The post holder will join a teaching and learning team of some 200 staff. Teaching and learning staff prepare, deliver and evaluate courses. The significant majority of the team are part-time and report to, and are supported by, a designate Assistant Curriculum Manager or Business & Outreach Officer.
The service* is the joint adult learning service for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole which is part of the Culture and Community Learning Service of the Borough of Poole. It is one of the largest providers of part-time learning opportunities in Dorset, offering a wide range of vocational and non-vocational subjects across a broad curriculum to individuals and groups aged 16 and over, and to businesses.
The learning offer is responsive to local and national priorities, offering the post-16 population opportunities to up skill, gain qualifications and participate in learning activities to maintain health and well-being. Learning opportunities are primarily delivered in seven learning centres in Dorset (Boscombe, Blandford, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Oakdale, Weymouth) and in a range of other external venues including schools, community centres and in the work place.
The service contributes to each council’s agendas for improving the life chances for children and young people, helping vulnerable adults to maintain independent living, improving health and well-being, community safety, cohesion and strengthening Dorset’s economy. The Service works with a range of internal and external partner organisations to widen participation in learning.
Context of the work
‘Tutor’ covers all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.
The purpose of the role is to enable learners to determine and achieve their learning goals through the provision of effective teaching, learning and assessment which develops learners’ personal, social and employability skills. This includes preparation, delivery and marking/assessment and development and management of all supporting documentation and learner records. Provision is delivered in a range of venues, eg Adult Learning premises, libraries, village halls, schools, children’s centres, community centres, employers’ premises.
The postholder will be responsible for business development and improvement activities to achieve service outcomes.
Supervision and management
Classroom management of learners (and Carers)
Supervision of Learning Support Staff and/or volunteers.
Contact and relationships
Dealing with a range of complex and contentious matters requiring support, persuasion, advocacy and sensitivity, within the application of operational guidelines. The outcome will have significant implications, including care, for the contact or the service.
Responsive to learners individual needs.
Co-ordination of additional learning support staff.
Provision of information, advice and guidance to learners based on a knowledge of subject area and services available.
Decisions and consequences
Decisions which lead to the setting of working standards in the provision of operational services and/or decisions leading to changes in important procedures or service practice.
Decisions which have significant implications for the service or significant effects on employees or other individuals or other organisations.
Responsibility for use and safekeeping of furniture, fixtures, fitting and small equipment including Audio Visual Aids
Responsible for the use of teaching resources.
Work subject to deadlines involving frequently changing circumstances and conflicting priorities.
Learners of different abilities require differentiation of teaching and learning activities.
Learners may have learning difficulties and disabilities. Teaching, learning and assessment may require co-ordination of additional learning support.
Potential for changing circumstances or demands and the role holder will be required to manage tasks in accordance with this.
Information will be given at interview regarding annual leave entitlement.
Work offered will be within a reasonable distance from the postholder’s home.
Postholders may be required to taking responsibility for unlocking and locking teaching venues.
Postholders are required to have a flexible work pattern to ensure that Service needs at peak times are met and to enable day-to-day communication with learners, contacts, partners and other stakeholders. The deployment of hours may include some Saturday and evening working.