I have always had an interest in academic development and in addition to my postgraduate study. I have completed a number of international placements, as a teacher, psychologist and policy advisor. I recently completed the renowned Teach First programme whereby in addition to two years of intensive teaching within a UK secondary school, I am now also a fully qualified teacher.
I have consistently been graded as demonstrating an outstanding ability to develop strong relationships with my students and have been positively appraised for being able to work well with a wide range of students. I have a track record of being able to engage students, develop their understanding and significantly improve their exam performance. I understand the pressures that students often face and intuitively work with my students to reduce academic stress.
As a teacher, I have taught a range of classes, both ‘top’ set and ‘bottom set’, ranging from year 7s to year 12s. I specialise in and teach all 3 sciences and Psychology.
I have been noted by observers for being very creative and making use of technology to a large extent in my classes. I am also keen to try out and implement new techniques learnt during CPD sessions and develop resources creating Science games, examination materials and practical summary question booklets for examination preparation.
I was born in Scotland and educated in Mauritius prior to attending Cambridge University as an Undergraduate. I was brought up in a household with a love of learning and travel. My mother is an academic and my father is a surgeon. My early childhood also involved a lot of travel and I continue to enjoy working with people from a range of cultures and linguistic backgrounds. I am comfortable with a number of languages and speak fluent English, French and Hindi.
Ranking as academically gifted I attended an extremely competitive secondary school where in addition to being involved in a range of extracurricular charitable activities I specialised in sciences and languages. For my GCSE's I achieved 7A** and 2 A*. For A levels I achieved 4* in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and French.
After completing my secondary school education I received an academic scholarship from Cambridge and graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Psychology).
Since graduating from Cambridge I have been awarded two masters degrees. My first masters is in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham and my second masters is in International Child Studies (with a focus on global childhoods and child protection) at King's College London.
My postgraduate study reflects my passion for International Development and childhood psychology. In addition to my postgraduate study, I have also completed numerous work placements in highly regarded international non-governmental organisations. Including a role as a Psychologist for children with Epilepsy, and as a volunteer as a residential teacher in a Tibetan monastic school in Nepal.
I am also a UK qualified teacher having completed the prestigious Teach First Programme. I particularly enjoy building confidence in my pupils and sharing my love of Science, Psychology and Maths.
I enjoy developing lessons which are tailored to students' needs and work consistently on employing new strategies which work with specific students.
I love Science and Mathematics - and the favourite part of my job is communicating my personal enjoyment for my subjects to my students. I especially enjoy building confidence in my students and teaching them to understand the ‘real-world’ relevance of what they are learning. I strongly believe in every student's ability to work well and my personal ethos is that with the right approach every student can learn to love even the most complex topics.
I have been appraised by OFSTED as demonstrating an outstanding ability to challenge students and build their knowledge. I enjoy using technology and often incorporate it into my teaching.
What I do when I am not tutoring
While teaching and spending time with my students remains my main passion, I maintain a strong interest in international development. In my spare time, I work on increasing my knowledge on international issues and work on multiple projects.
In addition to visiting museums, learning about art and going to the theatre, I also love cooking and enjoy exploring cultures as well as travelling.
Extracts from Observation Feedback and OFSTED NQT Reports:
'Her very caring and nurturing approach to teaching has allowed Keerti to establish very good relationships with her students. She has created a safe and positive learning environment where students feel safe to make mistakes or be unsure.'
'Observing Keerti ‘s lessons is always a pleasure as students are deeply engaged with the subject and displaying a keen interest, asking pertinent questions to deepen their understanding and knowledge.'
'One of her strengths is without any doubt her creative approach to teaching and how she embeds new Teaching and Learning strategies in her daily practice to infuse her students and meet individual learning styles. Keerti pays specific attention to the discovery of key terminology linked to topics in terms of definitions, spelling and pronunciation.'
Feedback from Council Observation:
'Keerti is calm and authoritative and it is clear
that she has a friendly and effective working relationship with the students. She used every opportunity to positively reinforce good behaviour for learning.
High expectations we set for all students in terms of engagement in the learning, literacy and classrooms behaviour.'
Parents' evening testimonials:
'My daughter talks a lot about Ms. P's ability to break down difficult concepts into steps, which she finds particularly helpful.'
(L.S. Parent, grades up from E to A*)