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Sacha - Maths, Literacy, Dyslexia, French & Spanish Tutor SW London

Sacha Hernandez-Downer Key Stage 2 French Tutor (West London)

Sacha Hernandez-Downer Gold Member

  • Hammersmith (W12)
  • Last Logged In: 31 May 2018
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Camden, Ealing, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification Spanish and French BA Hons/PGCE (Spanish and French) /Qualified Teacher Status
  • Professional Qualification Post Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy/MA in Special Education
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check I have a fully enhanced DBS
  • Professional Membership Member of the British Dyslexia Association
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am a fully qualified teacher and private tutor based in West London with over fifteen years of teaching experience in both primary, secondary and special education schools.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
In addition to tutoring primary maths, English and preparing students for Common Entrance exams, I am also a literacy and language specialist. Indeed, as a fully qualified dyslexia teacher and assessor, registered with the British Dyslexia Association, I support children who are struggling with reading, writing, spelling and I also provide specialist reports for statutory exams for those who need them. I also hold a PGCE in Spanish and French from the Institute of Education and have extensive experience in preparing students for GCSE examinations. For students who would like to improve their levels of English as a Foreign Language, I am also a Cambridge certified English language instructor, who can help pupils improve their conversational and written skills. A lot of my work in this latter area has centered around proofreading academic work for international students and this has proved very rewarding.

As a qualified teacher, my students enjoy great exam success, as my approach is easy to follow and I also take time to understand each child that I work with. I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education and have extensive experience in supporting children with autism, dyslexia and behaviour difficulties. Indeed, I am 100% dedicated to the success of my students and believe that each individual child is a unique gift that has unlimited potential.
Tell me about your qualifications.
BA Spanish and French
PGCE degree in Spanish and French
CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
MA in Special and Inclusive Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia
What kind of experience do you have?
I am a fully qualified teacher, having gained a PGCE degree in Spanish, French and primary education from the Institute of Education, University of London. As a teacher with over fifteen years of experience, I have taught across all key stages in primary, secondary and special schools. As a result, I have sound knowledge of both the primary and secondary curriculum as well as the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of Roehampton and I am a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor with the British Dyslexia Association. Apart from one-to-one classes, I also run three morning sessions for dyslexia and maths which are structured to improve reading, spelling and maths skills. Schools have no problem with pupils attending these sessions as they are held in an OFSTED inspected setting which is registered with the British Dyslexia Association. Expect individual attention and excellent results, as I have a strong commitment to fully developing the strengths and talents of each individual pupil I work with.
How much do you charge?
My basic rate starts at £40 per hour. However, specialist dyslexia tuition is on a different fee schedule and parents are asked to contact me to arrange an initial consultation, for which there is no charge. We can then discuss the needs of your child and decide on the optimum number of sessions, depending on his/her specific requirements. For example, with reading, many students achieve rapid results in as few as 10 sessions
Where do you teach?
I am located in Shepherds Bush and mainly teach in West and South West London. For example, the majority of my clients are located in areas such as Hammersmith, Ealing, Chiswick and Barnes. However, I am also able to travel outside these areas.
When are you available?
Please contact me in order to discuss your individual needs and I will endeavour to arrange a time that is suitable for you. In addition, it should also be noted that, in the case of specialist dyslexia instruction, schools are usually more than happy for a child to be excused from classes to benefit from this type of tuition.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
7 years to adults
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up to date Enhanced CRB Disclosure
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
PATOSS (Professional Association Of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties)
BDA (British Dyslexia Association)
General Teaching Council
Tell me about some of your current students.
I am currently teaching children between 7 and 18. Each child receives an Individualised Education Plan which is used to guide them in their learning and they have all made excellent progress. Indeed, I find it greatly rewarding to watch my students grow in confidence and ability. I take a holistic approach to tutoring and understand that education is not just about teaching subjects in a mechanical fashion but that other factors may influence the performance of pupils, for example, anxiety or low self-esteem. Taking the latter in mind, I have turned around the most anxious and reluctant students providing them with a love of learning and an ambition to succeed.
I have a strong commitment to fully developing the strengths and talents of each individual pupil I teach and adopt a caring and thoughtful approach to students I work with. Most importantly as professional teacher with over fifteen years of experience, my classes are easy to follow and best of all fun!
Do you have a personal message for students?
I always tell my students that if you are determined to learn then no one can stop you, as anything is possible with a positive attitude and belief in yourself. As your tutor, I will prepare and guide you on every step of your learning journey.