Gavin’s experiences as a tutor and in the classroom have given him a strong insight into how to develop a form of pedagogy that is congenial to tutorials but not irreconcilable with classroom teaching.
In Gavin’s own words, “School was never easy for me having been diagnosed with dyspraxia and at a time when learning difficulties were less well understood. However, it gave me an unusual amount of determination which I hope to impart to my tutees. It is easy to believe that natural talent bars many from high academic achievement but my academic studies have taught me to never underestimate how far effort can take us – you would be very surprised! At Dulwich College, my grades in English were mediocre for the first few years but by Year 13 my exam answers were used by the English Department as exemplars.”
Gavin is particularly interested in preparing students for his old school, or the other foundation schools of Edward Alleyn (Alleyn’s and JAGS) at 7+, 11+ and 13+. In addition, he is particularly well placed to teach Modern History at all levels having studied it as an undergraduate, postgraduate and PGCE level.
Outside of tutoring, Gavin is a keen amateur performer, poet, avid guitarist and a great fan of film and Chinese martial arts. He says, “As part of my commitment to learning languages, I attended a French immersion school near Nice and someday hope to teach this language!”