Tutor profile: Josephine (11 Plus, 13 Plus & English)


11 Plus, 13 Plus and English

School entrance experience

Josephine has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:

Josephine's biography:

Josephine is one of our most experienced tutors, having taught and tutored English for the past 20 years, 14 of which were spent in the classroom.

Josephine is now a full-time, professional tutor and draws on her years' of experience - both as a teacher and examiner - to help students excel in public exams (including GCSEs and A Levels) and school entrance exams at 11 Plus and 13 Plus.

The first five years of Jo's teaching career were spent at the prestigious St. Paul's Cathedral School. As part of this role, Josephine was responsible for preparing pupils for Scholarship and Entrance Exams. She therefore has a thorough understanding of and insight into the demands of these exams and how best to prepare students, ensuring they reach their full potential. Josephine is proud of her 100% success rate at preparing students for entry into some of London's most competitive schools, including St Paul's, City of London, City of London for Girls, KCS and Francis Holland.

Jo also spent eight years teaching GCSE and A Level English Language and Literature. She has extensive knowledge of the current texts and curricula followed by examining boards including Edexcel, AQA, OCR and the International Baccalaureate. She has run booster and crammer classes in poetry, prose and drama, and can help students master the tools required to hone exam technique. Most recently, Jo helped a student improve her GCSE English grades from a Level 5 to a 7 in Language and 8 in Literature in just 6 weeks. Her unique skill set and sensitive but thorough approach has proven to be successful at GCSE, A level, and at 11+ and upwards for Entrance and Scholarship exams.

Having achieved two Bachelor's Degrees in Business and English, Jo then went on to gain an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London. With a strong academic background herself, Jo instils her own love of learning in her students. She also has extensive experience of teaching children with complex SEN and is adept at devising plans to overcome learning difficulties.

Outside of tutoring, Jo is currently working with Egmont publishers producing curriculum linked resources with their best selling authors. Her lesson series (2017/18) for Monster by Micheal Grant has been distributed in schools across the country. Josephine is also working on her own series of exam informed resources for publication.

In her spare time, Jo likes to run, do yoga, write and develop her partner's art.

Josephine's qualifications:

Josephine qualified to teach English in 2010, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Institute of Education.

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
Institute for LearningQualified Teaching & Learning Status (QTLS)2013
Goldsmiths College, University of LondonMA Creative & Life Writing2007
London Metropolitan UniversityBA English2005
University of North LondonBA Business1994

Josephine's International Baccalaureate (IB) experience:

Having led and delivered the IB English programme for Academic Summer at DLD college in 2016, I’m familiar with the design and requirements of the IB. Since 2017 I have been English Leader for the IB language and literature diploma at TBAP, London.

Recent testimonials:

"I simply cannot recommend Josephine highly enough! We started working with Josephine in Dec for a series of sessions to bring my son up to speed on 13+ exam and to plug some gaps in his knowledge due to school absence.

Josephine immediately gauged my son's ability and needs, and it was clear that she was effective from the very first session. She built a very good relationship with my son from the first session - and he has really enjoyed working with Josephine as she certainly stretches him, but is also extremely supportive, providing lots of praise and encouragement.

My son and I have both felt that Josephine is exceptional - and I have know doubt that we are working with an outstanding educational professional.
Our need has been to get up to speed on 13+ and plug some learning gaps in a relatively short amount of time - Josephine has understood this and set the pace accordingly. My son has come on leaps and bounds, developing new skills and ways of thinking - he is able to tackle English text analysis questions with a new level of confidence. He also enjoys the discussion.

As a parent the communication has been excellent, Josephine uses Whatsapp to communicate with student and parent at the same time, zooms links are sent through early, any relevant work is sent in advance - not a minute is wasted.

As said Josephine is an outstanding English tutor, who has had a hugely positive impact on my son in a period of only 6 weeks. It has been a very great pleasure working with her - and my son is also really please. She is brilliant."

Friday, 8th January 2021

Parent of online 13+ student

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