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About My Name Is Not Sir

Learning and Writing Therapy


Current Professional Activity

Learning and Writing Facilitator – My Name Is Not Sir, Leicester, UK
Learning and writing skills development sessions for students and other readers and writers.

Examiner Panel Member – Trinity College, London, UK
International ESOL examiner for Trinity College London assessing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for Trinity GESE and ISE qualifications at all levels of the CEFR Framework. This work is on a consultancy basis and involves travelling to centres in the UK and around the world to conduct Trinity College London ESOL examinations.

Sessional Tutor – Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes, UK
English, maths, IT and art sessions for learners following level 1 and 2 functional skills qualifications at HMPs Leicester and Gartree

Company Director – This Is The Safe House C.I.C., Leicester, UK
This Is The Safe House is a Community Interest Company creating sessions and programmes to support practical language, literacy and learning skills development. Sessions offer support in making benefit, job, college and UCAS applications, dissertation and assignment planning, drafting, proofreading and editing, CV writing and form filling. The company also authors self-access web and blog resources for language, literacy and learning skills development.

Previous Professional Experience

Small Group Intervention Tutor Brockington College, Leicester, UK
Intervention tutor, working with pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11 – 16), curriculum leaders and classroom teachers on planning and delivery of Small Group Intervention programmes to support the language, literacy, study skills and personal development of learners accessing Pupil Premium funding, focusing on aspects of language, literacy and learning that adversely impact achievement in Key Stages 3 and 4 English Literature and Language assessment and qualifications.

Tutor, Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Coordinator Gateway College, Leicester, UK
Coordinator, teacher and teacher trainer of Functional Skills in English, GCSE English Literature and Language and a range of BTEC programmes for students (16-19) from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with a range of language, literacy and learning skills and needs. Development and delivery of a cross-college Embedding Skills for Life programme working with bi-lingual and multi-lingual students and teachers in all subject areas to develop language, literacy and learning skills across all curriculum areas. Coordinator of the college language and literacy programmes, working with students and teachers on motivation and confidence and supporting students to develop skills and achieve in external qualifications.

Tutor, Student, Worker, Business Owner and Parent Freelance, UK
Private retail business proprietor; freelance tutor and coach in English and Spanish language learning; part-time MA student; milk roundsperson; father of four. During a period of time when energies were focused on my children, I worked as a sole trader producing, buying and selling household goods, artefacts, clothing and jewellery at festivals and markets across the UK and from retail outlets in Leicester, UK. During this time, I also developed and delivered language and literacy programmes to individuals and groups at home and in local community colleges, worked for a local milk delivery company and studied for a Masters Degree.

EFL and ESOL Teacher and Teacher Trainer Various EFL Institutions UK and worldwide
English as a Foreign Language teacher, teacher trainer and manager of EFL centres. Trained initially to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at International House, London, I developed teaching and learning techniques and strategies along with classroom management skills based on a humanistic and communicative approach to language learning. This training led to EFL teaching, teacher training and centre management posts in Europe and Central and South America.

Professional Qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Literacy in the Lifelong Learning Sector (University of Bedford)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Continuing Education (University of Nottingham)
  • Diploma in Teaching English as Foreign Language (RSA)
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RSA)

Professional Development and Training

I have attended and delivered training courses on teaching, learning, coaching and mentoring for hard to reach and demotivated learners, learners with ESOL and other language needs, learners with dyslexia, hyperlexia, dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other learning difficulties as well as, and including, the development of techniques and strategies for working with and supporting different types of gifted and talented learners. I have also attended a range of training courses and programmes on delivery and assessment for national and international literature, language and literacy qualifications.

Other Activities and Interests

Creative urban walking, poetry, music, languages and communication in the 21st century, yoga, food, restaurants and cooking, 3 ball juggling. I speak English and Spanish fluently, French quite well and can communicate on a basic level in Italian, Portuguese and Polish. I am currently making attempts to learn Chinese. I practise playing the guitar on a regular basis. I have never played the guitar in public.

Higher Education

  • MA Contemporary European Studies (University of Loughborough)
  • BA Joint Honours (II-I) Philosophy and Sociology (University of Manchester)

Secondary Education

  • A levels in English Literature (B), French (B) and Sociology (A)
  • 8 x O levels (A – C), including English and Maths


References supplied on request.

Who is Michael Lynch?


As a teacher, teacher trainer and examiner, I work with learners of all ages from all backgrounds and cultures and with diverse specific learning needs. I specialise in language, literacy and learning skills development and support students and teachers engaged in accessing national and international  qualifications.

I work with learners with recognised and unrecognised issues related to diagnosed or undiagnosed conditions that affect learning experiences including dyslexia, hyperlexia, dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other learning difficulties. I also work with all types of gifted and talented learners.

My practice focuses on creating learner-centred and learner-empowering environments using communication and collaboration to support the acquisition and development of personal qualities, skills and knowledge, with particular emphasis on strategies that minimise stresses caused by the requirements of institution or qualification led education.

For those who are really interested in detail, here is my CV:

Who is My Name Is Not Sir?

cropped-img_3265-11.jpegMy Name is Not Sir is a pseudonym that came from using the phrase on an almost daily basis during my years as a language and literacy teacher in a mainstream college. Many students had been so deeply affected by their experiences at school that they found it difficult to call me anything else.

My name is Michael Lynch. I am a teacher, teacher trainer and examiner specialising in language, literacy and study skills support for students and teachers at all levels and in all areas of learning. I work in the UK and world wide.

I have supported students to achieve on GCSE, A Level, BTEC, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and students working towards Cambridge, IELTS and Trinity ESOL and EFL qualifications.

I have particular experience and interest in working with students who sometimes find it difficult to achieve their full potential in conventional learning environments.

Go here for more information about me.

Pay What You Want












How much does a My Name Is Not Sir session cost?

My Name Is Not Sir operates a ‘Pay What You What’ system for consultations and sessions for private individuals.

How does that work, then?

It’s simple! You decide how much you think the session is worth and what you can afford, pay that amount to My Name Is Not Sir by online bank transfer after the session and all is cool.

My Name Is Not Sir didn’t invent this system, we only found out about it the other day, thanks to a Life Coaching session with Chris Edwards.

Here is some information about it:

It seems like a good idea.

More info.

Read on for answers to some of your questions about the College Coaching sessions ..


What are the College Coaching sessions?

The College Coaching sessions are 1:1 meet ups to help you stay on top of your college or uni work. You will be supported in organising your files, managing timetabes, dealing with communications, understanding assignment briefs and planning to meet deadlines.

What happens in a session?

It depends what you need. We meet up, talk about how you have coped with the start of the academic year and take it from there.

Where do they take place?

At the moment My Name Is Not Sir can meet for sessions in Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester and Manchester. A face to face session is best and usually takes place in a coffee bar near you. My Name Is Not Sir can help with location, if necessary.

How long does a session last?

It depends on you. The minimum would be the time it takes to drink a coffee. Maximum depends on lots of other things.

How many sessions will I need?

Often it takes just one session to get organized and you are ‘set to go’. You might decide you want to check up on things and do a session once or twice a term. Maybe more, maybe less. It’s up to you. My Name Is Not Sir can advise you on what kind of session would be useful, for how long and how often.

How much does it cost?

My Name Is Not Sir operates a pay what you want system.

What do I need to bring to a session?

For the first session, it’s probably best to bring all folders, files, handouts, text books, notes, etc. that you have gathered so far on your course, if you can carry it all! Your mobile phone is a vital piece of equipment for recording, receiving and communicating information, so you could bring that, along with any electronic device or notebook that you think could be useful for organising your college or uni work.

Can I bring a friend?

Of course! Paired or group sessions are not a problem.

How do I get it started?

It’s easy! Just click here.

Who is My Name Is Not Sir?

My Name Is Not Sir Is a pseudonym. For more information click here.

The College Coaching Sessions (for students at college or university)

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So, how’s it going? Have you settled into term two? Are you still getting there? Are you getting there on time?

If you have just started (or started back) at college or university and you think a bit of extra support might help you make it through the first weeks of this term, read on ..

Organising and planning

Deadlines have already been given. Will you make them? Maybe some have been and gone. Have you got your act together? Are you handling it?

My Name Is Not Sir can help you organise your stuff. You’ve got handouts, flyers, booklets, folders, timetables, notes, passwords, procedures, a whole load of new things to remember and learn. My Name Is Not Sir can help you make sense of it all so the demands of your lecturers, teachers and tutors can be met.

My Name Is Not Sir can get you there and help you stay there.

Proofreading support

My Name Is Not Sir can help you proofread essays and assignments to make sure they are clear and accurate in language and punctuation.

If you like, My Name Is Not Sir can even be there from the beginning with guidance on research, planning and drafting.

My Name Is Not Sir can also help with style and formatting and give you advice on how to hand in a finished piece that completes the task.

My Name Is Not Sir can help you make the best start to the year.

Go here for more info.

Go here for the quick-fix contact form.