Being an outstanding tutor Julia Tucker Assistant Principal (Students) Peter Symonds’ College
End of course student feedback PSC • My personal tutor supported me and provided help whenever I needed it • 2009 = 96% • 2010 = 95% • 2011 = 96% • 2012 = 96%
Tutorial Models • Traditional provision – all teaching staff are tutors (eg Peter Symonds’ College) • ‘Super tutors’ – a specialist role for teaching staff (eg Farnborough SFC) • Support staff appointed as guidance officers (eg St Vincent's College)
Role & responsibilities of tutors • Roles and responsibilities will vary, but your primary concern is the student • They settle and stay the course • Their progress and achievement • Their progression in to HE or employment • Hence their entitlement to guidance and support • Is there a job description for the role?
Reflect • From your experience in education, think about the best tutor you ever had. • Identify ONE thing which makes this person the best tutor you ever had.
Reflect • What are your anxieties about being a tutor? • Identify one thing which concerns you.
Successful 1 to 1 tutorials • Preparation – student & tutor • Focus/purpose • Review previous targets • Listen - ‘the learner does most of the talking’ • Open questions • Check understanding – reflect back • New SMART targets • ‘leave the student feeling good’ • Record keeping • Location
Successful group tutorials • Planning & preparation • Create a sense of belonging • Clear expectations/code of conduct • Know the interests and strengths of each student to plan activities so that everyone can enjoy them • A supportive environment • Camaraderie • Flexibility • Inclusivity
What makes a great tutor? • The personal touch – taking an interest in the individual • Keeping on top of issues with the student – those who say ‘thank you’ invariably are those you tore your hair out over! • Efficiency & organisation (with the admin which matters for the student) • Doing what you say you will do (follow up) • Being flexible & responsive to individual needs
Student perception of tutorial (SPOT) The main positive aspects of tutorial identified by students at PSC have been: • An effective means for important information to be passed on. • The personal support received by students from their tutor. • The 1 to 1 tutorials, especially for personal support and help with things like UCAS. • Meeting new people and the social aspect of being part of a tutor group, in particular birthday cards and cakes.
Student perception of tutorial (SPOT) Along with: • Useful for getting to know the tutor, especially if you need to speak to someone. • An opportunity for discussions, with some interesting issues brought up that lead to good debates. • Like the informal setting. • Attendance checks!
Student perception of tutorial (SPOT) Negative aspects of tutorial identified by students at PSC included: • Sometimes group activities are not productive. • Often presentations are pointless; too many powerpoints. • Too many messages/too much admin. • Should only have 1 to 1s when necessary.
There is no secret • An outstanding teacher is an outstanding tutor; an outstanding tutor is an outstanding teacher!