I have been teaching for fifteen years' and during that time I have had the privilege to work with students in a diverse and comprehensive way and across a broad range of subjects and age ranges.
In my most recent role, as Head of English, I was responsible for the design, planning and implementation of teaching pre-IGCSE, IGCSE and IB English and English Literature throughout the high school. I delivered teaching on the Literature IGCSE, IB Language A: Literature, Literature and Language and the English B courses.
I was also Co-director of the Model United Nations group which I initiated to run within the high school: I was responsible for the development of the course materials and curriculum planning for this course, which has become extremely successful and is now the most highly attended extracurricular course running at the school.
The majority of my recent experience has been in using CIE and the IB for exams and assessment and I am currently working as an assistant examiner for Cambridge. I have also had a great deal of experience in using AQA, Edexcel and OCR for assessment and exam.
I have been responsible for delivering whole class teaching of the International Curriculum to Years 4 and 5, preparing students for the National Tests and Cambridge International tests - I was responsible for implementing and overseeing the use of the Bond 11+ preparation for exams and for writing an English Assessment tool to use through Key-stages 1-4 .
I grew up under the grey skies of the north of England, I attended my local school and then Hopwood College, where I completed my A Levels in English Language and Literature. To escape the rain I spent the next few years' working in Portugal and completing an Arts Foundation HNC; it was here that I started to tutor in English and discovered how enjoyable teaching could be. I made my way slowly back to the north, pausing in Devon, where I studied Steiner Education at Exmouth, and completed a degree in Philosophy at Bolton. I travelled for a couple more years, teaching English in Taiwan and studying Tai Chi and Taoism. On returning to the UK I taught at Hopwood College and completed my PGCE and a specialism in Language and Literacy. For the past five years I have been living in Italy, teaching IB and IGCSE at an International School. After having my second child I found that the draw of the northern climes was too much and my family have just moved back to the UK.
I am an imaginative and experienced teacher and have taught across age ranges from kindergarten to higher level English. Broad experience of teaching students from some of the most deprived areas in England to some of the most privileged in Europe has given me a wide perspective from which to meet my students and it has imbued my teaching with an awareness of the myriad ways in which a student can find a route into learning and understanding. I believe wholeheartedly in the holistic design and delivery of teaching and learning and the importance of developing the whole child is an integral part of my teaching philosophy. It is my hope that each of my students leaves my class with a sense not only of having learnt something, but also with a desire to continue learning; extending their knowledge and become questioning, free thinking and passionate in their studies and in their continuing education. In terms of achievement in exam results my success rate has been excellent across the age ranges. This breadth of experience also means that I am aware of the progression and consolidation of learning and achievement over a student’s school life and this knowledge, along with that of the anatomy of the English language, enables me to ensure that my teaching is wholly differentiated and appropriate.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently completing a Master's degree in Education at the University of Bath on a part-time basis: this supports and enriches my teaching practice and I find that tutoring from home enables me to effectively combine academic, personal and work commitments in a way that is most beneficial.
I spend a lot of time hiking and walking and I am deeply fascinated by old paths and pilgrim routes in Europe and the way in which stories have developed alongside these paths; I intend to continue this existing study in exploring the North of England and the Pennines where I now live.