Our tutors

Welcome to our tutor page.

Once enrolled with NEC, students are assigned an individual tutor for each subject they are studying. That tutor will be there to offer support, guidance and feedback throughout the course, as well as mark assignments and coursework. We only select tutors who have demonstrated expert knowledge in their field, with most already having worked as teachers or trainers.

As a result, our tutors have experience with typical student needs and concerns, and are often cited by students as the reason our grades are consistently higher than average. NEC students are also free to work at their own pace, but can remain assured that their tutor will be there to help their progress when the time is right.

A selection of tutor profiles can be found below:

Ann Abineri, Creative Writing

NEC tutor Ann Abineri

"Creative writing has excited me for as many years as I can remember. I studied Creative Writing with the Open University. I have had flash fiction and short stories published. I subscribe to many writing magazines and follow a wide range of authors online. I have always been an avid reader and book group member. I attend Cambridge and Hay Literary Festivals every year and in addition to bestselling authors, I listen to debut authors, cover designers and e-publishers who keep me up to date with information to support my learners’ development as writers."

Alison Aplin, Book-keeping and A level Accounting

NEC tutor Alison Aplin

"Teaching and writing, particularly in the areas of financial accounting and taxation, complement my work as the owner of an accountancy practice specialising in small businesses. I am a chartered management accountant and a member of AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians) and have worked in industry, accountancy practice and education.

I am enthusiastic about supporting accountancy students of all types, whether they are people starting up in business or students learning the skills required for bookkeeping and accountancy."

Josie Briggs, Biology IGCSE and A level

NEC tutor Josie Briggs

"I discovered science as a child at the local library. After university, I spent several years doing research into organic chemistry and biochemistry and then made a career change, to tutoring.

For 18 years or so, I taught science in further education colleges. Now I do some private tuition in sciences and maths as well as tutoring for NEC. It is interesting 'meeting' students, whether that’s through email, Skype, phone or post. I keep up to date with science and nature through magazine articles and documentaries on TV and encourage learners to do the same."

Terry Cook, A level Business, Economics, Government and Politics, Sociology, and IGCSE Business Studies

NEC tutor Terry Cook

"I have taught economics, business studies, enterprise, sociology and government & politics in schools, colleges and universities and have a great interest in and enthusiasm for all five subjects. Being a distance learning tutor for the National Extension College is something I really enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to help students get the most out of their courses. I have an MA from the University of Reading and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from the University of London in the teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences in secondary, further and higher education."

Julia Geddes, A level English Language and English Literature, and IGCSE English Language and English Literature

NEC tutor Julia Geddes

"I am lead tutor for NEC’s English courses and have written many course modules for NEC. I have a degree and MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds and am a Senior examiner and exam moderator, Head of English at a Leeds sixth form college and a schools’ adviser for English. Oxford University Press has published a variety of texts I have written for students, including Love through the Ages (2009 with Helen Ince) and More Love Through the Ages (2012, with Anna Merrick). I enjoy running, cycling and a variety of sporting activities."

Felicity Holland, Childcare and Early Years

NEC tutor Felicity Holland

"I qualified as a primary school teacher many years ago. When my own children were young, I registered as a childminder, combining this with running play schemes and teaching childcare practitioners. I still believe working with children is the best and one of the most important jobs there is. A child’s early experiences have an impact on the whole of their life and it is up to us to make sure these experiences are positive. Just as every child is different, so is every NEC student and I try to meet all your individual needs. I want you to succeed by gaining the qualification you are aiming for and by becoming a more reflective practitioner."

Julie Houghton, IGCSE Physics and Combined Science, A level Critical Thinking, and Law GCSE and A level

NEC tutor Julie Houghton

"I love learning and I love inspiring other people to learn. I’ve worked with students from primary to undergraduate level as I have taught in schools and universities. Now, I specialise in home education and distance learning, teaching people in the UK and overseas.

I have a degree in physics with astrophysics and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in physics, science and maths, both from the University of Birmingham, and an LLM in Law from the University of Leeds. A senior examiner for several exam boards, I am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors."

Donal O'Donnell, A level Biology

NEC tutor Donal O'Donnell

"My lifelong fascination with biology has led to a varied and interesting career. I worked at the Natural History Museum on insect taxonomy and the Commonwealth Institute for Biological Control where I studied the control of insect and plant pests using natural enemies. I also worked in government fisheries laboratories in England and Ireland and for ADAS on insects in field margins. In addition to teaching for the NEC I am an associate lecturer at the Open University, mainly in ecology and evolution. Previously, I was a teaching fellow for the OU developing new courses, and subsequently a staff tutor in Cambridge and Birmingham."

Kathryn Owen, English Language IGCSE and A level, and English Literature IGCSE and A level

NEC tutor Kathryn Owen

"My academic qualifications include a BA (2:1) honours degree in English Literature and a PGCE in English at Leeds University. I have worked as an AQA examiner for the past 14 years which has provided me with a comprehensive insight into the examination requirements for A level Literature. As well as tutoring, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the violin and piano and walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales."

Colin Padgett, French IGCSE and A level, English Language IGCSE and A level, and English Literature IGCSE and A level

NEC tutor Colin Padgett

"I have been involved with education, either in a voluntary or a paid capacity, for over forty years, and I don’t seem to find it boring yet! After a Joint Honours Degree in Comparative Literature and French Language, and a Masters in European Studies, both at UEA, I have taught in comprehensives, sixth forms, adult education, evening classes and distance learning. I have also been an examiner – both marking and writing examination papers – since 1978, as well as working at regional and national levels for the NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) and the NUT (National Union of Teachers). In my spare time I garden or write articles, poetry and stories – some published!"

Hannah Stokes, Religious Studies A level

NEC tutor Hannah Stokes

"I am passionate about teaching, particularly religious studies, which I have been teaching for six years. I create engaging and challenging lessons. My aim is to offer all students the opportunity to learn and progress, regardless of their previous knowledge or ability. I have just completed a MA in Religious Studies, having studied for a BA (Hons) in Theology and Education for my first degree. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Religious Studies and work as an examiner with AQA for GCSE Religious Studies. When not teaching, I enjoy participating in sports and exploring the countryside with my two basset hounds."

Caroline Thomson, Spanish IGCSE, and French IGCSE and A level

NEC tutor Caroline Thomson

"I have always been passionate about learning languages and I am delighted to be sharing my interest in French and Spanish. I have been a languages teacher for over 12 years. As a tutor, I like to tailor my support to the needs of each student. Learning a language should be a fun and fulfilling experience and there are many ways to learn. I have a BA Hons in languages from the University of Hull and took my PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of York. I am originally from North Yorkshire and now live in Wakefield."

Amanda White, Psychology GCSE and A level

NEC tutor Amanda White

"I have a degree in psychology from Lancaster University and am a qualified teacher, an examiner for AQA and a moderator for the International Baccalaureate. I have worked as head of department in a large comprehensive and have also taught psychology to adult learners in further education colleges and for the Open University. I enjoy the challenge of tutoring NEC’s keen and motivated students through distance learning and using technology to help them learn. My interests are wide-ranging and include walking, history and European travel. My son and daughter are both grown up and studying at the same university."

Ben Williams, A level Government and Politics, and A level History

NEC tutor Ben Williams

"I am a firm believer that passionate tutors who enjoy the subject can pass on their enthusiasm to their learners. My knowledge and experience as a tutor has been built up over many years within sixth form colleges, universities and within the online environment. My academic background has seen me gain a BA in Modern History and Politics, a Masters in Politics and Irish Studies and a PhD in Politics, all from Liverpool University. I am an examiner for two major exam boards and have had a significant amount of academic work published in various books and study guides."