I trained to be a teacher through the PGCE programme at the University of Brighton in 2010. During my training year, I worked in some challenging but ambitious schools including Ratton School in Eastbourne, and St. Wilfrid's School in Crawley. Before qualifying from Brighton, I had already secured a position as a teacher of Religious Studies at La Sainte Union school in Highgate. La Sainte Union is one of the most creative and ambitious comprehensive schools in the city and I was sad to leave (to pursue my doctoral research) in the summer of 2013. Since beginning my studies at Cambridge I have maintained my teaching practice, taking on part time roles at the King's School, Ely (in 2013) and at Camden School for Girls (in 2014). Throughout my teaching career, I have taught several hundred students ranging from the age of 11 to 18. My passion is for 16+ education, although I am equally comfortable teaching younger children.
I am a qualified and professional teacher and have divided my career thus far between academic study and professional practice.
In 2010 I graduated from the University of Bristol with a First class degree in Theology. I moved from Bristol to the University of Brighton to study for a PGCE in Religious Education. Having qualified as a teacher I was immediately employed by La Sainte Union Catholic School in North London.
During my first year of teaching I studied to attain a Master of Arts degree in Arahamic Religions at the University of London (Heythrop College). I graduated with Distinction in 2012.
In 2013 I was offered an opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge. I reluctantly resigned my position at La Sainte Union. I have nearly completed two terms of study and am a member of Gonville and Caius College.
Learning is a collaborative process. This collaboration comes to the fore in one-to-one settings. My preferred approach to teaching is consensual. I try to work alongside the student in order to come to a satisfactory conclusion to a problem together. The use of Socratic questioning is particularly useful in this regard. However, I am aware that some students learn visually or kinesthetically rather than aurally. Because of this, I try to use a range of practices which employ movement, sound and images to help learning progress.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently studying for a PhD in Divinity at the University of Cambridge. My research concerns the phenomenon of mimetic-philosemitism in the period of the English Interregnum. I try to employ contemporary social-scientific methods in order to further understanding of historical groups. Aside from my research I enjoy playing the violin, as well as reading contemporary American fiction.