I am a successful and experienced teacher of English, Maths and French to learners of all ages, and I offer support to university students (and faculty!) who need help with their academic writing and research projects.
I live in Malvern, Worcestershire, with my wife (Pauline), who also teaches (English, Economics and Business Studies).
With over 30 years of teaching experience, I still get great enjoyment from helping my students succeed.
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In my career, I have taught all ages from young children to senior citizens - in schools, colleges and universities in this country and in Europe.
Currently, I teach English/EFL, Maths and French at HELLO Learning in Malvern, Worcestershire.
We teach all ages from 11+ to A-level (and beyond); and EFL from elementary level to IELTS and Cambridge First, Advanced and Proficiency.
In addition, we support university staff and students with research tuition and support, proofreading and academic writing courses. A lot of this work is with academics and health professionals - doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc - who have qualified overseas and need to gain recognised English language certification. We also work with those embarking on careers in business, law and finance, with the specialised exams in Business English (BEC & BULATS), English for Law (ILEC) and English for Finance (ICFE).
I teach English/EFL, Maths, French and Study Skills. For most of my career, I have worked in schools and privately, teaching English and Maths but, more recently, I have been asked by students to help them with their French conversation and GCSE exam preparation.
I also do a lot of academic support work - proofreading and teaching research methods. For example, currently, I am helping a new author by correcting and editing a gothic fantasy novel.
My doctoral work was in Special Education and Education Psychology, with a special focus on educational services for adolescents suffering from mental health and behaviour difficulties. During the latter stages (1997-99), I joined the SEEP research team, under Professor Harry Daniels, and co-authored the Department for Education and Science study (RR90, DfES), which helped to shape policy in this field in the ensuing years.
Following postgraduate studies in English philology, I was fascinated by the history of ideas, for example, the cross-fertilisation of ideas from the sciences to the arts, or from politics into literature. At this time, the leading course outside London was in Birmingham, where I benefitted from studying under Professor Georg Noszlopy and colleagues, especially Dr Mike Harrison.
Government certification of qualified teacher status.
Professional teaching qualification (Bachelor of Education), at the then West Midlands College of Higher Education. I studied English/Drama, Maths and PE and qualified in 1981.