Each learner is considered on an individual basis to develop the most beneficial learning strategy.
I create a relaxed and confidence building experience - realising learning potential is incredibly empowering!
Current DBS Checks, Safeguarding Children & First Aid certificates & the Teaching Register for Wales.
As an experienced GCSE English Literature teacher (still in the classroom part-time) and current GCSE English Literature examiner I can really hone in on specific skills needed to raise confidence and ability as a learner moves through their learning up to A level. I can help to develop confidence with coursework writing as well as developing a deeper understanding of a range of texts and approaching texts from a range of perspectives. (Current texts being worked with at present include: The Woman in Black, An Inspector Calls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, A Handmaids Tale, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Atonement).
As head of a thriving Drama Department in a comprehensive school, my responsibilities included successful delivery of exams to include WJEC Drama and BTEC Performing Arts. I enable students through devising strategies and working with a range of practitioners (Brecht, Stanislavski, Berkoff et al) to Greek, Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean as well as the theatre in the 20th Century. Coursework is approached from an explorative and creative angle, where student confidence and engagement is paramount. I also prepare learners for LAMDA exams up to Grade Eight across a range of exams to include Speaking in Public / Acting / Speaking Verse and Prose.
Having first graduated from Huddersfield in Drama with English and Philosophy, I entered education in 1996 as an NQT, before graduating with PGCE English from UWE. With over twenty years as a teacher (twelve as Head of Department) I am passionate about my subjects and teaching. Continual personal development is crucial for myself and the students I tutor - gaining my MA in Creative Writing (with Distinction) in September 2017 only increased my passion for language and I now have a book I want to write, complete and hopefully, get published. Well, several actually.... My ongoing studies and creative endeavours inspire new learning techniques as both a practitioner and as a writer.