I am a qualified teacher and have experience of tutoring at the following levels:
*11+ exams (I have recently prepared students for City of London, Highgate & Channing)
*KS1 and KS2 SATs exams
I also work with a range of children to build confidence in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, who may be very able but need support in applying their skills, or who experience learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Students I have supported in this way range from consolidating phonics and spelling with an eight year-old girl, to building mental maths strategies with an eleven year-old boy beginning assessments for his 13+ entry into middle school.
I attended St Peter's School, York where I obtained AAA in A-level Theology, English Literature and Politics. I then went on to gain a 2:1 BA in Philosophy at University College London and a Primary PGCE at the Institute of Education, London.
I am currently in my twelfth year of teaching children with a wide range of abilities from 5-12 years old. Having recently taught Humanities at a London Preparatory school to Years 4,5 and 6, I then became Assistant Headteacher and SENCo at a Primary school. This involved co-ordinating intervention for children with special educational needs, from those with learning difficulties to those who are particularly gifted or able in academic subjects, as well as overseeing teaching and learning across the school. I am now a Lead Practitioner, co-ordinating the teaching of early reading, modelling exemplary teaching practice, training teachers and tutoring intervention groups with children aged 4 to 11 years old.
I have previously led literacy and assessment for learning in two primary schools, am qualified at SAPERE Level 3 in facilitating Philosophy for Children and have a specialism in music through my Primary PGCE.
I enjoy tutoring children one-to-one outside of the classroom and have almost ten years' experience in doing so.
Having taught many children of a wide range of ages and abilities, I engage my students by catering to their various learning styles and needs through drama, art, games and music, as well as more traditional methods. I also help and encourage children to assess their own learning, and tailor tutoring to ensure maximum progress.
I encourage a collaborative culture where student and tutor learn through talk and activity. I set learning targets with the child so that they have a clear understanding of where they are now, and what to aim for next. I work in close partnership with parents and caregivers, meeting regularly to discuss their child’s achievements and future learning targets.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not working, I usually have my head in a book, enjoy the theatre and regularly attend gallery exhibitions. I am passionate about music, playing and teaching piano, and going to concerts and performances. I always look for ways to broaden my musicality and am currently learning guitar.
I love to travel and was fortunate enough to explore South America for an extended period several years ago. My favourite experiences include hiking through the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, trekking the Inca Trail in Peru and volunteering with the children's charity L.I.F.E in Buenos Aires, who provide a safe space for children who live in the slums surrounding the city to learn and play. I hope to go on more adventures in the future!
Hope you are well. I***** has got into Highgate School which we are very pleased about. She also got into Channing and Francis Holland, so 3 out of 4 is great.
Just wanted to thank you again for your help. You made a huge difference and really helped I***** gain in confidence as well as maths ability.
(X, mother of 11+ student)