I am a professionally qualified teacher living in north Essex with over 20 years’ experience in school and home education environments. I graduated from University College London in 1995 with a BSc in Biology and completed my Science PGCE in 1996. I have taught dozens of students for 11+, GCSE and A Level exams both one-to-one and in small tutor groups, and have achieved success with a wide range of talents.
All four of my children were home educated to age 11 and two to aged 16. All four gained entry to our local grammar school and three have now graduated from Russell Group universities in the UK, and my youngest will be embarking on her Medical degree. My experience with them has taught me what is required of both teacher and pupil and nowadays, newcomers to the world of home education regularly ask me to help them get started with resources and advice.
My focus is on trying to make learning as much fun as possible. I don’t burn out my pupils, and I don’t just choose bright candidates in order to protect my track record. However, I do insist on a positive attitude from everyone I teach and will sincerely advise parents if I feel that my services are not appropriate for their children.
I aim to help children fulfil their potential whether that is amazing grades, or having the child do the best they can do. I have a good track record of pupils with A*s, and 9s, but my proudest moment was when a student got a 5 in her biology exam. This was because she has autism and learning difficulties which makes retaining knowledge hard for her. She was happy she achieved what she needed to progress to the next stage in her educational career, and I saw her blossom during those lessons, from a child who was sure she was not good enough and going to fail, to someone who knew she could accomplish her goals with a little effort.