Functional Skills Tutor

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
£28,004 - £30,270 per annum + Company Benefits
15 Sep 2019
02 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services. We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Functional Skills Tutor

HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter

Full Time, Permanent - 40 hours p/w

£28,004 - 30,270 per annum

The Role

You will be an inspiring tutor with a background in education and ideally will have had some experience of working within your specialist area of English and/or Maths. Good technical knowledge and skills are essential. Experience of working with learners from non-traditional backgrounds would also be beneficial. You will be gifted in delivering varied, high quality and imaginative sessions and have a record of good retention and success rates. You will also be able to deliver Functional Skills in work-based areas and experience of Outreach working would be an advantage.

Engage in core duties including preparation, marking, monitoring student progress, preparing reports, setting and marking of examination papers, developing and preparing flexible learning materials, writing schemes of work and mentoring.

Playing an active role in the marketing of the provision; you will record and monitor key data including but not limited to: retention, achievement and success rates.
  • Planning agreed programmes of education activities to meet course aims and objectives, including syllabi and schemes of work; reviewing and revising as continuous quality improvement.
  • Preparing individual lesson plans, planning learning activities, using high quality learning materials, equipment and resources to maximise productive and effective learning opportunities for learners.
  • Administer all aspects of the accreditation process for learners enrolled on courses.
  • Ensure the delivery of a quality provision, embedding functional skills and fundamental British Values.
  • Maintaining accurate records, including learner attendance, records of work, progression route and levels of achievement.
  • Presenting reports for recruitment, retention and achievement and other performance reports as required.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with learners, to create an appropriate environment for learning.
  • Teach sessions in full duration as outlined by the establishment regime.
  • Cover lessons as required in the absence of colleagues to meet contractual requirements.
  • Managing resources, the use of equipment and resources, actively encouraging learners to value them.
  • Regularly evaluating own work and encouraging learners to evaluate constructively the programmes they attend, in order to contribute to the continuous development of the service.
  • To ensure certification for those learners participating in the course.
  • Provide learners with regular feedback and guidance to support their learning on a regular basis.
  • Actively promote all programme activities and ensure that current, accurate and appropriate promotional material is available to learners.
  • Working with education and training colleagues, including attending meetings as required; working with colleagues in other departments to enhance programme delivery and to promote education and training.
  • Working in accordance with all statutory, Home Office, company and department requirements. This will include reporting security and /or intelligence information immediately to the College Leaders and making referrals to the designated person/professional service providers.
  • Developing links with other disciplines within the programmes area at HMP Dovegate.
  • Maintaining links and information exchange with appropriate partnerships.
  • Share in the responsibility for ensuring good standards of learner behaviour and taking appropriate disciplinary action as required.
  • As required, to carry out rub down searching of prisoners to support the security aspects of the Tutor position.
  • Assist in other area(s) of the prison when instructed and directed by senior management.
  • Wear full uniform provided including tie/cravat at all times unless instructed by the Director to relax specific items.
  • Adhere to the sickness reporting guidelines set out at induction.
  • Undertake other duties as directed by senior management.

What we are looking for in our candidates



  • Level 4 Award in Education and Training (QCF)/Certificate in Education/PGCE
  • Level 5 - subject specialism
  • Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance Level 4

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)
  • Level 3 - subject specialism


  • Have proven experience of working in an environment that demands strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Have demonstrated flexibility and the ability to work to deadlines and under pressure.
  • Recent experience and appropriate knowledge.
  • Experience of a custodial environment would be an advantage
  • Experience of working with learners from non-traditional backgrounds
  • Good technical knowledge and skills

Skills and Abilities

  • Able to form good working relationships.
  • Responds to identified needs by undertaking self-directed learning, research and training as required.
  • Establishes internal/external links as required

Additional Specific Requirements

  • Have an understanding of the principles underpinning teaching adults, i.e. planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation of learning.
  • Have an awareness of different learning strategies and teaching methods suitable for teaching a diverse range of abilities.
  • Effective oral and written communication, numeracy and interpersonal qualifications & skills to communicate effectively with staff and learners alike.
  • Develop and devise learning materials and approaches to the delivery of courses.
  • Keep up to date with national developments in curriculum.
  • To keep records as necessary to support the accreditation process.
  • Maintain professional relationships with colleagues from other are as
  • Deliver alternative subject(s) if the contract deems necessary.
  • Adhere to Data Protection and Security at all times.

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 03 45 010 4000.

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