I am an experienced teacher: I love my subject, and that’s why I became a teacher of English. Both Language and Literature are fascinating and rewarding subjects, and of course, as a key subject in the KS3 and 4 curriculum, achieving a good level of English is central to being able to access many other subjects. I have worked with many students in London who have a range of challenges that make English study more difficult for them, and less pleasurable that other subjects that, as intelligent and lively-minded young people, they do want to excel in. It’s important to get across to such students that they are not being encouraged just to get a particular grade on a piece of paper, but to bring their skills to a level that means they won’t go into the future at a permanent disadvantage. As such, I have a high degree of job satisfaction.
I hope I transfer some of my enthusiasm to my students. Most do enjoy having to think about how language works. Breaking a piece of writing down in various ways to get students engaging with it makes all sorts of texts accessible. And above all, I believe a teacher must not put undue limitations on what she thinks a student can achieve.
I love learning. I am, when possible, here and there, improving my intermediate level French, and Latin, because I enjoy it, but I hope also to be able to tutor Common Entrance students in due course.
I am a ward councillor in my borough of Islington. I help residents when they have issues over housing, benefits, rubbish collection, parking etc, work for improvements in the environment, and generally represent their interests as best I can. I chair a Planning sub-committee and have a special interest in housing, urban space design and art and design generally.
I have two adult sons, neither of whom likes reading!
I do not drive a car. I have found I can get pretty well anywhere in London by public transport, but would struggle to manage outside of the usual london travel zones unless there are excellent rail links, and that is sometimes the case.
I have a 2:1 degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Middlesex University and my PGCE is in English with Media and Drama. I have worked as an English teacher in London schools, and have, at various times, taught GCSE and AS Level Media Studies and AS Level Philosophy.
In recent years, I have worked in FE and 6th Form colleges in London, and with University of the Arts at London and at UCA Farnham Foundation Year students, teaching GCSE re-sit classes. I am very experienced at this; I have a good, around 48% pass rate for classroom teaching, which is above the national average for re-takes, and have taught a variety of exam specifications such as AQA, Edexcel, Cambridge IGCSE and OCR.
For the past two years, I have been an exam marker for OCR GCSE English Literature. I consider myself a positive marker and an accurate assessor of students’ work.