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Mr. James Duffy B.A. (Dunelm), P.G.C.E., Q.T.S.

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£ 20.00-30.00 p/h

I am a very experienced teacher, head of faculty, head of sixth form, examiner and writer. I have recently worked for one of the major examination boards on the new specifications for both G.C.S. E. and A-Level. During my career as a teacher I have taught philosophy and religious studies to Advanced level and English, history, religious studies, geography, and citizenship to G.C.S.E. I also specialise in developing study skills and examination techniques in a range of subjects. I have prepared VI form students for university and UCAS application, including Oxbridge, and acted as a mentor to new entrants to the teaching profession.I am a freelance writer specialising in education, social, religious and moral issues and I also create e-learning resources for an international educational e-learning-platform provider.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I believe that the key to success for most pupils is to develop their skills and self-confidence to enhance their ability to successfully complete their examination by developing study skills and examination techniques. My first session with a tutee and their parents is to establish their needs and goals. Together we draw up a plan of the work which we will pursue. This plan will be reviewed regularly and a progress report compiled. Each of the subsequent sessions comprises of a review of any homework set. An analysis of any problems which have occurred that week. My primary aim is to help my tutees overcome any difficulties which they are having with their work and to help them to achieve their goals both in the short-term and the long term. Secondly, I aim to give my tutees confidence in their own abilities and to help them develop their skills necessary to succeed in their school and in examinations. Relevant homework is set as a means of reinforcing the development of skills since assessment and feedback procedures largely rely on this.

What qualifications do you have?

B.A. History & Theology: Durham University. Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Liverpool University) (English & Religious Studies). Advanced Levels in English, biology and religious studies. I.C.T. Teacher's Certificate. 1st Aid Certificate in adult and paediatric care(valid until 2020).

Tell us about your experience...

My teaching experience at both G.C.S.E. and Advanced level has been extensive. I am an examiner for two major exam boards and have diverse experience of creating original teaching resources tailored to the needs of pupils both individuals and classes. I have spent most of my career teaching across the ability and age range in 11-18 comprehensive schools although I have also taught in the independent sector. I am also a part-time on-line tutor for one of the Oxford colleges and have tutored privately for three years. I have served on several school boards of governors as a foundation, teacher and parent governor in both the primary and secondary phase.

What locations do you tutor in?

Halton, Widnes, Liverpool, St. Helens, Warrington,Runcorn

What is your personal message to students?

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: Liverpool, St. Helens, Warrington, Runcorn
Online tutor: I tutor via Skype.
Subjects: English G.C.S.E.
  Religious Studies A Level
  History Key Stage 3
  Philosophy A Level
  Primary Education Key Stage 2 & 3
  Maths Key Stage 1 & 2
  English Key Stage 1, 2 & 3