After completing his A-levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, with an AS-Level in French in 2009, Matthew began his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Kent. He graduated in 2012 after completing a research project on Meta-materials and their uses in scattering electromagnetic waves. Whilst at University, Matthew’s passion for teaching developed and he began tutoring two different sets of pupils in the Science subjects as well as in Maths at GCSE level.
Matthew then went on a gap year and travelled through South America. During this time Matthew’s desire to teach increased and upon his return to the UK he embarked on a PGCE course at Kingston University where he trained to become a Teacher of Science specialising in Physics. Once he completed the course, Matthew’s first teaching position was within the Science Department at Epsom & Ewell High School. Here he was responsible for the delivery of AS and A2 Physics and taught all three Science subjects at Key Stage 3 and 4. This allowed Matthew to develop his pedagogical skills and he became adept at delivering course content to a wide range of ages and abilities. He is extremely capable of employing different techniques to suit each pupil according to their learning needs and, as such, ensures that students make as much progress as possible. Amongst these strategies are the use of previous exam questions, reference to the exam specification as well as using varied revision styles. In this way, pupils become confident in their preparation for their forthcoming exams. These techniques are particularly effective at both GCSE and A-Level.
Outside of teaching, Matthew is a sports enthusiast and enjoys playing and watching football and cricket.
Graeme Watts, Head of Science, Epsom and Ewell High School
Matthew is a committed Teacher of Science and a valuable member of staff within the department. His science knowledge is very impressive and the way he explains more difficult concepts to students is exemplary.