Claire completed her A Levels in Classical Civilisation, French and Government and Politics, before going on to study Classical Studies and Politics at the University of Exeter, for which she achieved glowing results.
After a successful career in Events Management, including Windsor Castle, Claire completed a PGCE in Primary Education at the prestigious training provider of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
She worked extensively as a full-time teacher, in both the mainstream sectors and Independent Schools sector, covering both KS1 and KS2 throughout Surrey, London, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. She was also a PPA teacher and has taught a one to one intervention programmes in Surrey.
As a tutor, Claire believes in working on a personalised course of study working through use of past exam papers and interview questions, teaching students to answer the questions well and grow in confidence. As such, Claire has successfully coached children through 7+, 11+ and 13+ examinations including up to scholarship level. Her past students have gained entry to the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Eton College, St James School Ashford, Halliford School, Shepperton, St Catherine’s School, Bramley and St George’s College, Weybridge.
Claire is now a specialist one to one tutor working with students in preparation for Independent School Entrance examinations at 7+, 11+,13+ along with the 11+ Examinations for Grammar Schools. For the 7+ Claire has prepared students for both the Mathematics and English examinations. At 11 + she has prepared children for the Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests. At 13 + Common Entrance Claire helps students to prepare for the English Writing and Reading Comprehension Examinations. She has also supported children across the Primary Curriculum, developing their understanding and skill set in order to boost their confidence and prepare them for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS in Mathematics and English at the end of Primary School.
Claire is an empathetic and enthusiastic tutor who always strives to help her tutees become the best that they can be!
I love learning and, equally, to inspire this feeling in others too. I also strongly believe that social development and creativity are as important as academic learning. If you are reading this, you must be considering getting help with learning of some sort, whether for you or for someone close to you. It would be a privilege to help!
I worked as a primary school teacher for 14 years and loved sharing the learning journey with the young people I taught. My approach is often playful – there is so much to be learnt using games and humour – and success relies on building relationships, agreeing goals and together working out how to reach them. Sometimes the goal might just be to travel forwards and enjoy the journey; at other times there may be a more specific target.
The best moments as a teacher are “the lightbulb moments” when something clicks in the learning and new connections are made. My goal is always to instil self-confidence in learners, to build positively on what they already know and can do, and to help them to believe that they can learn whatever they want to learn.
I am a qualified and experienced teacher. Although I have worked in secondary/ middle schools, the majority of my teaching has been in primary schools. I have worked in mainstream schools with a wide range of children. I have coordinated enrichment programmes for gifted and talented pupils. I have supported pupils preparing for grammar school exams. I have written and managed education plans for learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia, autistic spectrum conditions and other social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
As a class teacher, I taught across the spectrum of the National Curriculum, with particular focus on progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. As the school coordinator for the teaching and learning of English for many years, I rolled out various strategies to develop reading for pleasure and to make the learning of grammar and spelling fun, fun, fun! Prior to that, I enjoyed roles as the school lead on Science, History and DT. However, my guilty pleasure is a love of numbers, the application of Maths, in games and puzzles, and the Art of Maths.
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Prior to teaching, I was an architect. More recently, I have established myself as an artist, specialising in the publication of greeting cards and fine art prints.
I enjoy working creatively with children and I am aware of the different mind friendly learning techniques that can be used to facilitate effective learning. I incorporate these techniques into my www.*** ;I believe that children need a firm foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills in order to be able to flourish in other areas of the www.*** ;I understand that continuity and progression in learning is vital and my planning and teaching reflect this.
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Oxford University graduate in English Language and Literature.
MSc in management of social care.
Qualified TEFL teacher.
Fluent French speaker.
Many years' experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language and French at all levels and ages.
Many years' experience of tutoring 1:2 and in small groups in 11+ (CEM and GL) in Maths, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, English.
Private school entrance exams.
Stats (KS 1+2).
GCSE English and French.
Specialist in helping children with special educational needs, including ADHD, Autism, behavioural issues.
Expertise and experience in working with young learners with English as an Additional Language.
Extremely familiar with the National Curriculum in England at levels from Reception to KS3.
Familiar with all levels of EFL Curricula and exams (IELTS, CPE etc).