Please watch the Youtube video below for the methods I use to teach Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension and Maths across all Primary phases.
I have been a qualified Primary Teacher since 2010 and have experienced teaching Year 3,4,5 and 6. More recently, I have taught Year 6 for three consecutive years in a 'Good' Stoke Newington Primary School. I am a self-motivated, well-organised and committed teacher with an excellent rapport with children. I know how to quickly establish a calm and purposeful learning environment fused with creativity, coverage and humour. I am committed to making every lesson count and use assessment for learning on a daily basis to ensure that children make visible progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. Strong subject knowledge allows me to differentiate the Primary Curriculum and provide an inclusive education for the pupils in my care.
I currently teach Year 3 and Year 6 in a Primary School in Seven Sisters.
I gained QTS from 'The University of Gloucestershire,' and am a Bachelor of Education (5-11 Years)
I am a self-motivated, well-organised and committed teacher with an excellent rapport with children. I know how to quickly establish a calm and purposeful learning environment fused with creativity, coverage and humour. I'm commit- ted to making every lesson count and use assessment for learning on a daily basis to ensure that children make visible progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. Strong subject knowledge allows me to differentiate the KS2 Curriculum and provide an inclusive education for the pupils in my care.
Until late May I taught Year 4 in Edmonton and contributed to our Ofsted Inspection with a strong Reading Lesson in which pupils made connections be- tween themes raised in Fiction and Non-Fiction texts. Senior leadership and the 'Dfe' also observed strong lessons in Maths and Writing, and since my career starting in 2010 – my lesson feedback has only been 'Good' or 'Outstanding.'
Until July 2017, I taught Year 6 in a two form entry Hackney Primary and achieved some impressive SATS results for two successive years. I'm an experi- enced inner city London teacher and possess the confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding needed to remove barriers to learning, develop pupil self- esteem and raise attainment.
The accumulation of high-impact resources and a secure knowledge of the new KS2 Curriculum inspired me to market myself as a Private Tutor offering afford- able two hour group classes in my local community. Drawing on the teaching, learning and behavioural strategies I acquired teaching whole classes, I promoted my service online through an explanatory video for parents which can be seen here: (concealed information)
Since May 25th I have worked as a fulltime private tutor; sometimes renting one of two locations endorsed by Haringey Council to teach small Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 groups of children in Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension and Maths. I set targeted homework at the end of each class and maintained posi- tive, professional and regular communication with parents.
Kindly, many of them left their written feedback here:
I now seek the opportunity to utilise my Maths and English expertise in a local Primary School where I can support classroom teaching, continue to stretch 'Gifted' learners and have an impact on underachieving pupils.
Work History & Experience:
Nov 2017 – January 2018. Freelance Private Tutor, North East London.
Since 2010, having qualified as a Primary Teacher from 'The University of Gloucestershire' by means of a (BEd Honours Bachelor of Primary Education) I have mostly worked in permanent or long term positions teaching either Year 3, 4, 5 or 6. More recently, I have explored the world of 'Private Tuition' and main- tain an interest in setting up a successful 'Saturday School' in Stoke Newington.
I produced an 'Explanatory Video' to market my business, 'Tutors for Pri- mary Schools' on social media platforms such as 'Instagram,' 'Facebook' and 'Gumtree.'
Answering phone calls from parents, I organised children into small groups of seven based on their age and ability.
Privately, I taught groups of children Literacy and Maths skills in line with statutory guidance. I gave regular oral feedback to parents and involved them in the setting of homework.
I successfully rented and taught from two learning spaces endorsed by Haringey Council.
I began to hire Qualified Teachers to teach on my behalf.
January 2018 – May 2018. Year 4 Primary Teacher, Cuckoo Hall Academy, Edmonton.
Observed by the 'Dfe' and Ofsted teaching Creative Writing, Maths and Reading Comprehension – and received positive feedback. Was responsible for planning a Creative Writing lesson for one of these visits, and shared Learning Objective and process with the other members of the team. Good consistency of ap- proach was noted across all Year 4 classes.
Worked collaboratively with other Year 4 teachers to plan each week's English, Maths and Topic lessons.
Developed positive relationships with parents through Parents Evening, and daily feedback in the playground.
Took learners on regular swimming trips. Learners made visible academic progress.
September 2017 – November 2017. Year 5 Class Teacher , Hungerford Primary. N79EH.
On this short term contract I worked collaboratively with my partner teacher and took part in a three day Ofsted review. My Literacy lesson was observed and I was later asked to share my knowledge of the schools safeguarding policy with the lead inspector. On behalf of a pupil who initially demonstrated chal- lenging behaviour and was identified as a child for concern, I worked collabora- tively with an Educational Psychologist. Through thoughtful planning, clear dif- ferentiation and the tactful use of the schools behaviour policy, I am particular- ly proud of the progress this child made.
Nov 2013 – September 2017. Year 6 Class Teacher , Benthal Primary, Benthal Road. N167DA.
Working collaboratively with my partner teacher in this two form entry school, 82% of our pupils achieved a combined Level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths; comprising 95% in Reading, 89% in S.P.A.G, 89% in Maths and 88% in Writing. (2015) As a subject leader, I improved outcomes across the school in ‘Comput- ing’ by modernising the schools hardware and software platform. I renewed policies, wrote medium term plans, monitored standards, managed a budget and delivered training. In line with statutory guidance, teachers started to competently deliver a relevant and dynamic ‘Computing Curriculum,’ which better prepared pupils for the industries of the 21st century.
Over three years and across a range of subjects my lessons were deemed ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Leadership and visitors from ‘Hackney Learn- ing Trust.’
In 2014, 98% of pupils achieved a Level 4+ in Mathematics. In 2015, 95% of pupils achieved a Level 4+ in Reading Comprehension.
I demonstrated a strong commitment to working collaboratively with my partner teacher and supporting adults to ensure consistency of approach and outcome across Year 6.
I demonstrated a strong commitment to ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ daily teaching through well differentiated, appropriately resourced and engaging lessons.
I embraced all areas of my 'Computing' Subject Leader role and TLR responsibility by raising interest and attainment in ‘Computational think- ing’ throughout the school.
I regularly delivered whole school assemblies promoting ‘Values for Life,’ ‘Online Safety,’ and ‘Diversity.’ I demonstrated a commitment to the social and emotional welfare of pupils through regular circle time and ‘Philosophy for Learning’ work- shops. I demonstrated a commitment to giving pupils timely written feedback known as 'next steps,' to consolidate and stretch learning in accordance with the schools marking policy. I gained experience in writing policies and schemes of work that were ratified by Governors and shaped how children learn ‘Computing’ throughout the school. I developed a professional approach to observing teachers by giving time- ly written and oral feedback geared to improve the quality of teaching. After travelling throughout the Summer, I setup and maintained an educational link with 'Yallahs Primary School, Jamaica,' involving pupils in fundraising events and the shipment of stationary and books in barrels. I gained considerable experience weekly, medium and long term planning. Exchanging knowledge and ideas with my partner teacher, I learned to plan for the progress of all whilst ensuring appropriate coverage was made. I embraced all areas of being the named ‘Lead Teacher’ on Year 6 Residential Trips, completing Risk Assessments, managing supporting adults and creating clear systems and routines for the children. I have experience with the ‘International Primary Curriculum,’ ‘Primary Advantage Maths,’ and planning through a ‘Creative Curriculum.’ I demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding procedures and CPD by being actively involved in the setting of targets that would improve the quality of my safeguarding, teaching, and subject leadership.
Sept 2010-April 2012. Year 5 Primary School Teacher , Lydney CE Primary, Bream
Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire. GL15 5JH
This role started as maternity cover and developed into to a permanent role. Here I taught two Year 5 classes - developing schemes of work, at- tending, and leading staff meetings. As of September 2011 I became responsible for the coordination and management of ICT teaching across two schools.
‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’ lesson feedback following observations in Literacy and Maths conducted by Senior Leadership Team. I demonstrated a commitment to continual professional development by acting upon lesson observation feedback. I used assessment in Literacy and Numeracy used to inform my weekly plans, formal assessments and pupil targets. I gained considerable in planning from statutory and non-statutory Literacy and Numeracy frameworks. I planned many class assemblies involving drama, song and creative media. Each week I set differentiated homework used to consolidate and extend learning across the curriculum. I shared responsibility for the social and emotional welfare of Year 5/6 pupils during residential trips to France and ‘The Wilderness Centre.’ I ran an after school football club arranging fixtures with local schools and entering our team in county competitions. I was responsible for the delivery of written and oral reports regarding pupils. I gained experience in writing Individual Education Plans and reviewing their progress with the Special Needs Coordinator. I was responsible for the development of ICT teaching and learning across two schools. I was responsible for the transition to a Visual Learning Platform called 'Web Anywhere,’ to strengthen home-school relationships. I was responsible for researching and purchasing 25 new laptops for the whole school. I delivered ICT development meetings designed to equip and motivate teaching staff.
Nov 2006 – July 2007 Learning Tutor, Goblin Combe Environment Centre, Plunder Street, Cleeve, North Somerset, BS49 4PQ
In this role I delivered the ‘Asdan’ curriculum to excluded secondary school pupils as a transition course back into mainstream education.
I delivered kinaesthetic and therapeutic activities in line with statutory guidance. I was responsible for giving written and oral feedback to head teachers and committee leaders concerning academic and emotional pupil progress. I was responsible for the physical safety of pupils on site. I gained exceptional behaviour management skills. I gained an ability to engage underachieving pupils.
I worked to agreed deadlines and learnt to manage my time effectively. I was considered to be honest, accountable, reflective and quick to implement change. I gained a confident, social manner and excellent problem solving skills. I learnt to plan for progression through clearly differentiated lessons. I gained an expert knowledge of new ‘Computing Curriculum,’ and integrated ICT on a daily basis to engage learners. I worked particularly well with ‘Reluctant Writers,’ and raised standards in Literacy. I gained strong inter-personal and communication skills from collaborating with and experienced staff, liaising with clients and leading staff development meetings.
I gained an excellent rapport with children, staff and parents. I learnt to manage supporting adults effectively, so that groups of children were safe and adequately supported. I became an independent thinker and team-player, committed to the promotion of positive values.
BEd Hons 5-11 years (Bachelor of Education) Teacher Training. (2:1) ICT Specialism. Sept 2007 – July 2010. University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Campus, Cheltenham.
A Levels: English Language and Literature (B), Media Studies (C), Business Stud- ies (D), ICT (B) Weston Sixth Form, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset.
GCSE's: 12 (A-C) including English (A*) and Maths (C) Ashby Grammar School, Leicestershire.
I delivered Aids Awareness workshops in Africa through a registered charity called ‘Sport Malawi.’ (2009) I received professional development training in ‘Level 6 Writing,’ ‘Computational Thinking,’ and ‘Online Safety,’ delivered by ‘Hackney Learning Trust.’ (2013 - 2015)
I set up an ‘International Schools Link’ between 'Benthal Primary' and 'The Griffin Trust' (2015) by involving my Year 6 Class in the collection and packing of stationary shipped to a Jamaican orphanage. I set up ‘Tutors For Primary Schools,’ offering quality tuition to families who couldn't typically afford tuition. (2014 – present) I delivered ‘African Drumming’ workshops to Bristol schools (2007-2010) I perform in established London Clubs as a musician (2012 - Present) Following training and certification, I am a Certified First Aider
My daughter was taught by Mr Merriman in her last year of primary school. It was a very important year for all the children in year 6.
Mr Merriman was fantastic and I really can't praise him enough!
He worked closely with the children and was always so helpful, approachable and someone with a heart of gold who always wanted to help.
He tutored my daughter for the SATS exams and his teaching, his interaction with the children, his feedback and the work he set made all the difference in the SATS
My 8yr old son was taught by Mr Merriman before we relocated out of Hackney. I cannot recommend him highly enough. As not only my son but I know the whole class really connected with him. Mr Merriman has a great rapport with the kids.
We found him to be a funny, positive, good hearted, male role model. Great teacher/ communicator. My son progressed in math a weaker subject for him with Mr Merrimans tuition. Having three boys it's fantastic to find a male teacher who connects so well.
I have worked with Rhys Merriman for the past four years in a north London primary school. As a teaching assistant for 12+ years I have worked with many different teachers, good and not so good. I can honestly say Rhys is a brilliant teacher with a great passion for what he does. His commitment to providing children with a first class education is amazing. His ability to relate to children and get the best from them is what makes him the outstanding teacher he is.
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