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Lessons offered by Jonathan
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Poetry
  • Modern Literature
  • Proofreading
  • American Studies
Levels
  • All Levels

Masters graduate offers Literature lessons at home in Brighton and surrounding area

Methodology

My teaching method is relational and creative - I seek make text relevant and inspiring, placing them in historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts, and try to make learning both challenging and enjoyable; to demystify it where possible, and always have in mind where the individual student is at in terms of understanding and perception.

Experience

I graduated in English and Classical Civilisation from University of Kent in 1993 with first class honours, and was awarded a Masters degree with distinction in Modern Literature a year later. This covered European and American authors. I have since worked in commercial book publishing as an editor and proofreader, in magazine publishing as a writer and sub-editor, in Primary Education doing one-to-one and group support work with vulnerable children, as a sessional worker with diabled and EBD children, and currently work as a person-centred counsellor with adults, running my own therapy service.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £20/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £80
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £160

Details

My rate will factor in travel expenses if outside of the Brighton & Hove area. I have a cancellation policy of charging for the lesson if less than 24 hours notice has been given by the student, unless there are clear mitigating circumstances.

Lessons offered by Jonathan
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Poetry
  • Modern Literature
  • Proofreading
  • American Studies
Levels
  • All Levels

Jonathan's CV

Curriculum Vitae
Jonathan Fordham – 13/6/70
30 Clarendon Road, Hove, BN3 3WS
Tel: (concealed information)1 email: (concealed information)
DBS checked

Education:
2015-2017 Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Varndean College, Brighton. This is a person-centred course informed by other counselling styles, which I complete in summer 2017
2014-15 Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Varndean College
2014 Level 2 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at City College, Brighton
1993-94 Masters degree in Modern Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury
1990-93 BA Hons degree (first-class) in Classical Civilisation and English Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury
1981-88 Plymouth College, where I gained 1 ‘S’ Level, 3 A-Levels (including 2 A grades), and 7 O-Levels
Employment History:
• January 2018-present Self-employed counsellor running own private practice in Hove
• January 2018-July 2018 Individual Needs Assistant at Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Brighton (part-time)
• August 2016-Sept 2017 Trainee counsellor at Ashburnham Counselling Service. This involves working in a person-centred style with a caseload of clients presenting with a variety of complex issues
• 2009-2017 Individual Needs Assistant/Teaching Assistant at Brunswick Primary. This involves working as a key adult with children presenting with attachment difficulties; as a one to one with physically disabled children; and assisting all children with their classroom learning as required. My experience there includes developing an allotment space and running a gardening club, setting up and facilitating the production of a disability-awareness magazine, The Bumblebee, and pioneering an intergenerational project in which I have developed a link with a local residential home for blind and partially sighted adults, Wavertree House, to which I take a group of children on regular fortnightly visits.

• 2013 Set up and ran a summer gardening club for children, Little Diggers, with funding from Harvest in Brighton & Hove.
• 2010 Sessional working together with a young adult in care under the Adoption Service in Brighton & Hove.
• 2009-2013 Sessional one to one carer with a disabled child.
• 2009-2013 Afterschool Club playworker at Starfish Kids Clubs in Brighton, working as a general playworker as well as one to one across two settings.
• 2006-2010 Freelance writer for Sublime magazine, and international ethical lifestyle magazine, producing a book review page for each issue, generating various other articles on various subjects such as film and architecture, writing in house copy, as well as proofreading and editing the magazine.
• 2004-2008 Editorial Assistant at the Orion Publishing Group. I worked in the paperback department of this busy commercial publisher, working closely with authors, designers, and production colleagues to oversee the reformatting of hardback titles into paperback, and generating a number of new paperback titles. I ran a reprint list, as well as undertaking extensive proofreading, editing, and other administrative tasks.
• 1999-2009 Freelance proofreader and editor. This involved being commissioned by publishing companies to work closely on manuscripts to prepare them for production within tight schedules and deadlines.
• 1997-1999 Catering Assistant at The Well, a busy coffee shop in central London. This was a Christian project that raised money for a local church.
• 1994-1997 Self-employed second-hand record and bookseller. I set up and ran a small shop in Canterbury, Kent, and travelled to locations such as festivals and universities to run stalls.



Continuing professional development:
• Poetry Therapy presentation/workshop – June 2017, Ashburnham Retreat Centre, which I delivered to a group of poets on retreat
• Created for Connection – April 2016, Emotionally Focused Therapy Couple work
• Safeguarding training – 2015, Brighton & Hove Council
• PACE training – 2015, with Dr Dan Hughes at the Centre for Child Mental Health, Islington, London. Communicating with those who have experienced trauma using P-playfulness, A-acceptance, C-curiosity and E-empathy
• Understanding Autism – 2015, training provided by Brighton & Hove Council
• Inside I’m Hurting – 2014, Supporting Children with Attachment Difficulties training. 1 day course at Brunswick Primary School
• Addiction and Recovery in the Community – 2011, one day conference with Jackie Pullinger, in Bournemouth
• The Adopted Child in School – Practical Strategies for Education Staff & Parents in Supporting Children – 2011 in Dublin - Barnados
• The Neuroscience of Attachment and Practical Interventions that work with children & Young People – 2011, with Dr Margot Sunderland at the Jury’s Inn, Brighton
• Inclusive Practice Working with Disability – January 2011, at the Triangle, Brighton
• Conversations with Children and Teenagers that Change Lives. Tools and Techniques – 2011, Dr Dan Hughes, at the Centre For Child Mental Health, Islington, London
• Supporting Pupils with Attachment Difficulties Level 1 – 2009 -2010. Adoption & Permanency Team, Brighton & Hove
• 2 day Mentor Training - 2010, Lauren Wallace – Mentoring Co-Ordinator, Brighton & Hove



Other Skills, Expertise & Experience:
• Pastoral prayer training as part of the St Peter’s Church prayer ministry team
• Co-responsibility for pastoral care at a midweek house group for St Peter’s Church
• Volunteering at Safe Haven – a weekly meal put on by St Peter’s for the homeless community in Brighton
• Helping to facilitate the Recovery group at St Peter’s, a group for adults with addiction problems
• Nurture group/safe space provision for vulnerable pupils, helping to set up a safe space at Downs Junior School
• Facilitating poetry writing with vulnerable pupils in a school setting, a disabled child in sessional work and adults in house group settings
• Helping to run a Creativity and Discussion group with the homeless community at St James the Less in Victoria, London, as part of the Open Door meal
• Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas in Deptford, London – helping to run the day centre for a week between Christmas Eve and New Year in 2012

Interests:
Writing poetry, reading, allotment gardening, playing scrabble, walks with my dog, swimming, playing snooker, watching films, cooking

Referees:

Lee Boyer – Course Tutor, Varndean College, Brighton
(concealed information)

Lucinda Smith – St Peter’s Church Hub Leader
(concealed information)



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