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about me

Woody River is a qualified teacher with sixteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education, as well as providing small group and 1-1 tutoring.  With a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms, Woody designs and teaches courses for City Lit in London and the Field Studies Council. She has an up-to-date DBS certificate.  


  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status, Department for Education, UK)

  • BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing - First Class

  • MA in Creative Writing with English Literature - Distinction

  • CELTA - certificate for teaching English as a foreign language

  • IELTS Teacher Training - British Council



  • Taught English Language, English Literature and History in secondary schools in the UK, China, Togo and Hungary

  • Worked with students aged 8-18, including delivering GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Level and the IB Diploma programme

  • Prepared students for 11+,  13+, 14+ and 16+ examinations

  • Delivered IELTS courses and helped students prepare for their IELTS tests to gain entry into British universities

  • Managed an English department in the capacity of Head of Department

  • Marked IGCSE and A Level examination scripts for Cambridge Assessment examination board in the capacity of Examination Specialist

  • Co-coordinated an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) programme in a busy sixth from at a secondary school

  • Designed and taught literature courses for adult education organisations, including City Lit, Bristol City Council Adult Learning, Bath College, Dillington House, Worker's Educational Association (WEA), Frome Community Education (FCE), Clevedon Adult Study Association (CASA), Coleridge Cottage and the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath

  • Devised and created online self-study courses and face-to-face courses for the Field Studies Council

  • Provided English as a Foreign / Second language tuition to children and adults

  • Tutored university students in English for Academic Purposes 

  • Supported university students in academic writing skills

  • Mentored university students in CV improvement and career guidance

Woody is highly skilled at researching and designing programmes of study to engage school students and adults in online tutorials. Having taught students from over sixty countries and multiple linguistic backgrounds, she has a specific interest in helping children and adults to embrace global literature in order to broaden their understanding of literary forms and to celebrate the diversity of different cultures.

Reviews of her teaching by former school students, their parents and colleagues can be read 


Testimonials of her courses and adult teaching can be read 

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