I have taught KS3-KS5 and I pride myself on creating positive learning environments, personalised resources, detailed feedback and encouragement which appeal to students of all abilities. Once I understand my students and their aims, I can create lessons and resources to help them achieve their goals. My tutoring sessions are collaborative, personalised and incorporate a range of resources and online learning tools to help students succeed and ensure they are motivated and engaged.
I have more than15 years of teaching experience including with QTS. I have taught English Language and English Literature at KS3, KS4 and KS5 IB and A Level. In this time I have developed an excellent knowledge of all the UK exam boards and relevant set texts and syllabi.
Having been a teacher in various roles in the UK and Italy, I have been lucky enough to have built up a wealth of experience teaching students from a range of backgrounds and circumstances, with a range of learning styles. This has led me to developed an expert understanding of barriers to learning that many students experience. Overcoming these barriers and stretching students to develop their full potential has always been at the forefront of my teaching practice; helping students succeed whilst also encouraging a love of learning.
Having incorporated Google Classroom into my practice since September 2018, and including new technology regularly, means I am adept at teaching online. I am proud to have been able to deliver a full timetable of learning to students in key stages 3 - 5 during the last academic year with a focus on the wellbeing of my students and discussions around global and national events.
I have excellent knowledge of all the UK exam boards and relevant set texts and syllabi.
I also hold a full, clear DBS (February 2021) and up to date Child Protection training ( February 2021)
An outstanding and engaging English and English Literature teacher who puts students and differentiation at the forefront of decisions and practice. Multilingual, reflective and dedicated to supporting all students reach their full potential whilst developing their confidence and a love of learning.
Online English Tutor
January 2021- Present
Created and delivered collaborative and personalised online sessions for students in years 7-11 with a focus on the fundamentals of the English Language & English Literature curriculum, general literacy and their needs and interests whilst being aware of their mental health and wellbeing, encouraging discussions where appropriate
Used extensive knowledge of online teaching to incorporate a range of engaging tools and approaches into lessons
Liaised with and updated teachers of progress of students and future focus points
Encouraged and motivated students to develop a love of reading via positive news stories and texts which reflect their interests and backgrounds
Teacher of English- KS3, KS4 and KS5 IB Westminster Academy, London
December 2015 – August 2020
Delivered purposeful, engaging and challenging lessons to mixed ability classes across KS3-KS5. Ensured that all students including high attaining students, students with SEND and EAL students all received personalised learning opportunities via a wide range of materials, activities, resources and opportunities for discussion and feedback via regular student voice tasks
Taught a full timetable online from March 2020, for KS3, KS4 & KS5, allowing students to continue learning via Google Classroom and Zoom whilst providing opportunities for discussion and SEMH check ins
Effectively created productive, safe, supportive and unbiased learning environments and high expectations for students through behaviour management by using a range of strategies for each class including positive reinforcement, praise and parental engagement, alongside the school’s behaviour policy
Continuously created and adapted culturally and socially relevant and engaging lessons, resources, discussion prompts and reading lists which helped to create a love of studying, English Literature and reading
Enthusiastically collaborated with colleagues in the English department to create original and engaging lessons and resources for the new curriculum, with particular focus on EAL learners and HPA learners focused on building cultural capital, positively framing challenging content, ensuring all lessons are accessible and enjoyable to all
Actively supported students with a range of mental health, pastoral and social issues to ensure that each student feels heard, supported and important in every English lesson and around the school
Successfully delivered key stage 4 curriculum across four year 11 classes including a nurture class using summative and formative feedback, close data analysis and targeted interventions and resources to support students in achieving positive progress in final GCSE exams and increased self belief
Worked collaboratively with LSAs to develop positive relationships with students and supported them in achieving progress and confidence
Taught the International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature curriculum to KS5. Focused on developing a deeper understanding of the written word through an exploration of a range of cultures, political influences, societal demands and historical contexts to encourage students to broaden their own reactions to what they read; resulting in excellent outcomes and independent and curious students prepared for university study
Praised for dedication to marking classwork, homework and formative and summative assessments across Key Stages 3-5, following the school's marking policy and exam board guidelines and providing effective feedback to students
Created and ran a number of engaging enrichment activities bringing together cross curriculum opportunities, personal development and focus on supporting local and global social issues such as The First Give Project. Supported KS5 students in developing initiatives such as Feminist Friday Discussion Group and a local Red Box Campaign
Created and delivered purposeful tutor sessions with a focus on developing PSHE and SMSC to foster the personal development of each student
Took on a number of mentoring opportunities for Teach First School Centred Learning participants on three occasions and one NQT teacher. Supported KS5 students as a Personal Statement Mentor on 6 occasions and an IB Extended Essay Supervisor on 5 occasions, providing them with feedback and opportunities for discussion when writing a 3000+ word essay
Successfully taught a disengaged year 11 GCSE Food Technology class. All completed coursework to an excellent standard, gained confidence and achieved a grade D or above, the school’s highest set of results for this subject.
Collaborated with colleagues and students in the school’s response to the Grenfell Fire by organising a food and clothing donation point, bake sales and fundraising activities raising over £1000
Associate Director of Learning - EAL Westminster Academy, London
September 2017 - July 2020
Lead, managed and developed EAL provision across the Academy ensuring meaningful, culturally appropriate support for EAL students in class and pastorally
Created and ran effective literacy and EAL interventions and specialist targeted sessions which supported students’ proficiency in English, ability to access mainstream curriculum and levels of confidence
Developed, implemented and maintained an EAL database including systems to meet and welcome all EAL learners and parents/carers in a timely manner, assessed all EAL learners and gathered an educational history with details and potential strategies passed onto teachers and developed into Student Passports
Supported all teachers and curriculum leaders in developing high quality targeted EAL differentiation and implementing a range of effective pedagogy strategies and interventions for inclusive classrooms.
Acted as a role model and practitioner of outstanding classroom practice for other teachers, modelling effective strategies and approaches
Monitored and evaluated the quality of learning and progress of EAL students via student voice, data analysis. Identified areas for improvement and made adjustments appropriately through collaborative and supportive learning walks
Lead and managed staff and volunteers in the EAL department and ensuring high standards of professional development and effective practice and collaboration with teachers
Developed evaluation strategies and EAL department evaluation framework to contribute to overall Academy self-evaluation objectives identified in Academy Development and Inclusion Development Plans
Coordinated CPD needs and opportunities for the Academy staff including delivering a number of effective INSET sessions, ITT sessions, department specific sessions to best support EAL learners and CPD sessions for University of Bedfordshire and University of Oxford trainee teachers
Worked with AVP and SEND Director of Learning to develop and implement a school wide inclusive marking and feedback policy
Worked collaboratively with a range of agencies to support EAL learners including LAC learners to coordinate further academic and pastoral support
Enthusiastically keeping abreast of developments within EAL teaching to ensure that new developments and changes in statutory requirements are introduced, evaluated and delivered
Supported DSL in situations concerning the safety and wellbeing of EAL learners and their families
Assessed EAL students for GCSE Access Arrangements and liaised with colleagues in SEND team to create relevant Exam Access Arrangements for additional time and use of dictionary
Ran weekly ESOL classes for parents and carers both in person and via Zoom and signposted parents and carers to relevant local services and opportunities
Organised and ran ESOL and Functional Skills tuition and exams for Year 11 students in four exam seasons with a 100% pass rate
Lead a team in organising three annual International Evening celebrations for students, staff and families
In partnership with ex refugee students and colleagues in the Humanities Department, Organised Refugee Week activities for KS3 and KS4 students based on personal accounts
Started a KS5 Mentoring scheme for EAL learners which supported a total of 80 students over 3 years
Initial Teacher Training & NQT Coordinator Westminster Academy, London
November 2016- July 2017
Following a request from the principal, designed and ran the school’s in house training for both first year trainees on Schools Direct, PGCE and Teach First pathways and newly qualified teachers
Facilitated weekly training sessions, with regular guest speakers and trainers to help develop pedagogy. Held weekly informal drop in problem solving sessions with teachers and mentors
Monitored teacher’s progress and development via frequent supportive learning walks and observations with detailed feedback and follow up
Responsible for submission of relevant NQT termly reports
Supported Vice Principal in organisation of two week Teach First School Centred Learning Programme
EAL Coordinator Westminster Academy, London
September 2015 - August 2017
Welcomed and supported EAL learners and their families
Coordinated cross curricular support for EAL learners in KS3-KS5. Liaised with teachers and Directors of Learning regarding specific strategies for engagement and differentiation
Planned and delivered school wide EAL training sessions
Organised and delivered daily supplementary sessions and interventions to EAL learners to help develop their command of English and confidence
Collaborated with colleagues to prepare ESOL examinations and GCSE Access Arrangements.
EAL Learning Support Assistant Westminster Academy, London
March 2013 - December 2014
Supported EAL students in class in a range of subjects in KS3 and KS4
Planned and delivered daily targeted literacy and EAL interventions and holiday catch up sessions
Collaborated with classroom teachers to develop engaging differentiated resources for EAL learners
Provided translation during Parents’ Evenings and parental phone and email communication
Learning Support Assistant Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, London
November 2012- March 2013
Provided in class support to learners with a range of EAL levels and SEND students in KS3 and KS4
Taught small group Functional Skills and PSHE classes
Planned and delivered after-school Literacy interventions
Collaborated with teachers to develop specific differentiated resources and assessment material for EAL and SEND students
Attended regular training sessions to develop understanding of SEND and best practices
EFL Teacher Language Studies International - Central London Campus & Evocation EFL
June 2011-October 2012
Planned and delivered engaging adult General English and Business English classes to small groups and individuals at a British Council Accredited School
Delivered dual language and immersion courses to Italian teenagers as part of European Council funded partnership
Delivered weekly assessments and feedback to all classes
Incorporated personalised resources to compliment course materials
Prepared students for IELTS and Cambridge Examinations with 100% success rate
Organised weekly tours of London for students
Project Coordinator Midaye Somali Development Network, London
September 2007-June 2010
Organised and delivered elements of Somali Women’s Health project including workshops, signposting and referrals, Somali-language counseling services, positive parenting courses, encouraging engagement with local NHS mental and physical health services
Jointly-coordinated an FGM awareness project which culminated in discussions with RBKC police force and a series of interviews screened on Chanel Four News
Secured funding for Supplementary School, general running of the charity and ESOL classes
EFL Teacher ELA London Bridge Summer School
June 2007- September 2007
Planned and delivered innovative General English classes to small groups of teenagers with a focus on pronunciation and vocabulary building
Incorporated personalised resources to compliment course materials. Prepared a series of individual students for IELTS and Cambridge Examinations
Organised weekly tours of London for students
Volunteer English Tutor Midaye Somali Development Network, London January 2006-June 2010
Developed and delivered homework support, exam preparation and confidence building after school sessions to KS3 and KS4 students
Liaised with teachers to develop targeted resources for students’ needs
Organised and delivered weekly literacy support sessions as part of Supplementary School
EFL Teacher Oxford Centre Language School, Salerno, Italy
November 2004-August 2005
Delivered general, conversational English and business English classes to Italian students aged 5-60+
Prepared students for School exams, Cambridge Exams, IELTS and TOEFL exams with an excellent success rate
Introduced and taught one to one pronunciation classes after specific requests.
December 2014- December 2015 E-Qualitas
ITT Schools Direct Programme in Secondary English
September 2010- June 2011 City University London
Graduate Diploma- International Politics & Human Rights
September 2003 - June 2007 University College London
TEFL Certification- Pass
September 2000 - August 2002 Long Road 6th Form College, Cambridge
3 A Levels & 2 AS Levels grades A-C
September 1994 - August 2000 Melbourn Village College
11 GCSEs grades A* - C
Additional languages spoken: Italian- Fluent, Spanish- Upper Intermediate, French- Intermediate
Up to date, full DBS- February 2021
Member of The National Subject Association for EAL (NALDIC), The National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) & The International Association in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).
Preparation to teach and assess the new English Language and Literature specification. Feedback from Exam Sessions both delivered by Edexcel
How to stretch and challenge HPA students delivered by Edexcel
A range of EAL training including current teaching strategies to support EAL learners in mixed ability classes delivered by NALDIC
Preparing for ESOL and Functional Skills exams delivered by Pearson
IB Hub Days with a focus on the English Language & Literature course
A range of SEND training on supporting learners with dyslexia, S&L needs, ASD and ADHD
Up to date safeguarding training, Prevent training and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ training
SEMH in the classroom training delivered by The NEU
Google Classroom Training including Supporting English Language Learners
Inclusivity, racial literacy, decolonising pedagogy and curriculum training delivered by The Black Curriculum
Teaching practices reflective training from the local authority English Specialists
Lucy is an extremely dedicated and patient teacher, sensitive to students’ social and cultural backgrounds. She has always established a good rapport with them and their families. Her lessons are lively and engaging and her feedback consistently detailed and constructive.
Lucy is dedicated and gifted tutor and always has the interests and benefits of the students at heart. She has significant experience and formal qualifications. Her hard work and positive attitude are a substantial advantage to all her students.
Lucy is a kind, thoughtful and dedicated teacher. She will work tirelessly to make sure each and every pupil makes accelerated progress.
Lucy is an excellent teacher. Her subject knowledge in English Language and Literature is phenomenal. Her lessons really help students to progress and grow in their learning and their knowledge and skills are securely embedded.
Dedicated teacher with wealth of experience who consistently achieves fantastic results with students
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