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Lessons offered by Craig
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • Creative writing
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Essay Writing
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced English teacher offering support across a wide variety of related areas

Methodology

The focus of my tuition sessions is always on the student: What are their needs and goals? What is the best way for us to achieve them? How can I craft an experience that they will enjoy whilst giving us the outcomes that we want? I believe that all teaching is a collaboration between both student and teacher. The teacher needs to build a positive, friendly working relationship with the student, being aware of their interests and also push them beyond them, whilst the student needs to trust their teacher and make the most of the opportunities that are presented to them.

Background

I have a lot of experience working with students in a variety of different contexts. Some of these include:

Teaching the English Literature IGCSE, where my students achieved a 100% pass rate, including 30% A - A* pass rate.
Teaching English as a Second Language at IGCSE, where I broke records for students passing the course at my school two years in a row.
Teaching the English First Language IGCSE to students of varying ability levels.
Having previously taught and tutored students in the UK who have been taking their GCSEs with WJEC, AQA and EdExcel, and helping some students go from ungraded to a passing grade, or maintain the high grades that they have had and help prepare them for future study beyond their GCSEs.
Teaching the WJEC English Literature GCSE to students who went on to achieve both passing grades and top marks.
Working with students at KS3 to improve their general reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. I have often worked with students who want to improve their creativity, those who come from an ESL background, or students who have become unmotivated due to their school environment - success cannot always be measured in attainment, as sometimes increased motivation and enjoyment of the subject is the first stop on the road to lifelong learning!
Tutoring to help students prepare for the 11+ exams many schools require KS2 students to take.
Online tutoring of adults who are ESL (I am happy to tutor anyone, but a grasp of some English is required as I am not multilingual - I wish I was!).
Online tutoring in conversational and business English.
Providing support to teachers looking to embed English skills into their own subjects, such as primary teachers or staff on long-term cover in an unfamiliar subject.

I have worked in a wide variety of different educational institutions, such as oversubscribed high schools in towns and cities throughout the UK, academies, private fee paying schools in both the UK and abroad, exclusion units, with students that have left mainstream education, one-on-one in students’ homes, and both over Skype and other platforms when teaching both local and international students.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £70
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £120

Details

I charge between £15 and £25 a hour, depending on the circumstances, time of the tuition session and what extra work is needed outside of tuition sessions to support the student. For example, teaching a KS3 student between 4pm and 9pm GMT to help with their general English skills and engagement in the lessons would be £15 as there is little preparation work necessary as I have the knowledge and resources to hand. Meanwhile, teaching an international student A-Level Literature between 1am and 5am on a Sunday would be £25 as I would need to do a little extra research, create some new resources personalised to the needs of the student, and would likely do essay marking outside of the tuition sessions as well as providing feedback within them.

Lessons offered by Craig
Individual
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • Creative writing
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Essay Writing
Levels
  • All Levels

Craig's CV

Candidate Profile

Craig is a dedicated, driven and resourceful teacher who constantly seeks to develop professionally and demonstrate good practice within school. He has shown himself to be adaptable to a variety of teaching environments, having worked within an international school setting, residential settings, pupil referral units, and mainstream secondary schools. He has been able to either meet or exceed targets set for pupils at key stage 3 and key stage 4, and has worked with others members of staff to support and encourage under-performing pupils, pupils with SEN, and pupils who have EAL. Much of his work in the classroom is focused around using Assessment for Learning to develop pupils' learning, whilst encouraging creativity and expression. He places emphasis on putting the pupil at the centre of teaching and learning, and understands the importance of a positive relationship with pupils, members of staff, parents, and the wider community. Should you walk into a typical afternoon lesson being taken by Craig, you will find the pupils enjoying themselves, communicating effectively, whilst remaining on task. In addition, Craig has a wealth of experience working as a one-on-one private tutor for both the franchise Tutor Doctor and as part of his own private tutoring business.

Education and Qualifications

September 2009 until June 2011 University of Cumbria, Lancaster (formerly St. Martin's College)
PGCE in Secondary English, Drama and Media, with QTS.

September 2002 until July 2005 University of Central Lancashire, Preston
BA Hons Degree (2:1) in Film and Media Studies, and Audio Visual Media Studies.

September 1999 until July 2001 Preston College
A-levels in Film Studies (B), English Language (B), Media Studies (C), Drama (D), and Performing Arts (E).

September 1992 until July 1998 Fulwood High School, Preston
GCSEs in English (B), English Literature (B), Maths (B), History (B), Science (C, C), Design and Technology: Graphic Products (C), Drama (C), and French (E).

Teaching Experience

August 2015 – June 2018 English Teacher
Cairo English School, Cairo, Egypt
English teacher for key stage 3 and 4. Responsibilities and achievements include:
• Teaching English at key stage 3 and key stage 4, including IGCSE Literature, IGCSE English as a First Language and IGCSE English as a Second Language.
• Achieved a 100% pass-rate amongst IGCSE English Literature students.
• Achieved a school-best pass-rate for IGCSE English as a Second Language in my first year, and then improved upon it to a 90% pass-rate in my second year.
• Teacher of Thinking Skills / Critical Thinking AS Level course.
• Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator for two years.
• Supervisor of Study Groups programme for Key Stage 3 and 4.
• Creating schemes of work and resources for use across the English department including the Science Fiction and Superheroes unit and the Short Stories unit.
• Responsible for running the after school Gaming Theories, Magazine, Junior Journalism, English Support, and FAST (Fun Activities and Some Teaching) clubs.
• Supervising the Business Enterprise team and advising on their attempts to create an application helping to connect students across Egypt.
• Delivering close one-on-one tuition for students needing extra booster work to support their English skills.
• Helped run and supervise Camp Trip for years seven and eight.
• Helped supervise student trips off campus.
• Helped manage and deliver staff forum on improving teaching and learning within CES.
• Liaising daily with parents to resolve issues regarding behaviour, attendance and attainment.
• Took responsibility for a year seven, eight and nine forms.
• Solely responsible for year seven, eight, and nine form time activities, including Literacy, Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Poem of the Week, and Word of the Week, as well as sharing responsibility for delivering Revision week mini-assemblies.
• Planning, delivering and assessing student work for all lessons.
• Providing a minimum of thirteen assessments per-student per-class, marked in detail, over the course of the year.
• Observing fellow staff members for the purpose of informal staff observations and feedback for best practise.

October 2013 – May 2015 English Teacher
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Darwen
English cover over three terms. Responsibilities and achievements include:
• Teaching English at key stage 3 and key stage 4, including GCSE Literature.
• Teaching Literacy at key stage 3.
• Liaising with parents to deliver quality behaviour management and teaching for pupils.
• Taught ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and poetry at key stage 4.
• Taught ‘A Christmas Carol’, spoken language, poetry, and gothic literature at key stage 3.
• Took responsibility for providing out of lesson support for pupils with personal or behavioural concerns on an informal basis.
• Took joint responsibility for year nine form group.
• Worked one-on-one with pupils to develop learning skills within the classroom.
• Planning, delivering and marking all lessons.
• Providing cover for permanent staff during PPA time.
• Working as a teaching assistant to support staff returning to work, and providing help and support in planning, marking, and delivering the lesson.
• Accompanying pupils on school trips.
• Helping to deliver and manage various off-curriculum days in school.
• Taking responsibility for the school-wide Word of the Week.
• Supporting specific pupils with behaviour management problems during and outside of lesson time.

April 2013 – July 2013 English Supply Teacher
Highfield Humanities College, Blackpool
English cover for a term. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Teaching English at key stage 3 and key stage 4.
• Teaching Literacy at key stage 3.
• Liaising with parents to deliver quality behaviour management and teaching for pupils.
• Taught ‘Heroes’, ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and poetry at key stage 4.
• Taught ‘Skellig’, poetry, and gothic literature at key stage 3.
• Worked closely with year seven literacy group to develop their writing skills and confidence.
• In charge of year nine form group.
• Worked one-on-one with pupils to develop learning skills within the classroom.
• Planning, delivering and marking all lessons.
• Providing cover for permanent staff during PPA time.

September 2012 – December 2012 English Maternity Cover
Lytham St. Annes Technology and Performing Arts College, Lytham
English cover for a term. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Teaching English at key stage 3, and key stage 4.
• Teaching Literacy at key stage 3.
• Taught 'Of Mice and Men' at GCSE.
• Taught 'Stone Cold' and 'The Ruby in the Smoke' at key stage 3.
• Taught medium-term pupil Literacy MOT.
• Took part in year eight CSI-based off-curriculum day.
• Regularly liaised with parents to support pupils.
• In charge of year ten form group, including mentoring responsibilities.
• Planning and delivering lessons.
• Marking all key stage 3 work, and GCSE coursework.
• Provided other members of staff with observations and feedback.
• Helped develop the school's delivery of 'Three Levels of Progress'.

March 2012 English Supply Teacher
Rivington and Blackrod High School, Bolton
Supply position. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Teaching English at key stage 3, and key stage 4.
• Teaching Media at key stage 5.
• One-on-one support for pupils with behaviour concerns.
• Planning and delivering lessons when work has not been set.
• Providing staff with detailed feedback on lessons for continuity of learning.

December 2011 until 2013 English Supply Teacher
Vision for Education, Manchester
Supply position. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Teaching English at key stage 3 and key stage 4 at a secondary schools in the Manchester area.
• Planning for lessons leading up to the Christmas period.
• Ensuring that work that was set was completed.
• Ensuring that classrooms are left in an orderly manner.
• Leaving appropriate notes for teaching staff to ensure continuity of learning and behaviour management.

October 2011 until 2013 English Supply Teacher / Cover Supervisor
Randstad Education, Preston
Various supply positions. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Teaching English at key stage 3 and 4 at a number of secondary schools in the North-West.
• Teaching Assistant at a variety of Pupil Referral Units, at key stage 1, 2, 3, and 4.
• Covering lessons at key stage 3 and 4 for a number of different subjects.
• Ensuring that work set has been done.
• Ensuring that classrooms are left in an orderly manner.
• Leaving appropriate notes for teaching staff to ensure continuity of learning and behaviour management.
• Planning lessons when appropriate work has not been set.

March 2011 until July 2011 English, Drama and Media teacher
Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson
Final PGCE placement. 784 pupils. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Full class teacher for English at key stage 3 and 4.
• Full class teacher for Drama at key stage 3.
• Full class teacher for year 7 Creative Curriculum lessons.
• Taught and assisted in key stage 4 Media Studies.
• Taught GCSE 'Of Mice and Men'.
• Responsible for planning, delivering and assessing for all classes.
• Mixed year group form tutor.
• Fully involved in year 8 parents' evening.
• Worked closely with other staff to ensure support for under-performing pupils.
• Helped with Easter homework club.
• Involved in planning year 8 off-curriculum Creativity Week.
• Involved with form group business project.
• Returned after placement to help deliver Creativity Week, and help out during sports' day.
• Attended all moderation and department meetings.
• Attended all staff development opportunities.

March 2010 until May 2010 English teacher
Ripley St. Thomas CofE High School, Lancaster
2nd PGCE placement. 1650 pupils. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Full class teacher for English at key stage 3 and key stage 4.
• Responsible for a girls GCSE English class.
• Responsible for all planning and marking of work in these classes.
• Observed A-level English and Media Studies in the Sixth Form.
• Responsible for a year 7 form group.
• Responsible for bus duty once a week.
• Helped with the extra-curricular Film Club.

September 2009 until December 2009 English teacher
Central Lancaster High School, Lancaster
1st PGCE placement. 600 pupils. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Full class teacher for English at key stage 3.
• Shared responsibilities for teaching English at key stage 4.
• Teaching assistant for GCSE English lessons.
• Took part in sports and food tasting for Diversity Week activities.

Educational INSET Training

• Teaching for progression in English and Creative Curriculum with the County Supervisor
• “Outstanding” teaching training
• Developing questioning skills within the classroom
• ICT in the classroom
• Pastoral support
• Working with ESL students
• SEN and LSA
• EAL
• Child protection and safeguarding
• Recording and using pupil data
• Assessment for Learning
• Assessing Pupil Progress
• Functional Skills Across the Curriculum
• Inclusion for Learning
• Behaviour Management
• Film Literacy

Other Qualifications, Skills and Interests

• Confident with use of ICT within the classroom.
• Qualified in writing, directing and editing short-films.
• Experience of working with pupils with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour, such as ASD and dyslexia.
• Confident in using a variety of IT applications, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, as well as Open Office.
• Experienced and comfortable using an interactive whiteboard.
• An avid writer of fiction, and a passionate reader.

Other Work Experience

• English Tutor Tutor Doctor November 2010 – August 2015
• English Tutor Working for himself November 2010 – August 2015
• Teaching Assistant ITN Mark Education November 2010
• Teaching Assistant Randstad Education November 2010 – January 2011
• Records' Clerk Royal Preston Hospital February 2007 – September 2009
• Life Skills Facilitator Progress Care Holdings August 2006 – September 2006

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