The Oxford School of Drama
Level 5 (2009)
University of Bristol
Maths, Advanced Maths, English (10 GCSEs total)
8 As, 2 Bs (1994)
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Information about Chris
I have over 15 years teaching experience, the majority of my work has been at secondary level, where my specialisms are Drama, English and English Literature and History. However, I also have extensive experience in primary education where I have taught across the breadth of the curriculum.
My preoccupation with academia was nurtured at a competitive Grammar School, RGS Worcester, a top school with high expectations. I went on to acquire a first class degree. I remain now, as I have always been, a high achiever.
My approach to tutoring balances a sensitive awareness of what a student needs whilst maintaining a conducive rapport. I have a flexible communication style, adaptable and responsive, a necessity built on the recognition that effective learning can only happen when tutor and student understand each other, and are mutually inspired.
At first, my focus with a new student is to provide gentle provocations on different aspects of the subject matter- a process which allows me to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie, also allowing the student to start seeing the subject matter from varying perspectives, and to extend their range of problem-solving and communication strategies.
My approach always depends on the specific needs of the student, most commonly students ask for:
-Information building and comprehension
-Essay writing technique
-Filling in historical/ social/ political or cultural context to areas of study (particularly at A level)
-Response to examination questions
-Improving literacy level, reading and comprehension, grammar (particularly at primary level)
-Extending and developing powers of expression
You will find me a generous tutor, I am not a clock watcher, it doesnt matter, for instance, if a class runs over. I will work hard for you between lessons, marking, researching, and developing new lessons and academic exercises. I am always well prepared, focused upon specific needs of student, and always an authority on what Im teaching.
My tutoring style is tempered by profound understanding and experience of examination board and national curriculum requirements.
Availability: I am fairly flexible. Evening work is not a problem for me. I am available for short term or long term engagements.
Some recent feedback:
I wish you had been my tutor before, I feel a lot more confident
(Chitra, GCSE English, Adult Learner)
Great attitude and rapport with my son very engaging
(Sarah, mother of A level Film and Studies student)
We are delighted to have Chris helping my daughter and her friend with the written exam In the last few weeks of their Drama and Theatre A level. Inspiring, flexible, fun -knowledgeable about the plays, their history and context- he is a fantastic tutor.
(Felicity, mother of A level Drama and Theatre Studies student)
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Experience: My teaching experience includes:
Secondary Level Education:
- I worked for 6 years as a secondary school teacher, delivering Drama and English lessons, including GCSE and A level, from year 7- year 13.
-I devised and delivered a formal curriculum to teach Year 9 Drama (in line with Key Stage Guidelines).
-Extensive experience in coursework, marking, moderation and exam preparation.
-On 2 separate occasions, following Ofsted observations, I was given an `Outstanding` classification (the highest classification).
-Quantitative end of term reports always placed my classes amongst the highest in terms of achievement and student retention.
A level Education:
-I taught for 6 years at 2 different Further Education Colleges. I taught English Literature, Drama and Film Studies A level.
-Students were offered extra-curricular tutorials to help them achieve their desired results according to their own set of educational needs.
-I emboldened students for university entrance with interview techniques, UCAS procedures and university level preparation.
-The coursework I devised with students for their final A2 Drama and Theatre Studies was picked up as an exemplar of excellent practice, and is still used to this day by Edexcel examination board as a standard to which other schools should aim.
-I devised a range of workshops, and delivered these to selected primary schools. These workshops raised literacy levels, written and oral communication. They were delivered to year 4, year 5 and year 6 students.
-My work with Redditch Borough Council as Literacy and Outreach Officer earned me an `Outstanding personal Achievement Award`.
- I have worked as a Supply Teacher in numerous London Primary Schools, teaching all subjects, cross-curricular.
-Ive worked with young people trying to get back into education following exclusion, this involved working with charities like CentrePoint.
-I often work with adult learners re-taking their GCSE English.
-Postgraduate students have sought my help in the past, particularly International Students looking to improve the precision of their essays.
Complex Educational Needs:
-I am trained in Advanced Behaviour Management.
-I have experience working with SEN and PMLD students.
-Delivering Theatre and Drama lectures, seminars and workshops to students at university level, including The University of Birmingham, University of Worcester, University of Bristol, and University of Warwick.
I hold a first class BA degree and a post-graduate diploma, 4 A levels (all A), and 10 GCSEs (including, of course, Maths and English)
Feedback For Chris (8)
Chris is a wonderful tutor. Obviously very passionate but not over-whelming to the student. He is prompt, prepared and professional. My grand-daughter actually enjoyed the few sessions they had before covid-19 disrupted things. Chris is firm but fun - in fact so much so that my grand-daughter requested a particular task / game and laughter was heard! `Homework` is given and briefly reviewed the following week although Chris is excellent at acknowledging that school work is priority - but, did I say, she enjoyed it and wanted to put in some effort. A+ from me
What a great engaging tutor for my Son. Thanks!
Chris is great. His teaching style is really fun & interactive, we knew immediately we had picked the right tutor for our daughter. He really wants to get to know his students in order to bring out the best in them. Thanks Chris!
Chris is wonderful with my kids. They Always looking forward to study with him.
Great tutor who provides a challenging but stimulating learning platform for my daughter doing a level drama
Absolutely incredible style of teaching - he gets on with all students with varying disabilities. Everyone has commented on how good he is and we look forward to continuing to work with him.
Very good teacher , always on time
We are delighted to have Chris helping my daughter and her friend with the written exam In the last few weeks of their Drama and Theatre `A ` level. Inspiring, flexible, fun -knowledgable about the plays, their history and context- he is a fantastic tutor.