School of Advanced Study, University of London
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General Teaching Council (GTC)
English Language and Literature
Information about Matthew
I am a highly qualified and experienced English teacher, having taught all abilities in English Language and Literature in secondary schools for twelve years. Passionate about literature, I have plenty of experience in raising the achievement of students whose confidence and enjoyment in English is lacking. My teaching skills have been added to by a two-year stretch as Head of Department, developing the curriculum, and trying to find ways to help all students succeed, according to their own abilities. My usual method of working is to arrange a diagnostic session with the student, ranging widely over the skills and knowledge relevant to the subject, and, on this basis, to recommend a series of sessions aimed at raising levels of engagement and enthusiasm in the subject.
I am familiar with all exam boards, and communicate clearly the strategies necessary to succeed in GCSE or A levels. If you would like to, you can arrange a diagnostic session, for which there is no charge.
Availability: Mainly weekdays 4-8pm, but I will try and be flexible where possible.
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I have been a classroom teacher in Surrey secondary schools for twelve years. I have professional qualifications teaching and in school leadership, with experience of running a large department. I am fully CRB checked.Contact this Tutor
Feedback For Matthew (6)
The support Matthew has given my daughter with her GCSE English work has been invaluable. He has set the work at exactly the right level to develop her confidence and move her on in her learning. His planning for the next session reflects both what he has assessed in the previous lesson and the feedback myself and my daughter give him. We have only had a few sessions so far, but we are already seeing a difference in our daughter`s ability and willingness to tackle a GCSE English question.
Would highly recommend Matthew. We got quite concerned when our daughter was tracking towards 5/6 with her English GCSEs. We finally got results this week and she got 8 both in Language and Literature. I dont think it would have been possible without Mathews help over last 10 months. Mathew is very professional, calm, structured and has the right approach.
My son had been working at level 5 in both his English GCSE`s when Matthew started working with him in March. We were thrilled last week when he received his results, achieving a level 6 in English Language and a level 8 in Literature. Without Matthews support, I don`t believe his grades would have improved as much. We would highly recommend Matthew.
Matthew is always on time and well prepared. He has built a great rapport with my son who looks forward to the sessions with him. My son`s understanding and knowledge have increased substantially in the short time he has been working with Matthew and he has developed greater confidence. I would highly recommend Matthew.
Matthew is helping my son to prepare for his English language and literature GCSE`s, and with exam technique in general. He firstly performed an assessment, and devised a programme of study based on this. Matthew is always well-prepared, has a range of different material for each topic, and his lessons are interesting. I would definitely recommend him as an English tutor.
Matt has built a great relationship with my son. His calm, positive and encouraging approach has been just what my son needed for him to be motivated and enjoy revising for his English GCSE. Matt is very patient and prepares extremely well for his sessions. My son finds the sessions extremely valuable and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Matt.