Kent Tuition

Meet the team!
Ruth Minhall, Tuition Extra

ceo, Tuition Extra Group

Ruth Minhall

Ruth Minhall started Tuition Extra in 2013 to challenge an increasingly linear education system by using a more creative approach; consistently focusing on each child’s specific needs and wellbeing to affect real change.

With 24 years as a qualified teacher, Ruth’s personal and professional experiences enable her to operate with integrity, resilience and the strategic vision to help every child and young person to become a better learner. As Executive Head, Ruth is passionate about supporting creative and holistic educational pathways to build imagination, aspiration and resilience in our children and young people.

Tuition Extra, Nayelli

Head of Service

Nayelli Navarro-Pollott

With 10 years as a qualified teacher in Early Years KS1 & KS2, Nayelli joined Tuition Extra in 2014 as a tutor. Having had a further 12 years working in corporate environments, Nayelli soon took over the running of Tuition Extra’s operations and has been instrumental in helping grow our bespoke educational services and provisions.

She has enjoyed the challenge of Tuition Extra’s rapidly changing service led by our student’s needs. Nayelli is proud of Tuition Extra’s expert professionals who go above and beyond to support children and young people within our care and witnessing life-changing outcomes.

SEN Team

Tuition Extra, Steff Dowle

 Head Of risk management & Safegaurding

Steff Dowle

Steff Dowle has joined the team at Tuition Extra following a 24 year career in the armed forces and a further 15 years in a state boarding school finishing as Assistant Principal for Welfare, Wellbeing, Behaviour and Safeguarding.

Steff brings a wealth of safeguarding, risk and operations management to Tuition Extra’s team.

Tuition Extra, Holly


 Holly Wilkie

Holly has a wealth of experience working with neurodivergent children & young people, specifically those on the autism spectrum. Holly is passionate about inclusion and sees her role at Tuition Extra as removing barriers to ensure individuals reach their full potential – with a passion for empowering the voice of students to shape their provisions.


Studying: The National SENCO Award


Thrive Practitioner


Qualified Teacher Status


PGCE in Early Years

Therapeutic Team

Tuition Extra, Amanda

Thrive Approach Lead & Trainer

Amanda Thompson

Amanda is a committed advocate for supporting vulnerable young children and adults who have mental health difficulties. This has led her to become a fully trained Thrive Practitioner and Family Thrive Leader. Amanda volunteers as a mentor for The Princes’ Trust. She loves cooking and sharing food around the table.


Thrive Lead Practitioner


Family Thrive Lead


NVQ 3 Child & Adolescent SEN


Level 3 Diploma Special Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools

Tuition Extra, Emma Woodruff

Thrive Practitioner & Therapeutic Play Worker

Emma Woodruffe

“I am very lucky to have the opportunity to work with our amazing students at Tuition Extra. Students who have suffered adverse experiences, lost confidence or lost the ability to express themselves with words have been able to find other outlets to grow and express emotion. Tuition Extra enables me to support students in developing their social confidence and emotional resilience.”


Thrive Practitioner


Therapeutic Play Worker


Registered Social Worker


Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained

Tuition Extra, Eve Hanley


Eve Hanley

Eve has worked within family and children’s services for over 20 years both in educational settings and in partnership with the family court systems. Her focus for the last 10 years has been to support adults and children, young people, and families with neurodiversity.

Her approach to therapeutic counselling is to provide a safe and warm environment where the young person can confidentially work through any issues they want to bring. The work is creative and fun alongside talking therapy and is at the young person’s pace. By working therapeutically young people can understand themselves better, why their brain and body reacts how it does.


Advanced Certificate in Education


Level 5 in Children’s and young people’s counselling


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


Volunteer supervisor for Cruse bereavement


Theraplay trained

Office Team

Kent tutor

 Office Manager

Cathy Sturge

Cathy Sturge has joined Tuition Extra following 20 years of experience working as a school bursar across various Kent educational organisations.

As the Office Manager, Cathy’s role is instrumental in keeping Tuition Extra organised and operating efficiently. Cathy is integral to the service – she is valued by parents, tutors and staff alike.

Tuition Extra

HR Manager 

Julie Jacks 

Julie has 20+ years of experience in HR and Legal, joining Tuition Extra after a long period of employment within the Metropolitan Police and Surrey-based solicitors.

At Tuition Extra, Julie is responsible for providing high-quality advice in all areas of recruitment, remuneration, employment relation, client relations and industrial relations.


LTC Matrimonial


LTC Civil Litigation


LTC Debt Recovery


CPD Child Protection


CPD Child Psychology


CPD UK Employment Law Update

Tuition Extra

Accounts Assistant

Olga Pakalniskiene

Olag is the Accounts Assistant at Tuition Extra. She works closely with Nayelli when it comes to all things finance!

“I am in charge of payroll for tutors, invoicing, preparing the payments and making payments. Outside of Tuition Extra, I love spending time with my family and walking my dogs. I speak four languages, I love travelling, and I have been to 12 countries!”


Studying AAT Accountancy at Canterbury College

Exam Team

Tuition Extra

Exams Officer & Functional Skills Lead  

Letitia Etherington 

“I have been working as the Exams Officer for Tuition Extra over the last three years, tackling COVID Exam changes and currently this year, reverting back to a normal and very successful exam season.

I am also the Functional Skills Lead for all things FS from advice to marking and moderating exam papers. I also oversee the Admin for the BTEC courses we offer here at Tuition Extra from registering students to claiming certificates.

I am a huge animal fan and love visit from our staff dogs.  Hopefully one day soon I will have a little four-legged fluffy of my own to bring in to introduce to our growing family.”


First Class Honours BA in Childhood Development and Education specialising in SEN


Qualified Speech and Language provider


JCQ Trained Exams Officer

Kent Tuition


Michele Arterton

“I lead on all things BTEC, supporting Tuition Extra staff to deliver, assess and verify BTEC qualifications equivalent to GCSEs and A-Levels.

I believe our BTEC provision enhances and changes students’ life chances. Consequently, I do everything I can to ensure our students succeed.”


BA First Class Honours Humanities (Art History)


MSc Tourism and Event Management


Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training


Functional skills and Vocational Adult Skills Assessor

Kent Tutor

Exams Assistant & Land Based BTEC IV & Mentor 

Polly Roper

“I am a keen horse rider of 32 years and compete in various show jumping competitions across the country. Before Tuition Extra, I worked as a prison officer, supporting some of society’s most vulnerable young people. Tuition Extra has enabled me to combine my love of horses with my passion for nurturing young minds.

I work closely with Michele and EOTAS providers to ensure our students in Land-Based BTECs flourish. In between this, I work as a well-being mentor. I love being a mentor; it is a privilege to work with so many brilliant young people.”


Level 3 Certificate in Working with Young People


Community Sports Leader Award


Emergency Mental Health Trained


HeartMath Certificate


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Phone Number

01227 935773

Email Address


Roper Yard, Roper Road
Canterbury, CT2 7EX