I have 15 years' experience in the field of education, working with children from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds, aged 4-12 years old.
My professional career in London includes teaching Humanities at a Preparatory School, managing Literacy at an Academy and leading as an Assistant Headteacher, SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Advanced Skills Practitioner at a Primary School.
I have worked extensively with children who have Special Educational Needs, such as autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, sensory processing difficulties and delayed speech and language, enabling them to meet their full potential through tailored learning support. I also creates educational programmes for children who are particularly gifted or able in academic subjects, and am passionate about facilitating children's creative and critical thinking skills through my training in Philosophy for Children.
Tutoring privately throughout my career, I have assisted children in gaining entry to schools such as London City School for Girls, Highgate, Channing, Francis Holland, St Paul's and Westminster. As well as helping with entrance exams, I enjoy working with younger children to build their confidence in specific subject areas such as Reading, Writing, Maths and Reasoning.
I specialise in online tutoring and can use the learning platform most comfortable for your child, such as Zoom, Skype, Conceptboard, Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom.
I attended St Peter's School, York where I achieved 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 qualified as a teacher (QTS) in 2008 and have enjoyed a range of teaching and management roles in schools across London over the last 12 years.
I am now a full-time private tutor, specialising in online learning.
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 love 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 living in slums surrounding the city to learn and play. I hope to go on more adventures in the future!
''Dear Lydia, J has got into Highgate School which we are very pleased about. She also got into Channing and Francis Holland. Just wanted to thank you again for your help. You made a huge difference and really helped J gain in confidence as well as Maths ability.'' (Mother of 11+ student)
''You have been a great support and I am very grateful for your patience and hard work.'' (Mother of 8 year old)
''Lydia has been amazingly proactive and has read both (children) really well. She has provided us with lots of stuff to do in lockdown, which has been fantastic!” (Mother of 11+ student)
''I would like to say a big thank you to Lydia...(the children) have both really enjoyed (their tutorials), and it has been great for them to have some formal teaching!'' (Mother of 8 year old)
''He has enjoyed the sessions very much so many thanks to Lydia.'' (Father of 7 year old)
"The tutoring has kept her mind learning all through the lockdown. I cannot tell you how very grateful we are for all the support and learning L has had during this period . She... was very sad yesterday when she said goodbye to Lydia." (Mother of 10 year old)
"Absolutely fantastic tutoring. (Lydia) really helped our daughter during lockdown when she was unable to attend school. She really enjoyed the lessons and we were really impressed with the content and the quality of teaching." (Mother of 8 year old)