Online in Cumbria...and the rest of the world

Private tuition in English and Creative Writing without leaving your home.

My name is Amanda J Harrington, and I am a tutor and author.

I started Cumbria Tutor almost 14 years ago, travelling from house to house in my trusty little car, visiting my students in all weathers, negotiating snow in my lumpy boots, and floods on many an unlit bend. I have made friends with (alnost) all the dogs and (absolutely) all the cats; I have been fed cakes, biscuits, and consumed endless, welcome cups of tea and coffee.

This year, I moved all my tuition online and now tutor students from all around the world, the furthest, so far, being Hong Kong, and the closest ten minutes down the road! Somehow I still manage to meet the pets, though often by accident!

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, and I published my first book in 2012. I home educated my own children and much of the educational work I created for them became the basis for the hundreds of activities, worksheets, projects, practice tests and exams I have used over the years in my books as well as my tuition.

As well as my many educational and creative writing books for all ages, I also write fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, including my popular set of books about life on the autistic spectrum

Educational, non-fiction & story books


"Amanda is a fantastic tutor and her help enabled my daughter to obtain grade 5’s in both language and literature in her GCSE’s today. I contacted Amanda in January this year as she was failing in English and she suspected my daughter had a processing delay problem, something her school had failed to notice. Without Amanda’s help my daughter would not have passed these exams and we cannot thank her enough"

"So helpful and really easy to get along with! Catered to my individual learning needs taking into consideration that I’m a kinaesthetic learner. Recommend to anyone who is looking for a tutor!"

"Lovely tutor. Creates a very relaxed atmosphere for learning."

"Amanda tutored my son, with additional SEN. She was patient and adapted her approach to help him. He enjoyed their sessions together. Def recommend."

English Language and Literature

I tutor English Language and Literature Poetry for all ages up to A level. I also use poetry to help students improve their skills, adapting this depending on age and ability.

I also tutor Functional Skills, IELTS, SATS etc. 

Expert Tuition to boost your grade.

I have developed a successful and ingenious study technique for helping students of all abilities gain higher grades in their GCSE English Language and Literature using a specialised poetry methodology. (More details on the Subjects page).

Over the years I have helped numerous students bring out their potential and increase their grades in the final exams. I cannot guarantee a particular grade, but I can help students make the most of their skills and achieve their best possible result.

Creative Writing Tuition

My Creative Writing tuition brings a personal touch, helping you to harness your imagination, whether for your own writing or to help with 11+, GCSE or A Level exams.

I have written many books on Creative Writing for all ages and abiltiies and have run classes and workshops for adults and children.


I have written many books for adults and children, including literacy and creative writing books based on years of tuition, workshops and classes. All my books are available on Amazon and

I also write fiction and other non-fiction for adults and children. I will be releasing new books soon, including revision guides and activity books for Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. Watch this space!


Lessons can be paid for one at a time or in discounted blocks. All lessons are to be paid for in advance. Please see the Fees page for more details.

Shared lessons are also available - share the lesson, share the cost!

Free Stuff!

I have a writing blog for news of my books, my life as a writer, poetry and free resources.

I've recently added lots of free creative writing and literacy tasks and activities, including work for GCSE and A Level students. They all have a picture to help with the creativity, especially useful for visual learners.


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