"I established Total Tuition in 2018 due to my long-standing desire to provide education to disadvantaged young people.
By age 23, I had researched and set up a charity project in Kenya delivering education to street children, children in juvenile prison, and in slum schools. By 28, I decided to dedicate my career to offering quality education to children closer to home. I focused on finding a solution to educate those children who found attending or accessing education in mainstream school a challenge.
Total Tuition was born out of sheer hard-work, long hours, and a vast amount of research into which approaches would be best for the demographic of student the centre could expect. We morphed into a trauma-informed provision within 6 months of opening, and embedded a 'correction before connection' ethos into the setting and all that we provide.
My ultimate goal is to ensure that our service is recognised as a professional educational service, offering quality teaching and social and emotional support to some of the North East's most hard-to-reach students. I aim to develop confident, self-assured, and able learners who are capable of attending full-time education or passing relevant examinations with resilience, awareness, and improved self-esteem. My vision is to support every child to become an independent, lifelong learner, and a responsible member of their local and global community.
I am so proud of our successes thus far. My incredible team of experienced staff have knocked through some of the toughest walls. We demonstrate an 'unconditional positive regard' approach; we build trusting relationships and our behaviour management is built on mutual respect. We are proud members of the Restraint Reduction Network.
Our testimonials page can give a idea of the sorts of positive feedback we have received for our unwavering commitment to the children of the North East.
I am currently undergoing an application to register Rosewood Independent School; it would be a privilege to offer a full-time and well-rounded curriculum to our students."
Total Tuition is led 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 supportive and welcoming learning environment for all.
We support and are part of Operation Encompass and Operation Endeavour.
Our staff undergo mandatory training but are also offered training in the following:
- Positive Handling (Level 2)
- First Aid for Mental Health
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Impact of Child Trauma
- Harmful Sexualised Behaviours
- Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours
- SEND Levels 1-4
We have an on-site SENCO and are led by experienced Senior Leaders.
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 14 years of experience teaching in independent schools, state schools, and homeschool/tutoring roles. Jennifer has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods, and a 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 a REACT UK Advanced Instructor and delivers courses relating to positive handling, trauma, and challenging behaviour. Jennifer is also a First Aid for Mental Health instructor.
head of primary/ SENCO/ STAND IN DIRECTOR
Mrs Woods is a qualified teacher, SENCO, and is Thrive trained. Janice has over 20 years experience working in primary education, including in Senior Leadership and Deputy Headship roles. She 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. Mrs Woods has managed the Inclusion Team in Northumberland Council, working with placing and assessing provisions for permanently excluded children and supporting the virtual school. Mrs Woods also delivers our Safeguarding Training, and is our Designated Safeguarding Lead in Primary.
HEAD OF SECONDARY
Mrs Alcock is a qualified Secondary English GCSE Specialist with a PGCE from Exeter College at Oxford University. Mrs Alcock 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. Mrs Alcock is a Senior A Level Moderator and GCSE Literature Examiner. She achieved Advanced Skills Status in 2005 and is studying for the TEFL certification. Mrs Alcock teaches and monitors the delivery of GCSE English Language, Literature, and Drama. Mrs Alcock is our second trained Designated Safeguarding Lead in Secondary.
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS SPECIALIST/ SECONDARY SEN SUPPORT
Mrs Knox is our Functional Skills specialist, and a qualified HLTA. Mrs Knox teaches and monitors the delivery of our Functional Skills and ASDAN courses. Mrs Knox has worked in a special educational needs setting delivering these exams and other life skills to children for over 15 years. Mrs Knox is trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Fire Warden, and has undergone additional training in SEN and challenging behaviours.
THE TOTAL TUITION TUTOR TEAM
Sam is a Functional Skills and KS3 tutor. Sam's specialism is working with children with social and emotional needs, and she delivers bespoke sessions with a patient, pastoral approach. Sam has developed trusting and respectful relationships with her students.
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.
Chelsea is a qualified teacher with experience working with children with SEN, hearing and visual impairments, and behavioural difficulties. Chelsea has experience working in residential camps in the UK, as well as working with disadvantaged young people in the USA. Chelsea is an enthusiastic and capable practitioner and is an asset to our primary team.
Just before completing her teaching degree, Rosie moved to Australia to work as a Governess in the Outback. Rosie worked on farming stations in Australia for 3 years, educating and caring for children as a tutor at the School of the Air, including teaching children with SEN and challenging behaviours. Rosie is a qualified Educator with additional experience as a Room Leader.
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. Ashleigh's specialisms are working with children with ASD, and Looked After Children.
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. Ben is an approachable and capable tutor who has developed great relationships with our secondary students.
Amie is a qualified TA with experience working with children with SEN and social and emotional needs. Amie has an enthusiastic and friendly demeanor, and is a fantastic addition to our tutor team.