Simon Dungate - Professional Teacher in Central London and East London
I was educated at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey and went on to read Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford. At Oxford I was able to study a broad array of papers ranging from Metaphysics to Ecclesiastical History, and attained the top mark across the entirety of the Philosophy Faculty in the Aristotelian Ethics finals paper. I began my teaching career in a one-year post as a Graduate Assistant at St Edward’s School, Oxford, before moving to Ardingly College, where I completed a PGCE through Buckingham University. I have been a teacher at Tonbridge School since 2015, where I have held a diverse range of sporting and pastoral responsibilities, including being Assistant Housemaster of a boys’ boarding house. Currently I am halfway through a part-time MA in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
Birbeck, University of London, 2017 – 2018
Philosophy (PGCert): Distinction
University of Buckingham, 2014 – 2015
IPGCE in Religious Studies (): Level 1 (highest)
University of Oxford, 2010 – 2013
Philosophy and Theology (BA): 2:1
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I have taught in the independent sector for the past six years, teaching a range of ages, abilities, and exam courses. I currently work in a highly successful department, within a leading independent boarding school. As such I have experience both working with Oxbridge applicants, as well as supporting students with specific SEND requirements. Over the past few years I have also privately tutored a number of sixth form students, successfully assisting students in achieving the targets or goals they had set themselves for their final examinations.
My Approach to Tutoring
Successful teaching and tutoring, particularly within Philosophy and Theology, relies upon the ability to distill and reduce complex concepts into easily assimilated and manageable chunks. I endeavor to do this at every point possible, enabling a student to gain a systematic understanding of the whole. Armed with this understanding of how the whole topic or issue fits together, I hope to empower students to take ownership of their studies. The above, twinned with copious amounts of enthusiasm, hopefully offers students a unique and refreshing approach to the subject that will not have encountered previously.
Fun Facts About Me
My two passions are music and sport. A former music scholar at school, I still try to find time to play the cello when I can. Work commitments permitting, I also play sevens on the elite circuit, representing a variety of invitational sides.
My Client Testimonials
AQA A-Level Philosophy
"I have known Simon for 5 years since he joined Tonbridge School. He tutored my daughter for two terms in her Upper Sixth year. Prior to his excellent tutoring she had been sat on grade C. Thanks to him she secured grade A. Simon is an outstanding tutor. He prepares his lessons very carefully, always ensures that his students understand difficult concepts with real world examples they can relate to. My daughter found his lessons very interesting and came back enthused about the subject and motivated to work. He focuses on both the subject content and the requirements for the passing the examination with an high grade. A truly inspiring and excellent tutor who carries our whole-hearted endorsement. "
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