Mrs Heather Barrett (KS1, KS2 and SATs/11+ prep specialist )
Mrs Heather Barrett specialises in primary school tutoring, including year 2 and year 6 SATs. She tutors English, Maths and Science for KS1& 2. She holds the following qualifications:
PGCE Primary Education: University of Chichester (2010-2011)
Degree: BA (HONS) Education 2:1: Roehampton University (2005-2008)
Valid Enhanced DBS Certificate (2022)
Specialism: English and Maths Primary level
Heather qualified as a Primary Teacher in 2011 and worked in mainstream Primary schools across Portsmouth and Hampshire before moving into the alternative sector in 2017 and being wholly inspired by the personalisation and care for students’ interests and well-being. She spent 4 years teaching at a small school in the middle of a forest that used Montessori/Waldorf/Reggio Emilia styles for academics with a professional freedom to adapt lessons to students’ interests. She joined Meon River Learning Community in 2020 to begin a journey of personal self enquiry and reflection. Here she was a lead facilitator for a new alternative style education project for children aged 4-12 years. She offered and facilitated sessions in all academic subjects as well as many enrichment activities such as music, arts & crafts, STEM, art, movement and games, entrepreneurship.
As a tutor, Heather takes into account what the student enjoys doing in their free time and sometimes uses these interests to theme the learning, if this is appealing. She uses a mix of different resources and approaches to keep the student engaged for example conversation, video, PowerPoint, photos, music, interactive games, or sometimes the learning just calls for the old pencil and paper. She understands that to learn means to bravely step outside the zone of comfort. Therefore it is essential to build a connection with the student that allows them to feel able to express how they feel in the realm of learning and during their learning journey and feel successful in her tutoring sessions. Having a love for lifelong learning is the reason why Heather is currently studying for a Level 5 TEFL qualification and is also a Beach School qualification to promote blended learning in different environments.