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Meet our Tutors

Emma

Director

Emma is a highly qualified teacher with an abundance of enthusiasm and passion for what she does.

 

Emma has a wealth of experience from teaching in the both the Primary and Secondary sectors, with expert knowledge in 11+ tuition. As well as teaching our primary pupils, she also specialises in teaching GCSE and A Level English.

 

She has a positive demeanor and approach with all the students that she works with and she uses a vast аrrаy of teaching techniques and styles that аre tаilоred аrоund the individual learning needs аnd styles оf the student.

Matt

Primary and Secondary Maths Specialist

Whilst being a Maths Specialist, Matt strongly believes that education is about the whole person and that learning should be a fun, enjoyable experience and take place in a relaxed, pressure free zone! He would say that the key to learning is high self-esteem and having the confidence and stickability to take on new challenges. ‘Mistakes are only the footsteps on the learning journey. So, go for it!’

 

Matt has been in the teaching industry for over 23 years, including 9 years as a Headteacher. He has worked in some of the highest performing Primary schools in the South of England, leading on Maths in both the Primary and Secondary Education Sector.

 

Matt also love the outdoors and is currently training to be a Forest School Ranger and a National Park Education Guide.

Stuart

Maths Specialist

Stuart is an experienced teacher of Maths and has recently retired from Secondary Teaching.

 

He has taught GCSE and A-level and has some experience of tutoring Further Maths at A-level.

 

He believes that everyone can achieve in Maths and loves working one to one where he can tailor the learning experience to the needs of the individual student.

 

For many students, a lack of confidence in Maths is something that holds them back and Stuart loves to nurture each student’s ability and belief in their ability.

Lesley

English and History Specialist

Lesley has been a teacher for over twenty years; working with Early Years pupils right up to GCSE Level. Her approach to teaching is very calm and relaxed as she aims to take away the mystery and scary bits and give her students the confidence to achieve and enjoy the learning process!

 

Qualified to degree level in Literature and History, Lesley also has a wealth of SEN teaching qualifications. Her experience of living and teaching in different countries has given her an appreciation of different cultures and different approaches to dealing with difficulties.

Sam

Secondary English Specialist

Sam is an English tutor who is passionate about his subject. He loves to teach KS3, as well as GSCE and A level. He endeavours to bring his enthusiasm under control, and channels it with a creative and patient approach. He wholeheartedly believes in a personalised learning experience and aims to empower young people by supporting them in taking control of their own learning. He knows that the relationship between himself and the student is the foundation for true learning; learning that encapsulates ambition, achievement, and fun.

 

He is PGCE qualified as well as having a separate degree in English, and currently works in a specialist school. Hence he has current and detailed knowledge of how to scaffold learning to a variety of needs. Moreover, he is ambitious and very interested in the psychology of learning and is also furthering his professional understanding in such field. 

Sarah

Maths Specialist

Sarah is a highly qualified, passionate and dedicated teacher, who has 20 years worth of experience from working as a Maths specialist in a local primary school.

 

She is extremely skilled at preparing pupils for KS2 SATs and the 11+; she also has a profound ability to make Maths fun, enjoyable and most of all – EASY .

 

Her talents lie in being able to use a range of teaching styles and techniques in order to cater for the needs of each individual child and allowing them to reach their true potential. Sarah is known for her positive approach with students and her ability to make even the most reluctant student engage and have fun whilst learning.

Martin

Primary and Secondary SEN Specialist

Martin is a calm, creative and knowledgably teacher who has taught a wide range of children, teenagers and adults during his 22 years within the education sector.

 

Experienced predominately with pupils and students with a variety of special educational needs, Martin believes that lifelong learning of knowledge, skills and understanding is best achieved collaboratively, through fun, hands-on and engaging sessions.

 

As a mentor, coach and fellow learner, Martin thoroughly enjoys motivating and enabling each individual learner to achieve.

Andy

English Specialist

Andy’s approach to tuition is student-centred; adapting his methods and resources to suit the preferred learning styles of his students.

 

He aims to focus on the essential skills of reading and writing so that his students feel more confident about these processes. Andy also wants his students to enjoy English, to read a wide variety of interesting and challenging texts and to write enthusiastically for a range of different purposes.

 

He encourages his students to be curious, to ask questions and to think for themselves.

 

Andy has taught Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level for many years and is enthusiastic about English language and passionate about Literature. He can help students to prepare for GCSE and A level Examinations by working closely with the exam board specifications and by referring to past papers. Marking English scripts for one of the GCSE exam boards helps him to understand the success criteria so that he can support his students as effectively as possible.

Suzanne

Primary and 11+ Specialist

Suzanne is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, with over 20 years experience teaching all ages in the Primary Sector, including a number of years Co-ordinating Special Educational Needs.

 

In addition to this, Suzanne has tutored Maths and English to children as young as Reception, up to Year 6 children preparing for SATs and secondary education.She has successfully prepared many children for the 11+ in Torbay and delivers our one-to-one and group lessons for the 11 plus.

 

Suzanne is a great believer in the importance of learning through enjoyment. She prepares challenging lessons, tailored to the needs of the individual, whilst striving to develop confidence by celebrating all small achievements on the way to a final goal.

Adam

English and SEN Specialist

Adam is a highly qualified English specialist with over 15 years experience working in a variety of schools with ten years working as the subject lead for English. He is both an A-Level Literature examiner and a subject expert for Ofqual.

 

Adam believes that learning needs to be tailored to the individual and is able to use a variety of teaching approaches and resources to get the best out of his students. He also thinks that it is vital for students to understand the way in which exam papers are marked in order to get the best outcome.

 

He is a calm individual and always seeks to minimise the stress that students experience, especially in the lead up to examinations!

Sarah

Primary Specialist

Sarah has been a qualified teacher for nearly 18 years working with Primary age children. She has experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and has been involved with Year 6 SATs for the last few years.

 

She is an enthusiastic teacher with a good sense of humour who likes to make her lessons fun and engaging as she believes that children learn more when they enjoy themselves.

 

She has tutored for many years and has worked with children from Reception up to Year 6 preparing them for SATs and for transitioning up to Secondary school. She believes in using growth mindset to build confidence and helping children understand that although they might not understand something yet it will come with time.

Safana 

Geography, Science and Maths Specialist

Safana is a GCSE and A-Level Geography, Science and Maths tutor with a passion for learning and teaching. She has a BSc Honours degree in Geography and has undertaken a PhD in geochemistry, applying different aspects of science to her research into our changing climate.

 

Teaching a variety of ages, from aged 3 years to undergraduate students has helped Safana to develop an adaptable teaching style that she uses to help students reach their full potential.

 

Safana believes that learning is an individual experience and works with her students to discover how they learn best. She aims to get students engaged in their learning and to make it as fun as possible, encouraging a positive attitude to study that helps students to develop confidence and pride in their achievements.

Nathan

Maths and Science Specialist

Nathan has been working in education for six years and is experienced with supporting a diverse range of students across the Secondary sphere in a variety of subjects.

 

Nathan achieved a First Class Masters Degree with Honours in Chemistry at University and since completing his PGCE has had significant teaching experience in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths amongst others.

 

Nathan believes that one of the most important aspects of learning is having fun and endeavours to create an enjoyable and encouraging learning environment.

Liz

Primary, English and 11+ Specialist

Liz is a highly qualified teacher with a passion for her subject which she shares with her students.

 

Liz has experience in the Primary sector and in the Secondary sector teaching English Language and Literature at GCSE, A level and IB and she has also taught in many countries abroad including Italy, China and Japan.

 

She believes that the ability to use language to communicate effectively is even more important now that we live in a world of technology. Her aim is to inspire a love of learning in all students so that they can explore new worlds and open doors for their future success.

 

She is also an 11+ tutor extraordinaire and makes 11+ preparation fun and engaging

Becky

English and Drama Specialist

With over 20 years’ teaching experience, Becky has taught the UK National and IB curriculum internationally, as well as here at home, both in the maintained and independent sector, day and boarding. Specialising in English and Drama across the age-range, she also has SEN experience and strong pastoral skills.

 

Known for her warmth, as well as her encouraging and understanding nature, she has a strong track record in helping students to achieve their very best, with students often going beyond expectations.

 

Becky is calm and patient, yet energising where needed, and truly enjoys seeing both the progress that her students make and the confidence that they gain through the learning process.

Simone

Primary and English Specialist

Simone has twenty five years teaching experience in state schools. She enjoys supporting students of all abilities to develop confidence, make progress in their learning and achieve their next steps to success. She uses a wide variety of approaches to meet the needs of the individual students.

 

A Primary specialist, she has experience of teaching from Early Years to year 6 in all Primary subjects including French and Spanish.  For private clients, she has taught  11+, KS3  and English up to GCSE.

 

She was a home educating parent for four years and understands the delights and challenges of education outside the school system.

Chris

GCSE and A-Level Maths

I served for 32 years in the classroom as a Mathematics secondary school teacher, teaching across the age and ability ranges. As Director of Mathematics at Paignton Academy (2001-16), I oversaw the GCSE pass rate A*-C (grades 9-4) rising from 19% to 59%, whilst personally having excellent results across the ability range. From 2008-2016, with a representative mix of ability levels, 71% of my students gained an A*-C grade, compared to a faculty average of 51%.

 

In all of the schools I worked in, I have been liked and respected by both colleagues and students. I am able to identify gaps in knowledge and problem areas students have with their mathematical studies, employing a variety of teaching strategies to solve these issues.

 

My work since 2003 with the Edexcel / Pearson examination board has helped me identify common misconceptions students have with their Mathematics; also, what the key topics are that are expected to be mastered in order to progress through from one grade to the next.

 

I have always believed it to be important for students, wherever possible, to see the relevance of any Mathematics they study. I registered Paignton Academy for the Linked Pair Double GCSE Mathematics Pilot, half of which was a GCSE in Applications of Mathematics, and the effects were immediate, with the school achieving the best two sets of Mathematics results in its history, before or since, in the two years we used the pilot.

 

Crucially, my own view of the learning process is that motivation is infectious, and this would underpin all the teaching I undertake.

 

Skills, Hobbies, Interests:
Music: at a basic level, I play guitar, mandolin and ukulele.
Travelling: in recent years I have visited seven countries in Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East, including spending the first half of 2019 as tour leader across Canada for an African Children’s Choir, raising funds and sponsorship for children’s education.

Paul

Primary, GCSE Maths and English Specialist

Originally qualified as a Primary school teacher, Paul has taught extensively in the UK and Middle East/North Africa. More recently he was deputy headteacher with a London virtual school for looked after children and Headteacher in a secure unit in Bristol for 9 years.

 

Paul has a wide experience teaching all ages from Reception right up to Level 3, especially in Maths and English and has worked with students with SEMH profiles and a range of learning challenges.

 

Paul loves to walk, recently having completed all 630 miles of the South West Coastal Path and has recently moved to Torbay.

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