I tailor my teaching style to the individual's needs and strengths, and take a friendly and encouraging approach, to help build your confidence and independence in the subject. To me, personality is everything -- no two people start from the same point and it's essential to work with individual preferences, strengths and tastes rather than against them! In this way, studying is kept fresh, engaging and relevant. I teach from GCSE up to degree level in a range of subjects.
Professional teacher with full QTS, I have 6 years experience in private and state secondary schools and 18 years experience of private tution in a range of subjects including French, English Lang & Lit, English as a Foreign Language, Sociology, Maths, German. Postgrad qualified in International Relations, bilingual English/French, with Level 5 TEFL. Friendly, approachable & flexible, extensive SEN experience.
Travel within 10 miles of Horncastle is included in the price. Beyond that I charge a further 50p per mile.
Rates depend on how much planning time is needed to meet your requirements. For example, if you simply want help going through exam papers, with a particular task, or conversation in French, reduced rates are available. Conversely, a student who needs me to create and provide bespoke resources and deliver carefully structured lessons tailored to their needs, may need to pay a surcharge for extra time and costs involved. We can discuss this before you commit to anything!
Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln (2015/16)
PGCE Secondary (With primary and sixth form enhancements) Subject: MFL (French & KS3 German)
University of Highlands & Islands (online)
MSc Sustainable Rural Development: detailed research on various issues and strategies in the area of building communities and businesses with an emphasis on issues local to the UK and particularly to Lincolnshire.
Open University 2001 - 2014:
BA (Hons) International Studies (1.1)
Higher Education Diplomas: French; Political Science, Humanities
Higher Education Certificates: French; Natural Sciences, Religious Studies
Kings College Cambridge 1996 – 1999:
BA (Hons) Medieval history (2.1)
A-Levels: History, German, English, Physics, Mathematics
Boston Grammar School 1988 - 1995:
GCSEs: Grade A* in English Language & Literature, history, physics and French; Grade A in Chemistry, German, Biology, Mathematics and music; Grade C in Art.
Due to caring for a disabled parent, there have been periods during which I was unable to take up paid employment. However, as I am an energetic, sociable person who likes to keep busy, I have put my free time to good use with a variety volunteer work in the community as well as academic study. The varied patchwork of experience I’ve gained through the course of my life has taught me to be non-judgemental, flexible and adaptable, and to value patience, teamwork, an open attitude to others and a sense of curiosity about the world around me. I enjoy a wide range of hobbies including DIY, canoeing, archery, photography and community work. I also play guitar and perform regularly at local folk nights.
September 2017 – present Self-employed private tutor
Due to health issues, I left my full-time job for the increased flexibility of self-employment. I have taken supply teacher work in various local schools, covering MFL, English and maths classes over longer term placements, and working across the curriculum on shorter placements. I have supplemented this with private tuition work for a range of students, from teenagers looking for extra help to boost exam grades, to adult learners with various different goals and levels of previous knowledge, including total beginners. I currently work with a number of Open University mature students, helping with assignments in French and various social science branches, and conversation practice in French.
April 2014 – July 2017 Bridge House Independent School (MFL Teacher)
In this position my chief role was as GCSE French teacher to small groups of students who chose the subject as an option. I worked within a specialist SEMH context with a high proportion of LAC and SEN students. During periods where I was not teaching, I acted as a TA and cover supervisor across the curriculum, and as pastoral support particularly for LGBT students. As a member of the school Literacy Team, I delivered literacy interventions and contributed to school policy, and in partnership with another colleague, delivered support with students’ progression post-16 into further education, training or employment. I was present during the Ofsted inspection in December 2016, when the school was rated Outstanding in all areas.
September 2011 to July 2014 Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School (MFL Teacher, part-time)
I completed my PGCE year at this large city comprehensive, where I discovered a particular passion and flair for KS3 work which I had previously not realised, having worked in a school specialising in KS4 only. In this role I found my experience in the SEMH/SEN context was valuable in supporting particularly vulnerable students, as well as sparking enthusiasm in the more disaffected ones. Relationship building and AfL strategies were considered my main strengths, whilst I worked continually with my mentor and other staff at developing my skills in all areas. My final assessment rated me as Good with Outstanding Characteristics, and I continued to seek development through my NQT year.
October 2011 – September 2015 Heckington Windmill, Station Road, Heckington, Lincs, NG34 9JW
This role has spanned the period of the mill’s recent successful HLF application, in which I was involved with gathering and collating evidence of benefit to the community. Other duties have included bagging up flour, running the gift shop (including stock acquisition), attending committee meetings, guiding visitors, training volunteers, cleaning, helping with events, fundraising and some light mechanical maintenance of the machinery. I also ran the organisation’s Facebook page and have run the tearoom when the owners have been absent. I left this position in order to concentrate on my PGCE.
December 2008 – March 2009: Broughton House & College, Brant Broughton, Lincoln, LN5 0SL
At this care home for young adults with autism I was trained in supporting the residents with everyday personal care and food preparation. This often involved working very long and anti-social hours and dealing with very challenging behaviour. I received training in food hygiene, lifting and handling, fire safety, first aid, basic self-defence and I was trained in supporting various mental and physical conditions. In the short time I was there, I climbed a steep learning curve, transferring skills already learned in my private life to industry requirements and standards.
May 2007 – December 2008: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Working outdoors in all weathers, I was part of a team doing very hands-on practical forestry, dry stone walling, hedge-laying, habitat management and other maintenance of the natural environment.
August 2006 – November 2008: Church of England (Lincoln diocese)
In this role I undertook most of the duties of an ordained minister as well as leading community groups, activities and events for a broad range of audiences of all ages and backgrounds. I shared in the task of prison, cathedral and hospital chaplaincy with several other ministers, gaining both wide and detailed knowledge of the challenges faced by all kinds of people in many difficult situations. As chief liaison promoting cooperation and coexistence between the Christian and Muslim communities, I also led the interfaith dialogue team. In this capacity I completed a four-week mission to Kitwe in Zambia, where I worked on an education project designed to empower local Christians and Muslims against con-men using fake religious credentials to demand tithe payments.
July 2003 – September 2006: EPIC, Lincoln
General volunteer/Project Manager/Assistant Site Manager
At this community drop-in centre, I worked full time hours as a volunteer and gained skills in a great variety of roles. My tasks included working with the general public, helping with benefit claims, household bills and liaising with authorities as an advocate and fundraiser. I organised gardening and decorating teams to help elderly, disabled and other vulnerable residents. I set up and ran two children’s after school clubs, a community café and a Cooking Club. All of these projects were very successful.
April - August 2004: Red Crescent and Médecins Sans Frontières (Palestine)
In the course of four placements (from 2 to 10 months each) in Gaza and Ramallah I served in an international humanitarian organisation as a French/English interpreter to assist in joint aid missions between French, North African (French speaking) and Middle Eastern (English/Arabic speaking) contingents. I assisted in delivering educational and health services to Palestinians who were displaced, injured, threatened and denied citizenship rights by the Israeli government, and in collecting and passing information to journalists to raise awareness of the situation in the West.
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