Our tutors are secondary school teachers who excel in their subject, specialising in GCSE and A Level subjects. We believe that qualified and experienced teachers bring so much more to the classroom than just subject knowledge. 97% of our tutors work in mainstream education, with many examiners and Heads of Department. All have up to date knowledge of the curriculum and exam requirements, and create a lively, vibrant and inclusive class environment.
Justin Craig teachers are continually monitored and assessed in respect of safeguarding, approach and performance, so that we recruit and retain only the best. We get excellent feedback from students, parents and teachers about our courses with over 90% of students stating that their course substantially met their learning needs.
“Our tutor was really good, I asked for him specifically because he helped massively last year. He gives good feedback and information and echoes what I’ve been telling the pupils about skills and ways to hit the marks but he does it in his own way which reinforces what needs to be done. I cannot speak highly enough of his resources and his work. Everyone at Justin Craig has been so helpful and understanding – you should all be proud of your customer service and work.”
Erhan Bora, Chesham
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Usha has been working for Justin Craig since 2011. Her interest in English inspired her to study further, achieving an MA in Creative Writing at London’s Birkbeck Gordon Square. This helped her to fulfill a long-term ambition to write her debut novel: “Milkman’s Son, Kikula”, set in Uganda.
Usha is fiction and travel writer as well as an teacher of English. Her series of articles ‘Places of Interest’ were published by the Culture Trip, and ‘Fork and Knife’, and an extract from ‘Milkman’s Son, Kikula’, has been selected for inclusion in the 100 Voices anthology celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage to be published by Unbound in March 2022.
Usha commented; “Everyone has a story to tell, albeit real or made up. However, it’s in the delivery of the story, in the written form, that grabs the audience’s interest. And at GCSE level, writing tasks encourage young adults to explore their inner creative minds and express their own passage of life, real or made up.”
Sarah has been teaching economics for over 15 years and she remains thoroughly passionate about sharing the subject with GCSE and A level students. After excelling in business and economics at school herself, Sarah studied Economics, Business and French at university and achieved first class honours from Loughborough University. She spent time working in industry before studying for her PGCE in Economics and Business Education at the University of Warwick. Sarah continues to engage in regular professional reading and development training in order to further enhance her subject knowledge and the quality of her teaching practice.
Sarah has taught in a variety of secondary schools across the country during her teaching career and she is currently head of department in a successful and high-achieving mixed comprehensive school. She has extensive experience in teaching all economics topics and has been an A level examiner. She has a keen interest in cognitive science and employs evidence-informed strategies in her teaching to ensure students learn effectively.
Sarah has been tutoring with Justin Craig for 9 years. She says, “I really enjoying supporting students through tutoring with Justin Craig as I love to be able to make a positive difference to their education, their grades and their future career plans. I also enjoy discussing the subject with students from different schools as we are often able to share new examples, insights or case studies from our varied experiences which is very interesting!”
In her leisure time, Sarah enjoys baking, walking and spending time with her family. She travels in Europe whenever she can and she is also learning to ski.
David has been a teacher of GCSE and A-level Biology for thirty years and a JCE tutor since 2013. He has substantial experience as an examiner and moderator, including being a Principal Examiner for AS and A-Level Biology and Human Biology with two of the largest examination boards, writing examination papers and leading on their marking and grade awarding. In addition, David has considerable experience in senior management of schools, having held roles as Department Head, Faculty Head, Acting Head of School as well as being a schools’ inspector and a University teacher trainer. Furthermore, many of his articles and booklets written for the Biological Sciences Review and the Biochemical Society have been used as learning resources by students in Sixth forms and University Medical Schools.
David says, “Out of all these experiences the one I enjoy most of all is teaching students, especially with JCE! I am always impressed by the enthusiastic approach and strong work ethic of the students on every JCE course – this makes it easy to work with them throughout the course, discussing and exploring ideas in detail, rather than simply delivering a series of standard lessons. I always encourage students to ask as many questions as possible and reassure them there is never any such thing as a ‘silly question’ – asking them always helps to consolidate understanding. Indeed, I quite often learn something new from JCE students about how to tackle and fully understand a topic.”
Mike has been tutoring for Justin Craig since 2016, having trained as a teacher in 2009, and following a successful career in industry. Mike holds a 1st class honours degree in chemistry and a PhD from the University of Wales. After qualification, he taught chemistry initially in a non-selective independent school before becoming Head of Chemistry in a very high-performing state grammar school. He retired from full-time teaching in 2018 and now devotes himself to tutoring and is a senior examiner.
Mike is known for his love of chemistry, his depth of preparation, the quality of his explanations, and his ability to support students who lack a bit of confidence. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and this enthusiasm is infectious: his students achieve their full potential in examinations and often leave Mike’s teaching with a renewed love for chemistry.
Concerning Justin Craig, Mike says, “I very much enjoy working with new students, both in small groups and on a one-to-one basis. JCE students tend to be very focused and committed, and they often have a good understanding of themselves and their learning needs. It’s interesting to learn about what students are finding difficult and why, and seeking to adapt my teaching to help each person. We always focus on understanding the chemistry in as much depth as possible, as I find this equips students to be able to answer questions confidently. We also focus quite heavily on examination technique, to seek to ensure answers are crisp and accurate. Being a student is not easy, and I hope people find my lessons fun and engaging; learning should be an enjoyable experience”.
Mike lives in West Wales and is a Welsh speaker. When not teaching he tends to spend as much time as possible enjoying the headlands and islands of Pembrokeshire and their magnificent wildlife.
Bim has been successfully tutoring students at Justin Craig for nearly 6 years, having completed her PGCE in Secondary Science in 2009. Bim says “I have found it to be a fabulous experience here at Justin Craig. The opportunity to help the students on each and every course, making sure they all achieve their full potential in their exams is my main motivation. I love getting to know the students on my courses and ensuring the they all get the best learning experiences possible”.
Bim has a BSc (Hons) degree from Manchester University and then went on to achieve a PGCE in Secondary Science teaching. She has over 10 years of teaching experience working in a variety of different educational settings, working with students ranging from Year 9 to Year 13. Bim is now a very successful Head of Department in a large secondary school and has been able to use her teaching experience to help find the key methods which unlock the learning potential for all.
Bim is also an experienced GCSE Chemistry examiner. This enables the students she teaches get the most specific and up to date information on how to answer questions with the correct key words and phrases to ensure the most successful outcomes.
As Head of Department, she uses her skills at managing curriculums and planning to ensure the time on the courses are used efficiently and productively for all.
Zahida is currently a Deputy Head of English with 24 years of teaching experience. She has worked for Justin Craig for five years and holds an MA, and an MPhil from Sheffield University, with a focus on Jane Austen’s works. She also holds a TESOL Certificate and PGCE teaching qualification. She has been an examiner with AQA and Edexcel and has also taught Classical Civilisation, Drama and Media Studies. Zahida has taught in a number of state and selective schools across the country – in Oxford, Stafford, Sheffield and London, where she is currently based. She has also taught the IGCSE course abroad in Saudi Arabia for four years.
In addition to being an English teacher, Zahida also has a leadership role in the Sixth Form, advising highly able students with competitive applications, including Oxbridge. She runs the ‘Aspire’ programme for the more able, and coordinates the UCAS process, as well as running the LAMDA Examinations in Speaking Verse and Prose and Public Speaking. As a previous debate coach, she has led her teams to victory on multiple occasions, winning the pan-London ESU debating competition, the televised ‘Off By Heart’ Shakespeare competition, and the Oxford Schools Debating competition, to name a few.
Zahida enjoys teaching for Justin Craig Education: “The opportunity to reach out to students on a national level is very rewarding. Students are always willing to seek advice and try out different ways of learning and reaching their full potential, and it’s hugely satisfying to be part of the process. Teaching English as a core subject allows me to share my passion on a wider scale than in the classroom, and I thoroughly enjoy being able to do so.”
Terry has recently retired from a Head of Department role after over 35 years in teaching. He continues to privately teach Classical subjects (Latin, Classical Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History). He holds a degree and an MPhil and is an OCR examiner and he also has a love of archaeology.
Foreign Language Tutor
Lionel has been a French and Spanish teacher for over ten years and has worked with Justin Craig for almost as long. He holds a Master’s degree, as well as a PGCE teaching qualification and is an AQA examiner.
Gemma teaches English Language, Literature and Media Studies and is currently Head of English. She holds an MEd, a PGCE and has specialist qualifications for working with children with learning difficulties. She has worked as a teacher for over 20 years and is an examiner for CIE and AQA (at GCSE and A Level). In her spare time, she loves to wander around auctions, buying antiques. For fun, she is undertaking a two-year Writing Diploma at Oxford.
Philip has recently retired from his role as Head of Department after a 40 year teaching career. He holds degrees in Physics and in the Philosophy of Science, a passion that he still explores. He has worked for Justin Craig for over five years and was an A level examiner.
Narinder teaches A Level Economics (OCR, AQA and Edexcel), holds an MA, an MSc and a PhD. He has over 16 years’ experience teaching economics and 10 years as Head of Department, currently in a leading UK Grammar. His teaching is enhanced by 10 years working in the banking sector.
Ian has been working with Justin Craig for over five years, tutoring Chemistry at GCSE and A Level. Having been a teacher for over 20 years, Ian’s students benefit from his substantial teaching experience and passion for chemistry. In addition to being a Head of Department for two different schools, Ian has been involved in marking GCSE and A Level papers for the past ten years, which ensures he is up to date with exam board thinking and direction. As a result, Ian is well placed to tutor students in all exam boards and enjoys keeping up to date with the similarities and differences of exam boards and courses.
Referring to JCE, Ian says, “I really enjoy the contact and interaction which is possible when working with small groups of students who want to learn, achieve and gain good grades. I try very hard to be approachable in the tutoring session and look to tailor the experiences as much as possible for the students. It’s vital they quickly appreciate I’m not their teacher and they’re not in their class, so they can feel free to ask any and all questions and really make the most of their opportunity. The three or four day courses really do fly by and it’s vital to make the most of every minute.”
Debbie started working with Justin Craig in 2018 and specialises in Biology at GCSE and A Level. She has considerable teaching expertise, with experience as a Department Head in a large London school and time working in the Middle East as a Science, Maths and IT teacher trainer. Debbie is also an A Level Biology examiner. She has also worked in a private school in Central London running intensive courses.
Referring to JCE, Debbie says, “I like the fact that no two groups are the same and it’s great to be able to give lots of personal attention to individuals, which is often not possible in schools. Having worked with pupils across the academic spectrum, with varying commands of English, I am fully aware that no one approach fits all. I enjoy using a range of teaching styles and tools to maximise learning as well as making it varied and fun. It also helps me gauge student understanding quickly, for example, asking students to cut up and then reassemble laminated tabulated factual information gives me some instant feedback on subject knowledge without using a written test.”
Tom has been tutoring for Justin Craig since 2016, having completed his teaching qualification in 2015. In addition to a Biology degree from Durham University, Tom has completed an MA in Education, specialising in science teaching and the use of technology as a tool for learning. He currently works in a selective independent school, which has high expectations of its students. Tom has been very successful in helping his students maximise their potential and achieve exam success. In addition to teaching GCSE and A level biology students, he is a careers adviser, mentoring members of the Sixth Form who want to pursue medicine and dentistry courses at university.
Tom says, “I enjoy working with students across the country, helping each student get the most out of their course and trying to make it as enjoyable as possible. My sessions focus on both filling gaps in subject knowledge and instilling good revision techniques which can be used well after the course has finished. I enjoy the focus and determination students bring to JCE courses, and I am pleased that I can use my experience to give them invaluable insight into exam technique.
I understand the pressures that students face, specifically when preparing for their A Levels and aim to alleviate that pressure by providing academically rigorous, yet enjoyable courses. Revision is a necessity but it becomes far easier if we can find a way to enjoy it!”
Margaret has worked for Justin Craig for over seven years and has taught Chemistry for over 28 years. She holds a PhD, as well as PGCE and QTS teaching qualifications. Margaret held Head of Year and Head of Science positions, but altered her career path so she could spend more time focusing directly on her students. In her spare time, she writes a blog and runs courses and retreats.