I have the OCR Level 5 Diploma from Helen Arkell in teaching learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (2014). I also obtained an NSPCC Safeguarding Children Certificate (2017).
Prior to working at Emerson House, I taught children in small groups at Laidlaw Education, West London (from 2014). I went on to work in the learning support department as a Specialist Tutor at Highfield and Brookham Prep School, West Sussex. I planned and delivered one-one lessons to Years 1 - 8 children (Jan 2016 - Nov 2017).
From November 2017 (to present) I have been a specialist teacher at Emerson House, West London, working with pupils from Year 2 - Year 6 on Maths and Literacy.
In 2013 I trained as SEN tutor at Helen Arkell, completing Level 3 before achieving the Level 5 Diploma. During term time I teach at Emerson House, a specialist school in West London. I enjoy teaching privately after school and during the school holidays.
Before becoming a specialist tutor, I worked in Public Relations and was fortunate to travel to many interesting countries including Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, China and Uruguay. I live in Barnes, S-W London.
As a tutor specialising in helping children who have special educational needs, it is important to me that each lesson plan is tailored to suit the learning style of that child. I aim for the lessons to be multi-sensory with activities and resources that can be personalised to the interests or hobbies of the individual. Children learn best when they build a good rapport with their teacher, and become engaged in the subject. To this end, lessons aim to be interesting and enjoyable and address the specific learning needs. I consider myself to be enthusiastic, patient and kind, and hope to build each child's confidence.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time I enjoy visiting exhibitions, the theatre, opera and taking my dog for long walks along the river. During the holidays, I enjoy traveling and exploring new destinations. Yoga and dog-walking keep me fit. For relaxation, I play bridge, enjoy cooking and entertaining friends.
“Hello Nicky – After you helped L with his SPaG ….I wanted to let you know his SAT scores. PaG. He scored 41 out of 50. Spelling. He scored 14 out of 20. Totalling 55, so passing. Thank you for your help… it did help him a lot.” Father of a Year 6 boy, July 2016.
“I also meant to add how much Nicky has helped M this term. Her reading has improved - but equally importantly her approach and enjoyment have also improved. “
Mother of a Year 6 girl, Highfield, written to the School SENCo, Dec 2016
“Dear Nicky - Thanks again for all you are doing for R. I feel I can see his confidence growing so hopefully by the time he leaves Highfield he will be in a good place for the next phase.”
Mother of a Year 7 boy, Highfield, Feb 2017.
“Dear Nicky – Thank you so much for all the invaluable work, time and effort you have shared with C. She speaks very highly of you. I’m positive that with the support she’s received C’s confidence and knowledge will allow her the freedom to utilise the skills learned. Once again, I’m very grateful for your patience and the gift that you have in bringing out the best in C’s learning.” Mother of a Year 4 girl, HF, April 2017
“Hi Nicky – Just to say a huge thank you for helping T with his comprehension. Today we got end of year exam results and T got 58%, and overall 61%. He is 5 in the class too!! I am over the moon!” Mother of a Year 6 boy, June 2018
Hi Nicky thank you so much for the reading help you have given E ... the snakes and ladders is a big hit. She is putting together a card for you and is thrilled with herself. She had reading for school today and she was moved up a level. She no longer panics they way she used to and seems more able to ask for help. I cannot thank you enough. It has transformed our evenings. ... # 12 much happier house when comes to reading time thanks to you... Mother of a Year 1 girl, April 2019