“I really struggled at school, but when I came to Total Tuition, the teacher realised I was dyslexic and gave me strategies to help me.”
“Total Tuition keeps my mind busy and the staff are easy to get along with.”
Our aim is to develop confident, self-assured, and able learners who are capable of returning to full-time education or passing relevant examinations with resilience, awareness, and self-esteem. Our vision is to support every child to become an independent, lifelong learner, and a responsible member of their local and global community.
Total Tuition was established in September 2018 by Jennifer Wood, due to her long-standing passion for ensuring children have access to education.
The main objective of the centre is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which children can build confidence and become the best version of themselves, resulting in a desire to learn and achieve.
Total Tuition is staffed by a qualified and passionate team with decades of experience in special educational and social and emotional needs. We promote staff emotional wellbeing to ensure a happy and welcoming learning environment for all.
We support and are part of Operation Encompass and Operation Endeavour.
• Employ exceptional tutors who are able to create bespoke teaching plans which are tailored to the needs of the individual learner.
• Map our sessions to the National Curriculum or relevant examination preparation to ensure children are prepared for school return and/or examinations.
• Keep safeguarding at the forefront of all that we do within the centre and through our planning, teaching, and reporting.
• Nurture and encourage every child to develop a sense of belief in themselves. Through this, we enable them to develop confidence and a passion for learning.
• Provide a safe, calm, and flexible learning environment, and all resources needed to learn.
• Provide a therapeutic workspace to nurture and support the needs of children with social and emotional learning barriers or challenges.
THE TOTAL TUITION SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Total Tuition. She is a qualified teacher with a specialism in primary education, and has 12 years worth of experience teaching in independent schools, state schools, and homeschool/tutoring roles. Jennifer has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods, and has just completed her second MA in Educational Leadership. Jennifer is also a voluntary Founder and Director of a small charity in Kenya (www.handsupeducation.com), providing education to vulnerable children in juvenile prisons, street children, and low-income schools. Jennifer is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Jennifer is also a REACT UK instructor and delivers regular courses to Total Tuition staff and external establishments relating to positive handling, trauma, and challenging behaviour.
head of primary/ SENCO/ STAND IN DIRECTOR
Janice is a qualified teacher, SENCO, and Thrive practitioner with over 20 years experience working in primary education, including in Senior Leadership and Deputy Headship roles. Janice has an MA in Educational Leadership and holds NPQH. She also delivers training to aspiring senior leaders under the North East Teaching Schools Partnership Programme at Newcastle University. Janice has managed the Inclusion Team in Northumberland Council, working with placing and assessing provisions for permanently excluded children and supporting the virtual school. Janice also delivers our Safeguarding Training, and is our Designated Safeguarding Lead in Primary. Janice is the Stand-In Director.
HEAD OF SECONDARY
Rosie is a qualified Secondary English GCSE Specialist with a PGCE from Exeter College at Oxford University. Rosie has 25 years of teaching experience up to A Level; 7 of which were on the leadership team of a large school with 3 resource bases. Rosie is a Senior A Level Moderator and GCSE Literature Examiner. She achieved Advanced Skills Status in 2005 and is studying for the TEFL certification. Rosie teaches and monitors the delivery of GCSE English Language, Literature, and Drama. Rosie is our second trained Designated Safeguarding Lead in Secondary.
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS SPECIALIST/ SECONDARY SEN SUPPORT
Jackie is our Functional Skills specialist, and a qualified HLTA. Jackie teachers and monitors the delivery of our Functional Skills and ASDAN courses. Jackie has worked in a special educational needs setting delivering these exams and other life skills to children for over 15 years.
THE TOTAL TUITION TUTOR TEAM
Sam is a Functional Skills and KS3 tutor. Sam has experience working with children who have social and emotional needs, and applies this in her role.
Andrew is our maths GCSE and curriculum specialist. He has QTS status and qualified with a PGCE from Durham University. He is able to teach GCSE Maths, RE, and History. Andrew plays an active role in supporting assessment and delivery of our GCSE maths.
Suzanne is a qualified HLTA with over 17 years experienced working in a special educational needs school. Suzanne has vast knowledge and delivers a nurturing and patient approach. Suzanne's specialism is working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and tendencies and traits.
Ashleigh is a qualified HLTA with over 9 years of experience working in a special educational needs school. Ashleigh has vast knowledge of children with challenges and barriers to learning, and has experienced of working with SEND children both 1:1 and within small groups, across all age ranges.
Ben is qualified to Masters level in maths, and is able to deliver quality teaching to our students up to A Level standard if required.