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I am a highly qualified and experienced PGCE secondary school teacher and senior examiner of IB Diploma English and Theory of Knowledge and IGCSE English with a background in professional journalism. I enjoy working with students of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, having taught at public and international schools in China, Turkey, Ethiopia, Thailand, France and the UK. I have high expectations of my students whom I challenge to exceed their own expectations, regardless of perceived ability. Hundreds of students have passed through my classes to achieve entrance to Oxford, Cambridge, Ivy League and Russell Group universities. As part of this process they have benefited from the one-to-one tutorials in essay writing, personal statement writing and interview techniques that I consider a vital and enjoyable part of my work as a teacher.
As a qualified secondary school teacher, I have tutored students one-to-one for Oxbridge entrance, most recently a student at Bangkok Patana who subseqently received an offer from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) in 2019. Over the past ten years I have also tutored students outside of class time in small groups and one-to-one in essay writing, annotation, critical thinking, personal statement writing and interview technique. My ten years of curriculum experience is in teaching Key Stage 3, IGCSE and IB/A level English. In that time I have never had a failure (less than 4 in IB, or a C in A level) I have developed complete units of work on dozens of texts based on curriculum documentation, taught a full time-table (twenty-five hours a week) to classes ranging in size from one student to as many as thirty. I have worked as an acting head of department, IB Language A self-study coordinator, and coach of public speaking and debating programmes. I have also worked as a senior examiner of IB Language and Literature, working in a small team with the chief examiner to standardize the marking of other examiners and to set the grade boundaries of the May and November exams each year. This has given me a special insight into what is required for exam preparation.
I am currently doing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on 19th century literature.
I have written schemes of work (units) for typical IB and IGCSE text choices, amounting to about 15GB of data, which will be available to you, along with past papers, model answers, and other resources from my classroom teaching. Authors who i have enjoyed teaching include Chimamanda Adichie, Marjane Satrapi, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Albert Camus, Oscar Wilde.
I think that I am at my best teaching poetry, and I have loads of resources for making this interesting and relevant!
Very helpful in-depth feedback on my essay.
This guy is a superb teacher - really professional! Naz (IB student, London)
IB Senior Examiner
PGCE (distinction), English, University of Edinburgh
MA (distinction), English, Queen Mary, University of London
BA, English, Royal Holloway, University of London