'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' Commonly attributed to W.B.Yeats

Research* shows that unless pupils develop a positive emotional attachment to their studies, they will not develop the skills or retain the knowledge they have been taught. It is essential for me that the tuition I provide is meaningful, stimulating, challenging and above all develops qualities such as independence of thought and self-discipline. My aim is to meet the rigorous requirements of the English curriculum at all levels through engaging and inspiring learning experiences. I desire for all pupils to reach and exceed expectations and also develop a passion for the subject of English. Read my testimonials and watch my videos for real-life examples of how I deliver this in practice. The teaching motto I live by is –

‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ Commonly attributed to W.B.Yeats

Mrs Charlotte Watson BEd (Cantab) MTA

*Research sources: A. Smith, M. Seligman, M. Csikszentmihalyi, C. Dweck, J. Renzulli, Maslow.

“I have been a teacher all my adult life – at school, my teachers predicted I would follow in their footsteps. I am passionate about children’s learning and development. Throughout my career I have worked hard to get to know and teach every child in my classes as individuals – discovering and nurturing their own unique mix of talents and skills.  I have a strong success rate in working with children to achieve the results they need for future schools or exams. I am also a member of the Tutors Association, with a full DBS certificate. Any assistants I use are also trained, qualified and hold a DBS certificate.”

Previous Experience:

  • Part time English Tutor for 10 years from Year 3-GCSE
  • Head of English and Drama at a prep school in Banstead
  • Senior English Teacher at a prep school in Croydon
  • Leading English Teacher roles in various maintained and independent schools in London and Surrey
  • Deputy Head and SENCO at a school in Worcester Park
  • Gifted and Talented Consultant in London
  • Centre Head for Summer Schools teaching English and Drama to children from Hong Kong
  • Cambridge University English Graduate