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MEET OUR EDUCATORS

All our educators are currently teachers in some of Northern Ireland's top performing schools with at least 5 years of experience teaching their subject. The majority of our educators also have examining experience providing students with invaluable insight into writing model answers. We are careful to recruit only the best teachers with a proven track record of success in delivering their subject in their school. 

At The Grade Factory, we carefully monitor our educators to ensure we are delivering sessions professionally and to the highest possible standard. Prior to being appointed to our educator roster, all our teachers are checked for criminal records using an enhanced Access(NI) check.

  • Orla Cahill

    Having been Head of Economics and Business of two leading boarding schools in the UK, Orla has experience in all aspects of the academic curriculum. As an examiner and Oxford mentor Orla has extensive experience in preparing students for A Level and GCSE. Her academic results prove her excellent methodology in achieving success.

    A Level Results;

    2017 100% A*-A 

    2018 100% A*-B 

    She is a passionate teacher who encourages students to engage in wider reading around the subjects. She believes that examination technique is essential in excelling in A Level examinations and ensures students are confident in what examiners are looking for in their written analysis. Her past pupils have gone on to study Economics and Business at top Russell Groups universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics.

    Orla has in-depth knowledge of all the examination boards offered and is presently a CCEA examiner and a teacher at Friends' School Lisburn.

  • Errol Martin

    Errol Martin BA Hons (Uni Strathclyde) MSc (UU) PGCE (QUB)

    Errol has 15+ years experience in teaching and leading his subject in both the secondary and grammar sectors. He has experience teaching a range of computing-related qualifications at GCSE and A Level including:

    • ICT (CCEA,AQA- Both GCSE and A Level)
    • Applied ICT (CCEA- A Level)
    • Digital Technology (CCEA- A Level)
    • Computing (AQA- A Level)
    • Software Systems Development (CCEA- A Level)

    He also has 15 years experience examining and moderating a wide range of IT-related qualifications up to and including A Level. These roles have included Principal Examiner, Principal Moderator and Chief Examiner (all CCEA).

    Dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, he always gets the best out of the student with results consistently above grammar school averages.

    Before going into teaching, Errol worked for a number of years in the IT industry for companies including Canon UK Ltd and Mossbank Computing before swapping the office for the classroom.

    He is currently Director of IT at Friends' School Lisburn, having previously been Head of ICT in Magherafelt High School.

    Errol has also been recognised for his innovation in teaching having attained 2nd place in the Microsoft Teaching awards for his work in developing a free, online, course for delivering the GCSE ICT. He has also worked promoting and developing eLeaning resources during a secondment from teaching and is a keen advocate of using technology to teach whenever and wherever possible.

    He is currently undertaking research as part of MTeach qualification with Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Stranmillis University College as part of an EU-wide  project to examine how E-Learning can be more effectively used to improve performance in STEM subjects at undergraduate level.

  • Andrew McCormick

    Andrew McCormick

    Andrew McCormick BSc Hons PGCE (QUB)

    Andrew is an enthusiastic, patient, encouraging Mathematics teacher with a wealth of experience teaching from key stage 3 right up to A-level. He relishes the challenge of building confidence in students who struggle in the subject. He is equally adept at pushing and stretching gifted and talented students in their pursuit of the top grades.

    He taught in Belfast High School, one of Northern Ireland’s top performing grammar school since qualifying in 2004. A passionate mathematician, he always tried to get the best out of his students regardless of what potential is.   

    Andrew has 15+ years teaching experience which include teaching:

    -CCEA GCSE Mathematics (all units)

    -CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics (Pure, Mechanics & Statistics)

    -CCEA AS/A2 A-Level Maths (new spec)

    -CCEA A-level Further Pure Maths (new spec)

    Andrew is passionate about the subject and the career pathways it opens up for his students.  This enthusiasm is reflected in his teaching style and his excellent rapport with students. He has a meticulous approach to teaching and learning and has developed a wealth of resources for students to learn from beyond the traditional confines of the classroom. With results consistently well above grammar school averages across both GCSE and A-level, Andrew’s pedigree is beyond reproach and he’ll always do his best to get the best out of his students.

  • Richard Bleakley

    Richard Bleakley MA PGCE (QUB)

    Richard is currently Head of English at Methodist College, Belfast, taking up this role in 2014. With 22 years teaching experience, Richard is one of our most experienced instructors and has a wealth of examining experience with CCEA, where he is currently Principal Examiner for both AS and A2 English Literature.

    Richard boasts an impressive track record of success at GCSE and A-Level both in his current school and previous school with pass rates well above grammar-school averages.

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