Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher in the Life Long Learning Sector

Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector

The Lifelong Learning UK (2007) standards, highlight the complexity of the role of the FE teacher as follows “teachers have a responsibility for ensuring high standards of teaching and learning, as well as contributing to curriculum development and to the development of their subject knowledge” 21/10/11

Identifying Needs
A key role of the teacher starts within the recruitment process, which involves identifying the needs of all learners so effective learning can be developed. The teacher may conduct tutorials at the beginning the course, to review and record personal information, identify barriers to learning, academic and vocational achievements, to assess both academic and personal abilities as both can impact on learning. The information can be used to develop a learner profile, identification of preferred learning styles, ensuring lesson planning and learning materials are appropriate and increase the chance of successful teaching and learning. Learners may feel uncomfortable disclosing or discussing personal information and have the right not to disclose or ask for the information to be kept confidential. Therefore it may be advantageous to issue an anonymous questionnaire to the class. All information must be collated and shared with the course team.

Planning and Design
Teachers could plan and design a scheme of learning. Changes can be made to these plans throughout the teaching cycle using assessment and evaluation. Teachers need to ensure that learning outcomes, objectives and aims for the course are appropriate, for example; the order in which outcomes are planned, delivery strategies, length of time, resources, assessment methods and place focus on session planning, using identification of needs to inform the plan to be inclusive and meet individual learner needs.
Courses may be planned with an aim to ensure learning outcomes are met in the time...