Interview with Miriam Peppiatt, Assistant Headteacher and mother of 2.
Miriam has been teaching for 13 years, Assistant Head for 5 years and responsible for
teaching standards across multiple primary schools. Interviewing is Xavier Jameson, CEO of
Tutorean, a tutoring platform that uses artificial intelligence to match parents with local tutors based on their child’s learning style and personality traits.
- How has your experience as a teacher shaped who you are as a mum?
Well my child personally struggles with confidence in reading, so I try to make it fun
at home often having her practising key skills through games so that she doesn’t
even know she’s learning. Then she often tests me and “helps me” understand,
which builds her confidence!
Being a mum in the profession has also really made me appreciate just how much
trust we as parents put in teachers and schools every day. Our children’s education
is so, so important. Every child deserves the best education.
2. Is ‘personalised learning’ possible in a class of say 30 students?
It’s certainly tough, and it’s getting tougher. The government’s recent cuts on
teaching assistants, increase in class sizes and a growing proportion of SEND
students means teachers are finding it more and more difficult to accommodate the
individual needs of every child.
3. Does 1-on-1 tutoring inside and outside the classroom help with this?
We’ve often had 1-1 tutors work with our children. We found the biggest impacts
were on children’s confidence and key skills in English and Maths, their participation
in class and likelihood to “have a go”. So we definitely notice the faster growth of
these students and the positive impact it makes in their lives, and ours.
4. What makes tutoring effective in your opinion?
From our school’s experience, effective tutoring needs to be:
b) Regularc) Assessed / measured
d) Linked with parents and/or schools to identify learning gaps and meet targets
This extra support reinforces learning in school and gives children the opportunity to
‘pre-teach, pre-learn’ concepts before covering them in class. We’ve found this has
had profound impact on their results, progress, enjoyment, confidence and
5. Following on from that idea, what advice would you give to parents who are
looking for a tutor – what should they be looking for?
I think that there are some qualities any good tutor should have, such as being
reliable, knowledgeable and personable. Beyond that it’s important to find a tutor who
can relate to your child, importantly having a role model who shares similar traits,
values and ambitions.
When it comes to actually finding a tutor, there are some really great websites. From
what I’ve seen, Tutorean is the only one that finds a match between personality and
learning styles, tracks progress and also recruits tutors from top universities…so of
course, it’s worth starting there!
As a starting point, you can check out Tutorean’s free tool, ChildSpace, which helps
parents identify their child’s personality and how that affects their life at school and at
This is a sponsored post by Tutorean. Interview with Miriam Peppiatt, Assistant Headteacher and mother of 2.