Roles and Responsibilities of a Tutor in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Topics: Education, Educational psychology, Learning Pages: 8 (1084 words) Published: February 13, 2011
Roles and Responsibilties Within The Life Long Learning Sector


Year 1


The roles, responsibilities and boundaries of a tutor within the FE/adult education

sector are ever progressing qualities which are reflected upon using the teaching cycle.

This cycle can be used by both tutor and learner as discussed in 'Prepare to teach in the

lifelong learning sector' – Ann Gravells 3rd Edition.

Roles 1.0

The role of a tutor is to create a safe and healthy learning environment, where learners

are able to work at their individual level. This is backed up by the use of initial

assessment upon induction to the course. This will allow the tutor to pinpoint who may

need additional support through one to one support and extra tutorials.

I, as the tutor will be teaching the subject effectively following the scheme of work,

ensuring the aims and objectives are met. Continual assessment throughout the course

will aid learner progression and also allow learners to re-evaluate their own


Also by using learning style questionnaires like 'Fleming 1987' the tutor is able to teach

using various learning styles such as, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. This allows

inclusive teaching and will develop learners and cover all of their specific needs. The

tutor is able to adapt the lesson plan to incorporate all students giving them a chance to

become involved.

Planning and preparation are key issues 'By Failing To Prepare, You Are Preparing To Fail'

as quoted by Benjamin Franklin. You must decide what you want to achieve, plan and

deliver you lesson accordingly. Targets need to be set, SMART targets should be used

specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time related. These targets will enhance

learning and can be used by both learner and tutor. At the end of the session it is vital to

evaluate the lesson with the learners, by re-capping the aims to see if they were fully

achieved. Once this has been carried out it may mean a change to the following weeks


My role is also an assessor, so I need to prepare learners for practical assessments and

give thorough guidance on the set criteria. Learners are encouraged to self assess giving

them the opportunity to evaluate their own progression. Feedback is given on a one to

one, the learner is given praise regardless whether the result is a pass or fail. This is to

ensure learners are encouraged and never feel downhearted, this in turn will boost

moral and motivate the learners to succeed further.

Responsibilities 2.0

My responsibilities are very important, I have a duty of care to provide a safe

environment and conduct risk assessments on learners and follow them up with an action

plan. During practical session enforcing the correct use of personal protective

equipment. I must ensure I keep an up to date register every session, this is essential

to check learner attendance, achievement and also monitor progression. The awarding

and funding bodies also need a record for their own evidence.

Safeguarding learners, we carry out reviews every ten weeks and this involves covering

Every Child Matters. Encouraging the learners to say how they stay safe, healthy and

how they enjoy and achieve. The safeguarding policy we have in place not only covers

our learners but also covers tutors.

Teaching all learners with equal respect regardless of their sex, race, religion or ability

and promote equality and diversity to all learners within their lessons. This also allows

the tutor to incorporate differentiation within the session.

Planning, ensuring that I am following the scheme of work and the course content is

clear but also meets the needs of the individual learner. This also means turning up

before the learners do and making sure all resources are prepared and you have taken


Bibliography: Gravells A (2008) 'Preparing To Teach In the Lifelong Learning Sector 3rd Edition
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