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Lessons offered by Nicola
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  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • All Levels

East Midlands Autism & SEND specialist delivering KS3, GCSE & Functional Skills maths support


Where possible, I approach each topic by connecting it with an individuals interests. To engage a horror enthusiast recently, I delivered probability through the crimes of The Joker and delivered sequences through the plotting of a serial killer. On a lighter note, we learnt about area and volume by looking at the size of homes for his favourite animals. The area of a goat pen and the volume of a terrapin tank!


I am an Autism and SEND specialist who develops and delivers personalised curriculum. I believe in making maths relevant and engaging and delivering it in carefully planned steps, thus boosting self esteem and sense of achievement through learning what is often seen as a challenging subject.


Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £115
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £225


The above tariffs apply to sessions within a 10 mile radius of NG18. There is a 40 pence per mile charge for distances over 10 miles (outward and return journey).

Lessons offered by Nicola
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • All Levels

Nicola's CV

Personal Profile
I am a specialist in autism who, since 1996 has continuously played fundamental roles in the implementation and the strategic development of autism specific programmes and educational support services, improving outcomes for both individuals and organisations. In recent years, I have extended my good practice to programmes for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. I am an experienced manager whose devotion has influenced positive change. In a recent post, this led to the formation of a successful and highly effective disability service which had recognition at a national level. As a team player, I have a strong commitment to collaborative working, effective communication, peer support, integrity and reflective practice. I am a passionate and devoted practitioner, regularly reviewing my own practice, team practice and service delivery and effectiveness as a whole. I continuously take and create opportunities to bridge gaps in inclusion for people on the spectrum; this is through awareness raising to facilitate reasonable adjustments and by teaching ‘different thinkers’ skills for life. I am now fully committed to this practice through launching my own business, Spectrum Savvy and am seeking roles which compliment these professional objectives.

Employment History
November 2017 to date: Freelance Autism Specialist (own business) - Spectrum Savvy, Mansfield.

Providing services in a range of sectors within three key areas: Inclusive practice in education, Inclusive practice in employment and Skills for learning, life and work.

November 2017 to date: One to One Tutor (Looked After Children) – Teaching Personnel, Nottingham for Virtual Schools and Derbyshire Alternative Provision.

Teaching mathematics and English, mainly to learners in the care system who are either excluded from school, between schools or are school refusers. (The role provides flexibility and continuous professional development while building up my own business)

September 2016 | November 2017: Head of Learning & Teaching (Maternity cover), then Curriculum Manager - Portland (Specialist) College, Mansfield.
I worked closely with the Quality Team to lead a large specialist department on a continuous positive journey. Ensuring highly person-centered and positive practice, I managed the dedicated team to deliver specialist programmes to learners experiencing wide range of challenges. As a curriculum manager and member of the assessment team, I assessed learners educational needs and planned individualised study programmes in line with Education Health Care Plans. I had responsibility for quality and tracking of the learner journey, the department budget, staff recruitment, their development and other generic managerial duties. In addition to the daily running of the department, I continuously strived to improve opportunities for learners, through forward-thinking curriculum development, continuous professional development and reflective and analytical practice.
September 2014 | July 2016: Curriculum Manager (Autism and LLDD provision) - South Tyneside College, South Shields.
Lead responsibility for autism specific and LLDD curriculum planning, design, development and delivery in response to learners, organisational and community needs, whilst ensuring operational and strategic plans are implemented. Teaching in small groups and one to one, both curriculum and needs led. Continuous self-assessment and quality improvement through use of data management systems and a range of quality processes, maintaining outstanding achievement and improving outcomes for learners. Lead responsibility for the execution of individualised study programmes which translate Education Health Care Plan and High Needs funding policy into practice. Collaborative work with the ALS team to resource provision for students (specialist equipment, specialist staff etc). Led and coached my team to provide a highly person-centered and positive delivery model, with and for learners. Responsibility for staff recruitment, selection, utilisation and team management and development and have department budget holder, financial management and other generic managerial duties. In addition, I create opportunities to advise on equality and reasonable adjustments across the wider college. Teaching (Entry level 1-level 2): Employability Skills, Independent living, Personal and Social Development, Autism Awareness, Interpersonal and Emotional Skills, Study and Thinking Skills.
March 2007 | September 2014: Curriculum Leader (‘Interface’ Autism Provision) - South Tyneside College
Lead responsibility for establishing an innovative autism provision. Management of curriculum design, development, delivery, achievement and outcomes for learners. Coordination of Internal verification and Lead IV for Edexcel PSD and Workskills. Management of the specialist team in meeting learners needs and striving for high success rates on all courses and raising the profile of the provision. Responsible for the recruitment of learners, I led on the assessment of High Needs learners, completed assessment reports, (including funding applications) and ensured we met Additional Learning Support contract requirements of six local authorities. Teaching in small groups and one to one, both curriculum and needs led. Collaborative working with the ALS team to resource provision for students (specialist equipment, specialist staff etc). Whilst running my own specialist department, I also created opportunities to raise awareness of autism to tutors and students throughout the main college, facilitating good practice within mainstream programmes. Teaching (Entry level 1-level 2) : Employability Skills, Independent living, Personal and Social Development, Autism Awareness, Interpersonal and Emotional Skills, Study and Thinking Skills.
June 2002 | March 2007: Assistant, then ‘Deputy’ Centre Coordinator - European Services for People with Autism Ltd (ESPA), Sunderland
Responsibility for autism specific curriculum design, development and delivery in a specialist college. This had a particular focus on the social, emotional and behavioural needs of learners, Every Child Matters and RARPA. I also had shared responsibilities for centre coordination, curriculum design and the management of teaching, learning support, administration and domestic staff. Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, I also had responsibility for learners’ behaviour management and support strategies. Teaching (Entry level 1-level 2): Personal and Social Development, Interpersonal and Emotional Skills, Study and Thinking Skills.
November 1999 | June 2002: Sector College Liaison – European Services for People with Autism Ltd (ESPA)

Responsibility for liaison between a specialist autism college and General Further Education Colleges (GFE). This involved monitoring and enabling the progression of ASC learners in mainstream college through advising on reasonable adjustments and subsequently the development and delivery of study skills and emotional literacy courses to enable learners on the spectrum to overcome learning barriers in GFE. Teaching (Entry level 3-Level 2): Study and Thinking Skills.

October 1997 | November 1999: Grade 2 Residential Support Worker –
European Services for People with Autism Ltd (ESPA)
Planning and running shifts incorporating effective deployment of support workers, practical teaching of independent living skills in the home and community and the responsibility for safe handling of medication.
September 1996 | October 1997: Freelance autism practitioner (pre-school) – Self-employed
I worked with preschool children on the autistic continuum also providing practical support their families. My responsive role included the teaching of functional language skills in home and pre-school, behaviour analysis and support and facilitating early years social and cognitive development in everyday life.
June 1996 | October 1996: Voluntary Play worker – Humpty Dumpty Day Nursey, Manchester
January 1995 | October 1996: Bar staff – Orion Pub, Manchester

October 1993 | June 1996: Student – Manchester Metropolitan University

Sept 1992 | October 1993: Home Care Assistant / Nanny –
Leicestershire Local Authority
I provided practical support to a family with new born triplets during the year between A levels and university
Education, Training and Professional Development
2018: The Prevent Duty level 2 – Educare (100% / 1 CPD hour)

2016 | 2017: Mandatory training - Portland College, Mansfield (Including NAPPI level 1, NAPPI level 2, Safeguarding, Mental Capacity, Prevent, Moving and Handling)

2013 | 2016: Masters in Autism – University of Northumbria (Distinction)

Dissertation: A Work based quality improvement / change management project entitled “Improving inclusivity of behaviour related procedures for learners on the autistic spectrum in a mainstream college”. Key themes included Equality legislation, autism, behaviour management, offending behaviour, communication and reflective practice. Change Management Model: ADKAR

2016: 2 day Autism Conference - National Autistic Society

2015: Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity and Health & Safety – Cylix

2013: Qualified Teaching and Learning Status – Institute for Learning

2012: Lead Internal Verifier Standardisation – Edexcel / Pearson

2009: GCSE Photography - City of Sunderland College, Sunderland (A*)

2007: Social Stories– Social Stories TM, provided by The Gray Centre

1997 | 2007: Continuous professional development (autism & comorbidity) – ESPA

2006: Supervisory Development Certificate – East Durham & Houghall College, Durham
2004: Post Graduate Certificate in Education (post 16) – City of Sunderland College / University of Sunderland.

2004: Solution Oriented Brief Therapy – Provided via ESPA, Sunderland

2002: LEAF Award in Autistic Spectrum Disorders for Educational Professionals (Level 3) – NEOCN via ESPA, Sunderland

1997: British Sign Language (Level 1) – Clarendon College, Nottingham

1995 | 1996: City & Guilds Foundation Certificate – Teaching, training and development – Clarendon College, Nottingham

September 1993 | June 1996: BA (Hons) Applied Communication – Manchester Metropolitan University
Specialism: Communication Disorders. Dissertation: “Self-Concept in young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions”
Year 1: Interpersonal Communication. Year 2: Inter group communication Year 3: Organisational communication

September 1992 | August 1993: Year of employment between A levels and university study

September 1990 | June 1992: A Levels – Arnold Hill Sixth Form, Nottingham
Mathematics (C) and French (E)

June 1990 | GCSEs - Arnold Hill Comprehensive School, Nottingham
10 GCSEs grade A-C, Including Mathematics extension paper - Merit
Voluntary Work
2012 | 2016 - Seaham, County Durham
Founder of ‘The (Unofficial) Seaham Coastal Clean-up Crew’ - Twitter: The Crew @SeahamBeachCrew

1991 | 1996
Various roles and placements: Romania Play, Nottingham; Clarendon College, Nottingham; Nightline, Manchester Metropolitan University; Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery, Manchester.

Skills, Interests and Achievements
• Project Management and operational skills
• Behaviour management
• Special Educational Needs and Disability
• Person Centred practice
• Inclusion and equality
• Curriculum Development
• Data analysis
• Autism Awareness
• Teaching
• Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring
• Emotional literacy
• Outdoor pursuits
• Photography
• Fitness and running
• Wildlife

• Autism Professional Awards Finalist (Schools and post 16 Team category). 2016
• Greener Volunteer of the year award. County Durham Volunteer Awards. 2015
• Commendation. Volunteer of the year. County Durham Environment Awards. 2014
Available on request

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