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Nick Barwick


Subject: Primary Maths and Science

Hello! I’m pleased to be joining the ever-growing team of Tutors at Wolsey Hall. I am an experienced primary school teacher, senior leader and passionate mathematician. I have now been working in primary education for 16 years. Before this, I enjoyed life in the lab and in the field as an environmental scientist. I was working on projects as diverse as identifying the oils on beached seabirds and investigating contamination in the Caspian Sea!

Gaining the ‘Post Graduate: Mathematics Specialist Teacher’ qualification in 2013 was the catalyst to move my focus away from class-teaching and towards continuing professional development. I am pleased, however, that much of this work still allows me to teach, as this is by far the best part of the job!

Most recently, through work for the Local Authority and a local charity, I have been able to offer expertise to several primary schools in Oxfordshire. I’ve been supporting class teachers, subject co-ordinators and school leadership in improving the standards of mathematics teaching and learning. I’ve also enjoyed writing and editing a range of educational plans and resources for subjects across the primary curriculum.

When not working, I keep busy with a range of sports – I’m often to be seen out and about running, cycling and swimming. It will be no surprise that I enjoy competing in triathlons. I have also recently taken on an allotment, and I’m looking forward to having lots more space to grow my own fruit and vegetables, both for the table and to fuel another keen interest – winemaking!

Over the years, I have privately tutored students across the primary and secondary age ranges, often in preparation for statutory testing such as ‘SATs’ and GCSE. Developing successful relationships with these students and their families has been particularly rewarding, and is a key feature underpinning enjoyment of and success in the subject. With a passion for getting the best out everyone I work with, I am really looking forward to watching my KS2 students learn, grow and achieve.

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