11 Plus (English)
13 Plus (English)
English (KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level and IB MYP)
Josephine has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
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 qualified to teach English in 2010, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Institute of Education.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|Institute for Learning||Qualified Teaching & Learning Status (QTLS)||2013|
|Goldsmiths College, University of London||MA Creative & Life Writing||2007|
|London Metropolitan University||BA English||2005|
|University of North London||BA Business||1994|
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.
"Our son has just completed his final lesson with Josephine before his 13+ entrance exams. He has been having weekly online lessons since August and has thoroughly enjoyed them. Jo has stretched his brain and encouraged him to view texts differently, often using art as a way to encourage him to verbally analyse things. This has helped him to approach critical thinking more confidently, especially when analysing poetry which can be daunting. Jo has given our son much more confidence with his comprehension as well as his essay writing, encouraging him to use his own brain rather than spoon feeding him information. This will stand him in very good stead, not just for the upcoming exams, but also for his future learning. Jo’s enthusiasm for English is infectious."
Tuesday, 12th January 2021
Parent in Wandsworth
"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
"This Thursday is (student)'s last lesson with you before his test on Wednesday 24th, so I would like to tell you how much your lessons were important for him. He had an amazing improvement in text comprehension, so now he is not afraid of it anymore. And his writing improved a lot as well. The work you have developed with him for the last (almost) 6 months was excellent and made all the difference. He is at another level as a student, thanks to your help.
Thank you very much for your dedication and hard work. We do not know yet the result of the interview, but anyway the work you have done together will be with him for the next school years. I’m copying Mike to thank him as well and to say that I’m happy for him to use it as a review at the website, if he would like to. Fingers crossed, I will let you know about the result at St Paul's as soon as I receive it."
Thursday, 18th June 2020
Mother of online 13 Plus English student
Josephine is an experienced English teacher and school entrance tutor. Here, she provides 6 clear steps that will allow pupils to breakdown the complex language of the 19th Century novel, which will stand 13 Plus scholarship candidates in good stead.
Josephine May 2020
Josephine , like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.