Thank you for making your way here. See what you think of the other stuff in this profile. My teenage daughters help me keep it up to date.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Business Studies and Economics at GCSE, A level and IB. Also BTEC Business Studies Levels 2 and 3.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
PGCE, Inst of Education, London University
BA, Oxford University
3 A levels, 8 O levels, Harrow School
- How much do you charge?
A Level and IB Diploma £55 per hour. GCSE £55 per hour. We can discuss group lessons for up to three pupils at once.
The first lesson is only charged if you decide you are happy to work online and want to continue. If you don't want to continue, you won't pay for the first lesson. After that I ask for payment in advance for each set of 4 lessons, and prefer bank transfer as a quick and easy means of payment.
- Where do you teach?
In your home and mine at the same time, anywhere in the world.
- When are you available?
Monday to Saturday during school terms and holidays
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
GCSE, A level, IB and BTEC levels 1 to 3. I have been a form tutor from Y7 to Y13, and taught other subjects in KS3. If you would like to know more, please contact me.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Every pupil has different needs. Perhaps you are in school and want to improve your grades. Perhaps you are learning at home and want to follow a complete course. First I need to know where you are and where you want to get to, then together we can work out how best to do it.
ALL my tutoring is done online, using an advanced teaching platform. You have your own virtual classroom with whiteboard, document swapping and audio and video links. One of my pupils said it is "like being in your classrom with the teacher next door"
What will you need? A peaceful place to work, a PC or Mac with a simple headset (to reduce feedback noise), a Skype address and a reliable net connection.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Check my entry on ratemyteacher.com. It's a risk, as once in a while some unhappy anonymous student wants to rant; but last time I looked I was pleasantly surprised.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I tutor full-time - online only - after three years training myself while gradually reducing my school timetable and testing Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platforms to find which offers greatest ease-of-use.
This follows 14 years teaching Business and Economics at a large school where I was the KS5 Coordinator (in charge of A level) for these subjects. As a 6th Form tutor I advised many students on University applications. I have also taught other subjects to younger year-groups.
I managed many other related activities such as Enterprise Education, Dragons' Den competitions, my school group in Vodafone's 'Take a Chance' programm, the school Yearbook - produced completely by students for profit - and the school's sailing club.
Before that? From reading History at Oxford I went in to construction project management in UK and abroad. I was developing very large energy projects in S-E Asia when the 1997-8 financial crisis in that region encouraged a career change.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Enhanced DBS, January 2015
Parents are encouraged to observe or join in as they wish. During lessons we communicate using online voice and video links. When I exchange emails or messages directly with my student I always copy parents in.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Institute of Education, London University
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Tutors Association
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have tutored a wide range; from a home-schooled student following a complete A level course to one wanting an hour a fortnight to improve exam performance. Their locations have ranged from a couple of miles away to Russia, Malaysia and other far-flung places.
• MA (Oxon) Modern History
• Qualified Teacher, Head of KS5
• Enhanced DBS
Our daughter became ill in year 7 and missed more and more schooling. School became a phobia, and by year 9 we had to look at alternatives. Mr Cubitt, who had taught her, approached us and told us about his online tutoring.
She started fast-track A level Business Studies in September with Mr Cubitt and is thoroughly enjoying it. He's been fantastic and we are extremely grateful for his excellent, inspiring tutoring with in-depth knowledge and the gift to share his learning.
Thank you so much.
Francis tutored my son William, who has ADHD, through his final year of A2 Business Studies. Due to problems at college related to his ADHD, we needed a tutor who could engage William and keep him focused on his studies. Francis was very intuitive of my sons needs, and made the lessons and homework interesting and varied. William responded, achieving a B at A2 where his college had predicted him a D. I am sure William would not have done so well without the extra help that he received from Francis.
Amazingly I got an A*!! Thank you for all your help - I can't quite believe it!
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