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Catherine Herring


Subject: English Language

Exploring language is one of my greatest passions. As a child, I would write plays, poems and stories, a pastime that still brings me great pleasure. As an undergraduate at the University of Bristol, I studied philosophy, specialising in aesthetics, ethics and the philosophies of language and mind.

Eager to continue my philosophical studies, I undertook a Master’s degree in 2009 in Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education. I am now studying for my PhD at the same university.

I began tutoring English in 2004 and became a GCSE examiner in the same year. I consider it a great privilege to be able to work with the range of pupils I do and to work together with individuals to help reach their potential. I strive to boost my students’ confidence in English and self-expression, as this so frequently has a positive impact on many other aspects of their academic and personal lives.

I strongly encourage my pupils to find their own voices, interests and creativity, whether that be in their written work or through discovering new authors, poets and playwrights. I run two drama classes in Gloucestershire, in which we explore improvisation and story telling. I write several plays for these pupils each year, often based on plots and characters they have crafted in lessons. We work hard, but have a lot of fun and I endeavour to bring together these two aspects of learning in all of my classes.

In addition to teaching and studying, I enjoy going to theatre, listening to live music and I am learning to play the drums. I also have several nieces and nephews, all of whom I love to spoil! One of my sisters lives in France, as do my parents, and I try to visit them as often as I can. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with you and sharing my enthusiasm for language in all its forms.

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