Matthew gained A grade A Levels in English Literature, History, French and Economics (AS Level) before attending university.
Matthew studied at the University of Birmingham after which, following early career aspirations in investigative journalism, he graduated with a 2:1 - BA Jt (Hons) in English Literature & American and Canadian Studies. Matthew then qualified as a teacher through Teach First during which he worked at a state secondary school in South Yorkshire.
Matthew then wanted to expand his professional practice in an international context which he achieved through working at two international schools, one in Mexico and one in Ukraine. Throughout his career, Matthew has taught students of varying ages, backgrounds, and abilities; developed his knowledge of both British and international curricula; and has fulfilled positions of departmental, Key Stage and examining team leadership.
The tenets of Matthew's teaching philosophy include student-centred support, skill development, inspiration, rigour, creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking achieved through a range of teaching strategies (including modelling, questioning and coaching), cognitive processes (designed to embed knowledge and skills in students' long-term memory), feedback approaches and assessment methods. Matthew enjoys supporting students' extracurricular interests in journalism, debating and advocacy. Outside of the classroom, Matthew pursues his sporting interests (cycling, tennis and football), practises his linguistic proficiencies (Spanish and French) and enjoys travel.
Overall, Matthew is a personable, passionate and dedicated tutor who is committed to nurturing students to build their self-esteem, to take risks and to achieve their potential.
Matthew qualified to teach English in 2016, and holds a PGCE from Teach First via Sheffield Hallam University .
Name of degree
Year of graduation
University of Birmingham
English Literature & American and Canadian Studies
English (General, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level)