13+ Maths, ISEB and public school entrance exams
11+ English and Maths, ISEB and public school entrance exams
10+ English and Maths, ISEB and public school entrance exams
7+ English and Maths, ISEB and public school entrance exams
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
SATS English, Maths, Science and Grammar
Employment in Education
• October 2014 – Ongoing Private Tutor
I worked, one-one, with an 11 year boy to prepare for his 11+ examinations successfully helping him get into his chosen school.
I am currently working with five year 5 students and one year 6 student, helping develop their reading, writing and maths for upcoming 11+ exams to some of the top London schools, as well as preparing one year 4 boy for the 10+ and also a seven year old who has just started at a top school in Nottinghill.
September 2014 – Present Year 6 Class Teacher
Normand Croft Community School, West Brompton, London, England
During my time here I have overseen a struggling year 6 class through a successful SATS campaign, achieving some of the best results the schol has ever had. I managed to combine creating a hard-working and enjoyable education with the rigours of SATS preparation.
I have helped the school and colleagues develop a more effective literacy plan, by sharing teaching techniques and finding the best way to move the children forward.
• July 2012 – August 2014 Year 5 Class Teacher
Seven Sisters Primary School, Tottenham, London, England.
I am proud to have been part of a team of teachers that took a school bordering closure and identified as one of the worst in London to being quoted as ‘one of the biggest success stories in the London borough of Haringey’ by the Guardian newspaper in a recent article.
During this time I have worked incredibly hard to design and implement an effective Year 5 curriculum, requiring consideration for a variety of SEN and EAL needs. I found my experience in Thailand to be very useful with regard to EAL programs. The results my students have achieved has given me great confidence, but also taught me the importance of self-reflection and the impact of adapting strategies depending on the students.
I have learned to work with minimal resources and to inspire children who lacked a belief in the power of education.
I have managed after school clubs in running, rugby and extra tuition and I am in the process of helping organise the Sports Relief Day.
I have been privileged to work alongside some outstanding teachers and I have taken the opportunity to learn from their expertise.
I am a fully qualified primary school teacher with three years full time experience teaching upper key stage two. My career in education began in 2012 when I graduated with top grades from my Primary PGCE course at Southampton University. After graduating I had the choice of a number of schools, but specifically chose one of the worst performing schools in London, in one of the toughest of areas, knowing that I could make a difference and test my credentials. I completed two years at this school and I am proud of much I achieved. I am also proud of what the rest of the staff and I achieved together, as the school was quoted as being: ‘one of the biggest success stories in the London borough of Haringey’ by the Guardian newspaper. I learned a great deal from my time there, but felt a change in environment would benefit me greatly and so when I was offered the role of lead Year 6 teacher at a new school, I duly accepted. This role allowed me to hone my skills and I was very proud when the school achieved some of its best exam results in history. Despite this success, I have decided to take my experience and skills into a new field, tutoring. Since then I have been working as a full time tutor and already found success in 11+ tutoring, with my students being accepted into their chosen schools. In my spare time I like to write, something that has helped me become a bit of a creative writing expert. I have a huge passion for this area and love teaching it. In between this and playing sport I am also studying for my A-Level in maths, something I never pursued as a youngster. I find maths fascinating and having already tutored successfully for the 13+, I am more than confident in my ability to tutor GCSE. I believe it also helps that I study it myself, as it means I am up to date with methods and my thinking that bit sharper.
I believe wholeheartedly in bespoke learning. There is no set formula or design that can be switched from student to student. We are all individuals and therefore must be taught as such. One of my greatest strengths is in identifying students abilities and needs. Once this has been established I can then design sessions and work that can directly target the student and maximise their progress.
I like to work with pace, giving the student opportunities to reflect on their learning whilst making sure they are never bored or distracted. When teaching maths it is important to realise where a student is struggling. If they are having problems with aspects of division then, rather than simply drilling a formula into their minds, it is important to identify the root cause of these misconceptions by breaking down the concept and building a full understanding. By doing this we create true mathematicians with skills that last a life time.
Teaching writing has become one of my trademark strengths. As a keen writer myself I often write short stories and extracts for my students. This allows me to really focus the lesson, and rather than being forced to pick apart a longer text when hunting for metaphors and similes I can simply load my own text with all the similes and metaphors I need. I find this approach also allows me to target the student's interests in terms of subject matter.
Developing a strong bond with a student is vital. Without trust and respect it is hard to make progress. I therefore place considerable value over gaining the trust and respect of my students. I do this through hard work. If they know that I am working hard for them and they know that I'm on their side then I find it only takes a few sessions to establish the trust and respect we need.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Outside of tutoring I am an enthusiastic writer. I have recently finished my first novel, which has been one of my life long goals, and although I doubt it will be reaching the windows of Waterstones any time soon it has built my confidence and belief that I can find success in this field. I have begun work on my second novel already. I have also recently been studying for my maths A-Level. Having already achieved an A in Maths GCSE I decided that now is the time to go back and get my A-Level too, something I regret not doing at the time.
But it is not all writing and study. I love films too, and can spend hours discussing or watching films with friends. However, not as much as I love sport. I am a true fan of football, cricket, athletics and pretty much anything with a competitive element. None more so than Rugby. Rugby has been a part of me since a child, and although I don't play any more I still love to train and watch it at any opportunity. As someone who enjoys fitness I also take part in the occasional endurance race such as Tough Guy, thought to be one of the hardest races in the world. Jumping through fire, crawling through electric fences and clambering through mud for three and a half hours is not many people's ideas of a good Sunday afternoon, but I loved every minute of it.
Simon came highly recommended to us as a tutor. Our son needed help with English as he was struggling with comprehension & creative writing. He also was low in confidence and was in the bottom set & unmotivated.
Simon is very kind, gentle, professional,hard working and dedicated tutor. Many times he over ran the lesson because they were really enjoying a piece of writing & they didn’t want to stop. Above all Simon made the lessons fun, he picked topics that our son thought were engaging.
We really do believe our son wouldn’t have got into the schools of his choice if it wasn’t for Simon. His commitment & dedication in helping our son learn was amazing.
Parent of a year 6 11+ student.
Simon was an inspiration for my son since the very first session. My son was never interested in writing, but I could see a huge difference after just a few sessions, his appeal to the work and confidence towards it grew very quickly. Thank you Simon!
Parent of a Year 5 11+ student
Simon has made a real difference to both of our sons’ learning. He makes the sessions fun and interesting. Simon is excellent at both encouraging and challenging them, and they look forward to seeing him each week!
Parent of (twin boys) year 5 11+ students
Simon Allen has been tutoring my daughter (aged 12) to prepare her for the 13+. She was particularly struggling with her maths and we were particularly concerned as she is currently at the French Lycee where the maths syllabus is different to that followed in English schools and she needed to be able to cover the English syllabus as well as coping with what she had covered in the French syllabus. Simon worked with infinite patience with her and won her trust and confidence early on. His gentle manner allowed her to begin to lose her fear of maths and replace it with a greater confidence. By the time of the exams, she was suitably prepared and was offered the place we had hoped for. Her school work has also improved. Simon is a pleasure to deal with and very reliable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.
Parent of 13+ Maths Student
Simon first met our daughter when she attended a mock-exam morning arranged by him and his wife, Sheyi, who was her. Simon then subsequently provided a few individual tutoring sessions for her shortly before the 11+ exams in order to consolidate her English in particular. Simon was punctual, friendly, and quickly established a very positive relationship with our daughter. He gave constructive feedback and provided her with useful tools for essay-writing in particular. She applied for 4 schools and we were delighted that she was offered a place at each of these. She has decided to attend Godolphin and Latymer, and we believe that the confidence with which she approached the exam process was very ably facilitated by the support that she had received from Simon. We can highly recommend Simon as a tutor and wish him every success going forward.
Parent of year 6 11+ Student
Our daughter started English tuition with Simon in preparation for the 11+ in Autumn 2015. Though she possessed a natural flair for English we felt she needed some help in learning how to navigate the consortium papers successfully and we felt her school was not doing enough to extend her ability in the subject. She readily enjoyed her English tuition with Simon – it was a subject she felt confident in and she was able to explore it in much greater depth with his guidance. Simon has a wonderfully calm and easy manner and he was instrumental in honing her essay structures, ensuring her grammar and punctuation were spot on and challenging her to come up with a variety of arguments for her discursive writing. Our daughter will be attending Godolphin and Latymer in September which was her first choice and we are tremendously thankful to Simon for helping her get there.
Parent of Year 6 11+ Student