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'Outstanding' Teacher

Charlie Birkett

Former Head of English and Drama

Nearly 20 years’ teaching experience


Key Stage 3, GCSE, A Level, Undergraduate



  • Offering five-session courses (approx. one hour a session, £250)

  • Online and international tutoring via Zoom

  • Specialist literacy courses

  • Holiday workshops

  • 1:1 and small group sessions


My aim is to enable students to access English Language and Literature for academic achievement, but to also improve confidence and attitude towards their work. Through texts, I will teach them to think for themselves and develop independent learning skills.


Free initial consultation and study pack included.

Qualified. Experienced. Successful.


Outstanding former Head of English with nearly 20 years’ experience teaching Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level.


I also deliver literacy support to improve reading age, spelling and understanding.




My students consistently perform in the top 5% of the country. Underperforming students reach their grade/level.

Rated as an 'Outstanding' teacher, in an 'Outstanding' department, in an 'Outstanding' school by Ofsted in 2013.


Reference available on request.




















Local, reliable and personal



  • Bespoke courses tailored to each student's needs

  • Progress reports and target setting

  • 1:1 and small group*


*Small groups must be studying the same text. 25% discount per student for small-group teaching (max. of four). Prices reflect preparation time prior to sessions, materials and experience.

I offer sessions after school, in the evenings, and during the day for college and international students.


Please contact me for holiday availability.






In the news
Private tutoring: time well invested
"A tutor can provide the help your child needs to progress"

For struggling pupils, tutoring can boost confidence and give previously underperforming children a track record of success. This creates a momentum of its own. For pupils who are already doing well, tutoring can offer scope for fine-tuning exam and revision technique.


Daily Telegraph 'Independent Schools' supplement on Saturday 16 March 2013.



More British writers in new English literature GCSEs

The OCR exam board confirms that its new GCSE in English literature will axe American novels such as Of Mice and Men while placing a renewed focus on British authors


Daily Telegraph 28th May 2014


Researchers Analyse Impact Of Classic Literature On The Brain


Reading books can help your brain — of that there is little doubt. But a new scientific study and a recently released book have taken that concept to an entirely new level, showing that what you read, how you read, and how you apply lessons learned from the experience could have a tremendous impact on your thought-processes and problem-solving skills.


redOrbit, 14th January 2013

Places are limited so call now to book your course.



"Your teaching practice is outstanding and is thoroughly impressive. You are always thoroughly professional, positive and rigorous."


—  Mrs V Houldey, Headteacher, The Downs School, Compton, Berkshire

  "Mrs B challenged me to think for myself, I feel more confident that I will do well in my exam."

— Michael, Year 11


"Georgia said that she learnt more in her time spent with Charlie than the last year at school! She found the experience refreshing and motivating. I think this says everything about Charlie's communication skills as a teacher. Her enthusiasm about her subject and care for her student is a delight."

—  Noelle, Georgia's mum

"I can't praise Charlie enough....she gave my son a real boost in confidence. He felt for the first time he was really understanding what was expected from him in the exams. Charlie is friendly, enthusiastic & extremely knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to recommend Charlie to anyone seeking English tutoring."

— Karen, Jack's mum

English Literature Tutoring. Read.Think. Question.


Combe, Witney, and internationally via Skype/BOTIM


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