Tutor Case study: Peter
What attracted you to TalentEd?
Two things initially – I didn’t want to waste my teaching skills in retirement and I thought that working with TalentEd would be an immensely worthwhile challenge after a 40 year career.
Tell me about your previous teaching experience
I spent 40 years teaching in the independent sector. During the school holidays, I enjoyed working on our summer school programmes for state school pupils. TalentEd seemed like a good way to continue to give something back when I retired.
What does TalentEd offer that is different from other teaching experiences that you’ve had?
It is a privilege to have more time to prepare, not to have piles of books to mark, and to work with such bright teenagers.
How do you occupy your time when you aren’t tutoring with TalentEd?
In my spare time, I sit on a committee for LAMDA, help with lunch clubs for the charity Crisis and teach an adult drama group once a month.
In your own words, how would you describe the role of the TalentEd tutor?
Different individuals have different strengths and these require different approaches – over the year it is your role to identify how to get the best out of the young people in your group.
What do you enjoy most about being a TalentEd tutor?
Seeing horizons expand!
What impact do you think the TalentEd tutors have on bright students from low income backgrounds?
It makes the pupils much more thoughtful about the choices that are available to them.
What would say to a retired teacher who is considering applying to TalentEd?
Do it! Give it a go, because you’ll find that it is all the best bits of teaching and less of the worst bits!
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