Functional Skills Tutor- HMP Ashfield

Bristol (City Centre)
29 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Functional Skills Tutor

HMP Ashfield- South Gloucester

40 hours per week (Monday- Friday 08:00-16:30)

Salary £23,970- £27,540 per annum DOE

Do you want to make a difference to offenders` lives? Are you looking for a challenge? This is your opportunity to join the education team at HMP Ashfield and provide the skills and expertise to help offenders gain national qualifications and employment on release.

HMP Ashfield is a category C adult male establishment that holds 400 convicted prisoners serving sentences for sexual offences. The primary purpose of HMP Ashfield is to deliver a service through its contractual arrangements to meet Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service objectives by, protecting the public in holding those committed by the courts in a safe, decent and healthy environment. Also, reducing re-offending by providing constructive regimes that address offending behaviour, improve prisoner education and work skills, provide resettlement needs and promote law abiding behaviour in custody and after release.

Teaching within offender learning is a challenging but rewarding experience and this is an exciting opportunity to make a difference.

Overview of the Role

Your primary responsibilities will be to develop, administer and deliver all aspects of higher level Mathematics (Level 1&2, G.C.S.E, A-level), and some higher level English and ESOL provision in line with the core curriculum and awarding body specification(s). You will be assisting the Skills Development Manager in the delivery of an education provision which increases employability, reduces the likelihood of re-offending and prepares prisoners for a successful return to the community.

Some additional responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • 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 students.
To administer all aspects of the accreditation process for students enrolled on the higher level courses in Mathematics from Level 1& 2 to A-level, with some administration required for English.
To ensure the delivery of a quality provision.
Establishing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with students, to create an appropriate environment for learning.
Managing resources within budget; carefully managing the use of equipment and resources, actively encouraging students to value them.
To provide students with feedback and guidance to support their learning on a regular basis.
Working with education and training colleagues, including attending curriculum area meetings and staff meetings; working with colleagues in other departments to enhance programme delivery and to promote education and training.

About You

You will be passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people you support. Due to the nature of this role you must be someone who can demonstrate high levels of patience, emotional resilience, have a keen commitment to educate people as well as assertiveness, the ability to cope with pressure/working to deadlines and the ability to exercise authority.

To be considered for this role you must, as a minimum,hold a PTTLS qualification or equivalent alongside a Level 3 Subject specialism in Maths, however willingness to study to level 5 and Level 2 qualification in English.

You must be able to evidence recent experience, and appropriate knowledge, of teaching maths as well as working in an environment that demands strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. At your disposal you will have excellent knowledge and understanding of teaching techniques to motivate learners who may be disengaged or exhibit challenging behaviour.

You will be able to form good working relationships and establish strong internal and/or external links as required. Responding to identified needs by undertaking self-directed learning, research and training is required.

Experience of a custodial environment would be an advantage but not essential.

Specific Requirements

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.

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 committed to equal opportunities and requests any potential applicant to contact the Serco Recruitment Team on 0345 010 4000 as soon as possible if an applicant has any additional queries, requirements or will need additional time in submitting an application should the closing date of the advertisement be brought forward.

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