I am a very experienced teacher and have been particularly successful with students who face an additional challenge. I have been a teacher in primary schools where I had additional responsibility for improving reading and also improving the levels of year 6 writers. I am also experienced in secondary teaching - mainstream, challenged students and tutoring. I have taught a range of subjects across the curriculum. Overall I am particularly skilled in both teaching reading and challenging students. I have become experienced in outdoor learning. I managed a provision called farm school where students were involved in animal care, gardening and practical fieldwork in geography and science. We also included a range of art activities based on the environment simultaneously developing art skills in students. All learning took place outdoors and enabled students to develop a more relaxed and positive attitude toward learning. A percentage of our curriculum was developed to improve student's experiences and self-confidence. My timetable had regular enrichment activities to geographical or historical locations stimulating maths and English activities. We also had practical cooking sessions to explore and develop skills and support other areas of the curriculum. We also timetabled mindfulness and sport regularly to better support some of our anxious students. As I have been the head of 3 alternative provisions I have taught a range of subjects and also accessed a range of training to enable me to be more specialized in teaching and to meet students needs. I have recently been teaching GCSE maths and English, art and child care. I have also taught Food Tech but less intensively. Recently, I was appointed by a primary school, which was very interesting, to teach higher level literacy groups, who were more able students and a year 6 literacy class. I was also working with an NQT and in early years to support in the classroom. Despite teaching for over 35 years I have 3 very sporty grown-up children and enjoy gardening and travelling. I have been a football club manager for Harpenden Ladies U12 for 3 seasons and also supported at Brownie camp.
I am a multilinguist with considerable experience in teaching languages to a diverse range of students. I am extremely passionate about my subject and committed to understanding and engaging with each new student's learning needs. I tailor my individual teaching programmes to ensure each student is able to develop and move confidently towards their goal, whether it be academic or personal. I choose to work with students who are committed to working towards their goal - they don't have to love the subject to begin with, they just have to want to improve, the love comes later, often when they discover how simple it can be and they start to see improvements in their ability and understanding! I have a 100% success rate in terms of my students improving their grades. Among my previous students are Yas, a Spanish GCSE student who went from a predicted D to receiving an A* overall in 14 months, Roderick, who with no prior teaching since his French GCSE 16 months before we began, received an A* at French A Level after 7 months of home-schooling with me and Kendall, a French IB student who went from grade 3/4 to achieving a final grade 6/7 in 20 months - she called me up in Guatemala on results day so I knew it must be good news! An article I wrote for The Telegraph on GCSE Modern Foreign Language revision: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10779059/GCSE-MFL-revision-verbs-voice-and-vocabulary.html Testimonials: "James tutored both my daughters for GCSE Spanish and they both received A*. This was particularly impressive with my eldest daughter who was on a Grade D at the end of Year 10. James accelerated Yasmin's learning rapidly over 6 months in Year 11, and changed her attitude towards Spanish from a boring difficult subject to her favourite! Aside from his in-depth understanding of the curriculum and effective teaching techniques, James is a lovely person with a great sense of humour, and the girls really enjoyed his company. We'd highly recommend James to anyone wanting to improve their grades and language skills." Zaya F - Spanish GCSE "James was simply brilliant in giving my son confidence in his ability to learn languages, which ultimately led to GCSE success. He possesses a magical ability to build self-esteem. Invaluable. Fabulous. Very highly recommended." Donna G – French & Spanish IGCSE "James tutored me in French for just over a year for the international baccalaureate. Marked out of 7, I originally achieved 3-4s in all my examinations. James helped with reading, writing and oral presentations. He helped me to increase my confidence in speaking and also taught me invaluable techniques for verb conjugations. In the end I was able to achieve a 6/7 in my final IB results. Thank you James !" Kendall U - French International Baccalaureate "James was instrumental in getting my son to an A* for his Spanish A Level this year. Over a period of 8 months James worked to improve Omar’s original predicted grade of B, focussing on some core grammar which had been missed by the school and developing his reading, writing and oral skills. James often made himself available at short notice to review and offer feedback on Omar’s practice essays for the literature part of the course. We are delighted with the result and with the high level of professional service that James provides. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend." Mehta F - Spanish A Level “My daughter Chloe was struggling with Spanish during year 11, she failed her mock and was really worried. We found James and he worked steadily with her for the three months leading up to her GCSE. I’m delighted to say she achieved a 6(B)!! Incredible...a fail to a B in only 25 hours tutoring! Thank you James, she couldn’t have done it without you!” Beth W – Spanish GCSE James tutored my daughter for just over a year at French Pre-U. Our aim was to secure a comfortable distinction. James knew the syllabus inside out and ensured no stone had been left unturned in her knowledge and exam technique. We were delighted but not too surprised when the final result came back a D1. We’re thrilled with James, his approach and the care he brings to each session. Such a star. Mikael J – Cambridge Pre U French "James is an amazing teacher. He got my daughter to a B in French GCSE from a predicted D, and my son to a B in Spanish GCSE from a predicted E. This helped my daughter to get to UCL and put the Russell Group within my son's reach. His teaching style is unique. Within minutes of arrival, he had won the respect of both my teenagers. He made himself available at weekends and in the evenings both in person and over Skype. I am so grateful for his help. I highly recommend him." Rachel G - French & Spanish GCSE "James is an outstanding teacher - he taught my son to find his own motivation & the confidence he needed to excel in Spanish. He brings the language to life and creates a self sufficiency in study habits that was wonderful to observe - the GCSE process was made palatable and non daunting ! I would wholly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor that cares about the child in the most holistic sense and leaves them with the skills to tackle languages independently post their time with him - he was an absolute star !" Shaleen Y - Spanish IGCSE "James is one of the best tutors I have ever met. He is clearly passionate about teaching and has such an engaging and enthusiastic manner. Anyone who is lucky enough to come across James has found a true gem. I cannot recommend him highly enough." Helen S - Spanish GCSE
I have been tutoring for more than seven years across a range of subjects and ages. I specialise in 11+/13+ common entrance exams; my students have attained places as Haberdasher's Aske's Boys School, Marlborough College, Benenden School and many more similar schools across the UK. I also specialise in English Literature and Language GCSE and A-Level, as well as Drama GCSE and A-Level. I have extensive experience teaching the new GCSE syllabus, with many of my students reaching their full potential and achieving 9s in both English Literature and Language. I have a Masters degree from the University of Kent in Creative Writing, where I spent a semester in Paris. Previous to that, I attained a BA in English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. All my lessons are goal oriented and tailored to the student. My first lesson will be a one-hour assessment session, followed by a feedback report to the student/parent and then a rough outline of the goals that need achieving. I work to understand the student's interests (especially for younger students) so the lessons can be fun, accessible and informative. I also provide monthly feedback sessions to review what goals have been reached, how the student is improving and next steps. I am currently writing my first novel, and I enjoy reading, drinking green tea and teaching.
Dynamic and results-oriented ESOL and Literacy teacher, committed to inculcating a passion for learning, creating multicultural awareness through teaching, fundamentally creative with hands-on curriculum that reaches every student’s learning style and ability, empowering students to succeed and realise their individual goals who is a trustworthy, energetic, approachable, multi lingual individual with excellent communication skills looking for a teaching position where she can demonstrate her commitment to delivering first-rate, inspirational teaching. 2015 - present New London College (Acting Academic Manger/ English Language Programmes/Tutor) - (PT) Develop, deliver and assess programme units for a range of programmes. Prepare a programme(s) of study including the development of Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans. Support learners to access appropriate learning programmes using a range of diagnostic tools and assessment methods. Establish precise learning objectives, content and clear learning outcomes for all teaching undertaken. Develop appropriate learning styles and delivery methods which meet the needs of learners. Act as a personal tutor and support students in managing their own learning. Fulfil validating and awarding body requirements, including Internal Verification and the establishment of effective recording and tracking mechanisms. Comply with and support the College’s Performance Management processes undertaking Staff Development as required. Complete and keep a record of 30hrs Continuous Professional Development (pro rata to a minimum of 6 hrs) annually. Attend team meetings both within the Faculty and across the College. Promote and support the development of the College’s Equal Opportunities Policy and ensure compliance in all aspects of the Faculty’s function. Ensure compliance with relevant Health and Safety requirements. Work with managers and employees to support the developing culture of the learning organisation and facilitate cultural change. 2013 - 2014 Skills training UK (ESOL Tutor) - (FT) Motivate and engage ESOL sessions (Entry Level 1 and 2), embed employability skills in the curriculum, prepare learners for and conduct ESOL exams with the Edexcel awarding body, prepare plans taking into consideration various learning styles and individual learner needs and abilities, work towards targeted delivery outcomes, carry out the enrolment of new learners on regular basis, contribute to the on-going creation and development of new and innovative training materials/resources ensuring all delivery meets quality and performance standards, achieving retention rate of 100% and achievement rate of 90% for accredited qualifications, attend curriculum working groups where necessary and contribute to the development of company training programmes as required., administrate and complete paperwork associated with programme within required timescales 2012 - 2013 Bradford Regional College (London Campus) - (IELTS & ESOL Tutor) - (PT) Prepare learners for IELTS exams. Increase learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing levels devoting additional time to language within the classroom, effectively alter lessons to accommodate lower language levels in Entry 3, Level 1, and Level 3. Plan scheme of work and lessons of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities and guide the learning process towards the achievement of curriculum goals and review their progress on monthly basis (ILPs). 2011 - 2012 Ebenezer Community Learning Centre (London) – ESOL Teacher- (FT) Carry out diagnostic assessments and mark them, teach ESOL Entry level 3 and Entry Level 1 classes. Prepare the SOW for those classes, plan the lesson plans, review learners’ progress and prepare them for Formative and Summative exams, attend as an assessor and interlocutor in City and Guilds exams, mark Entry 1, 2, 3, and Level 1 Speaking/Listening, Reading and Writing Exam papers. Carry out learners’ language related administrative paperwork. 2005 - 2011 Metropole College (London), ESOL Teacher (FT) Increase learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing levels devoting additional time on language within the classroom, effectively alter lessons to accommodate lower language levels in Entry 3, Level 1, Literacy Level 3 and IELTS classes. Plan scheme of work and lessons of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities and guide the learning process towards the achievement of curriculum goals and review their progress on monthly basis (ILPs). Assess learners’ Speaking and Listening skills during City & Guilds and Edexcel exams and mark City & Guilds, Edexcel Reading /Writing Exam papers, be an interlocutor during Cambridge Speaking and Listening exams 1993-2004 Tutor (Private households) • Taught/improved children’s English level in a short period that the parent can be convinced by the good result. • Maintained effective communication with parents about pupils’ learning and progress, drawing attention to special skills and talents as well as to problems or difficulties. • Taught English to young children with songs, rhymes, games and picture books to keep them involved, motivated and interested. • Encouraged them to take charge of their own learning and homework independently.
In being a qualified teacher (having worked with all ages both in the classroom and one-to-one, from early-years to adult), I have grown a deep understanding of how people learn, how their needs differ, and how to be adaptable in approach to fulfil those needs. Being responsible for someone’s development requires true compassion and it is also a source of personal pride. Being a poet, I nurture in my students a love of English, which, when coupled with expert teaching, has consistently proven to be the foundation for academic success. I have also been an actor and drama workshop leader, and so I share my deep insights into theatre, especially the plays of Shakespeare, and help students bring any text to life. My evening schedule is currently very busy, but I do have more daytime availability. If you have any questions, it'd be lovely to hear from you.
I am an extremely versatile educator who has taken the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students from various different age groups. Tutoring full-time, my specialist subjects are English primary (KS1 & KS2), secondary English (KS3 & KS4 GCSE), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). With a dynamic and creative teaching style, I am driven by a love of inspiring others to learn and helping children, young people and adults achieve their learning goals. Alongside my rich teaching experience and high-level qualifications, I offer unparalleled dedication to facilitating the learning process of learners in way that kindles academic confidence as well as improved scholastic ability.
I turned down a place at Cambridge University to study English and Drama at Bristol University. During my studies, I began tutoring students preparing for their various assessments. Upon graduating, I moved into full time tutoring, both online and in London. I worked in Dubai for two years, where I split my time between tutoring and freelance journalism work (I wrote for Forbes magazine, amongst others). Whilst in Dubai, I helped the three children of a Saudi Sheikh secure entrance to Le Rosey, a sought after Swiss boarding school. I have also undertaken residential summer placements, including working with two siblings on their 8+ and 11+ assessments in the south of France for a month, and I've worked with many children for the 11+ tests and preparation. My students cover a range of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Recently, I have specialised my practice to online tuition.
I have tutored a range of students aged between 6 and 18 years old, teaching for a variety of circumstances - from KS1 to 11+ exams, right through to A-levels and Oxbridge applications. I graduated with a first-class degree in English, and so my greater passion and expertise lie in that subject, but I have also taught Latin and Philosophy to GCSE-standard, as well as Maths to Common Entrance level. Other non-academic interests include music and sport: I have taught guitar and coached football to students aged 3-15.