Hi, I am Jo and recently I took the decision to leave a teaching job that I loved. I had worked as a primary school teacher for 25 years but felt unable to continue teaching in a system that can ‘fail’ children aged only 10 or 11. I passionately believe that learning should be built around life-skills and that the best, most beneficial learning, happens when children are not restricted to learning just to pass tests.
Maths is a subject that we use daily, but that many children are scared by. My approach is very practical – maths for life, not for tests. Reasoning skills can be developed through practical activities so that children understand the purpose of any formal calculations. Even learning times tables doesn’t have to be painful if it’s part of a ball game or card game!
In English it allows me to focus work on a child’s individual interests. Because they choose the theme, learning is more purposeful and engaging to the child - therefore knowledge increases as well as literacy skills. I am aware of a broad range of authors, and keep up to date with exciting new titles because it is always a delight to introduce children to an author with whom they are not yet familiar – leading to great reading and writing potential.
Availability: Because my approach is more practical, I prefer to tutor from home so that I know I have the necessary resources available. I am currently working with children from different years within KS2 in subjects where they would either like to improve understanding or because they have a particular educational need. I would prefer to keep availability to the weekdays, but I can be flexible should the need arise.
It is important that your child feels comfortable with me, so I am happy to arrange a preliminary meeting.
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: During my teaching career I have worked in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Having worked in Year 6 for eight years, I am fully aware of the objectives that children are required to meet under the National Curriculum - in English, maths as well as the foundation subjects - by the time they leave primary school. So I am experienced in teaching the skills and strategies necessary to pass SATs. However, tutoring allows the freedom for more child led learning, whilst still enabling the development of the skills that underpin English and maths. I was the literacy coordinator for KS2