My methods are very flexible, depending on who I'm teaching. I'll help you identify your own strengths and weaknesses, work out what we need to do, and take it from there. I'll visit you at home and can also offer backup by email or phone.
I've been teaching since 1980, in schools, colleges etc; children, teenagers and adults, at all levels including basic literacy, GCSE, A-level and degree. I'm now semi-retired but still work with private students, and still occasionally in schools and colleges.
BA Hons in English Literature and Philosophy, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1976
PGCE (English, secondary), Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, 1978
MA in Language and Literature in Education, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, 1991
Overview: I am an English teacher, and have also taught many other subjects. I taught (and ran courses) in FE for many years, at all levels; I have also taught in secondary schools. I am now semi-retired but still working with private students.
Nov - Dec 2017: p/t (Supply) teaching English (GCSE / Functional Skills) at Accrington and Rossendale College.
Nov 2016 - June 2017: p/t teacher of English, Bradford College. Running an A2 English Language course, covering other classes (GCSE, Functional Skills) as required.
Jan – Nov 2016: working as a Supply teacher. Included Skipton Academy, Blackburn Central High, and Craven College.
November – December 2015: Bradford Girls Grammar School, teaching English (including A-level)
May – June 2015: Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington, teaching English.
Feb – March 2015: Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, teaching English.
Feb 2014 - January 2015: Supply teaching. My most regular schools were Airville (now Skipton Academy), Ribblesdale (Clitheroe), and Marsden Heights (Nelson). Other schools included Alder Grange (Rossendale); West Craven (Barnoldswick); Upper Wharfedale; Bingley Grammar School; Runshaw College; Crompton House High School. Teaching English, KS 3 and 4, plus general cover.
Jan - Feb 2014: English teacher at The Derby High School, Bury. Teaching English, Key Stage 3 and 4 including GCSE.
Sept 2011 – December 2013: part-time and Supply teacher, mainly through agencies, in FE colleges and secondary schools. Teaching English Key Stage 3 and 4, GCSE, Functional Skills, A-level, Access, and Creative Writing; covering other subjects as a Supply teacher. Including Witton Park School, Blackburn; North Chadderton School, Oldham; Broad Oak School, Bury.
1997 – 2011: Lecturer at Accrington and Rossendale College, Lancashire. Teaching English at all levels, and working as course tutor, pastoral tutor and Programme Leader. I was GCSE English co-ordinator, 1997 – 2003, and course tutor for the full-time GCSE resit programme for school-leavers. This involved teaching GCSE English, as well as pastoral tutoring to help students achieve; report writing, parents’ evenings, liaising with other subject teachers, organising exam entries and withdrawals, and tier changes; as well as internal moderation of coursework, and updating other English teachers on syllabus requirements. After 2003 my main work was on the adult Access programme and in HE; I was Programme Leader for BA English (validated by Liverpool JMU) and Internal Verifier for Access Levels 2 and 3.
This post was full-time 1997-2009. In July 2009 the post was abolished by the college as part of restructuring and cuts, and I was made redundant. I continued as part-time till 2011.
1996 - 1997: Lecturer in English (and GCSE English co-ordinator ), Woolwich College, London. Teaching GCSE, A-level, Access; tutor for a large full-time GCSE resits group. As GCSE English co-ordinator I was responsible for ensuring the staff were familiar with the new syllabus requirements, as well as the associated admin (exam entries / withdrawals, tier changes etc).
1995 - 1996: part-time teacher in London. Orpington College, Lewisham College, Bromley College, and Community Education Lewisham. Teaching GCSE, A-level, Access, Basic Literacy / Numeracy.
1992 - 1995: Researcher at the University of Wolverhampton. Working on a research project on student writing skills.
1986 - 1992: Lecturer in Adult Basic Education at Ravensbourne Adult Education Institute, ILEA. Teaching Literacy and Numeracy, and GCSE English; running the Adult Literacy Volunteer Scheme.
1983 - 1986: Lecturer in Adult Basic Education for the Lee Centre (a Community Education Project within Goldsmiths’ College, London).
1980 - 1986: part-time tutor at Ravensbourne Adult Education Institute and Southwark Adult Education Institute (ILEA), teaching Adult Basic Education and O-level (later GCSE) English.
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