Developing The Role of the Form Tutor by PleK2y7b

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									Developing The Role of the Form
             Tutor
   Aims of the Session:
 To reflect on the different pastoral
  duties of the effective form tutor
 To develop practical strategies to
  manage and enhance the role of the
  form tutor
  By the end of this session we should
   have answers to these questions:
Key Questions:
   What is tutoring all about?
   What roles does an effective tutor take on?
   How do we develop the skills we need?
   How could we work with other stakeholders more effectively?
   Is it really that important?
   What practical strategies can I take out of this session
    and implement in my form to be a more effective form
    tutor?
   Connecting Our Experiences:
PAIRED TASK: (5 minutes)

 What approach did your form tutor take?
 How did you feel supported?
 What ideas can you use from your own experiences as a tutee in
  your role as a form tutor?

Spend 5 minutes discussing these prompts with a partner.
What The Research Says:

The duties of the form tutor include:

 Making and maintaining personal contact
 Handling individuals and groups
 Monitoring progress
 Providing administrative functions
 Statutory duties (e.g. attendance)
 Dealing with incidents
 Liaising with parents and external agencies


(Griffiths and Sherman, 1991)
       The Role of The Form Tutor:
 One of the roles a form tutor must take on is that of a good
  listener.
 What are the other roles of an effective form tutor?


GROUP TASK:
In your groups, spend 5 minutes writing down 5 other
  roles a form tutor must take on and try to think of
  an example for each role.
The person in your group nearest me will record your
  information and report back.
         The Roles of a Form Tutor:
   Listener
   Disciplinarian
   Observer
   Fountain of Knowledge
   In Loco Parentis
   Conflict resolver
   Problem Solver
   Team builder
   Motivator
   Confidant(e)

(Huxley, 2003)
                   Educational Triangle

Subject Teachers                           Pastoral Team




                        STUDENT


                          Parents/carers
                   A Juggling Act:
 So how do you manage to be all of these with all the other
  stuff I have to do at school like planning my lessons, actually
  teaching and the mountains of marking I have?
 We are going to watch a short film where an NQT discusses
  experiences with his form and explores strategies to juggle
  being an effective form tutor and a subject teacher.
 After this we will complete a short group task, aimed at
  finding practical strategies we can use to become a more
  effective form tutor.
             Teachers TV Video

 http://www.teachers.tv/video/3236
Developing Practical Strategies:
GROUP TASK: (5 minutes)
 How can we manage and organise our duties effectively?
 How can we maintain the discipline of students in our form?
 How can we build and extend successful relationships
  between us and our forms?

Spend 5 minutes in your groups trying to develop
  practical strategies in your assigned focus area.
The person furthest from me in your group will
  record your thoughts and share them with us.
    How Can We Fit In Our Duties?
 Have a system
 Have an explicit routine for your form
 Think ahead


IDEAS:
- Let responsible students lighten your load by giving them
  specific roles.
- Create an easy-access ‘Form Folder’ that centralises all
  information about your form.
- Design and make a ‘Tutor Time Timetable’ for yourself
  and your students.
How Should Discipline Work in Relation
           To My Tutees?
 Always uphold whole-school rules and have clear sanctions
 Maintain a strong home-school link for reward and discipline
 Take time to monitor classroom performance and work within your year team
  structure to communicate this.

IDEAS:
- When completing afternoon registration on E-Portal, check for Student
  Events and take immediate action
- Display your sanctions on the Noticeboard
- Take 20 minutes to call the homes of selected students on a regular basis
- Know who your tutees subject teachers are and where ‘Targeted Students’ are
  when you are free – you could drop in on them!
- Each Friday, complete a ‘Form Monitoring Grid’ and keep a copy for
  yourself and give another to your Learning Manager.
  How Can We Build and Extend Successful
       Relationships With Our Form?
 Create a ‘team’ environment/ethos
 Promote a relationship based around mutual trust and
  respect setting clear guidelines and rules
 Have rewards and accentuate the positive



IDEAS:
- Give your form an identity by creating an online platform
- Create and promote a form motto!
- Give rewards at the end of the week based on monitoring
                   Personal Philosophy
        “We are not merely teachers of our chosen subjects. We are
  teachers of children. We enable these children to learn and fulfil their
  potential. We prepare them for responsible adulthood and a role in
  society. Regardless of how PSHE is taught in a school, the form tutor has
  the task of delivering the social aspect of education within a microcosm;
  the mortar to the bricks of academic learning that students achieve at
  school. Demotivation, demoralisation and despondency are all possible
  outcomes that effective tutoring can help avoid. Outstanding tutoring
  can make a child’s experience of school, while ineffective tutoring can
  break it, failing to equip them for an active role in 21st century society.”

All resources can be found at: Q:Drive         Form Teacher Resources
            We Now Have Answers!
Key Questions:
   What is tutoring all about?
   What roles does an effective tutor take on?
   How do we develop the skills we need?
   How could we work with other stakeholders more effectively?
   Is it really that important?
   What practical strategies can I take out of this session
    and implement in my form to be a more effective form
    tutor?
                         Review
 Use your post-it note to write down two practical ideas
  you will take from this session and use in your role as a form
  tutor in the future.
 Stick it to the board in the Review Box as this will enable me
  to see how valuable the session has been for YOU much
  more effectively than getting you to fill in an ‘evaluation
  form’ where you tick boxes about me!!!

								
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