Daniel Brocklehurst BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MSt, PGCE
I have a strong passion for reading and writing, and take great pride in teaching and inspiring students to excel and succeed in the subject of English. My aim is to increase any student's chances of success in English at school and beyond. A clear understanding of a student's needs, focused one-on-one direction and enthusiasm are key to this. I believe that it's important to instil confidence and self-belief so that students are motivated to learn.
I have four years experience teaching English full-time to students aged 11 to 18 at Wood Green School, Witney, UK and at The Royal Academy, Bhutan. I have also privately tutored students in both Witney and Oxford. Some students were in primary school, some starting secondary school and many were about to sit their exams and needed specific support in order to achieve their desired grades. As well as teaching English as a second language to students in Bhutan, I have also tutored EAL graduates at Oxford with pronunciation, articulation and accent, as well as instructing other university students how to structure and plan essays.
While teaching at Wood Green School, I also completed the MSc Learning and Teaching at the University of Oxford - a hugely beneficial course, enabling a greater insight into learning, teaching and pedagogy, as well as providing opportunities to conduct school-based research. For my final dissertation, I researched into the effectiveness of literature circles in order to accelerate the reading ability in 11-12 year old students, as well develop their passion and enthusiasm towards reading. I am currently in the process of using this research project for a co-written chapter with Dr Ian Thompson from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. The chapter – ‘Double Stimulation for Reluctant Readers: A Literature Circle Intervention in a Secondary English Classroom’ – will appear in a book entitled Classroom-based Interventions in Different Subject Areas, and will be published in 2017 by Routledge.
During my time as a teacher in the UK, my classes achieved excellent levels and results. For example, 92% of my mixed ability year 11 class of 2014 achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English Language (departmental average: 72%).
In the UK, through working closely one-on-one with several students at A-Level, I helped improve grades from year 12 to year 13 (including one student, from a C to an A*, and another student in one examination resit leaping up from an E to an A). See the testimonials.
Every single student that I have tutored to help with exams has achieved the results that they needed to progress onto their next desired academic course, at college or university. I do not believe in adhering to low predicted grades or low expectations; I believe that even the very highest grades are - with the right kind of support and hard work - attainable by any student.
MA Victorian Literature (Merit)
BA English (First Class Honours)
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