My teaching methodology, is learner centred learning finding a style and way that suits them. So if it means having a walk by a canal or up a hill to find out about the natural world for History or Geography or Science to being in a classroom researching information on the internet or from books.
I am a freelance private tutor working one to one and group work, within the west midlands area including north worcestershire. I teach all core curriculum subjects, and an alternative arts based creative curriculum for those who need an alternative.
Rachel Susan Bethany Andrews
2017-2019 Heart of Worcestershire College
Diploma in education and training
2013-2016 University of Worcester
PGCE Special and Inclusive Education pass
2002-2005 University of Worcester
BA (Hons) IT with combined studied Third
2002-2000 Hereford College of Art and Design
BTEC National Diploma Art and Design- Design Crafts Merit
1999-2000 Hereford College of Art and Design
BTEC GNVQ Intermediate Art and Design Merit
GCE AS Level Photography C
GCE AS Level Historical and Contextual Studies C
1998-1999 Hereford College of Technology
BTEC GNVQ Health and Social Care Pass
1998-1994 Hanley Castle High School
GCSE English Language C Science and technology in society C, English literature D
Mathematics C, Geography D,
December 2017-date Volunteering at Reach Bewdley
June 2016-date Freelance private tutor, Freelance Teaching Assistant.
Jan 2017-date Winchmore tutors
January 2017-date Class People(Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
January 2017-date Custard Recruitment(Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin,
January 2017-date Aspire Education(Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
January 2017-date Smile Education(Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
November 2016-date ITN Mark Education(Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
October 2016-date Monarch Education Agency (Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
September 2016-date Prospero Education agency (Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
January 2016-date Teacher active (agency Cover) (Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
June-2015-sept 2016 Academic Solutions (agency Cover) (Teaching Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Admin, Exam invigilation.
September 2014-May 2015 Fairfield Community Primary School( Teaching Assistant)
August 2013-November 2013 New Hope Worcester Support Worker
June 2013-Date Mentor Link Reading Mentor
June 2013-July 2013 Volunteer Teaching Assistant Vale of Evesham School
Jan 2008-May2012 Teaching Assistant Grade 1 The Bewdley School and Sixth form Centre
Summer 2007 Playhouse Nursery (temporary Job)
Sept 06-may 07 Teaching assistant grade2 supply Rose Hill Special School
Aug 06-july 06 Play worker Malvern Special Families
Jan 06-july 06 Voluntary worker at Manor Park Special School
Summer 2002-2006 Summer casual work- Swan Agency (QinetiQ)
Sept 06-08 Malvern St James Catering Assistant
Feb 01-July 06 Malvern Girls College Catering Assistant
July-Aug 01 Swan Agency General Administration Duties at DLO Malvern
July –Aug 99 Swan Agency General security duties and administrational at DERA Malvern
Feb-May 99 Colwall primary School Work experience as part of Health and Social care course
Sept 08-Jan 99 Playstation nursery work experience as part of Health and Social care course
Mar97-jan 98 Somerfield stores Grocery assistant.
My experience of working in busy offices
I have experience of using the SIMS database, also the use of other database systems at university and within defence agencies liaising with different people and ordering of stationary and answering calls and sorting out queries with customers, filing both electronic and manual.
My role as a private tutor/support/team leader
As a team leader I am a brownie guider and have been for over 15 years having to liaise with my team organising camps, outings and other activities, which although is a voluntary role. I regularly liaise with parents/carers on various issues whether it is face to face, email or text as some of my brownies have additional needs.
Working one to one with young people developing curriculum/ activities which is geared for them, so they have a choice of what to do during the day. Whether it is a mainstream or special curriculum. Teaching basic sign along signs, creating sensory box Monday peppermint, Tuesday vanilla, Wednesday strawberry, Thursday lavender, Friday Rose.
Activities that I have used are multi-sensory developing touch, making choices, smelling and exploring sensory tastes. All of the sensory activities that I use are edible as a lot of special needs young people explore using taste.
Going on sensory walks, even with my mainstream clients especially the ones who are home-schooled, like to learn in the natural environment. e.g Malvern hills natural history/geography also the wyre forest natural science.
My Role as a teaching assistant
In my role as a teaching assistant, I have had to write annual reviews on the statemented learners in my care, listened to vulnerable learners read and assisted in supporting those who needed extra support doing homework during form time assisting with medication.
Supporting the learning of statemented and school action and school action plus learners.
My Role as a reading mentor
Listening to the young people read, and asking them questions about what they have read to check their understanding. Also getting the young people to predict what might be coming next, talking to the young people about what their hobbies are especially if they are reluctant readers enthusing them to read.
My role as a support worker for New Hope, The children have a wide range of different abilities some required the use of wheel-chairs, others had autism, and other multiple conditions. The things that I enjoy most about being a support worker is seeing that the children are having fun and are safe and happy.
I have been volunteering in a special school in Evesham for children aged 2-19yrs. I have been working with a group in year3 the children are level P3 to national curriculum level 1. Under the direction of the class teacher; working with small groups, on areas of the curriculum. Whether it is Maths, English or Geography; Reading, sorting of colours and putting together equipment and clearing away as needed. Supporting the pupils during school trips shopping trips and outdoor play, making sure they are safe. Every child matters and every child can achieve.
As a brownie guider I have to organise and budget for activities and liaise with my staff and with the parents by phone and face to face.
Over the past four years I have worked in a busy mainstream High School, over the time that I have been at the school I have supported a range of different statemented learners, with a range of additional needs autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, muscular dystrophy, and authogryposis. All with very differing needs, some of whom needed specific one-to-one just simply for their own self-esteem and learning.
My role as a play worker for Malvern Special Families, The children in my care had a wide range of different abilities some required the use of wheel-chairs, others had autism, and multiple conditions. This included working as a one to one helper with a specific child: feeding, toileting and encouraging her to use sensory toys. The things that I enjoy most about being a Play worker is seeing that the children are having fun and are safe and happy.
I have experience of working in two different schools in Worcester. The first was working in a voluntary role within a school for children with mental disabilities. My most recent experience is as a teaching assistant grade 2 (supply) at a school for children with more physical disabilities. My role within both schools was as a general classroom support worker aiding the class teacher and other teaching assistants. For example helping to set out activities for the day, aiding the children to achieve what was required and clearing away afterwards. I was also involved in feeding and changing the children as required. During my time at the school I gained experience of using the sound beam. I have experienced even the most profoundly impaired child respond with either a smile or a controlled movement.
I have also had experience of music therapy. The profoundly multiple learning disabilities group (pmld) enjoyed banging on the drums or the tambourine. Here the children were responding to the vibrations caused by the drum as well as to the sounds being produced. In both these activities I worked with a specific pmld child, this child actually achieved individual controlled movements during this lesson.
I have a degree in Information Technology with Art and Design. I feel very strongly about the use of art as a therapy, particularly using different textures and materials like sand, clays, and paints. For example take a cup or sea shell and press it into clay, then make a plaster or modrock impression. This new structure can become part of a feely-board for a tactile response by a child. This can be used with children who might be visually impaired as well as for the pmld. I am very flexible and I am always interested in trying out new ideas. If an idea is not suitable I am able to adapt it, but I am ready to admit some tried and tested ideas are often the ones which work well.I understand the need to adopt the policies of the school with regards to child protection, and data protection.In my role as a teaching assistant, I have had to write annual reviews on the statemented learners in my care, listened to vulnerable learners read and assisted in supporting those who needed extra support doing homework during form time assisting with medication.
I have an understanding of the PLTS framework and learning to learn. The primary framework and the early years foundation stage. Every child matters, all learners are unique and have very different needs, whether they are looked after, EAL or have SEBD. I have experience of many different types of learners some of whom also have different behavioural needs.I have worked with learners from year7 to year10, some were at a primary level of education in Maths, English and Science at a level between 2b and 4b. I have seen many different types of learners, especially working closely with these year groups in Design Technology. As the learners were statemented, and had speech and language difficulties. English plays a very big part in all subjects as these learners needed quite a lot of support with writing in the way of scribing and also typing ideas and talking through what the learners mean.
St John ambulance first aid at work
Speech and language training
Epi pen training
Manger elk lifting cushion
Pediatric first aid at work
Extra curricular activities
In my role as a Brownie Guider I have experience of liaising with other members of staff which includes attending regular staff meetings and planning meetings, every term.Planning the program of activities for the girls to do each week, which includes games, crafts, cooking and outdoor activities, orienteering etc. I like to encourage skilled people from our local community to come and talk to the girls for example two Police Officers gave a talk about Crime Prevention and we had a visit from a guide dog puppy breeder.The planning of activities also includes budgeting for the activities and the resources needed for example a day trip to the West Midland Safari Park entailed budgeting for the total cost of the trip, coach quotations and confirmation of cheapest.I have also organised trips and holidays for a longer period for example either a week or weekend away. This planning involved choosing the destination and information on how to get to the destination. I then budgeted everything from the cost of the accommodation, to the cost of food and all the activities required. I had to take into account, the medical, dietary and faith needs of every child. Finally organising where each girl and leader will sleep and the detailed program of activities for each day. Making sure that low level disruption is dealt with appropriately, using warnings and awarding good behaviour, whether on pack holiday or at a normal Brownie meeting.
Liaising with parents and carers, about specific needs of their child. Making sure that all of the children were safe. Making sure all the children were happy. I have also organised activities, including trips to the safari park, ice skating. Taking time to plan carefully thought out activities appropriate to the weather conditions. I have a current First Aid at Work qualification and I understand the need for health and safety in the workplace.
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