- Primary English & Maths
- 7+ English & Maths
- 8+ English & Maths
- 11+ English & Maths
I have 8 years experience as a primary classroom teacher, having taught across the age range in London, Cambridge (University of Cambridge Primary School) and internationally (Dulwich College, Shanghai).
I have thorough knowledge of the progression through the National Curriculum from Early Years Foundation Stage up to Year 6, including preparation for SATS at each key stage. My detailed understanding enables me to work backwards with individuals to target support effectively, with proven techniques and demonstrable results.
I am adept at using diagnostic tools to identify gaps in learning. Throughout my teaching career, I have planned and run a variety of targeted interventions to meet various needs, bolstering learning in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Additionally, I have experience tutoring 1:1 for 11+, including Maths, English and Non Verbal Reasoning.
SEND: I have specific experience working 1:1 with children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD. As a highly experienced teacher, I am able to use my expertise in neurodiversity to adapt my teaching methods, ensuring the very best results for the children in my care. I also equip children with practical and tailored organisational strategies to help them manage their neurodiversity and thrive.
Pastoral care: I place a strong emphasis on pastoral care. With comprehensive training in Mental Health, I use teaching of emotional regulation strategies to help unlock every child’s potential. I have run nurture groups to help children manage anxiety and change, and also have extensive experience of easing the transition between primary and secondary.
Non-native speakers: Half of my teaching career has been as a teacher of classes with 80% or higher ‘English as an Additional Language’ learners. As a result, I have a huge bank of teaching tactics to accelerate language acquisition, with engaging visual aids and multisensory methods for each stage.
I have always been passionate about education. From an early age, I have been inspired by my Grandmother, who was a primary school teacher. She used to tell me anecdotes about life as an educator and I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
I grew up in Wimbledon and studied at Sutton High, a member of the Girls Day School Trust, before attending University in Leeds to study for my Undergraduate Degree in Primary Education.
My three-year degree was punctuated with teaching placements, including within SEND provision and, since graduating in 2015, I have been classroom teaching in London, Cambridge and Shanghai. Since 2020, I have tutored 1:1 alongside my teaching role and have found it a joy to facilitate the accelerated progress that working with children in this way makes possible.
For the next part of my teaching journey, I am looking to broaden my tutoring work further. I want to leverage the skills I have gained over many years in the classroom, drawing on my experience with students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and learning styles to help my tutees achieve their full potential.
Building high-quality relationships lies at the heart of my teaching, as I believe they are integral to achieving the very best progress. Gaining a thorough understanding of your child – their interests, foibles and obstacles – will be very important to me throughout our time working together.
Inspiring creativity is my other key objective. In my experience, knowledge retention comes most easily when learning activities are fun and memorable. I have always been passionate about designing learning opportunities that are hands-on and multi-sensory. I will bring creative resources with me and whenever we can be up on our feet or using Play-Doh, I will find a way to make it happen.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a content creator for Happy Tot Shelf. This is an early learning platform aiming to inspire parents with multisensory, hands-on educational activities to do at home.
I also run a small-holding, no-dig market garden, growing vegetables for a local cafe and village shop. This fits in around my tutoring hours, apart from Wednesdays where I set aside the whole day for growing.
''Amy's hard work with him has been a game changer. She makes him much more confident and I am very happy she is in his life. She has an insight and understanding which he is so responsive to, without being intimidated by the boundaries she sets down. He has thrived with her guidance, both in himself and his school work and has a better ability to self-reflect, which he will take with him into the future. I look forward to having her in his life for his next chapter of challenges'' (Parent of 11+ student)
''We feel incredibly lucky to have had Amy teach our son. Her passion, professionalism and dedication to the children she teaches shines through in everything she and her students do. Our son came to her with challenges both academically and emotionally and she has calmly and patiently spend time getting to know him, to understand him and has built his confidence from the ground up. We're seeing great progress and we couldn't be happier.'' (Parent of Year 3 student)
''My son has always struggled with learning, having lost confidence at school. We were never sure what to put it down to. Amy, however, took time to look into why he was finding it difficult to process and retain information. She did some research and took time to investigate and share her findings with us. We are now in the process of seeking paediatric help for dyspraxia and thanks to Amy, my son's confidence is improving and he doesn't feel 'stupid' anymore. We are eternally grateful.'' (Parent of Year 5 student)