Roles and Responsibilties Within The Life Long Learning Sector
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.
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
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.
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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