After twelve years of gainful employment as a Laboratory Services Scientist in United Utilities (formerly North West Water), during which I studied part-time and gained an upper-second class honours degree in Applied Biology, I left to embark on the Post Graduate Certificate of Education at John Moores University, Liverpool. During this course I completed my first block of teaching practice at Knowsley Community College Sixth Form, where I gained a variety of post-16 teaching experiences, and my second block of teaching practice at Hilbre High School, West Kirby. I successfully completed this course in June 1999.
From September 2000 to August 2013 I worked at St John Plessington Catholic College (SJP) gaining my Qualified Teacher Status in 2001. During my time at SJP I gained considerable experience in teaching science of all disciplines to pupils of all ranges of age and ability. I have taught successfully all the units of the Key Stage 3 QCA scheme to Years 7, 8 and 9. I have also taught Physics on the GCSE Co-ordinated Science course, Biology units on the GCSE Modular Science Double Award course, GCSE Applied Science Double Award and GCSE Applied Science. More recently I have taught AQA Core Science and BTEC Science.
I have also taught BTEC Health and Social Care and units of the Edexcel Health and Social Care ‘A’ Level courses to Sixth Form students. I also have considerable experience of teaching AQA AS and A2 Level Psychology to Sixth Form students.
In August of last year I left SJP with a preference to do supply/fixed-term contract teaching as this fits in better with my personal circumstances and my long-term career plans. From November 2013 I was on a long-term supply teaching assignment at Academy of St Francis of Assisi in Liverpool. There I taught KS3 Science, BTEC Science and ‘A’ Level Biology. I also enjoyed teaching AS Level Psychology students on the OCR course and BTEC Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care. From September 2014 to October 2015, I was employed at Academy of St Francis of Assisi on a permanent contract as a Teacher of Health and Social Care. However, my preference for a temporary contract and return to my subject specialism led me to hand in my notice. I am therefore available to work from 1st January 2016.
I am committed to delivering the curriculum to my students in a way which I feel best fits their needs. I am keen to draw upon a variety of resources in order to stimulate and sustain their interest with an emphasis on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. I like to be creative and imaginative in my delivery of lessons and I have produced many resources such as PowerPoint to enhance teaching and learning.
Throughout my career in industry and education I have always been a proven team player, formed excellent working relationships with colleagues and maintained a sense of humour.
Mark stepped in and gave the kickstart that was needed..
Excellent tutor and many thanks again.. 5 stars
We are really pleased with Mark, our daughter was struggling in A-level biology, he has really boosted her confidence and understanding and she feels very comfortable with him.
Lesson went very well.
Mark was prepared and easy to communicate with.
We look forward to the next lesson.