Meet the Team

Victoria Burt

Victoria qualified as a primary school teacher in 2005 and has worked in London, Bristol, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. She has taught from Year 1 up to year 6 was head of maths for 4 years and Key Stage 2 Leader, before taking time off to be with her 3 young children. While Victoria was still
working as a teacher in a primary school, several friends asked if it was possible for her to provide one to one tuition to their children who were struggling with maths.
After positive feedback, and more people asking for tuition in maths, English and preparation for entrance exams, she decided to take the plunge and set up Additions Tutoring to provide high quality small group and one to one tuition by fully qualified teachers.
She continues to research in best teaching practices and visits primary schools to maintain an excellent knowledge of the primary curriculum, changes to teaching methods and new initiatives that are being brought in.

Amy Ellen

Amy has been teaching for 10 years, and has worked in further education, training apprentices in early years and Key Stage 1 education. Having worked in an advisory capacity to improve quality in early years provision, her knowledge of the Early Years and Key Stage One curriculums is superb.
 
Amy has had experience in tutoring children aged 4 -11 and has developed resources that strengthen both English and numeracy skills. Thus, she has an excellent knowledge of the key objectives, standards and expectations of children from Reception to Year 2.

More recently, Amy has gained experience in teaching children in Key Stage 2 and has taken a number of courses to broaden her knowledge of the skills and curriculum in English and maths in Years 5 and 6.
 
She holds a wide variety of education qualifications including:
  • PGCE in Further Education and Training
  • BA Early Childhood studies, 
  • Early years professional status 
  • A1 Assessor award and Level 3/4 in education and training.

Alicia

After graduating with a BA in Human Resource Management from the University of Hertfordshire, Alicia changed career and became a teaching assistant. That’s where her passion for teaching developed and as a result, she trained to become a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. Thus, enabling her to be able to teach whole classes and take on many more teaching responsibilities.

Alicia has been working in schools for 8 years, supporting children in small groups who have a variety of learning needs, as well as whole class teaching.
 
She has excellent knowledge of teaching and learning across all year groups in primary settings and how to support children and develop their confidence. Alicia is passionate about seeing children flourish and become independent learners. 

David Roebuck

With 23 years of teaching experience, including 8 years as a Deputy Head and Acting Head Teacher of a primary school, there is very little that David doesn’t know about primary education!
After training in North Wales, David started his career in Lincolnshire. He then moved to Wiltshire and on to Hampshire, where he met his wife, and now lives with his two young children.
Over the years, David has taught children with a wide range of abilities and needs. He understands that all children are individuals and learn in their own unique way. David has many years’ experience teaching KS2 (year 3 to year 6) this, together with a number of years in teaching Years 1 and 2, David’s knowledge and understanding of children in the primary setting is second to none!
Recently, David started his Forest School training. He has a love of outdoor learning and the environment.
He has an excellent understanding of the primary curriculum and year group
expectations across the whole curriculum and is passionate about making learning meaningful and fun.

Alex

Alex has worked as a teaching assistant at a primary school in East Hertfordshire for the past five years. Currently, she is based in Key Stage 2, primarily years 5 and 6, but has also had experience in all primary aged year groups.

Alex works in supporting small groups of children preparing for SATS and transition to secondary school and is very familiar with the curriculum across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. She enjoys tutoring maths and literacy and making the learning experience lively and enjoyable. Alex has worked with children who have dyslexia or other educational needs and has also been part of a literacy support programme, working with children of all ages through the school.

She believes very strongly in giving each child a calm learning environment and the time and encouragement needed to develop their understanding and confidence.

Matthew Girvan

Matt grew up in Northern Ireland and qualified as a teacher from Stranmillis University, Belfast, with a primary education degree in 2015. He moved to England, to begin his teaching career in Roydon, Essex and continues to work there. Over the past 5 years, Matthew has taught Year 3 up to Year 6 and has excellent knowledge of the KS2 curriculum.

Matt is passionate about maths and has held the position of maths lead at his school since 2016. He was made a specialist leader of education for maths in 2018 through WETSA (West Essex Teaching School Alliance) and has just been promoted to lead practitioner at his school with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Matt has a firm belief that with confidence and motivation, every child is capable of becoming a good mathematician. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of trying to help every child he works with reach their full potential and gain faith and confidence in their abilities.

Amy Blackaller

Before training to become a teacher Amy work as a Ski instructor in Canada. It was here, that her passion for teaching developed. When returning to the UK, Amy completed a Bachelor of Education in primary education and has been working in upper KS2 since. 

Having dyslexia herself, Amy has a unique understanding of how to support children with this need, in helping them gain confidence and reach their full potential. 

Andres da Rocha

Andres is a qualified primary school teacher, having a BA in Primary Education from Middlesex University.  Throughout his 10 years in teaching, he has had experience in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, teaching in schools in London and Hertfordshire. 

Although he recently left working in the classroom, to retrain as a carpenter and be a stay-at-home dad for his first child, Andres still loves teaching and has excellent knowledge and understanding of the curriculum .

Andres values the importance of children becoming independent and confident learners from a young age.  His teaching has always been driven on this belief and aims to instil a love for learning in every child he works with.

Emma Wall

Emma has been teaching for 20 years now since she first trained to become an ESL teacher in Barcelona. Having spent 7 years fully emersed in the Spanish culture whilst tutoring English in various places throughout Spain, she has excellent first-hand knowledge of the Spanish language and is enamoured with the country’s vibrant culture.

Since returning to the UK she has been private tutoring children Spanish, as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness. She has also home-schooled in an integrated learning approach across multiple subjects, using Spanish as the core language. Passionate about the written word and languages, Emma is also a published author and blogger.

Emma brings energy and creativity into her classes, backed up by the building of sound grammatical awareness, of both the language they’re learning and their mother tongue. She believes in the importance of building confidence in languages by encouraging linguistic exploration stemming from strong semantic foundations. She has worked with many KS2 and KS3 pupils over her teaching career and has also had high success rates with GCSE level students.

Charlotte

Charlotte has been teaching for 10 years. She initially qualified as a secondary PE teacher in 2011, where she taught PE, PHSE and humanities as well as leading nurture groups. She also supported primary school colleagues in the development of PE teaching and learning strategies.

Charlotte has a passion for individualised education which led her to teach at a special school, where she has been based for 8 years. She have extensive experience of teaching English, maths and other subjects to pupils with a wide range of special educational needs including ASD, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, developmental delays as well as those with social and emotional needs.

At the school where she works, Chalotte leads on food technology and has used this subject to develop learners’ independence and communication.

Charlotte has also led positive behaviour interventions; supporting children to develop the emotional resilience they need to succeed in school.

In addition, Charlotte is a qualified boxing coach and loves using boxing as a way to develop independence and confidence.

Charlotte is a big believer in the power of making learning individual, accessible and fun. She uses her experience of mainstream and special needs teaching to enable learners to meet their potential both academically and emotionally.

Nicol

Nicol has been teaching and tutoring for 20 years. Her strengths are GCSE and A Level English, History and Drama, Key Stages 2 and 3 in all subjects and SATS. She has a PGCE and qualifications in TESOL and Special Educational Needs. She has taught in mainstream schools, SEN units and special schools as well as tutoring and exam coaching. She can offer specialised tuition to learners with a wide range of educational needs including Dyslexia, Aspergers and Autism, tailored in each case to the specific needs of the learner.

Nicol has superb knowledge of the current curriculum and has specialist knowledge of the marking criteria for GCSE and SATS examinations. She takes delight in enabling students to enjoy their work and improve their grades without feeling pressured. She finds it extremely rewarding working with learners to inspire them, build their confidence and challenge them to think creatively, aim high and achieve their best.

Nicol has a helpful, calm and compassionate nature and proven experience of establishing successful learning relationships with pupils from diverse backgrounds and of all abilities. A multi award winning writer and lyricist herself, she can also teach creative writing and song writing. She is passionate about education and thoroughly believes in encouraging people to reach their full potential, whatever their background and educational needs.

Steve

As a former class teacher, deputy head and head teacher, Steve have over 30 years’ of teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of children, including those with Special Needs to those who are gifted and working above age related expectations.

He has superb knowledge and expertise in both the primary and secondary school curriculums and has tutored many children through the GCSE maths and English exams.

Steve is a kind, patient and professional tutor, who has high expectations, of his students. He works hard to build positive, humorous relationships with his pupils, and feels that by doing this they can develop confidence and strive to meet their full potential.

Richard Metcalfe

Richard has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of roles within primary schools. He has been a Deputy Head Teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and an Inclusion Lead as well as a class teacher for years 2 to 7.

Richard particularly enjoys working with families and employing a solution focused mindset. He is a good listener and likes to support in whatever role: from providing support regarding a child’s learning, or addressing a concern, to navigating a reassuring course through the special educational needs’ procedures.

Throughout the years as Deputy Headteacher, he maintained a class teaching role as well as individual and group tuition to support learners. The desire to enable others to achieve and thrive, by drawing on extensive experience, compassion and integrity ensures high quality tuition, taught in an engaging and supportive manner.

Beth

Beth graduated from Roehampton University with first class honours in Primary Education (QTS). Prior to undertaking her degree Beth spent 7 years in China teaching English as a foreign language and maths in international schools. While in China, she also learnt a variety of martial arts and mindfulness techniques which she uses to support children’s focus.

Beth currently works as a year 5 primary school teacher in Mitcham, London. During her time teaching in China and the UK she has taught a range of ages (4-16), facing a range of challenges and special educational needs. Beth has received leadership training for teaching maths for mastery and is now in the process of supporting the teachers within her school in adapting to this approach.

Claire

After gaining a BSc from the University of Hull and then a Masters Degree from The University of Birmingham, Claire began working in education as a special educational needs teaching assistant in 2002.

Claire supported many small groups of children in individualised learning, and the school she was working in encouraged her to undertake a PGCE in Science.

After completing the PGCE at The University of Leicester in 2004, she has worked in several secondary schools in the West Midlands, teaching general science to those aged 11-14 and GCSE for all three sciences, mainly concentrating on the Single Science (Triple Award) in Biology and Chemistry. During this time, Claire worked her way up the school to hold a position in the senior leadership team.

She has been individually tutoring for 7 years, with many pupils increasing their grade by at least 3 levels, her biggest increase being a U to a B.

Claire has excellent knowledge of the Key Stage 3 science curriculum; including preparing children for their GCSE exams. Her style is to help pupils to visualise the concept and link it to something they remember, so that it is easy to recall when needed.

Alice

We understand that the wellbeing of the child and indeed the whole family, isn’t just about the academics but also the mind, body and soul!

That is why we have teamed up with the brilliant Alice , from Alice Louise Yoga.

Whenever you enrol your child, in either one to one or group tutoring, you will also have access to the “Alice Louise Online Yoga” community, offering unlimited access to:

  • An ever growing practice archive
  • Yoga flows, Therapeutic yoga classes, Pilates, resistance band workouts, invigorating core exercises
  • New classes added weekly
    Guided meditation, relaxation techniques and breath work practices
  • Early bird access to retreats, workshops and courses
  • There is no extra charge to you – this one’s on us!

To find out more about Alice Louise Yoga and the resources available please take a look at her website:

www.alicelouiseyoga.com