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Claire Burns

BSc, PGCE

Subject: Geography

Geography is such an awesome subject. Almost everything you can think of can be linked back to Geography, whether it’s the production of a mobile phone or people moaning about their commute to work! It allows us to study and understand the processes of the natural world, how we live in it and interact with it. The great thing about Geography is that it is constantly changing so there is always something new and exciting to explore and study.

I have always loved Geography. This probably came from a childhood of running around the countryside and playing on a friend’s farm. I thrive on being outdoors, and Geography has given me the opportunity to study and learn from the world around me. I thoroughly enjoyed learning Geography at school, going on to study it at A Level and then at University. I particularly enjoyed the bio-geography modules when I went to the University of Wales in Swansea, choosing a number of biology modules to compliment my Geography studies.

After completing my degree, I travelled the world. I went to Japan, Australia and New Zealand for six months. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to see all sorts of landscapes, including active volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls.

On my return, I studied for a PGCE at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth and secured a position in a local secondary school where I taught for 11 years in a variety of roles including Head of Department. I took great pleasure in teaching Geography to 11 to 18-year-olds as well as mentoring students on a one-to-one basis to improve their grades.

Since leaving teaching, I have tutored A Level students and been a GCSE examiner. I delight in helping people to reach their full potential, and I am always happy to help.  I am approachable and friendly, and I look forward to helping you to learn Geography.

In my spare time, my hobbies include reading, gardening and (when it’s warm enough) swimming in the sea! My favourite pastime is walking our dog Lola with my husband and two children.

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