specialism is preparing children for grammar school entrance exams of
which I have 20+ years experience. For English, I
teach all ages and abilities and provide specialist tuition for dyslexia (and other special needs),
general struggling readers/writers, English for speakers of other
languages through to English for university dissertations and Business
Lessons are generally once a week for an hour and
upon the number of tutees sharing a lesson.
I provide 1:1 tailored tuition in my home in Didsbury or online via Zoom, but group tuition is
an option for those who prefer it.
Once areas for development have been identified from a thorough
assessment, lessons are tailored to individual needs and learning style,
with clear, achievable aims.
tutees make excellent progress because I transmit my enthusiasm, make
lessons fun and apply a multi-sensory teaching approach which includes
drawing on my extensive bank of learning resources, many of which I have
designed to accommodate all areas and individual needs.
During term-time I generally
tutor weekdays until 7 p.m., and restrict tuition to the minimum during school
access my contact page HERE to enquire
about current availability.
Generally, I am fully booked
with a waiting list for after school hours. Should
this be the case when you apply, I will endeavour to let
you know as soon as a suitable place becomes available.
Lessons are mapped to the National Curriculum for all key stages,
including the following areas:
CEM & GL
I hold an
up-to-date DBS certificate (2019) to work with children
and vulnerable adults which is
to view on request, along with my professional qualifications.
I have wide experience
teaching very diverse abilities from severe learning difficulties, autism,
sensory impairments, literacy-related learning difficulties to
exceptionally gifted children.
Children require my tuition services for a variety of reasons, though the
majority come to me for
11+ grammar school entrance examination preparation, especially for Manchester Grammar,
Withington Girls', Manchester High, Stockport Grammar, Cheadle Hulme and
the Trafford Grammar schools (CEM & GL exams). Over many years I have gathered an extensive
bank of past and sample entrance exam papers for these and other grammar
schools and my success rate in procuring places into them (including
places for tutees with dyslexia) is exceptional:
years 100% for preferred/top grammar schools.
I often work with the same
family over a number of years for several siblings, and the majority of my
tutees come to me by word of mouth.
Many of my adult tutees come to me simply to ‘brush
up’ on their English skills, while others are concerned about their work-related
English or their uncertainty about how to support their
require ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tuition, while
others, due to a variety of reasons, have missed much of their
formative education and require Basic Literacy tuition. Those with
dyslexia come to me to learn strategies to overcome their barriers to learning.
also support tutees with their academic
dissertations and vocational training courses covering planning, research strategies, grammar, punctuation,
proofreading and Harvard referencing.
hold high expectations for both my tutees and myself. Homework is
therefore an integral component of my lessons to reinforce and practise
what has been learnt.
Equally, completed homework enables me to assess tutee understanding and
inform future lesson planning.
The amount of homework will be negotiated and agreed on from the onset,
and dependant upon the tutee's age and other commitments. Obviously,
the more homework completed, the faster one’s progress will
For business clients wishing to improve employees' English to ensure
they are communicating services and products effectively, I
offer group tuition within the
workplace or one-to-one from my home in Didsbury.
Once I have identified common needs (for group teaching) and individual
needs, I tailor learning plans to individual needs and
the company's business profile.
Embedded or stand-alone Basic Computing tuition
can also be delivered if required.
Just ask and I will be delighted to assist. For details of my
qualifications, experience and fees please follow the links at the top and
bottom of each page.