Calum (History, Philosophy, RE & Theory of Knowledge)


History, Philosophy, RE and Theory of Knowledge

Calum's biography:

Calum has been teaching, mentoring and supporting the learning of pupils with a range of abilities and learning needs in the Lewisham area for three years. He began as a Teaching Assistant at Prendergast Vale, supporting students with learning needs, leading EAL classes and the school’s Philosophy Club. He was soon given the opportunity to undertake Teacher Training with King’s College London’s Schools Direct program in Religious Education. During his training he completed his second placement at the Outstanding Prendergast School teaching Religious Studies and Philosophy and Ethics classes from years 7 to 13.

After achieving QTS in 2016, Calum was appointed to Lead Teacher of Religious Education at Prendergast Vale, where he is currently placed. In this role he is responsible for 120 year 10 students completing early entry Religious Studies (AQA B, legacy). He is also responsible for the establishment and assessment of the new AQA A Religious Education specification in KS4.

One of Calum’s tutoring achievements has been with a highly able student with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia. Over the two years that Calum has been working with this student they have progressed from being unable to grade in their RE assessments to meeting their target of an A in the run up to their GCSE. Furthermore, their well-being and confidence have improved and they are showing excellent progress in their other subjects as a result.

Calum is a sensitive, patient and highly skilled tutor who has a range of experience supporting and inspiring children of all abilities and needs. He has risen quickly within a challenging school environment and has excellent behaviour management and skill at differentiation by need. He has a broad range academic interest and ability and he uses these to inspire his students and inform his approach to engagement in lessons and tutorials.

Calum completed his BA at Exeter University, graduating with a First Class degree in Philosophy. He was awarded the William Kingdon Clifford Prize for best academic achievement in final year Philosophy. Furthermore, he presented his undergraduate dissertation at an international philosophy conference at Manchester University. He went on to graduate with a distinction in his MA in Asian religions from the School of Oriental and African studies in 2014. He incorporates his wealth of academic knowledge into his lessons and tutorials and inspires his students to approach all topics critically and philosophically.

Beyond education Calum is a keen traveller, completing several prolonged trips to the Middle East, South Asia, America and Europe. He regularly undertakes multi-day treks, most notably the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp treks which he completed in 21-days and 10-days respectively. Calum is a keen musician who plays drums and saxophone to grade 8 level and is an avid fan of jazz music. Calum also continues to keep his passion for philosophy alive by reading philosophical works. Currently he is revisiting the ancient philosophies of Stoicism and Epicureanism with the intention of learning how to apply them to improving the resilience and well-being of students.

Calum's qualifications:

Calum qualified to teach Religious Education in 2016, and holds a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from King's College London.

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)MA (Distinction) Religions of Asia and Africa2014
University of ExeterBA (Hons) Philosophy2012

Calum is available for online tuition

Calum is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.

Calum can teach in the following locations:


  • St. James’s (SW1Y)
  • Belgravia, Knightsbridge (SW1X)
  • Belgravia (SW1W)
  • Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, Victoria Station, Pimlico (SW1V)
  • Victoria Station, the Houses of Parliament, Vauxhall Bridge, Pimlico (SW1P)
  • Buckingham Gate, Victoria St, Birdcage Walk (SW1H)
  • Buckingham Gate, Victoria Station (SW1E)
  • Whitehall, Buckingham Palace (SW1A)
  • Lambeth

  • Brixton, Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Clapham Park, Balham (SW2)
  • Clapham, Stockwell (SW4)
  • South Lambeth, Vauxhall, Battersea, Clapham, Stockwell (SW8)
  • Stockwell, Brixton, Clapham (SW9)
  • Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Streatham Vale, Pollards Hill (SW16)
  • Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Southampton Way Estate, Peckham (SE5)
  • Kennington, Vauxhall (SE11)
  • Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill, Sydenham Hill (SE21)
  • Herne Hill, Tulse Hill (SE24)
  • West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Norwood (SE27)
  • Wandsworth

  • Battersea, Clapham Junction (SW11)
  • Balham, Clapham South, Hyde Farm (SW12)
  • Tooting, Mitcham (SW17)
  • Wandsworth, Southfields, Earlsfield (SW18)
  • Southwark

  • Bankside, South Bank, Southwark, Bermondsey, Vauxhall (SE1)
  • Walworth, Newington (SE17)
  • East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Loughborough Junction, Herne Hill (SE22)
  • Lewisham

  • Brockley, Crofton Park, Western Ladywell, Honor Oak (SE4)
  • New Cross, New Cross Gate (SE14)
  • Nunhead, Peckham (SE15)