School teacher and personal tutor. Expertise is within the Humanities, notably History (ancient and modern) and Philosophy & Religious Studies. I also teach Geography to GCSE level.
I attend lectures and courses in the humanities, and engage in professional development as a teacher.
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With over 16 years experience I understand students well. I work with methods that engender respect and co-operation. In my time in the profession I have gained valuable experience from a variety of class settings and types of students.
I seek to work with the skills students have and build - step by step - deeper analytical skills and critical faculties through the use of subject material and activities. Questions, ideas, pulling apart issues and thinking about steps taken help students to grow in their abilities. Finally, dialogue and discussion and directed help with exam practice is at the heart of my methodology.
Sep 2006-Aug 2009: Religious Studies Coordinator & History Teacher, Sherfield School, Hampshire (independent school).
2009/10 academic year - The Abbey School (independent girls school in Reading, England). Contract position as Philosophy of Religion teacher & (IB) Lecturer in Theory of Knowledge (Years 12-13).
2010/11 academic year - contract position Denefield School, Reading, England, (state school). English and History Teacher (Years 7-9 & GCSE).
Sep 2011 to July 2014. Worked as a Supply Teacher for Monarch Education while based in Oxford. Supply teaching for state schools in Oxfordshire.
2014/15 academic year - returned to the independent sector with a contract position teaching History at Gordonstoun School (Scotland).
2015/16 academic year - Philosophy & History tutor (GCSE & A Level students). Worked at Oxford Science Studies (OXSS) & Carfax Tutorial College.
Sep 2017-Aug 2019 - Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, England (independent). Contract position teaching Religious Studies (GCSE) & Philosophy (A Levels).
2019/20 academic year - Repton School, Derbyshire, England (independent). Contract position teaching Religious Studies & Philosophy.
Sep 2020 - present - tutor of history for Oxford Science Studies/Oxford International College (Oxford) and Theory of Knowledge (IB) tutor for the Exam Factory, based in Monaco.
Have worked with secondary students on a range of topics, including world religions, ancient, medieval and modern history, philosophy of religion, epistemology and broader issues related to ethics and morality.
My academic & professional path has fortified an array of skill sets in research and planning capabilities within the social sciences and humanities. These are skill-sets that I aim to pass on to and help inculcate in students that I tutor.
A Level History, experience tutoring all boards through Oxford Science Studies, a tutorial college based in Oxford. (Between 2014-present). GCSE & A Level Tutoring College, Oxford. All boards for GCSE and A Level History, including the International Baccalaureate. One-to-one tutoring or small class (2 to 4 students).
Tutoring students in the Theory of Knowledge subject, part of the International Baccalaureate, working with the Exam Factory, a tutoring agency based in the Monaco area. Covering subject content/debates/IA Prompts/Practice Essays/Philosophy of Knowledge - linking to Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) such as History, the Arts & Human Sciences, and also to Ways of Knowing (WOKs). Structure and guidance provided for TOK Exhibitions, Presentations and for the main TOK essay. One-to-one tutoring or small class (2 to 4 students).
Philosophy & Religious Studies - recent experience teaching the A Level AQA Philosophy Course at Aldenham School, between 2018-2019 and the A Level OCR Religious Studies Course at Repton School, 2019-2020.
Joshua was an excellent choice of tutor for my son, Alexander, supporting his revision for his Classical Civilisation and History GCSEs. I would highly recommend Joshua. He is always very smart, very punctual and very professional as well as being a really nice person. It has been a pleasure meeting him.
Joshua is enthusiastic and engaged with his subject. It is early days, but I am confident that his tutoring will make a substantial difference to my daughter's confidence approaching her A2 exam.
I sought out Joshua to help me improve my essay writing and exam technique for an A-Level from which we achieved the result I desired. I found his guidance and patience to be exemplary after we went through essay after essay and the sessions very beneficial and well planned.
Joshua is very approachable and always welcoming in his teaching style and is someone who I highly endorse for anyone needing extra help.
Our daughter re-sat papers in 2012 in History and Religious Studies in order to achieve the results she needed to read Psychology at her preferred university. She worked with Joshua between 2 and 3 hours per week for three months.
She found his approach valuable, not only in reinforcing her grasp of the subject matter, but particularly in strengthening her essay writing skills in both subjects. He is an excellent tutor, with genuine commitment to his students, and certainly inspired our daughter to do her best in her re-takes.
She achieved an A and A* in the papers, and I am certain these results woud not have been obtained with Joshua's constructive work.
Joshua is reliable and patient. His approach and attitude is very professional. I would highly recommend to other students.
Bachelor of Education (Grad Entry), History & Religious Studies. 2006 (University of Queensland, Australia)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History & Religious Studies. 2004 (University of Queensland, Australia)
Diploma of Philosophy, The Temenos Academy, UK, 2019.
Certificate of Theology, Moore Theological College, Australia, 2002.