Emily Spurgeon
BA (Hons) ENG, PGCE

John Dover
Bed (HONS), SLE

 

All about Us...

'Love to Learn' is about exactly that! Our mission is to make learning something that is enjoyable, something that is a pleasurable experience. Learning should not be a chore or a hassle, not something that is endured or suffered through, but something that is a fun and positive part of a child's daily routine.

Each day we are all learning, every single one of us, whether we are actively involved in the process or not! It takes energy, concentration and motivation to become better at something, to embed skills or to master something completely new.

Having taught young people aged 6-19 during our careers, we have seen the very real frustrations experienced by pupils when they don't quite "get" it. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of time focusing on one particular skill or topic with a specialist teacher without the distractions of a busy classroom.

Our passion for enabling learning is intrinsic. In our roles as private tutors, we can offer each child our undivided time and energy to break down any learning barriers, to ensure that they have no reason to feel trapped or confused, and to provide all the necessary tools required to thrive and achieve whatever they desire.

As parents ourselves, we understand how important it is to ensure that our kids are happy. Only then do we believe that they will be able to reach their full potential. By allowing us to work with your little treasures, you are choosing to help them on their learning journey.

All about Emily...

I completed my degree in English at Swansea University in 2002, and then moved to London to work as a trainee Script Editor for a TV company based at Pinewood Studios, working on programmes such as 'Midsomer Murders'. In 2004, I decided to return to education and undertook a PGCE in Secondary Education specialising in English at Exeter University. My first teaching post was here in Wimborne Minster at Queen Elizabeth's School. During the 18 years of my career in education, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of secondary and middle schools across the South Coast.

 

I set up 'Love to Learn' in 2017 and have since worked with over 85 local children on a 1-to-1 basis. I have also helped support many other children in small groups during my Creative Writing workshops and 11+ Grammar School Revision workshops.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, yoga, meditation, listening to music, collecting crystals, spending time with my family and my cats Zebby and Pixie (see below!).

I am enhanced DBS checked and registered. 

All about John...

I completed my teacher training degree at St. Mark’s & St. John’s Plymouth University in 2003, and then moved to Dorset to work as a middle
school teacher of Maths, Humanities, and PE. In 2007, I became Head of Department and I led teacher training and quality first teaching provision. My first senior position in education was a director of college specialism post with close working associations with Queen Elizabeth's School.

 

During the 19 years of my career in education, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of secondary and middle schools across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and have been fortunate to have featured in OFSTED case studies of best practice.

 

My ten years as a Deputy Headteacher taught me the importance of maintaining positive relationships with children and adults.
 
I have always enjoyed the challenge of making Maths fun and engaging and have considerable experience of teaching children from age 9 to 17. I
currently teach in a Special Needs school supporting students with a range of social and emotional needs, and find it incredibly motivating to guide
them towards GCSE qualifications.

When I am not teaching, I support people with their mental health, self-esteem, and emotional wellbeing. I love reading, football, movies,

collecting geeky gadgets, and spending time with my family and my cat Lenny.

I am enhanced DBS checked and registered.