I'm Paul Wilkinson - a teacher and coach dedicated to giving children the support they need to increase their skills and confidence, enabling them to achieve their very best.
My teaching career started in an ‘outstanding’ primary school in London where I taught a Year 2 class for three years. Since then, I have worked with children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the UK and abroad (including at one of the leading schools in Central Asia).
After returning to the UK, I started to tutor as a part-time role alongside my teaching job, and really enjoyed the individualised and personal attention I could give each pupil. When compared to a classroom the resulting acceleration in confidence and ability was very satisfying to see. I have spent the last four years as a full-time tutor (over 2500 hours of tutoring) teaching children in-person, online and in small groups.
Developing the whole child has always been a priority of mine, and, whilst working in schools, I loved teaching PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) and leading other extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Having worked in Education for over twelve years now and having taught hundreds of children, I've realised the importance of teaching skills which will equip children to deal with the challenges of life. Exams, peer pressure, bullying, significant changes, navigating relationships, resilience and nurturing a healthy self-esteem - these are things that are not generally taught in schools. I recently became certified as a WISDOM coach, through Adventures in Wisdom, in order to be able to empower children with the mindset skills to create happiness, confidence and success in all areas of life.
When not working, my main focus is spending time with my family. I also like being active outdoors (which at the moment often takes the form of running behind my son's buggy) and improving my foreign language skills.
PGCE in Primary Teaching, 5-11 years (2009)
WISDOM Coach for children (2022)
Enhanced DBS check - certificate number 001590120491