Emily Ellen BA Joint Hons (MFL), PGCE, TEFL
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Hello, I’m Emily – your Area Advisor and Tutor Manager for Home-School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
I’m a dedicated and enthusiastic teaching professional, with extensive experience of working as a French and Spanish (MFL) Secondary School teacher since 2004. I have been a Head of Department in two secondary schools and have also worked as a Senior Examiner for Spanish GCSE for a national examination board for many years. Alongside running Home-School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which includes managing a large team of tutors across Cornwall and the IOS as well as tutoring students locally and further afield in the ski resorts of France and Italy, I also work as an educational consultant for trainee MFL teachers.
In my free time, I enjoy being active outdoors, whether it be running or walking with my Golden Retrievers Phoebe and Orla, skiing, cycling or gardening. I also play netball, regularly practice yoga and pilates and I love travelling and exploring new places in the UK and abroad.
I’m always happy to listen and advise on all aspects of tutoring and home education, as well as providing support and resources for your young person’s emotional and mental wellbeing. I have a good knowledge of the Primary and Secondary national curriculum and I always work to support the school in aiding your child’s development.
Whether you’re interested in finding a tutor or becoming a tutor, please feel free to contact me today.
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Tutoring for all levels and subjects:
- Curriculum subjects including Maths, English and Sciences
- NVQ/BTEC/GCSE Childcare and Health and Social Care
- Special Needs / Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia
- Entrance Exams ( inc. 9+, 11 + and 13+)
- A/AS Subjects
- Adult Learning: Money management, Maths, English, IT, General Studies, Citizenship.
- Skills – presentation skills, handwriting support, basic excel, time management, communication, team working, essay and dissertation writing.
- IELTS and professional examinations for entry to the Emergency Service, Military Services and Nursing.
We support learners who are both school educated and home educated, signposting parents and carers with resources and assessment/examination support * where needed.
Please get in touch today! We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to help!
There are very few schools in Cornwall who now accept entries for external GCSE/A Level candidates.
We are pleased to be partnered with a nationwide company called Tutors and Exams who have very recently opened a centre in Taunton (in addition to their other centres in Bolton, St Neots, Coventry, Doncaster and Wimbledon).
Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. All of their centres are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and they have a dedicated SEN specialist who can assist in organising access arrangements if required. In 2019/20 Tutors and Exams delivered examination assessment to over 2400 learners.
We have a close working relationship with the company and if you are receiving tuition through a HST Cornwall tutor, they will offer you a discount on their published prices.
To find out more about Tutors and Exams, go to: https://www.tutorsandexams.uk/
“Thank you Emily for finding my daughter 2 wonderful tutors for GCSE English (Anne) and Maths (Tamsyn). It was a minefield trying to find good tutors until I came across Emily at Home School Tutoring. Emily was quick and found exactly the tutors that my daughter needed. My daughter does not get anxious before sessions, she really likes them and will now be able to achieve the grades she needs. Excellent service, thank you Emily, Tamsyn and Anne.” Mrs Horrocks, Callington – June 2021
“Fab English Language tutoring at GCSE level that improved a mock grade by 3 levels by the summer exams! Thank you so much HST Cornwall.” Mrs Englefield, Truro – June 2021
“We found HST Cornwall via an online search and Facebook. Emily was fantastic and got in touch straight away. We had a brief chat and was sent an email from a possible tutor Eileen. Eileen made contact with us and we went from there. Callum couldn’t have f done it without Eileen’s help. She has been a major part in Callum’s learning over the past 6 months and just goes to show how well she has helped going from a 2+ to a high 6 in his English GCSE. He’s been accepted into Truro college for his level 3 diploma in Engineering. We are delighted. Thank you Emily and Eileen.” Mrs Richards, Truro – June 2021
“Susanna has been tutoring my son weekly for a term and he loves his sessions with her. They are fun, creative and tailored perfectly to his likes and dislikes. His confidence is increasing in areas that are more challenging for him, this is noticeable to his teachers in school too. I am sure that he will continue to flourish with Susanna and I am so pleased to have her on board.” Mrs Lincoln, Liskeard – May 2021
“A really great service and Emily was very quick to sort out the GCSE tutors we needed. Would highly recommend HST Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.” Mr Lovegrove, St Austell – May 2021
“I’ve been receiving support from Home School Tutoring in Cornwall since 2017. My daughter had a tutor to learn the language when we arrived to the country. Later she received support to pass her GCSEs in Maths and English. Currently she has a tutor to support her B-Tec in Applied Science. Also they have helped my stepson with writing, reading and spelling, and helped us to discover he is dyslexic, which his school failed to detect. All this support was provided by different tutors, all of them excellent teachers and humans. I value their services and I think it was key to us adapting better in England. Forever grateful.” Mrs Segon, St Austell – May 2021
“I cannot recommend Home School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly highly enough. I found exactly what I was looking for and the tutor Kathy was happy to adapt to my requirements as well as providing excellent support in GCSE Biology for my Year 11 daughter. There was no lengthy contract tying you in to lessons. Emily keeps you up to date with legislation in a very quick and informative manner by email. I would certainly use HST Cornwall again.” Mrs Bows, Carbis Bay – April 2021
“It was a very quick turnaround, from my initial inquiry to arranging tutors for my home educated son Joe. Joe has been really inspired in both Chemistry and Spanish, and both his tutors have been a hugely supportive and encouraging in his GCSE preparation.” Mrs Giddens, Helston – April 2021
“Highly recommended! The A Level Sociology tutor, Gordon, from HST Cornwall helped my daughter get the grades she needed to get to the Uni of her choice, If your child is willing to learn then the teacher will certainly go out their way to teach! Many thanks Emily and Gordon.” Mr Quick, Penzance – April 2021
“I contacted Emily last Autumn as my daughter was unhappy with her GCSE Biology grade awarded as part of the COVID teacher assessed grading system. Emily was very responsive and understanding and put us in touch with Kathy. Kathy was amazing, listened to what my daughter was concerned about, was realistic, supportive and positive about timescales for a GCSE resit and was always very flexible and accommodating. Kathy worked at pace with my daughter to prepare her for a resit in a challenging timescale and set out weekly expectations so everyone was clear on what would be covered each week. Thanks to Kathy’s positive and comprehensive approach my daughter re-sat in November and increased her result by 4 grades! Cannot recommend Emily and Kathy highly enough.” Mrs Tyrrell, St Austell – March 2021
“Emily at Home School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly put me in touch with a fantastic tutor for my 6 year old. She really enjoys her KS1 lessons and Susanna sends us all the useful resources we need in advance. The tutor assessed the level my daughter was at and continued with her learning at the right pace, she is very patient and personable, it has been a lockdown lifesaver! Highly recommend.” Mrs Warner, Truro – March 2021
“I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of professionalism we received from Julie. She was such a fabulous well mannered and incredibly patient lady who tutored KS4 Spanish to my home educated daughter. My younger children would at times interrupt the session through excitement but Julie never minded and was always welcoming and friendly. I could not recommend her highly enough. We all loved her and my daughter did fabulously in her exams, Julie will push you to your highest ability and more, we cannot thank her enough.” Mrs Perraton, Helston – March 2021
“HST Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been providing Geography and History tutoring to my home educated son for over 18 months, via David. David has, and continues to be, a fantastic tutor, who is keen, enthusiastic and incredibly good at what he does. My son is autistic, but warmed to David immediately, and David has been fantastically flexible working with my son. HST (Emily) also went to great effort to find my son a psychology teacher (Caroline), when he decided to branch out with his studies. Caroline is a star. Incredibly knowledgeable and very patient. I cannot rate Emily (HST) and the tutors we have used more highly, and would give 10 stars out of 5 if I could.” Mrs Bouch, Camborne – March 2021
“Highly recommended! My daughter’s maths grades have gone up two levels in a short time thanks to fantastic KS4 Maths tutoring from Ben. This has given her far more confidence in maths than she had previously. Ben has a great way of explaining things to make them easier to understand, and has helped my daughter to know how to tackle the more demanding questions on exam papers to get extra marks.” Mrs Pranauskas, Saltash – February 2021
“We have been using a maths tutor from Home-School Tutoring since October 2020 for my daughter who is in her GCSE year. The conduct of Emily and the tutor has been professional throughout. There has been flexibility with the tutor in both face to face and online sessions when the inevitable unforeseen issue arises. My daughter’s maths teacher reported a noticeable improvement in her subject ability and confidence at a recent parents’ evening consultation. We have regular updates on wider education topics and consider we get value for money. I have experienced no issues at all with the tutor provision. I would have no hesitation in recommending Emily and the HST Cornwall and Isles of Scilly team for any child/parent who is seeking additional tuition.” Mr Craig, Camborne – February 2021
“Susanna has been tutoring my son weekly for one term now and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is always punctual and well prepared for each session and communicates brilliantly with both my son and I, both online and in person. He has steadily grown in confidence and looks forward to his session with Susanna every week. I really appreciate her professionalism and advice and am so pleased to have found her!” Mrs Lawley, Liskeard – February 2021
“My daughter has been having maths tuition since October last year. Both her school teacher and I thought she would benefit from some extra help. Her maths tutor, Ian, has been wonderful with her and they got along immediately. Her confidence in maths is coming along great. She looks forward to each lesson which is now being carried out via zoom. I am beyond happy that I came across Emily’s tuition web page and so happy that my daughter is beginning to enjoy maths.” Mrs Pengas, Redruth – January 2021
“Thank you so much to HST Cornwall and Trish for the work done with our son over the last couple of months, her help has been amazing. You have provided a great service and Liam has benefited hugely in terms of confidence and progress.” Mrs Phillips, Newquay, Cornwall – December 2020
“Thank you for your help in finding Sally as a Biology A Level tutor for Phillipa, she has worked so hard with her. As a result, her confidence and determination going into the retake this November is sky high. Also, thanks to HST Cornwall for matching us with Haydn, who supported Phillipa with GCSE Science.”Mrs Venning, St Austell, Cornwall – November 2020
“Thank you for all of your hard work, the tuition we received in the run up to the (cancelled) SATs exam from Mary was fantastic. If we feel Brian needs help at senior school, we will definitely be back in contact with HST Cornwall.”Mrs Andrews, Falmouth, Cornwall – October 2020
“Thank you so much for putting us in contact with Eileen. Cameron couldn’t have achieved what he did without Eileen’s help…. she has been a major part in Callum’s learning over the past 6 months and it just goes to show how well she has helped him as he has moved from 2+ to a high 6 in English. He has been accepted into his local college for his level 3 diploma in Engineering. We are delighted!” Parent testimonial – September 2020
“Ella is over the moon with her GCSE grades, she received 13 8 & 9 grades in total, Rosemary’s intervention in Spanish was invaluable. If we need some extra help with her Spanish A Level course, I will know who to contact.” Mrs Colton, Liskeard, Cornwall – September 2020
“Ashleigh has progressed very well with Siobhan. Siobhan is very thorough and has delivered an excellent tutoring service to us. Siobhan is always on time, supportive, has an approachable manner and Ashleigh is comfortable with Siobhan. Siobhan listens to what we require and always meets our/Ashleigh’s needs.” Parent testimonial – September 2020
“Siobhan is friendly, pleasant, consistent and professional. We are very happy with the tutoring service we gave received and will continue with Siobhan’s support.”Mr Williams, St Austell – August 2020
“We are very fond of Siobhan and extremely pleased with Gemma’s progress in English this term. There is a Parents’ evening soon, so we are hoping for a positive report from school. Thank you so much to Home School Tutoring Cornwall for putting us in contact.” Mrs Renfree, St Austell – July 2020
“The whole process from the point of initial contact with Emily, to meeting the tutor Trish, has been faultless. Our first session to support KS1 literacy and numeracy was really dynamic and engaging and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then, Trish has created a personalised package to help stretch my daughter and achieve her goals. My daughter looks forward to the sessions and she cannot wait for the next one. The feedback at the end is robust and helpful and the communication really effective. Would highly recommend contacting HST Cornwall if you need a tutor!” Mrs Robbins, Liskeard – June 2020
“Home School Tutoring provided us with tutoring support at home, for our 16-year-old, prior to his GCSE exams. The gains to our lad were plain to see in his self-confidence and motivation. He was also inspired to talk more openly about his academic progress in the subjects covered by his tutor. We found the GCSE Science and Maths tutor Kathy to be professional, pleasant and genuinely committed to her work. She took the trouble to establish his personal learning needs and communicated well with ourselves and our boy. She established a good working relationship with him from the beginning and was also very well-organised, communicative after and between sessions. The fact she was so reliable and flexible with the timing of sessions to meet changing needs was invaluable. We would recommend the service and the tutor to others.” Mr Stedman, Bodmin – May 2020
“My daughter has found her A Level Biology sessions with Kathy really useful and is very pleased that we have been able to find a Biology tutor locally. Her Biology lecturer at college has said that she can see that Emily is much more confident in the subject. So, thank you Home School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for arranging the sessions!” Mrs Winter, Par – April 2020
“Margarita is an excellent tutor and explained the subject matter in a way that was easier to understand and gave her student the confidence to do well in in the exam. Whilst we won’t know the result for a while the feedback was very positive.” Mrs Kent, Launceston – March 2020
“Max’s recent report was incredibly positive and most certainly for Maths, it’s been both reassuring and rewarding spending time with Xuxin, enjoyable too! He’s very keen to carry on next academic year!” Mrs Rowberry. Penzance – February 2020
“Bryony is engaging really well and it’s great to see her enjoying the sessions, as well as developing her skills/confidence. Many thanks.” Mrs Harper, Par – January 2020
“Thank you for your good luck email, we are pleased to say that Richard passed his maths. Thank you so much to you and Xuxin. We would highly recommend her and will be in contact for another tutor for English in due course.” Mrs Keele, Hayle – September 2019
“Owen is now able to relax having received his results and feeling very happy about them. Thank you to you and your English, Maths, Science and History tutors for all of your help in getting him there!” Mrs Coombe, Truro – September 2019
“Eva got an A in her Sociology A Level and is looking forward to her next adventure at university! Thanks very much to HST Cornwall for providing such a fantastic tutor as Gordon, we’re all over the moon to say the least.” Mr Marshall, Penzance – September 2019
“All is going well and he is making good progress. We are very pleased with Xuxin’s approach to the tutoring. Thanks for putting us in contact.” Mrs Roberts, Hayle – July 2019
“Xuxin is an exceptional tutor, she has helped George so much during the last 6 months, the transformation has been remarkable! Trish has also tutored George in English which has been invaluable. I wish we had found you earlier! He has gained access to his US Golf Academy and we are very grateful for your help.” Mr Leigh, Padstow, Cornwall – July 2019
“Robert came home feeling really positive after just his first GCSE Maths session. He is enjoying his lessons with Xuxin, so I am really pleased. Everything is also going really well with his Study Skills tutor Sue, she is extremely positive and Robert engages well with her.” Mrs Chesterfield, Hayle – February 2019
“Lee and his English GCSE tutor are getting on well and he feels a lot better about his studies. He even had a go at a whole past paper last week, which his teacher graded as a five! Thank you for putting us in contact.” Mrs Gordon, Torpoint – January 2019
“I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to any parent looking for an experienced dyslexia tutor. Sarah has been amazing with our son. She is very enthusiastic and up to date with the latest dyslexia teaching methods. He thoroughly enjoys each session and looks forward to seeing her every week. His work has improved immensely which has not only boosted his confidence in his abilities but also in himself. Having Sarah has had a hugely positive impact on his future education.” Mr and Mrs Coombe, Truro – December 2018
“Thank you so much to Gordon, a tutor with HST Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – his tuition helped me to get my first teaching job. My teacher training year proved challenging but with the extra support he gave me I got 2 strong passes at level 7 and was encouraged to take on Masters. I couldn’t quite believe it! In May I interviewed for a position in EYFS at a local Primary school (my first interview) and I got the job. I have a class of 20 pupils all with completely different and challenging personalities. I’m really enjoying the teaching and I’m learning all the time, it is truly a wonderful career (however the amount I’ve aged!) Again, I just want to say thanks for his support and for helping me to achieve this.” Mrs Rowe, St Columb Minor, Cornwall – December 2018
“Our German homestay student Lori is attending a local school and has been put into a language class for a language she has never studied. She is already a talented linguist but George from Home School Tutoring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been brilliant in getting her up to speed in the Spanish basics and she is progressing at a very fast rate. Thanks for introducing us.” Mrs Dade, Helston, Cornwall – November 2018
“I just wish to thank you for sending Kathy Pendebury-King our way one year ago for the home tuition of my daughter. Kathy has been able to raise my daughter’s confidence, in particular with her Maths of which she says, she learned more with Kathy than at either of her previous two senior schools she attended. Kathy’s skills not only as a teacher are far reaching but also on a human level, she was an expert in the way she accurately got the measure of Melissa to form a very positive learning experience for her – which up until then had been poor to say the least.
So it is with much sadness we now say good bye to Kathy, as she has totally fulfilled her role in keeping Melissa engaged in the learning process and built her confidence. The trust Kathy managed to build between them was fundamental in the last push to actually get her into college to begin the next phase of her education. She will be continuing her Maths and English GCSE studies there along with a Business course.
I wholeheartedly recommend Kathy to anyone who has lost hope in real teaching as it should be. She exudes an empathy that is matched by a quality of enthusiasm that is both honest and heartfelt……a rare refreshing attribute which should give hope to anyone struggling to find a way forward in either home education or as a boost to current education practices. All the best for Kathy and you Emily, many thanks for the service you have successfully provided.” Mrs Rickman, Newquay, Cornwall – November 2018
“Susan has been brilliant with our son, whilst supporting him with his KS3 English and handwriting. She’s been amazing, particularly with a non linear learner who is bright, however finds writing a challenge. I would totally recommend Susan, she really was ideal for my son’s learning needs.” Mrs Samuels, Falmouth, Cornwall – October 2018
“Although it is early days, Annabelle and the tutor seem to be getting on very well, she is very keen to work for Siobhan! We’ve just booked up several more KS2 Maths lessons for the summer holiday period. Thank you again for putting us in contact. We’re delighted to have found this tutoring service and are very pleased with the results to date.” Mrs Burton, St Austell, Cornwall – September 2018
“Julia is punctual, pleasant, well prepared and stimulating for Seb’s weekly English lessons – it’s working well! Thank you!” Mrs Vine, Truro, Cornwall – August 2018
“Margarita is an excellent English tutor and explained the subject matter in a way that was easier to understand and gave her student the confidence to do well in in the GCSE English Literature exam. Whilst we won’t know the result for a while the feedback was very positive.” Teacher from local school, Launceston, Cornwall – August 2018
“I have been working with Emily at HST Cornwall for the last 18 months as a Maths tutors and I am hoping to come back to the fold at some point. It’s been a pleasure! Home School Tutoring is much nicer to work for than other agencies – it’s personal and Emily gives such a personable touch.” Maths Tutor, St. Austell, Cornwall – July 2018
A new interest and confidence in reading and writing ( KS2 English)
“Ben seems to have a new interest in reading and writing now which is great. I think he has more confidence now. The tutor Jenni is lovely! Thanks for putting us in contact.” Mrs Brooks, Bude, Cornwall – June 2018
My daughter’s Maths has come on in leaps and bounds” ( Year 2)
“Su is very good and helping me a lot with my Level 4 Nursing Practitioner essays in terms of English grammar, structure and content (it really helps she also has a medical background). Thank you for putting me in touch with her.” Mrs George, Penzance, Cornwall – May 2018
“I have just taught my last handwriting lesson for George, with the feedback that I have made a huge difference to his future as he moves through KS3, which is lovely. Please let me know if anything comes up locally that you think I could help with/teach as I would like to keep managing to squeeze in time to tutor, it’s so rewarding!” English tutor Claire, Newquay, Cornwall – May 2018
“After just a few hours tuition, the GCSE Science tutor seems very nice and they are working well together on the intensive revision afternoons. Thank-you for finding him!” Parent Looe, Cornwall – April 2018
Information Technology tuition was exceptional
“Thank you for finding Gavin for me, I completed my lessons with him in February and I am now able to do what I need to do with my computer. Gavin’s IT tutoring has been quite exceptional and I would recommend him to other learners.” Mr Bennetts, Redruth, Cornwall – March 2018
Sally is a fantastic KS3 Maths tutor!
“Everything is going great with Martha and Sally. Martha appears to be improving and having Sally to go through things Martha can’t remember or struggles to understand is helping her greatly. I’ve told Sally she is not allowed to go anywhere!!” Parents of Martha, St Austell, Cornwall – March 2018
“Bryony is engaging really well and it’s great to see her enjoying the sessions, as well as developing her skills/confidence. Many thanks.” Mother of Bryony, Par, Cornwall – February 2018
GCSE Spanish lessons with Julie are great!
“Julie, the Spanish tutor, is wonderful and Star is very comfortable and confident with Julie!! She has been wonderful! Many thanks for finding her.” Mrs Hooper, Helston Cornwall – January 2018
“I just wanted to let you know that we have arranged to have two Maths tutoring sessions every week with Xuxin. She is an exceptionally good teacher and Dan is really pleased. She has inspired him, which I think is almost 75% of being a great teacher. In addition, she is also very clever and competent.” Parent in praise of one of our Maths Tutors – Cornwall – December 2017
French is making far more sense
“My daughter and her friend are finding Michelle really helpful, they are loving the lessons and the French is making far more sense to them! She has provided them with worksheets which supports what they are learning in her lessons. She is making it fun and informative – thank you so much, I am very grateful!” Mrs Pointer, Cornwall – November 2017
Growing confidence in Maths
“The tutoring with Xuxin is excellent and is really giving my daughter her confidence to believe that she can really do it!! My daughter now actually looks forward to her maths lessons! There is a long way to go but I do feel Xuxin has helped my daughter turn a corner!” Mrs Cooper, Cornwall – October 2017
11 + preparation is really helping
“All is going well with Tamsin thanks, she is a really lovely and helpful lady, her support with 11+ preparation is really helping. Demelza really likes her as well. Thanks for the introduction.” Mother of Tamsin, Cornwall – October 2017
Doing amazingly in her Maths – thank you!
“Debbie is doing amazingly with her maths! Thank you so much for your help. Xuxin is brilliant.” Mother of Debbie, Cornwall – September 2017
Really happy with our tutor
“The first maths session went really well with Siobhan, and Finlay was really happy afterwards. He seemed to actually enjoy it! Many thanks.” Mother of Finlay, Cornwall – September 2017
Engaged in Biology and Maths
“Things are going really well with Sarah and Sally. Sarah has only been twice so far but she is getting used to Jack and his ways. Sally is superb and really has got Jack engaged in his Biology and Maths. He has been looking at cells, construction of flowers, dissecting them and today they were looking inside seeds. He’s loving it. It’s so nice to see him working and enjoying it.” Parent of Jack, Cornwall – August 2017
” We have already seen progress after just one paid tutoring session. The school teacher asked in class this week if anyone knew the formula for something and Ed was able to answer above everyone else (he’d covered this specific topic with Teddy this week!). The teacher gave a knowing smile apparently! So, in answer to your question about how things are going – fab, thank you.” Mother of Ed, Cornwall – July 2017
Seen a big improvement ( 7 year old boy – literacy and English)
“One of the Home-School Tutoring Cornwall Tutors, Penny, has been helping our 7 year old son with his reading and writing for the last few months. He had fallen behind because of undiagnosed sight problems and was not enjoying English lessons at school. Since Penny has been coming, we have seen a big improvement in William’s ability and also his enthusiasm for reading and writing. Penny is very patient, encouraging and puts a lot of effort into making William’s lessons fun. Thank you!” Susi, mother of William – June 2017
“Andrew is a very conscientious and enthusiastic teacher, I am very pleased with his attention to detail and in how he talks to my daughter. He is very clear in what he needs her to do and she really gets on well with him. Thank you for recommending him.” Mrs Girling, Cornwall – May 2017
“So far, the Arabic verbal lessons are going really well, Worood has a teaching style that suits my style of learning. I am currently doing an hour every other week due to my work commitments in London, I would be in interested in learning French with Home School Tutoring in the future also.” Mr Thomas, Cornwall – April 2017