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Expert private tuition in English and Creative Writing without leaving your home.

My name is Amanda J Harrington, and I am a tutor and author of numerous books on literacy, as well as other non-fiction and fiction books for children.

I started Cumbria Tutor 14 years ago, travelling from house to house in my trusty little car, visiting students in all weathers, negotiating floods on many an unlit bend, shaking snow from my lumpy boots. 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.

Last year, I moved my tuition online and now see students from all around the world, from Hong Kong to ten minutes down the road! Somehow I still manage to meet the pets, often by accident! And students definitely get to meet mine...

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, and I published my first book in 2012. 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.

I home educated my own children and much of the enrichment work I created for them became the basis for the endless activities, worksheets, projects, tests and exams featured over the years in my books and my tuition. 

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. Amanda 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. Definitely recommend."

English Language and Literature

I tutor English Language and Literature, including 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 tutor Functional Skills, IELTS, SATS and 11+ and have a lot of experience with adult learners and returners.

Expert Tuition to boost your grade.

I have created a successful and ingenious study technique for helping students gain higher grades in their GCSE English Language and Literature. (More details on the Subjects page).

Over the years I have helped numerous students fulfil 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, including school workshops, home educating groups and adult classes.


I have written many literacy and creative writing books for adults and children, based on years of tuition, workshops and classes. My books are available on Amazon and, as well as Kobo and other ebook stores.

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.


Lessons can be paid for one at a time or in discounted blocks. All lessons are to be paid for in advance. 

Fees are variable, please contact me for more details. I offer discounts for home educators.

Free Stuff!

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

There are 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.

I also have a blog on this site, under the Resources section, with various ideas and activities for Literacy and Creative Writing.


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