I am motivated by a desire to invigorate young people's educational experiences, especially their access and enjoyment of literature and writing.
Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the charity sector for two educational charities which promoted literacy and creative writing for young people (First Story and The Story Museum). Subsequently, I also developed teaching materials for the National Literacy Trust, and also worked with Amazon on their Young Storyteller Programme. Recently, I set up my own non-profit organisation, Be Her Lead, which aims to support underconfident teenage girls by training female teachers to be great role models and mentors. My work in the non-profit sector demonstrates my creative and vision-orientated approach to education; an approach which also feeds into my teaching and tutoring style.
I trained as a teacher with Teach First, and spent 3 years working at Villiers High School in Ealing. I learnt a great deal from teaching in a challenging context, as well as from my experience of leadership working as Head of Enrichment, Student Voice and Pupil Premium.
I am currently living in Berlin, where I have spend the past year teaching at an international school. This has been a fantastic experience for me as the smaller class sizes have allowed me to focus more on individual students and hone my teaching practice. I will be returning to London in September to direct my non-profit organisation.
Professional teaching experience
I am a professional teacher of English, with 4 years of experience in both state and independent sectors. In my teacher training (through the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development Programme), I gained a distinction, and have been promoted every year of my teaching career. In my previous school, I ran staff training sessions to improve teaching practice for high ability students, and worked as a coach for fellow teachers. I have taught GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and IB qualifications, as well as coaching and mentoring students through UCAS and Oxbridge Entrance. In my teaching role until now I have had little time for paid tuition, but working on-on-one with students outside of class time is part of my daily practice as a teacher, especially when students are struggling or need extra challenge. I have worked extensively with a wide range of ages (11-18) and abilities, as well as with SEN and EAL students.
Paid tuition work outside of teaching
Currently, I tutor one student outside of school as she has needed extra support due to English being her second language. Previously, I tutored a student on creative writing techniques - this is a particular interest of mine.
As an experienced Secondary English teacher, I am confident teaching English literature and language right through Key Stage 3, GCSE, up to A Level / IB. I have also taught IB Theory Of Knowledge, as well as Citizenship. I am also adept at tutoring essay-technique, and have mentored / coached students with their UCAS personal statements and for Oxbridge entrance. I am also skilled at teaching language skills due to my extensive experience teaching EAL students.
Having achieved A* in A Level History and A in A Level Classical Civilisation, I would be prepared to tutor these subjects as well, especially considering my skills teaching essay-technique and the fact that I have frequently collaborated with History teachers for cross-curricular projects.
Edith is an organised, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who shows a clear commitment to developing her students’ knowledge through well planned and delivered lessons. She is able to accurately gauge the needs of individual students, and tailor her approach to meet a wide range of needs within a class. Her commitment to helping her students achieve the best results is also seen in her willingness to offer additional tuition, and has achieved great successes with the students she has worked with. Emma Folan Head of English Berlin British School
Edith has always exhibited excellent standards of pedagogy, with innovative and engaging teaching methods that are differentiated appropriately; and she has helped students to fulfil their potential through positive support and encouragement; she facilitates learning through effectively delivered feedback and well structured lesson planning, with appropriate use of technology in lessons, and an imaginative integration of drama in English lessons. Outside the classroom, Edith has been an extremely positive presence in the school: she is cheerful and helpful, and has worked very well with colleagues. Her attendance and punctuality are exemplary, as is her willingness to contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme. I recommend Edith without reservation. Andrew Walsh Head of Secondary, Berlin British School
You are a very good teacher. You knew exactly what Vivian was lacking and that how she could improve. That's why Vivian has gained confidence in a short amount of time. In addition, the plan for class preparation is accurate. One hour of lesson is never short and I see enough improvement. Sun-mi Choi
National College for Teaching and Leadership : Newly Qualified Teacher Certificate (2016-2017)
Canterbury Christchurch University/ Teach First, 2015-2016: Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Distinction
and Qualified Teacher Status with Outstanding
University of Oxford, 2010-2014: B.A. English Literature. Degree Classification: 1st, won a scholarship
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, 2008-2010:
A Level English Literature: Grade A*
A Level History: Grade A*
A Level Classical Civilization: Grade A
AS Level French: Grade A
Sacred Heart High School, London, 2003-2008: 11 Grade A* GCSEs