Raymond B - tutor  

Raymond B
Tutor in Stockwell, South West London

£65.00 per hour

(3 reviews)
(3 reviews)
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About Raymond

Ex Marlborough College & Thomas' Clapham Prep Day School

Hello there I am a professionally trained actor and fully qualified teacher with a wide range of experience. I have worked predominantly in Primary schools but have also taught drama and sport at the illustrious Marlborough College.
My expertise covers predominantly KS1 & 2 and entrance examinations in reading comprehension and creative writing.
I have also devised Shakespeare lessons suitable for ages 9-16. I am currently working with a boy of 10 (please see review) In the time spent together children will learn some of Shakespeare's poetry and prose along with the plots, characters and themes that go with them. We'll define the difficult words and talk about the metaphors and imagery he creates. By learning them we will also look at the rhythm of Shakespeare.

By doing it in this fashion, Shakespeare will become part of their literary vocab. It will give them the tools to read Shakespeare's works with intelligence as they grow up. To have Shakespeare quotes to spout out at their fingertips in intelligent conversations or to be citing a literary reference in an English essay will give them much self-confidence and help to open doors in the future.

The lessons themselves will be proactive, simple, animated and fun. By doing them in this relaxed fashion children in time will have a broad repertoire of Shakespeare speeches in their arsenal.

To shake this up I also offer computing at primary school level. Seeing as we live in a digital age and to not know how to code will leave children behind in an ever increasing tech world. The lessons will not be heavy and are most definitely catered for the primary ages only. They will not consist of playing games but rather making them through code. Coding isn’t a singular learning experience. They will learn how to predict and analyse, decompose bigger problems into easier chunks, highlight patterns, abstract unnecessary detail and evaluate work. They will learn to design, create, imagine, collaborate and most importantly persevere when things get confusing.

I like to think and feel my reviews prove I offer something different to the children. I do teach and support the children but I am more passionate about developing a child's confidence and passions. Strengthening their own desire to learn by themselves as they grow up.

I am always free to contact for a chat or discussion regarding your child to help support you briefly in any manner I can free of charge.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Hourly rate: £65.00
Type of tutoring: In-person
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Reviews and References

(3 reviews)
(3 reviews)

Ray was a very valuable member of our teaching team.

Written by Gerard L
Ray worked at Christ Church Primary school as a class teacher from January 2011 to August 2012.

Ray is a very good teacher who taught mainly in Key Stage 2. His teaching methods covered whole class, group work and one-to-one situations. His detailed planning, assessment, target setting and record keeping procedures based on the National Curriculum requirements were of a very high standard and reflected the individual needs of all the children he worked with. He challenged the children at all levels especially the more able children ensuring the children knew their targets and next steps for learning. His behaviour management was excellent. He had a good knowledge of the major curriculum issues, educational developments and legislation in order that all the pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities achieved their targets. Our Local Authority Professional Partner judged Ray’s teaching to be good with some elements of outstanding.

Ray’s curriculum strengths were literacy, numeracy, creative arts and PSHE and he used these strengths within the context of an integrated learning experience. He encouraged parental involvement, reported to parents on a termly basis and liaised effectively with outside support agencies and local business partners.

Ray took part in a wide variety of INSET activities and has had specialist training with regard to the teaching of literacy, numeracy, bilingual children, behaviour management, and PSHE which he put into practice with great success.

He had input to the School’s Self Evaluation Form and the School Development Plan. He was accountable to the Leadership Team and Governors. He supported the School’s aims, objectives, vision and ethos.

Ray has had Child Protection training and followed all school policies and procedures. I know of know of no reason why Ray should not work with children. There were no formal or informal capability issues in relation to Ray’s work and conduct in the school. His time keeping and attendance were excellent.

Ray worked very well within the teaching team, he had a lot of time for his colleagues and supported them both in and out of school. His enthusiasm and flair were balanced by a sensitivity and care for the needs and strengths of adults as well as children. He was able to lead colleagues senior to himself towards a high standard of classroom and management practice soundly based on a theoretical understanding of children’s learning. His relationship with the children and parents was excellent. The children adored him and the parents had a lot of respect for his teaching style. He had a good sense of humour and was a popular member of the school community.

Ray was a very valuable member of our teaching team. His experience, educational vision, energy, high expectations and warm professional relationships would make him an excellent member of your team.

Gerard Loughran
Executive Headteacher
Art (Primary)
His relationship with the children and parents was excellent. The children adored him and the parents had a lot of respect for his teaching style.

Reference for Raymond Bethely

Written by Alan K
35 Regatta Point
38 Kew Bridge Road

07711709049 (UK mobile)

GMC No. 2301789

7th November 2016

To Whom It May Concern

Re: Raymond Bethley, 3-5 Gresham Road, SW9 7PH

I have known Raymond for the last ten years and I can vouch for his honesty, integrity and good humour. He is in short a delightful young man. Last July and August I employed him to tutor two of my grandsons aged 6 & 4 who were here on an extended visit from Australia, staying with my wife and I. The boys took to him instantly and he managed to get the best out of them. I would have no hesitation in recommending Raymond for a teaching role or indeed any other position of trust where he is working with children.

Alan D Kohn M.B.Ch.B

Children made very good progress

Mr Bethley

Written by Barbara M
Raymond Bethley has been tutoring my son Andreas since the beginning of
April. Andreas, at the time, attended the German School in London where Mr
Bethley was the English teacher of the top set. As Andreas needed more
challenges, Mr Bethley offered to tutor him privately which proved an
enormous success. Mr Bethley has an incredible gift to get children engaged
with topics, texts and language. Given he is an actor himself, he manages
to motivate the whole child and encourages them to explore language and
text far beyond the realm of the page. Andreas over the months has been
learning to recite Shakespeare passages with such confidence and enjoyment
that we have been amazed. Mr Bethley has been doing a wide range of
physical and voice related exercises with him which allowed him to find a
very different and distinct voice. At the same time, Mr Bethley is very
good at responding to the individual child's needs and giving them a vast
range of exercises to engage with and explore their own ways of learning.
His sessions strike the right balance between being experimental,
responding to the child's needs and guiding them to new shores which
provide them with enormous stimulation and ideas. Andreas has been reading
much more since he has started with Mr Bethley and has developed an
increasing curiosity with regards to the use of language in literature. At
the same time Mr Bethley is very effective at working on standard English
teaching like preparing children to do reading comprehensions and targeted
writing. Similarly, given he is himself such an inspiring and lively man,
he teaches creative writing with great joy inspiring the children
enormously. He is very happy to move between poetry, prose and drama. His
deep love for literature and theatre is contagious. Our son Andreas has
been hugely enjoying going to the theatre of late and engaging with all
kinds of theatre poductions. I can thoroughly recommend Mr Bethley as an
English tutor and drama coach.

Education and Qualifications


St Mary's University
Drama with education
Goldsmiths University
Primary PGCE
PGCE with Master credits
The Poor School
Professional Acting



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