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Home Schooling and Education


Shelagh Hodder (BSc Hons)
Shelagh joined WES in 1989. She has taught in small schools in Nigeria and Indonesia, and secondary and junior schools in the UK, over a period of 30 years. Having been an expatriate, and having taught overseas, she is aware of some of the difficulties that may be experienced by our Home School families. As well as home tutoring for WES and teaching in mainstream schools, Shelagh also has experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language, teaching typing of Braille for blind pupils, and of being a SENCO in a Steiner School in Kent. In her spare time, she helps run a Brownie pack.

Susan Harrop (Cert. Ed)
Susan’s 35 years experience of teaching children aged 4 to 7 has been in schools in both the state and private sector in the UK and overseas. She has lived in Germany, Spain, the Bahamas and Saudi Arabia where she taught expatriate children. Her main curriculum interests are literacy and numeracy in the early years and she has always enjoyed sharing her love of music with children. She has recently become involved in teaching basic literacy skills to adults and in her spare time enjoys playing golf and working in her garden.

Mary Michell (GTCL Hons, LCTL,PGCE)
Mary MichellMary is an experienced primary school teacher who has taught both in the UK and Pakistan.  In Pakistan, Mary’s work included providing support to home school families in the region.  As well as mainstream teaching, Mary’s work has involved the teaching of pupils with special educational needs and pupils for whom English is not a first language.  Mary is especially interested in the education of children aged 7-12.  She has worked with several groups of children as they prepare for and take the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests.  Mary’s other great love is music and she teaches piano to pupils of all ages.

Rebecca Snell (BA, PGCE, Dip. Comm. Ed)
Rebecca is an experienced teacher of children aged 3-8 years, with particular interests in child development and in Personal / Social / Health Education. As well as teaching in mainstream schools, and as a home tutor, she has taught children with a range of physical and learning difficulties in special school settings. Rebecca also has some experience of living abroad, during which time she taught English as a foreign language to children and adults in Italy.

Julie Houghton (B.Sc. Hons, PGCE, LL.M., CIEA)
Julie is an experienced distance-learning tutor. She has taught in secondary schools and has been Head of Physics and GCSE Science. She’s a Senior Examiner for several exam boards, and for the former KS3 Science tests. Julie is now a part time ASD teacher and home education tutor. Julie has Physics and Law degrees and taught law undergraduates whilst doing research in medical law and ethics. She is a member of her local church.

Helen ConiamHelen Coniam MA, B.Ed (Hons)
Helen has more than 25 years of experience in teaching a wide range of subjects at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and she also tutors students to GCSE level in English and History. In addition, she is currently a National Curriculum English Test marker.  Her work with WES means that she can enjoy supporting pupils from all over the world with their lessons, working with families in Years 3 to 6. In her spare time, she loves reading and cooking.