Jon Garrad

English jedi master

Based in
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Anywhere in the UK if travel and accomodation expenses can be covered
Jon Garrad | English jedi master

Rates: £20 per hour

Make an enquiry Phone: 01873269358

As a subject specialist, I can cover any period of English literature (specialising in Victorian and Middle Ages) or critical/media theory (specialising in narratology). I regularly review and write critical essays for the Mythopoeic Society. I'm also interested in tabletop, traditional and computer game design theory, gamer/geek culture, and the theories and policies of education.

As a teacher, I have mentored students in academic and creative writing at every level from beginner to postgraduate; I have an excellent record of formal practice in teaching English and Drama in Further Education. I specialise in building a bespoke, accessible programme for learners which focuses on their needs and interests, building transferable skills for the longer term.

I am available to deliver personal tuition, small-group workshops/seminars or lectures (classroom or public) anywhere in the UK, or via Skype.

One-to-one lessons


Harrison Allen

I delivered 1:1 tuition to students across a range of fields and subjects. I also worked with two schools on their GCSE English intervention programmes, working with small groups of students to target particular areas of weakness and improve borderline grades (D/C, A/A*).

Jul 2014 - Jun 2015


I taught Functional Skills English and supported GCSE English for a challenging cohort of students, many of whom had only recently arrived in the UK.

Nov 2013 - Jul 2014

Berkshire College of Agriculture

Besides teaching, I was Lead Internal Verifier for Level 2 English, and assisted with verifying the GCSE English coursework.

Aug 2012 - Jul 2013

Terre des Langues

Terre des Langues run an intensive two-week learning experience for students learning a foreign language. They travel to a country for two weeks, stay alone with a host family, and spend five hours of every day with a tutor who delivers workshops in grammar, expression and usage and leads educational visits. Constant exposure to English and the absence of interpreters hothouses their communication abilities in a more real context than the classroom, and the tuition can be targeted towards areas where the student needs to develop skills, knowledge or confidence.

As a TdL tutor, I deliver fifty hours of intensive and personalised tuition, primarily to International Baccalaureate students. Key areas of focus include grammar, idioms and dealing with accents. I use visits, tours and board games to develop conversational English vocabulary, intonation and phrasing.

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

Edexcel Assessor

I marked Level 1 Functional Skills English and GCSE exam papers, keeping abreast of changes in the assessment schedule and criteria throughout.

Apr 2011 - Jun 2013

Gloucester Academy

I delivered a series of interventions for either single pupils in need of a skills boost before they entered Year 10, or for pupils retaking GCSE English and Drama coursework. Improvements of up to three grades were not uncommon, with particular advances made in the Shakespeare coursework unit at GCSE.

Sep 2010 - Feb 2011

City College Plymouth

During my teacher training I was highly praised for my small group seminars, breadth and depth of subject knowledge, and ability to engage with students. As well as teaching English Literature (specialising in the Pre-19th century Literature and Drama paper), I also taught Performing Arts, supporting a group of twenty students in producing and performing a version of Sarah Kane's '4:48 Psychosis'.

Sep 2009 - Jul 2010

Educational history


September, 2009 - July, 2010
University of Plymouth
Specialisms included curriculum design, interdisciplinary visit planning, and bespoke tuition.


September, 2008 - August, 2009
University of Manchester
Specialisms included Marxist criticism, medieval religious writing, the literature of madness and Arthurian literature. I also presented a paper on medieval death traditions at the Religion - Belief - Superstition conference in Manchester.

BA (Hons)

September, 2004 - June, 2007
University of Wolverhampton
Specialisms included: storytelling in computer games and film adaptations; Victorian literature; genre fiction; deviant philosophy; writing in cyberspace and identity in postmodernity.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered

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