Experienced Zoom tutor! I am an English teacher with 25 years experience, including GCSE examiner for English Language and developing teaching & training resources for AQA. As a professional children's author, I have first-hand knowledge of creative writing techniques. My teaching style is hands-on, pacy, engaging, getting students to spot their weaknesses and using exam papers and focused exercises to improve them. I am confident using Zoom as a teaching platform, having delivered tuition and workshops this way.
2017-2020 Personal tutor
One-to-one tutoring in GCSE English Language and Literature for Virtual Schools, using assessment and feedback to build on student’s prior performance, and producing training materials.
April 2020 Inkwell Tutored Retreats
I am a co-founder of Inkwell, a tutored residential Creative Writing retreat business. As a tutor on our inaugural course at Walcot Hall, Shropshire, I create lesson resources and teach English workshops.
2003-2017 The Chase School, Geraldine Road, Malvern
English teacher in large secondary school, planning, delivering and assessing units of work to years 7-13. 2008-2014 : Examiner for WJEC English Language GCSE. 2015-16 : Led whole school training in Literacy across the Curriculum. Delivered Inset training in Spoken Language and Creative Writing. Excellent results in all A level classes, teaching both English Literature and English Language. A level teaching has included advising students on university applications and personal statements, and writing references. Part of my role as secondary school English teacher was designing teaching materials at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level and cascaded through the school. I taught A Level English Language, which involved thorough knowledge of all aspects of grammar, stylistic elements and text types.
2015-current Oneworld Publications, Bloomsbury, London
My debut YA book, The Island, and second book, The Circus, is published by Oneworld’s Rock the Boat imprint. As an author, I have spoken on panels at Bradford Literary Festival, and various Waterstones and independent bookshops including Glasgow, Liverpool, Islington, Birmingham, Guildford and Petersfield as part of my author tour. I have delivered creative writing workshops at the Young Adult Literary Convention at Kensington, Olympia, and Foyles, Charing Cross Road, as part of the Story Box Festival. I give author visits at a range of secondary schools in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and London, for interviews, assemblies and writing workshops.