I have worked for the last 10 years as a tutor of English and literacy consultant. Before this I worked as an editor and writer. I am a published and prize winning poet alongside my teaching practice. I have over 7000 hours of one to one teaching experience.
After qualifying as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in 2008 I taught on a freelance level around London and internationally, mainly on a one to one basis. Highlights include teaching a Ukrainian pop star as she toured the UK on a tour bus.
From 2009 onwards I moved onto tuition for the common entrance/11 and 13+ exam, working mainly in London and helping students to gain entry to many of the top grammar and public schools. These include Charterhouse, Dulwich, Westminster, Marlborough, Alleyns and many more.
For the last 7 years I have been working a minimum of 20 hours a week for Connexus, a London-based tutoring organization. Most of these students have been from Russia and Slavic nations. Every summer I teach abroad in Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland and several other European countries.
My role is often that of an academic mentor, and I have had a number of clients for several years, guiding them through the age brackets. For much of 2016 and 2017 I taught in Zurich Switzerland with a client. I also provide Connexus with literacy assesments and material for their website.
My tutoring work has taken me through the various school exams (I can teach English up to A-Level), but I have also tutored university-level students.
I am an Associate Consultant with the National Literacy Trust and have produced literacy resources for a number of organizations. I produced the materials for the NLT prisons reading groups for several years.
I have produced 11+ resources for the Bond Papers (Oxford University Press) and the Ministry of Stories based in London. I also produced materials for the McDonalds Secret Seven Happy Meal promotion.
I have written two books of educational resources; one in association with the NLT, the other in association with my own company Prompt Arts, who also produce creative writing workshops, seminars and events, as well as educational materials.
I have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for poetry for the last two years.
I almost exclusively use my own resources in my teaching practice and believe in a ‘creative reading’ approach to literature.
My teaching comes from a sound understanding of the mechanics of the language (EFL), as well as a creative sense of the possibilities of language and literature. I think of myself as a practitioner first and a tutor second, and I believe this offers a crucial alternative perspective for school-age pupils.
References available on request.