I have six years of teaching experience, both in school and as a private tutor for a range of students from 11 years old to 18 years old. I have taught the Spanish IGCSE and AQA curriculum, as well as US based online curriculum, Laurel Springs, for an 11th Grade (Year 12) home-schooled student, who obtained 75% A+ grades and an A grade, working with me over 2 years of his studies. My IGCSE student obtained an A grade in her GCSE exam, which was a huge improvement from her mocks. I seek to boost the enjoyment and confidence my students feel towards learning Spanish, which in turn leads to their academic success.
I completed my PGCE through the Teach First Leadership Development programme, finishing the programme in July 2018. I am a Spanish specialist, having received a 2:1 in my degree, and have taught students from age 11 to 16 and have supported and examined an A level student. During my three years teaching I took on additional responsibilities such as Deputy Head of Year and Assistant Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator. Whilst living in Valencia on my year abroad, I taught English as a second language to Spanish children and adults.
• 13+ Spanish
• (I)GCSE Spanish (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• A-Level Spanish (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
• 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 grew up in Bath, went to Cardiff University and lived and worked in London for 5 years. I started my working life in advertising and moved on to complete Teach First in 2017. During my time as a teacher, some colleagues and I set up a club to support girls with low confidence, aspirations and resilience, of which there were many at my school. From this, I cofounded Be Her Lead, and left teaching. We have now worked with 57 schools in the country, training teachers to run programmes to build the resilience and aspirations of the girls they work with.
Developing a positive relationship with my students is at the forefront of my work. I am personable and enthusiastic and I like getting to know my students’ personalities and interests outside of the subject I am teaching. Not only does this help to inform my approach, it also encourages open communication and trust, which then enables students to tackle challenges and feel comfortable with vulnerability. Not only do I enjoy teaching, I also see tutoring as a chance for me to learn from my students and to give them a personal platform to use their voices and express themselves. I always begin a lesson by discovering how my students are feeling and I can then adapt my lesson plans accordingly and ensure optimal focus.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I now work on Be Her Lead 3 days a week (Tuesday to Thursday) and by the end of the academic year I will be focusing on tutoring full time.
I am currently based in Bristol where I also work as a cover yoga instructor at a local leisure centre, and am looking for more opportunities to broaden my yoga teaching experience. I have been lucky enough to spend the best part of the last year working remotely and traveling. I have spent time living in coworking spaces in Portugal and Morocco, meeting inspiring like minded people and immersing myself in new communities. I am a keen surfer and spend as much time as possible in or, on a bad day, underneath the waves. I am also an eager runner and have taken part in a few half and full marathons, and a triathlon.
''Nell was an outstanding tutor for student X. She is an excellent educator, always professional and extremely personable. She developed a wonderful relationship with X and he thoroughly enjoyed his classes. Nell always knew how to make her class engaging and pushed X to work hard while making the lessons fun. X thrived in his Spanish classes thanks to Nell.'' (Mother of 17 year old Laurel Springs student)
''Nell is an enthusiastic, determined and highly skilled teacher. Nell is has been an excellent ambassador for the school and is always willing to go above and beyond to improve the outcomes and experiences of her students. As well as her excellent teaching, Nell was able to represent the school in wider teaching alliances to support them with new and innovative pedagogical approaches. Nell has inspired her students outside of the classroom through fieldwork, educational visits, international trips and leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award.'' (ex teaching colleague)