Centre Manager & English Development Programme Lead
Stacey has spent her entire career in education following the completion of her BA (Hons) at Exeter University and subsequent qualification as a teacher with a PGCE in English, Media and Drama. She is also an alumnus of Teaching Leaders.
Stacey has taught in both state and grammar schools for a number of years, latterly as Head of Media. She has been a GCSE English and media examiner for the past three years. She is also a First Class Learning centre manager and co-owns three centres in West London.
Stacey leads a team of qualified English teachers and practitioners in the continuous development and renewal of the First Class Learning English programme, as it adapts to the changing National Curriculum.
Centre Manager & Maths Development Programme Lead
Simon’s extensive career in maths and English began after his time as an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Navy, with whom he travelled extensively and experienced different cultures around the world.
Over the past 15 years, Simon’s entrepreneurial instincts led him to developing innovative products to assist children with specific learning objectives in mathematics. He has applied these in his own after school tuition centres and he currently works with around 140 students of all ages, including small groups in a local primary school. While mainly tutoring to GCSE level, has also worked with adults working towards Qualified Teacher Status, taking great pleasure in helping them to achieve their career goals.
Simon’s extensive experience teaching maths and his innovative approach to pedagogical techniques led him to found the highly popular 3-minute maths programme and website.
Simon leads a team of qualified maths teachers and practitioners in constantly updating and improving the First Class Learning maths programme, as well as developing new modules in line with the changing curriculum.
Pat is a co-founder at First Class Learning and helped develop and implement the FCL English Programme. As a Modern Languages graduate, she recognises the importance of strong basic grammar and vocabulary skills in mastering language and using it effectively and creatively. Following her degree, she qualified as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language - her experience in this field gave her a valuable insight into how students acquire and use language in everyday situations. Pat has worked for many years as a tutor of English and other languages, as well as gaining extensive experience supporting literacy in mainstream education.
Chris is a co-founder at First Class Learning and helped develop and implement the FCL Maths Programme. He began his teaching career after leaving University when he joined Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) working in Fiji as a teacher of Science and Mathematics. Here he became convinced that secure arithmetical skills are fundamental to success in Maths. Chris has over 25 years' experience as a tutor, and ran a highly successful tuition centre for 17 years.
Trained Teacher of Dyslexics
Celia Stone is a trained teacher of dyslexics and co-author of the Beat Dyslexia Activity Packs. She has a wealth of experience and has become a recognised authority in the field of learning. Driven by an appreciation of the significance of highly structured multi-sensory teaching as a basic requirement for concept building she was encouraged to develop her successful Addacus programme. Celia is Director, Irlen Centre North East and has been a member of our Advisory Board since 2005.
Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist
Dr. Madeleine Portwood is a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist who has more than 20 years experience in the field. She has produced movement programmes for children with co-ordination problems. Her specific area of specialism is "Dyspraxia" and as well as her movement programme, she has written several books on the subject. An internationally known speaker, Madeleine is an Hon. Fellow of the University of Durham and has been a member of our Advisory Board since 2005.