Karen Philpott

I have been a fully qualified secondary school teacher in the UK for over ten years and for the last six I was consistently rated an ‘Outstanding lead subject teacher with an extensive subject knowledge and a passion for Psychology'. In addition I am an A Level Approved Examiner and I have been tutoring on-line for over 3 year.s ( or 750+ hours!). I am proud to say that I am highly respected by my students; which has been evidenced many times in their visible enthusiasm for my teaching and their learning. Meticulous lesson planning and organisation of schemes of work and resources are paramount in my teaching. I have high expectations of all my students and see my key strength in being able to impart confidence in them and their abilities. In addition, being a student of psychology myself,  I am fully aware how children learn, and I understand key issues that have to be overcome to facilitate progress. I have worked with many students who have had various challenges to their learning, and I have enabled them to find their own way to succeed; as such I am adept at using a wide range of strategies to both assist their learning and to assess pupil progress, in particular, giving detailed, constructive feedback and targeted examiner style marking.

Key Qualifications

  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) 2010

  • BSc Psychology First Class (Hons) 2007: The Open University

  • BSc Geography Upper Second Class (Hons)1987: Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Current Enhanced DBS Certificate


Key Achievements
•    Annually achieved amongst the best     A Level results in a very able Grammar school, for a major subject: in 2018:  56% A*/A, 86% A*/B, 96% A*- C . 
•    Achieved 100% pass rate in all 5 years at the school.
•    As Oxbridge coordinator gained the highest number of Oxbridge offers in the school’s history. Personally helped 2 students gain offers in Psychology.
•    Inspired over a third of the Year 13 cohort, of 58 students, to go onto study psychology/psychology-based courses at University.