I am a talented qualified teacher committed to helping Primary pupils unlock a lifelong love for Reading, Writing and Maths. Evidenced by solid results, I teach the Primary Curriculum with strategy and zeal and create the conditions for progress!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
The high-quality teaching of Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension and Maths has been a priority to me for a long time now. I have inclusively taught the Primary Curriculum in a 'Good' Hackney Primary school every day for the last four years. I have worked with hundreds of Primary aged pupils to develop the strategies, resources and philosophy required to make the difference.
Aligned with 'Bond' Assessment Papers, I also tutor privately for the 11+ exam and carefully ensure that the appropriate coverage is always made. Informed by research, I provide solid and comprehensive preparation for a range of common entrance exams. I find out what will be in the exam and make the very most of our available time.
Following three consecutive years of teaching Year 6 in a 'Good' Hackney Primary School - I have acquired the experience, knowledge, skills and resources to expertly tutor towards and for the KS2 (7-11 years) SATS:
â˜† Creative Writing â˜† Years 3-6 / 11+ Standard
I immerse children in new vocabulary and explicitly teach Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (S.P.A.G) through the main key genres:
Non-Fiction â†’ Non-chronological reports | Persuasive Texts | Balanced Arguments | Newspaper Reports | Information Texts | Explanation Writing | Recounts | Formal Letter Writing.
Fiction â†’ Adventure Stories | Mystery Stories | Fables | Myths and Legends | Play-scripts | Stories set in imaginary worlds | Stories in the style of a significant author. Children write with fronted adverbials and a range of conjunctions to develop a strong, sophisticated and reliable style.
â˜† Reading Comprehension â˜† (Years 3-6 / 11+ Standard) Through the shared reading of appropriately pitched classic children's texts I explicitly teach the following Reading Strategies to deepen understanding:
Inference | Clarification | Prediction | Summarising | Asking questions | Making Connections | Retrieving Information | Building Evidence | Exam Strategy (Reading Paper) Children apply emerging reading strategies to appropriately pitched practice test papers.
â˜† Maths â˜† (Years 3-6 / 11+ Standard) I visually teach the relationship between Fractions, Decimals and Percentages to give children the versatility to excel at Year 6 Sats and 11+ Exams. Children apply their developing problem-solving strategies to appropriately pitched practice test papers.
â˜† 11+ Exam â˜† I correlate the Reading Comprehension, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning requirements of 11+ Common Entrance exams with 'Bond' test papers and teach advanced Creative Writing skills across a wide range of genres through shared writing:
â†’ Planning for Impact: How to stir the reader with purposeful paragraphs
â†’ Grammar: Varying sentence structure for dramatic effect
â†’ Advanced Punctuation: Inverted commas, colons, semi-colons, brackets, ellipsis (parenthesis)
â†’ Vocabulary: Using richer synonyms for dramatic effect
â†’ Style: How to write with inferred meaning using 'Show not Tell' tips
I creatively unpick the KS2 Sats and 11+ plus exam content in a way that is fun, rigorous and memorable. I deliver the curriculum in a way that is dynamic, meaningful and visibly developing of confidence. I strategically guide my pupils through an individualised program of study to ensure that they make the required coverage, particularly for common entry exams.
I target your child's weakest areas in a way that makes them feel supported, equipped, confident and prepared. I am committed to ensuring that all of my tuition sessions have an impact. My lessons are always well prepared, well resourced and responsive to the needs of the pupil in line with National Curriculum, Year 6 SATS or 11+ common entrance exam objectives.
Children receive a Literacy and a Numeracy book so parents can track and support their progress. Briefly after each session, I like to explain what your child has been learning about and involve you in the process of setting of a strategic piece of homework to develop particular skills.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
â˜† Bachelor of Education (Primary) BEd Hons 5-11 years.
â˜† QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) gained from The University of Gloucestershire â†’ Cheltenham Spa in 2010.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £15 per hour to tutor your child in an (age and ability-appropriate)* group of six. â˜† A detailed explanation is available in the VIDEO section of my profile. Here, I plan for each child's personal progression within a fun, focused and small community setting. Children make visible progress and benefit from learning alongside similarly aged children. I show parents what I've taught their children at the end of every session and involve them in the setting of a personalised piece of homework designed to consolidate the skills taught during the session. We learn in a clean, bright and professional learning space Chestnut Community Centre, St. Ann's Road, N155BN. (Easily accessible from Tottenham, Edmonton, Stoke Newington, Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Muswell Hill and Angel.)
I charge £30 per hour to tutor your child one-to-one in your home. I charge additional £5 to travel beyond N15 and N16 postcodes.
- Where do you teach?
Through Group Tuition classes and one-to-one arrangements for private tuition, I bring your child up to speed with the appropriate level of challenge and encouragement in line with either National Curriculum or 11+ Common Entrance exam objectives.
â˜† My fun and focused Group Tuition classes take place in a clean, bright and professional learning space in Chestnut Community Centre, St. Ann's Road, N155BN. (Easily accessible from Tottenham, Edmonton, Stoke Newington, Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Muswell Hill and Angel.)
For one to one arrangements, I arrive at your home with a bank of carefully chosen resources and quickly establish a friendly and professional rapport with your child. I use fun and focused assessment activities to understand your child's academic strengths and weaknesses and then commit to planning for their progression.
I am willing to travel to:
Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.
For Group Tuition classes, children record their progress in Literacy and Numeracy exercise books which I provide - along with relevant and up-to-date sample test papers (where appropriate). In both arrangements, written outcomes will be discussed at the end of the session so your child feels proud. Children usually love the homework I set them.
- When are you available?
Mon-Fri (3:30pm - 9:00pm)
Saturday (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Sunday (9:00am - 4:00pm)
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I specialise in teaching:
â˜† Year 3-6 pupils who have fallen behind in Reading, Writing and Maths.
â˜† Year 3-6 pupils who exceed national expectations and wish to prepare for the 11+ exam.
â˜† Year 3-6 pupils who would benefit from one-to-one tuition to increase their confidence, subject knowledge and love for learning.
â˜† Young adults who require proofreading assistance with assignments.
â˜† University students who require proofreading assistance with dissertations.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I scaffold children's learning towards National Curriculum or 11+ Common Entrance exam objectives and explicitly prepare pupils for the following exams:
â˜† The Year 6 SATS â†’ Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, Maths and (S.P.A.G) Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation. (+Exam technique)
â˜† 11+ Common Entrance â†’ Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. (+Exam technique)
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Try, try and try again. If you want something enough, you can have it.
Rhys is one of our best tutors. They have a high-quality profile, verified qualifications, a quick response time, and great reviews from students!
- What kind of experience do you have?
â˜† I have inclusively taught the Primary Curriculum to 29+ mixed ability children in a 'Good' Hackney school for the last four years.
â˜† All formal lesson observations throughout my qualified teaching career have been graded 'Good' or 'Outstanding.'
â˜† I have privately tutored National Curriculum objectives to different students for four years.
â˜† For one year I was employed to privately tutor a pupil for her 11+ common entrance exam. She attended Francis Holland School, Sloane Square.
â˜† I have taught Year 6 for three consecutive years at an Ofsted 'Good' Hackney Primary School.
â˜† I have been employed by the named Hackney Primary School from November 2013 to present.
â˜† Year 6 SATS results in named school â†’ 95% of students achieved a Level 4 or above in Maths (2014) 95% of students achieved a Level 4 or above in Maths (2014)
â†’ More information is available in the VIDEO section of my profile.
â˜† I have been employed as ICT, Programming and Computer Science Subject Leader in the named Hackney Primary school since 2014.
â˜† I received Teacher Training from one of England's leading teacher training institutions, 'The University of Gloucestershire.' (Francis Close Campus)
â˜† I undertook Teacher Training Placements in all Primary year groups.
â˜† Immediately after gaining QTS I was permanently employed by the Ofsted Outstanding Primary school that kindly hosted my second-year placement.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
For Group Tuition or one to one arrangements I arrive presenting:
â˜† My up to date enhanced DBS disclosure certificate (renewed in 2016)
â˜† My (QTS) Qualified Teacher Status certificate gained from The General Teaching Council.
- Where and with whom did you train?
The University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Spa.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
National Union of Teachers (NUT)
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Sasha (11) has dyslexia and is preparing for her 11+ exam. Matilda (11) is a Gifted & Talented Year 6 writer who has just completed her Sats. James (6) is working on his KS1 Maths skills and his spelling. Rex (9) has asbergus and needs help with his basic reading and writing. Shazia (11) is preparing for her 11+ exam. James (11) is preparing for his KS2 Sats, and needs particular help with writing.
I ensure that each session covers the content of the child's prospective exam. Pupils make the appropriate coverage without 'wizzing past' important concepts that require revision and consolidation.
• Qualified Teacher
• Bachelor of Primary Education (BEd Hons 5-11 years)
• Enhanced DBS Disclosure renewed on 10/05/2018
• National Union of Teachers
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.
Rhys is a committed educator who is passionate about enabling children to become independent learners. Isn't that what we all want for our children?
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