Biography

Matthew is a fully qualified English teacher (PGCE and QTS in English from Sheffield University 2012) who attended the  prestigious University of East Anglia University, Norwich (within the top 20 universities) and attended many Creative writing units for his first degree in English Literature (gaining a high 2:1), specialising in 19th-Century literature. Matthew received a great deal of commendations for his essays on Postcolonial Literature (2001). At Sheffield University he received the top award for the ‘Teaching of Writing’. Matthew is a part-time freelance writer and writes short stories and poems. He is working on an idea for a Science Fiction novel, which he will submit to a publisher in January 2020.

Matthew is currently rated as an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ English  Secondary Teacher, who has taught at many prestigious institutions and schools, including: Coloma Convent (Shirley), Newstead Wood Grammar School for Girls (Orpington), St Ursula’s Convent School (Greenwich) Chelsea Independent College (Chelsea), Ashbourne College (Kensington High Street), as well as having taught at varied educational settings including PRU’s for autistic students and Summer schools for EFL students. He has taught EFL in South Korea (2010), China (2018), Slovenia, Italy, Germany and Austria (2014-2018) in public schools throughout these countries via     organisations like English in Action. Matthew is currently an AQA Associate Examiner for the paper 2 8702 English Literature (1-9) GCSE course (3 years Associate AQA examiner). He was commended in the summer of 2019, for taking on more papers that the usual quota for an examiner.

Matthew has a long reputation of getting students through a wide variety of English exams for specific purposes. He has taught all  exam boards for English Language and English Literature. His students have stated that Matthew’s careful explanation of  abstract ideas and theories, as well as modeling how to write essays in front of students is the key to getting students top grades at GCSE and A level. He makes any exam specification very clear, by getting students to mark specimen papers with him, so that the student is absolutely familiar with what the structure of their exam will be and what is needed to pass and pass extremely well. It is consistently stated by parents and other teachers, that Matthew is a ‘brilliant’ and ‘terrific’ teacher, as he uses his knowledge of   Drama and drama techniques to bring texts to life in the classroom or one to one basis, making texts like Shakespeare far more accessible. Matthew is a friendly and very committed individual who makes learning English Language, Literature, Film Studies and Media Studies interesting and more importantly fun!

In his free time Matthew is a lover of cooking and is currently studying french cuisine. Matthew received one of the top awards in his year at Reigate College for his Fine Art A level and paints and draws when he can; he is a member of the Tate and loves to visit the latest galleries. His favourite artists are Cezanne and Klimt. From an early age Matthew has been an avid film lover and  completed an internship at Film Education in 2012 for his PGCE before the organisation was taken over by the BFI. Matthew has set up his own private tutor and consultancy business, which can be found at http://www.engagingenglishtuition.com. He tutors students in his private time and also arranges revision and creative writing workshops on request.