Andrea is an enthusiastic, dedicated and creative English teacher with twenty years of experience teaching in single sex, co-educational state and independent secondary schools. She relates extremely well to teenage students and is able to teach in a way that interests and inspires confidence in even the most reluctant of learners. She chooses resource materials that will engage the individual student and find ways to make exam texts relatable, as well as showing how best to approach exam questions to gain the maximum marks.
Over the course of her career she has consistently helped students to achieve the highest grades they are capable of. She has worked with students of all abilities ranging from extremely able students to those who struggle with the demands of the subject at examination level. Whilst at Streatham and Clapham High School, she taught English and Drama and Theatre Studies at GCSE, AS and A Level. Her GCSE students gained 100% A*-B grade in both English Language and Literature for five consecutive years. All her students have benefitted from being taught essay writing skills with a clear focus on understanding the question, use of structure, paragraphing, evidencing and analysing points whilst remaining fully focused on the words of the question. This has enabled them to write in a confident, assured way and to access grade 8s and 9s conveying a comprehensive understanding of the texts.
During her time at Clapham and Streatham High she took on the role of SENCO, setting up and running the Learning Support Department. Whilst working there she completed an OCR Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and has worked extensively with dyslexic students since both in the classroom and in a tutoring capacity.
Whilst at Halliford School, she tutored students in English who were struggling to attain high grades, particularly those who were disaffected or had specific learning difficulties. One particular student, who was predicted a D grade in English Literature, was mentored by her from the start of the Easter term of Year 11 and achieved an A grade, going on to study A Level and was recently accepted into their first-choice university! As Head of Drama her department won the Good School’s Guide Gold Award for Best Performance by Boys taking A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at an Independent English School (2015) and was commended in the Good School Guide on the students’ “Outstanding results”.
She has been involved in educational writing since 2004 and the work she did on Letts Explore To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, The Merchant of Venice and Pride and Prejudice resulted in the revised versions receiving an average of 4.5 or 5 star reviews on Amazon. In addition to this she has just