Meet the tutors

Andrea Parkinson

Andrea Parkinson

As well as considerable experience across the primary age range, Andrea has particular expertise in working with pupils with Special Educational Needs, from those with dyslexia, moderate learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties, emotional difficulties and motor skills problems to gifted, able and talented pupils. 

 Andrea is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and she has a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs from Oxford University.  She has also worked for the Local Authority advising teachers on how to support pupils with special educational needs in the classroom. She is able to offer parents of Aspire students vital advice on how to gain the best possible support for their child at school, as well as setting individual programmes for tuition. 

 Andrea also has developed booster programmes for pupils at Year 6 and Year 2 coming up to SATs tests.

David Parkinson

David Parkinson

David is the Director of Secondary Studies at Aspire. He has particular knowledge of the Key Stage 3 curriculum and the GCSE syllabus in English and Maths. 

David is particularly keen on utilising a range of methods to motivate pupils, using a mix of traditional teaching methods and employing computer software when it is helpful. 

He is aware from students he has tutored that there are many others in school who know they would benefit from extra help but feel unable to ask for it in a classroom situation.

Other tutors

Aspire only uses tutors with considerable up-to-date experience of the school curriculum and exam syllabus.Whilst the majority of these are fully qualified teachers, occasionally a teaching assistant supports learning.

Again only highly experienced assistants are used and only those with specialisms in the area in which they support – when employing such assistants we ensure that their knowledge in that area is equivalent (often superior) to a qualified teacher. All assistants plan students work alongside a qualified teacher.

All staff at Aspire are special people, selected in terms of their expertise and subject knowledge but also crucially in terms of their personality. Caring, intuitive and interested they ensure that students feel encouraged, motivated and supported.

Importantly you can also be reassured that all tutors and staff working at Aspire are fully referenced and have an enhanced CRB disclosure.

Join the Aspire team

We are always on the look-out for excellent teachers to join our team. Please send us your CV or call us for an informal chat.

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