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Lessons offered by Ray
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  • at your home
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Taught subjects
  • English
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Test prep
  • Essay Writing
  • 13 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

Fully-qualified English teacher 15+ years experience, masters graduate (Warwick) offering English tuition

Methodology

I have extensive experience of teaching at KS3, KS4 and KS5. I have a wide range of experience in teaching many literature texts, successful strategies for improving spelling, punctuation and grammar and approaches to extended writing. I particularly enjoy teaching Shakespeare and helping young people to craft their imaginative writing. I pride myself on balancing teaching rigour with a warm and approachable teaching style.

Background

I have been teaching English for over fifteen years in schools in London and Manchester. In that time, I have helped hundreds of young people to meet and exceed predictions about their potential grades at GCSE. I am experienced in both the new AQA and Edexcel GCSE courses. I have undertaken a variety of roles during my time in teaching including Head of Faculty, Head of Year and Director of Learning. My recent successes include helping a student improve by two grades in two months to achieve Grade 8 in her 2019 English Literature examinations.

My current projects include tutoring Chinese and Korean students online for English private school entrance examinations and consultancy work for youth services provided by Trafford Housing Trust. I am also a GCSE English Language examiner for AQA.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £35/h
Lessons offered by Ray
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Test prep
  • Essay Writing
  • 13 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

Ray's CV

Professional profile
As an experienced teacher and former school leader, I believe that that it is extremely important to lead through example in terms of being a rigorous and highly effective classroom practitioner. Throughout my career, I always achieved good and outstanding judgments in lesson observations. In terms of delivering consistent, high quality teaching very day, there are some key touchstones: keeping up a formative marking dialogue where perseverance and improvement is at the heart of learning; planning questioning carefully to encourage intellectual rigour and putting differentiation at the heart of planning and teaching, making sure that all students are making progress.

I recently decided to leave teaching in order to have more time to spend with my young family. I now undertake tutoring work and find it immensely rewarding: it is a great joy to apply my teaching experience to working closely with young people in order to help them excel.

My current projects include:
- consultancy work on youth services for Trafford Housing Trust
- GCSE English Language examiner for AQA

Career summary

August 2019 - present
English Tutor - Connexcel Ltd

Outline

Online tutoring and coaching for Chinese students hoping to secure places at top English private schools.

November 2018 - present
Tutor, The Education Network (agency), Manchester

Outline

KS3 and 4 tutor of core subjects. I have worked with students with EHCPs and supported their educational and pastoral needs as part of daily tuition.

Key responsibilities:

Planning, tutoring and marking for students
Liaising with parents regarding their child’s progress
Personalised learning strategies for students with additional learning needs


September 2018 - present
English Tutor, Kip McGrath Tuition Centre, Ramsbottom

Outline

KS2, 3 and 4 tutor of English. I work with small groups of up to four students, focusing on preparing for SATs and GCSE examinations as well as core skills.


January 2018 - November 2018 Teacher of English, East Manchester Academy

Outline

KS3 and 4 teacher of English. I took a step back from school leadership to be able to focus on the health needs of my daughter who was undergoing cancer treatment at the same.

Key responsibilities:

Planning, teaching and marking for KS3 and 4 classes;
Writing schemes of work at KS3 and 4;
Differentiation and personalised learning strategies for students with additional learning needs;
In depth knowledge of new AQA GCSE courses - attended PiXL training focused on ensuring that MAP’s achieve Grade 5.

Apr 2010 – December 2017 Director of Learning, Saint Mary Magdalene Academy, London

Outline

Senior teacher with responsibility for pupil behaviour, safeguarding and attendance. KS3 and 4 teacher of English. Consistently judged as outstanding in lesson observations, experienced team builder and leader.

Key responsibilities:

Leadership of overall behaviour standards, inclusion and safeguarding provision at the Academy including: deputising for Headteacher as sole deputy in secondary school;
Designated Safeguarding Lead;
Line management of directors of pastoral care and Academy specialism/SMSC;
Line management of SENCO;
Line management of literacy co-ordinator;
Management of staff absence; line management of behaviour unit provision;
Responsibility for alternative provision;
Careers lead;
Designated teacher for looked after pupils;
Responsibility for citizenship curriculum.





July 2003 – April 2010 Teacher of English and KS4 Head of Year, Queensmead School, South Ruislip

Outline

Taught KS3 and 4 English, A Level Philosophy and A Level Media Studies, led two cohorts of Year 11 students to the best results in the school’s history.


July 2000 – July 2002 Media Buyer, Zenith Media Services Ltd, London


Education & qualifications
MA Educational Leadership (merit) – University of Warwick – 2014
PGCE English – Institute of Education, University of London – 2003
BA (hons) English 2.1 – Queen Mary College, University of London - 2000

References available on request

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