Jo Thomas Primary Tutor - catch-up specialist Masters, PGCE

  • Travels 10.0 miles
  • Online Tuition
  • Qualified Teacher
  • DBS Checked

My name is Jo and I am an experienced, qualified and enthusiastic teacher in the primary sector with a teaching specialism in SEN. 


I have 25 years of teaching experience during which I have taught across the primary age range in a variety of schools. I currently teach part-time in an SEN unit that is attached to a mainstream school - our focus being to help our students back into their mainstream classes. Our students have a range of needs, predominately  Autism Spectrum Condition and Sensory Processing Disorders ( though I have also worked with children who have  Down's Syndrome,  Dyslexia, Attachment Disorders)   I have developed a vast range of strategies for meeting the needs of these learners.  I am very used to planning and delivering lessons on a 1:1 basis;  working out the  barriers that slow down learning and seeking ways to overcome them  is part of my daily practice. 

My lessons are planned to meet individual needs and interests. Children learn best when they are inspired and enthused by a subject and engagement is always my initial goal.  Visual aids, multi-sensory teaching methods alongside an 'active learner' approach are integral to my teaching style.  I place a high emphasis on a child's self belief and confidence in their learning. I want my pupils to take the skills they learn in my sessions and use them independently in their other learning environments. 

I work alongside other professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Education Psychologists. I  have an up-to-date working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Primary Curriculum. I have experience of preparing children for National Curriculum Tests such Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs and Year 1 Phonic Screenings.

Through my tutoring, I aim to provide my students with fun sessions which inspire confidence, independence and inspiration that can set them up for life long learning.


Maths £25
Writing £25
Phonics £25


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  • Jane CansdaleParent

    Jan 2021
    Johanna is a very experience teacher. I have worked alongside Jo for over 10 years in a special needs unit working with children with Autism, non verbal and Downs Syndrome. I have also had the privilege of her amazing teaching in a mainstream class as she has taught my Step-daughter. She is patient, kind and has great subject knowledge. Johanna has a natural rapport with children and they quickly form a good relationship with her. Her lesson are fun and you can see the progression in each lesson.
  • Clare SempleParent

    Jan 2021
    Amazing teacher especially good with children with SEN needs. Very reliable and hard working who prepares well for lessons and activities
  • Kelly EarnshawParent

    Jan 2021
    Jo is, quite simply, a fabulous teacher. I worked with her for almost 4 years at Delaware Primary Academy. Her background in supporting children with additional needs across the primary age range means that she is ideally suited to tutoring. She relates really well to children and forges great relationships with families. As a mum I would love to have Jo tutoring my child but he's only 4 so doesn't need it. She would be an absolute asset to your service. Please do contact me if you require any further information.