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We welcome every new starter and their parents/carers with friendly hand shakes and respect for your concerns and opinions - and we have the opportunity to talk to parents every week, and that helps create 100% effort and smiles of success.
We create hard-working small groups where we encourage trial and error - just really having a go - working with a specialist subject tutor to examine model answers and assessment mark schemes learning exactly how to get it right, then aiming for the higher marks.
It's not rocket science, but it really does work, with all levels of ability!
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. I am also an AQA GCSE examination marker for English Language and English Literature.
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.
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.
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.