (PGCE primary) to teach English and maths to younger students. I have supported a wide range of subjects with great success, from RE to biology, having been working as a full-time, remedial and enrichment tutor, homeschool teacher, ADHD and Aspergers mentor and educational therapist since 2016. I have pursued this profession with seriousness and joy, so compelling is the honour of acting with purpose in service of a young person’s future, especially from the trusted and unique vantage point of the private tutor.
I pride myself in the quality of working relationships, quickly developed with students of all ages. Whether reaching for examination confidence, mastery of subject content or skills, or progress with emotional, behavioural or cognitive needs, all tutees should expect teaching that is entirely personalised and constantly adaptive to their evolving learning. This requires me to be a generalist, but I have, and continue to develop, particular professional interests in three areas. Firstly, guiding pupils toward understanding and pride in all supported subject disciplines, while troubleshooting all associated challenges, from frustrations with phonics to maths anxiety, from the art of the essay to that of examination- timing and from Alternative Vote in politics to ‘alternative conceptualisations’ in chemistry. Secondly, mentoring or lifeskill-teaching: identifying and fostering scholastic and general skills beyond those specific to particular academic subjects, yet required for flourishing within educationally related outcomes generally. Finally, atypical educational needs. Teaching in this area is important to me, and I am now extending my training with additional part-time postgraduate studies. Inwardly, special needs are never what I see; what I see are special opportunities: exciting opportunities.
My aim is for each of my students to discover the tools, skills and conviction to achieve all the outcomes of their and of their parents’ hopes. I want my students to discover what they can do, and to inspire themselves by what they find.
A snapshot of my experience is below.
The two girls, five-year-old ‘Hermia’ and four-year-old ‘Helena’ are pupils at Bute House Prep. There was concern that Hermia seemed to be progressing slowly with decoding (synthesis of grapheme-phoneme correspondences into recognised words) and scribing (forming individual letters with pen or pencil). Though less worrisome to the parents, they had noticed that younger sister Helena generally wouldn’t sit still, study or interact quietly, and was not taking to Early Years introduction to mathematical concepts. Both girls were generally exuberant and genuinely happy. The mother, who was mildly dyslexic, wondered (understandably, though, as it turned out, unnecessarily) whether the elder girl might be subject to the same, and whether the younger might be presenting signs of ADHD.
YR6, 11+ Preparation (English)
Within three days of finishing our preparation ‘Tamara’ had received offers of scholarships from all three schools (Alleyn’s, City of London Girls and James Allen’s Girls’ School) this was even followed up by actual phone calls from two of the headmistresses, hoping to the be first to assure ‘Tamaras’ mother that their school was the right place for her daughter!
YR7, 13+ Preparation (Maths)
‘Laertes’, an eleven-year-old pupil of Durston House, had a year to go before sitting his 13+ admission assessments for Leighton Park and Oundle School. A confident, mature and thoughtful young man, having achieved excellence in sport, arts and all academic subjects save one—mathematics—Laertes suffered from classic maths anxiety, and it was affecting near every aspect of his attainment in that subject. To start with Laertes was pleased and relaxed to meet me, but the moment we opened his books and looked at his maths, he became embarrassed and nervous. Naturally I made certain I showed no evident observation of this and kept all relaxed. As Laertes began to work through his arithmetic, his cheeks would flush red as he feared he would make mistakes, and felt strongly that he did not want to be someone who could not avoid making mistakes in maths; mistakes that seemed to him to be ever inexplicable. However, he had of course put himself into a downward spiral, as working memory and general executive function perform badly in a state of anxiety, let alone panic and fear. As soon as a maths problem became multi-step or multi-concept, he would turn nervous and feel needlessly but pointedly ashamed, making it impossible to hold the various maths ideas in mind, which caused him then to attempt a sort of intuitive stab at an answer, getting the anguish over in as short an instant as possible. It was so truly painful for him, not only, as he felt, to be seen as struggling by others, but to perceive himself as somehow without arithmetically cursed. Laertes went onto achieve over 75% in his maths in both of his 13+ assessments (and rather higher in others of his subjects) and has had his choice of upper schools.
‘Horatio’ had only a term and a half left before his History GCSE, at Merchant Taylors’. His results were predicted to grade very highly in all subjects, except history, which stood out uncomfortably as a subject he did not yet essentially understand. His main difficulty was with source questions, in which he was receiving, C’s and D’s, rather than the A’s and A*’s awarded to him in other subjects. To perform well interpreting historical sources, as may be exemplified by satirical period newspaper cartoons, the candidate must place themselves into the shoes of a typical adult, of an era and of a place. Horatio was a diligent student, intelligent and in most respects quite mature, his mind enquiring of many subjects. However, the idea of political and cultural assumptions and constructions as differing much for different people, even if from varying places and times, was still essentially new to him. It was fairly easy to establish that his ability to see through other people’s eyes, assuming them to belong to his own context, was age-appropriate. His ability to build and map out sets of familiar ideas and arguments logically, thematically and visually, also, was age-appropriate. He just couldn’t do it for worlds and worldviews that were alien to him. In fact Horatio was beginning to get quite upset and down about it.
After about a term and half of two hours tuition a week, Horatio sat his exams and received an A in his History GCSE.
A-Level, History and Government & Politics
I was entrusted with guiding my 19-year-old student ‘Hamlet’ through preparations for his second (and therefore final) A-Level re-sit attempt at History (Edexcel) and Government and Politics (Edexcel, having originally taken the subjects at City of London. It was very important to Hamlet that he obtain a place at university, and he genuinely enjoyed the subject content, both facts which played strongly in his favour. However, his experience to date had built a sense of understandable fear and doubt, which frequently paralysed him from commencing work, sometimes with trembling, and much against his most sincere wishes to the contrary. He had been finding the considerable amount of reading required for these subjects, including keeping up with UK and US current affairs, hardly possible. His notes were in great disarray, which increased his sense of anxiety and awe at the scale of the endeavour. Essay writing was not something that he yet understood, complicated by an expressive language difficulty, which, if warranting a diagnosis, would probably have bought him additional time in the exam. Hamlet was now routinely capable of A/A*s essays when working off the clock. As mentioned, had the expressive language difficulties Hamlet showed been diagnoses as dyslexia, he would have had considerable extra time in the exam, and to be sure, he remained hard pressed whenever we tested him under timed conditions. In the event he improved upon his original ‘D’ and ‘D’ grade results, by earning two B’s (he already had one B in his best subject), and is therefore now an undergraduate at his preferred UCAS university choice, and has already achieved above expectation in his first round of university exams.
SEN experience – I have worked with many students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, and am currently studying it myself. I understand exactly the types of practical strategies to use and pedagogy by praise and other such methods.
‘What schools does Rupert have experience of as a tutor?’
Sixty+ of those schools for which I have prepared pupils, or of which I have significant professional experience. This list includes neither all exam types/age targets in each case, nor all schools that I have had experience of.
Henrietta Barnett School, 11+
Kingston Grammar, 13+
The Latymer School, 11+
Tiffin Girl’s School, 11+
Wallington County Grammar, 13+
Alleyn’s, 11+ Scholarship
Cheltenham Ladies College, 11+
City of London School, Girls, 11+ Scholarship
Dulwich College, 16+
Dragon School, interview training
Eaton House Clapham
Eton College, 13+ King’s Scholarship
Godolphin School, 13+
Godolphin and Latymer, 11+
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, 7+
Halcyon International School
The Hall School
Hampstead Fine Arts College
Harrodian School, 11+, 13+
Harrow School, 13+ scholarship, 16+ inc personal sttmnt/lttr
Highgate Junior, 7+
James Allen’s Girls’ School (Jags), 11+ Scholarship
John Lyon School,13+
Kensington Park School
King’s College School, 8+
Lady Eleanor Holles School, 13+
Latymer Upper, 11+
Marlborough College, 13+
Merchant Taylors’, 13+
Merchant Taylors Prep (Northwood Prep/Terry’s), 7+
Mill Hill Belmont
New Hall School
North Bridge House
Portland Place School
Royal Masonic School, 13+
Radley College, 11+
Rugby School, 13+, 16+
Sacred Heart Primary
St Benedict’s School, 11+
St John’s, Northwood, 7+
St Martin’s Mill Hill, 7+
St Mary’s Ascot, 13+
St Mary’s Calne, 11+
St Paul’s School, 8+, 13+
St Paul’s Girls, 11+
Stowe School, 16+
University College School, 11+
Wembley French School
Westminster School, 13+, 16+ inc. personal statement
Westminster Under, 11+
Winchester College, 13+
Hobbies and Interests
City of London based voluntary; Coach of beginner longsword; Mounted 17thC re-enactment; Sculpting.
‘I would like to thank you for the immense effort and commitment you have put in to help my son … In a short period of time my son has developed renewed motivation for English and a large part of this has been your approach in helping him understand key building blocks and language techniques.’
Parent of boy, aged 6.
‘He is honestly the best possible tutor for my son […, who…] didn’t want the lesson to end!’. She also praised your thoroughness, patience and preparation’
Parent of boy, aged 6.
‘… thank you for your support. It is noticeable how [our son] flags early Monday evening and picks up immeasurably after your visit. It is very much about self-belief, and I think you have instilled some of that important quality in him.’
Parent of boy, aged 11.
‘Rupert has been a fantastic tutor to my students, (5 of them). They all find him “amazing” … Rupert is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. He maps out and [tailors lessons] for each student knowing they have individual needs. My students definitely have benefitted’.
Overseas guardian to five pupils, aged 9 through 12, (individual tuition, two girls and three boys).
‘I am very grateful to you for all your hard work, the personal interest and dedication with which you are teaching my boys. I cannot thank you enough and consider myself extremely fortunate to have you as a teacher.’
Parent to two boys, aged 12 and 15 (individual tuition).
‘A knowledgeable tutor, who has an instant gauge on where the student is and how to navigate them.’
Parent of boy, aged 16.
‘… our son … gets extremely nervous before and during exams. … Rupert has been coaching him [in] calming techniques … timing of questions … and exam question practice. My son had a difficult exam the other day in his hardest subject and said when he got stuck he remembered Rupert’s strategies and carried on! He seems more confident in his approach … even after just a term.’
Parent to boy, aged 10.
‘[Rupert] has made learning fun for [the children] and made them more confident … he is very good at making the lessons fun. They both really look forward to seeing him. … Overall he makes my life so much easier and I would strongly recommend him.’
Parent to girls, aged 4 and 5 (individual tuition).
‘It has been pleasure to work with Rupert as my student’s 13+ tutor. Rupert not only works on exam technique but also the long term benefit to my student. He spends considerable time understanding my student’s background and my aims for her and then plans the lessons accordingly. He is very patient and has in depth knowledge of the subjects.’
Overseas guardian to a girl aged 12.
‘Rupert Pearson is a wonderful and inspiring tutor. My child claims that she has never had a tutor as qualified and prepared as him. He doesn’t just teach but also helps the child understand [and] the child gets a lot done during the lesson. I definitely feel like he has helped my child a lot in her learning.’
Parent to a girl aged 11.