Richard M

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£ 80.00-100.00 p/h

I am a Senior Examiner at A level with thirty years experience as a Head of English, beginning at Wycombe Abbey School before moving on to be Assistant Head Teacher. I have been teaching online for six years with an excellent record of results and testimonials. I offer a FREE FIRST LESSON. I teach a full range of IGCSE, GCSE and A Level Specifications in both English and English Literature. As Senior Examiner I am involved in marking and paper-setting. As a tutor I focus on interpreting for my students the level descriptors that examiners will use to assess their work; so, they know exactly what they must do to reach the level they are aiming for. I offer detailed feedback on students` work and sample answers on the questions I set. I email students and parents after lessons detailing the work covered and targets for progress. I have an excellent record in helping students` with personal statements for UCAS, particularly for Oxbridge and huge experience - and success - with students with dyslexia, autism and a range of special educational needs, I deliver whole courses at KS4 and KS5 to home ed students and support students in mainstream education.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My approach always begins with the student and the examination board's level descriptors. My job is it to interpret the descriptors so that the student knows exactly what they must to meet the highest level of achievement they can. The work then is to demonstrate the different ways the level descriptors can be met; a range of sample answers helps here. After that I scaffold tasks to help students build up towards their goal. We build on the positive achievements and sometimes progress is achieved through practising a task in various ways, until it is properly mastered. Where possible, in English work, I work with texts that align with a student's own interests, as long as the language is at the right level.

What qualifications do you have?

B A HONS English 2:1 Hull University PGCE Southampton University

Tell us about your experience...

I am a highly energetic and experienced English Teacher with a 2:1 Honours Degree from Hull University and a Grade 1 PGCE from Southampton University. I have worked in and been Head of Department in some of the top schools in the country: for nine years at the RGS, Newcastle; two years as Head of English at Wycombe Abbey, a school consistently among the top three nationally for its results; and for seventeen years I sustained excellent and rising results as Head of English at the King's School, Tynemouth. As Assistant Head Teacher with whole school responsibility for Assessment, a large part of my time was simply dedicated to raising results and using my expertise to work with academic departments in raising grades. Throughout my career I have been responsible for writing UCAS references and assisting with Personal Statements. I have personally assisted around a hundred students in successful applications to Oxbridge and overseen the Oxbridge application system at whole school level. I have worked with students reaching the very highest levels of academic excellent - and also worked with borderline pass candidates with an excellent record in teaching students with dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia and other special educational needs. I am experienced in KS3 teaching and with the AQA, Edexcel, and CIE IGCSE specifications in English and English Literature; and, A level specifications in English Language, English Language and Literature and English Literature specifications with AQA, OCR and WJEC.

What locations do you tutor in?

I tutor from my home in Cross in Hand, Heathfiled, East Sussex, a picturesque four hundred year old cottage in tranquil gardens, where I live with my wife. It is a beautiful place to work! For the last 6 years most of my tuition work has been on line.

What is your personal message to students?

I offer a FREE first session. No-one has never not come back.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: No
Home-based tutor: Yes
Travelling tutor: No
Online tutor: Skyp and Zoom
Subjects: English KS3
  English GCSE
  English A Level
  11 Plus 11 Plus
  English Degree