• 7+ Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning
• 8+ Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning
• 11+ Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning
I have seventeen years' experience teaching in mainstream and SEN primary schools including working with children with ASD, SEMH, and Dyslexia. I have experience working in senior leadership as both an English Subject Coordinator and SENCO. This experience has allowed me to have a rich understanding of the needs of children with an EHC Plan. Throughout my teaching career, I have consistently tutored individuals, specialising in SATS preparation (Year 2 and Year 6) and 11+ entrance exams for independent schools in the UK and Australia. I also have training in Sounds Write Phonics, this is an excellent phonics programme that can be adapted to children with reading and writing difficulties across all key stages. Part of my role is to support and train teachers with the delivery and assessment of all areas of the English curriculum including SATS preparation, comprehension, spelling punctuation and grammar, the development of emotional literacy and phonics. I also lead intervention groups and deliver regular training.
After finishing secondary school in Australia, I moved to Japan to complete a one-year exchange programme. Upon returning to Australia I studied both Japanese and Fine Arts, finishing with a Diploma in Education, Primary. I received a distinction grade average. I taught in Australia for two years before moving to London. After fifteen years of teaching in a variety of London schools, I have excellent curriculum knowledge. Throughout my teaching career, I have also tutored pupils for a range of selective and independent schools. I have worked as a SENCO and have middle leadership experience as an English Coordinator.
I ensure each session is personalised, structured, and includes an element of fun. I like to incorporate an educational game in each session with the belief that pupils learn best when they are enjoying themselves. I cater to the individual's strengths and interests as much as possible.
I have a calm and friendly manner and aim to support the development of self-confidence. A benefit of teaching for an extensive period of time is an understanding of what each pupil needs in order to progress. This is adapted in my lessons to ensure the job goal is met.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am passionate about art and I have recently begun the journey to train as an Art Psychotherapist. I am interested in supporting emotional well being and mental health.
I also love to cycle, swim and make art in my spare time. Gardening is a recent passion of mine as I attempt to fill every spare space in my home with plants! You might notice some in the background if I deliver an online lesson.
''My daughter is more confident in Maths as a result of Sarah's tutoring sessions'' (Mother of 7 year old)
''Nathaniel did well in his SATS thanks to your support, thank you'' (Mother of 10 year old)
''Sarah tutored all three of my children across a four year period. My eldest daughter has dyslexia and Sarah helped boost her confidence in reading and writing. My son and daughter both worked with Sarah on the 11+ exams and did really well. Sarah is patient and the children looked forward to her sessions each week. I would certainly recommend Sarah as a tutor''. (Mother of three)