About us ... the tutors ... we're all experienced specialists!
Suzanne Wells, BA (Hons) English, PGCE Secondary English Language and Literature
I have enjoyed a long and successful career in education as an Assistant Headteacher responsible for Inclusive Learning, as a Head of two very diverse English Departments and as a Pastoral Head of Year groups ranging from ages 11 to 18.
My classroom teaching has always been in the spotlight as a core subject English teacher and as a senior leader of English teams. I have consistently witnessed and felt the pressure teachers and young people are under in school to develop the skills and understanding needed, to prepare for formal assessments and final GCSE and GCE examinations.
It became very obvious to me that students benefit greatly from specialised after school intervention, working in focused small groups, to help build their confidence in their own ability and at the same time, to also understand how to improve their personal progress with the time and space to practice skills and revise learning. This then became the stimulus for our new Spotlight on learning after school tuition centre.
Janey Harvey, BA Arts & Humanities, PGCE Secondary English with Drama, Post Graduate Diploma in Periodical Journalism and a Qualified Yoga for pregnancy teacher.
I trained in English with Drama, secondary PGCE, at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln in 2009. Since then, I have worked at Walton Girls' Academy in Grantham and Magnus Academy in Newark. Also, I work as an Examiner for the AQA Exam Board, specialising in GCSE English Language papers, as well as being a keen writer. I love teaching and supporting students with both the Language and Literature qualifications in 121 and small group sessions. Key stage 4 is my particular strength but I value working with all secondary age students at Spotlight and have a particular interest in working with students with special educational needs.
Prior to my teaching career, I worked in publishing for a number of companies including BBC Worldwide. And I enjoy encouraging students to look ahead to their futures, to spur them on to achieve their very best in their current studies. I am really enjoying our Spotlight on learning after school interventions as we have had so many success stories over the past year.
Kay Harrison Jones, NNEB Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, Switch On Reading Scheme, City & Guilds Level 3 Care Mangement & Counselling skills.
I have enjoyed a happy and fulfilling career, with 32 years in Education, where I have worked with students of all abilities and all needs. Prior to working in secondary schools, I spent 5 years in the NHS working with vulnerable adults, this experience gave me the skills and desire to work with vulnerable learners in school.
From this, I moved into working with English teams; targeting students' areas for development in preparation for KS3 assessments and KS4 mock and final examinations. We developed a strategy of working with specific Question level skills and confidence building, where students can feel supported in a small group learning session, where they can be encouraged to take greater chances with their answers and/or develop personal response skills they never really believed they had. I feel my strengths are in developing reading for meaning and descriptive and narrative writing development. There's nothing better than seeing students return from exams, with bright smiles and thumbs up! Joining Spotlight on learning is another opportunity to support students to achieve their very best.
Royna Sweeney, Diploma in Education and Training.
I began as a Youth Worker in Brackley in Oxfordshire & studied the Diploma of Working with Children and Young People. I then moved onto a secondary in Bicester Oxfordshire where I gained my level 3 TA certification. I relocated to Nottinghamshire and, having enjoyed working more with the older year groups, I worked in a City school as an Achievement Mentor with KS4 (Years 10 & 11) where I was trained to identify and implement intervention for C/D (3/4) borderline students in GCSE Maths and English. I later moved to Newark High School where I began as an Achievement Mentor but gradually took on more of a teaching role. For the last two years there I taught a class of Year 11 students who had high pastoral needs an stayed with me the whole day, this allowed me to build strong relationships and help them achieve in the 5 subjects that I taught.
I recently worked at Magnus Acedemy as an Achievement Mentor but also taught Maths and English GCSE and some Level 2 and 3 subjects such as Health & Social Care and Child Development. I have also worked with 16-18 years olds at Inspire Learning where young people can re-take their Maths & English GCSE’s, complete Functional Skills and gain AIM Awards in Employability at Levels 1 & 2. I have completed my teacher training qualification Level 5 Diploma in Education Training and my passion is working with and teaching young people, such as tutoring at Spotlight to support young people to realise their potential. I also love reading in my spare time and have written a few children’s books and am a member of SCBWI.
Kelly Courtney, BA (Hons) Drama, PGCE Primary Education (Exeter University).
I thoroughly enjoy teaching a range of subjects: English, Reading, SPaG, Mathematics and Science.
I believe teaching is about providing all children with the opportunity to express themselves and aspire to achieve their best, to thrive socially, emotionally and academically within a safe and inspiring learning environment. Spotlight provides this fantastic learning environment.
I passionately believe in making the National Curriculum significant and relevant to the children’s lives and their interests. Creating cross-curricular links is fundamental in my teaching; the purpose of the learning becomes relevant and this creative opportunity provides children with an appetite for learning.