What Are the Main Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher/ Trainer in the Lifelong Learning Sector?


What are the main roles   and responsibilities of a teacher/ trainer in the Lifelong

Learning sector?

The role of a teacher/trainer in the Lifelong Learning sector is in itself   diverse, due to

the roles played behind the scenes.   These are known as 'sub roles', which can include

being a record keeper, interviewer, subject leader or personal tutor.   Therefore, a lot

of time can be spent on activities away from the classroom and not directly involved

in imparting knowledge to students.

With each of these sub-roles come associated responsibilities; these will be shaped

by national legislation (for example, health and safety), institutional requirements

(for example, the responsibility to ensure a policy on lateness is consistently carried

out) and situational requirements (for example, responsibility to ensure no eating or

drinking in a computer room).   These associated responsibilities imply dependability,

conscientiousness and trustworthiness on the part of the teacher.   (01-Francis &

Gould-ch-01.indd 6)

The main roles of teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector will usually

follow the teaching and learning cycle of assessment, planning and evaluation.

  Identifying needs

  Quality assurance  
and evaluation   planning learning

Assessing learning     Facilitating learning
The cycle can start at any stage and be on going.   In order for teaching and

learning to be effective, all stages should be addressed and your role may involve:

Identifying needs – of your organisation, yourself and your students.   Interviewing

and assessment of students to ascertain ability, functional skills and knowledge-level.

Having a current enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

check.   This is now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority

(ISA) have merged...