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I am a knowledgeable practitioner who has taught multiple curricula over the course of my career including A level, IGCSE, GCSE and IB. Having to adapt to new teaching environments and curricula has meant that I have learnt to be flexible in my teaching and proactive in getting to grips with new assessment criteria, teaching strategies and methodology. I am always clear on my teaching objectives for my various courses and am able to backwards design unit plans to meet assignment criteria, enable student enrichment and keep pace with changes in teaching methodology and syllabus updates. I believe in setting high standards for both myself and my students and find true job satisfaction when my students achieve their true potential and often exceed their own expectations.
As for my own interests in literature, I have developed a special passion for poetry, especially the Renaissance poets such as Thomas Wyatt and John Donne. Where prose is concerned, I love the works of Kazuo Ishiguro and particularly enjoyed teaching Remains of the Day where the characterization of the protagonist and the richness of Ishiguro’s diction were perfect for preparing my F11 students for the IB English Individual Oral Assessments. I also love Shakespeare’s history plays, especially Henry IV part I and the character of John Falstaff.
I am a teacher with many years experience of teaching in both the UK and abroad. I recently finished six years at the School of the Nations in Macau, where I worked as Head of English teaching IGCSE English and I.B. Diploma English Language and Literature. I also taught I.B. Diploma Theory of Knowledge and IGCSE Global Perspectives. In previous years at the school I ran the Social Studies department and was the school`s Social Studies Coordinator at the secondary level. In my spare time I also tutored students for both IGCSE English and History.
Before living in Macau, I worked for one year at Telford College of Art and Technology teaching GCSE English and Access English and at New College Telford teaching History A Level. Prior to working at Telford College I studied for an MA in Classics & Ancient History at Exeter University. While I was studying, I tutored a student for an A level course in Roman History. Before this I taught grammar and essay writing to English speaking students at a private school in Japan. During my teacher training I taught A level history and Access courses. I like working with students to improve their performance and try to structure my classes to suit students’ individual learning needs. I tutored students in Macau for IGCSE English, IB Language and Literature and IGCSE History.
Pre-GCSE: English, History and Latin
IGCSE / GCSE: - English Language, English Literature, History & Global Perspectives
A Level: - English, History & Classics and Ancient History
International Baccalaureate: - Language & Literature, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay
University Level: History, Art History and Classics and Ancient History
BA Honours History & Visual Arts - 2:1
MA in Classics and Ancient History - Merit
PGCE in Further Education - Pass
CELTA - Pass
IB Approaches to Learning
IB Extended Essay Supervisor Certificate
IB Language & Literature Certificate
IB Theory of Knowledge Certificate 1
IGCSE Global Perspectives Certificate 1