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Tutor workshops

This academic year we are introducing a programme of tutor workshops that will act as CPD (Continued Professional Development). Osborne Cawkwell endeavours to ensure that you receive basic training in a broad range of educational topics that are relevant, practical and engaging. We are adding a new section to tutor CVs to reflect when you have attended workshops, which clients will see when we suggest you as a tutor.


New Tutor Induction

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN9 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm
Lucy Cawkwell

We are running our first Induction session for tutors new to OC Tuition. This is an opportunity to be together as tutors and to share ideas and experiences of working with students. Activities include a pairs teaching exercise; discussion about the different ways we learn; and tricky situations you might find yourself in as a tutor.

  • Sarah our SEND consultant will talk about Learning Differences and practical tips you can use if you are working with a SEND student.
  • Dan, our Mental Health Advisor, will talk about different mental health issues and what to do if we do suspect our student is struggling.
  • The session will allow us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us better, so we can form the basis of a strong partnership moving forward. ​

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk


WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN15 January 2019, 2pm – 3.30pm
Sarah Cox

The aims of the talk are to:

  • Understand what Dyslexia is and how to spot the signs.
  • Understand the importance of a multi-
sensory teaching approach.
  • Gain practical strategies and teaching tips on how to support dyslexic learners.

Sarah is OC Tuition’s SEN/Dyslexia specialist and Senior Consultant. Sarah worked with Lucy at the Osborne Cawkwell office and as a tutor for six years until 2008, then gained a teaching diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia. She has a broad experience in education and has worked as an English tutor, EFL teacher, Dyslexia specialist and SENDCo working predominantly in London prep schools, training further in study skills techniques and NLP. Now that her children are of school age, she works during term time as our SEN consultant, working closely with parents, tutors and other 
education specialists.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Pia 11 Plus Tutor OC Tuition

Navigating Entrance Exams: Strategies for supporting families through the 11 and 13 plus

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 18 January 2019, 2pm – 3.30pm
Pia Carter

Pia’s workshop will look at:

  • Housekeeping and the right fit: a guide to practical considerations surrounding senior school admissions; requirements for 
different schools; deadlines for various applications; managing parental expectations, with the aim of ensuring that the child ends up at the school that is right for them.
  • The process: particularly applicable for boys where a tutor may start before the pre-test and work with the pupil until his 13+; what is the end goal of the tutoring; what benefits can be conferred over and above entrance into the desired school.
  • Exam technique: the exams can be 
idiosyncratic and there are tricks of the trade that can be employed to help the child through the exam itself, particularly 
to do with timings and mark schemes.

Pia has been tutoring since leaving Oxford in 2005 and thanks to her slightly unusual background of having a degree in English Literature and a Maths A-level, she has been able to give children an all round preparation for 11 and 13 plus entrance exams and CE. Over the course of 12 years specialising in this area she has developed a range of techniques for helping families to cope with this stressful time in their child’s education.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

​Mental Health

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 24 January 2019, 10am – 11.30am
Dan Licence

The aims of the workshop are to understand:

  • What the main types of mental health 
problems are in young people and how they can affect learning.
  • How to spot the signs and symptoms early on and prevent them from developing into a problem.
  • How to teach students with mental health problems, and what to do if professional help is required.
  • Please see the ‘Mindfulness’ workshop for Dan’s profile.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Will History Tutor OC Tuition

​Stepping Up: How to support students with the transition from GCSE to A-Level

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 30 January 2019, 1.30pm – 3pm
Will Tyson Banks

Tutors who take this workshop will learn:

  • The difference between GCSE(KS4) and higher-level learning (KS4+/KS5/ GCE Advanced Level), and how this relates to programmes at A-levels, IB, and Pre-U.
  • The ‘Independent Learner’: What it means, what skills students need to have, and how you can support students develop these skills alongside subject specific content.
  • The challenges of working with young adults and tips on how to best support them academically and pastorally.

One of the main reasons tutors are sought out is to help students who, while successful with their GCSEs, suddenly find themselves struggling when they move on to A-levels. Subjects students once considered themselves good at and enjoyed suddenly become an overwhelming challenge and leave them feeling well out of their depth. The failure to successfully make the transition from GCSE to A-level, also known as the ‘step up’, can have a negative impact on students leaving them demoralised and feeling unable to do well.

Will Tyson-Banks is a History specialist tutor with more than a decade’s experience of delivering private tuition to students across the educational spectrum from KS2 all the way up to Masters level. Working with students across such a broad range of different needs and with a research background has led him to specialising in how the demands of education change at different qualification levels.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

​​Autism Spectrum Disorder

WeWork, Holburn, London EC1N 2SW14 February 2019, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Jacqueline Heywood (£10)

The aims of the talk are:

  • To understand Autism and neurodiversity and the implications for schooling.
  • To gain individual teaching strategies for tutoring children and young people on the autistic spectrum or with autistic traits.
  • Understanding subject specific approaches for effective teaching. Recognising individual strengths and difficulties.
  • To know how to work effectively with parents and teachers.

Jacqueline Heywood is Head of Academic Mentoring Latymer Upper School and Latymer Prep School. She has worked at Latymer since 2003 setting up their Academic Mentoring Department. She has a degree in Social Science from LSE, a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and has taught in state schools throughout London for many years before working at Latymer.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Dyscalculia/weak maths

WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 19 February 2019, 10am – 12pm
Dr Simon Horbury (£15)

The aims of the talk are:

  • To understand the different ways that learning difficulties can make mathematics a challenging subject.
  • To know some strategies that could help when teaching mathematics to those such students.
    To appreciate that concrete resources can help when teaching older students.
  • Simon has been teaching for nearly 20 years, mostly in the private sector, but has also worked with pupils from the state sector to help with their maths and science. In recent years he has worked with many students who have struggled with maths as a result of specific learning difficulties, and has found that they benefit from having access to concrete resources (such as Numicon) even when they are at secondary school. His workshop will, therefore, look at the effect learning 
difficulties have on mathematics and how concrete resources can be incorporated into teaching mathematics.​

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk

Executive Functioning (ADHD)

WeWork, Holburn, London EC1N 2SW | 7 March 2019, 10am – 11.30am

Imogen Moore-Shelley, Connections in Mind (£10)

The aims of the talk are:

  • To understand the role executive functions and metacognition play in learning (regulating attention and responses, planning and prioritising, switching between tasks and thinking about thinking).
  • To know how to identify children who struggle with executive function skills.
  • To learn high impact, simple approaches that tutors can introduce to support 
children who struggle with executive function skills.

Imogen Moore has been working in the field of psychology and education over the last decade and has been coaching children and young adults for three years. She has developed particular expertise in working with children with autism, ADHD and OCD, and developing parenting and early years interventions and projects. She has trained as an ABA therapist with children with autism in Switzerland, possesses a BA in Social Anthropology from SOAS, and has a Masters in Psychology and Education at the University of Cambridge. She is currently doing a PhD at the University of Cambridge exploring the effectiveness of 
interventions for students that aim to strengthen executive functioning skills.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk


WeWork, Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN | 26 March 2019, 10am – 11.30am
Dan Licence

Dan’s workshop will look at:​

  • What mindfulness actually is and how it can positively affect mental health.
  • How to bring mindfulness into the classroom to get the best out of your students.
  • How to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine and live more in the moment.

Dan Licence is our mental health adviser, liaising with tutors, clients and other related specialists on all things to do with mental health. As a fully qualified Mental Health First Aider, he keeps tutors up to date with the latest in mental health through researching and writing monthly blogs, and interviewing people from the industry in an effort to help spread their message. A lifelong meditator, Dan studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) under the tutelage of renowned practitioner Rosalie Dores, and has recently qualified as a Mindfulness teacher through the Mindfulness 
in Schools Project.

To register for you place for this workshop, please contact Holly: holly@octuition.co.uk