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Functional Skills Tutor

Dovetail and Slate



£30000/annum Pension


Posted: 09/07/2024

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Have you ever considered working... in a prison?

This is an excellent opportunity to educate and rehabilitate adult learners.

If you would like a unique and challenging non-teaching role, where you can genuinely make a difference, enhance the prospects of learners, and ultimately change people's lives for the better - then this could be the opportunity for you.

Like any educational setting, Prisons come with their challenges. In this environment, learners are locked up for large periods of the day, away from their families and for some, their children. Most are at rock bottom, having to live with the regret of what they have done - education gives them a focus. And hope.

Education provides prisoners with an opportunity to upskill, increasing their future employment prospects which directly reduces the likelihood of reoffending. Many prisoners will arrive without having basic Maths or English skills. Prison Education ensures all learners are put through Functional Skills Maths & English, which then puts them on the pathway to vocational learning courses, such as Carpentry, Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating, Plastering & Tiling, Industrial Cleaning, Barbering, Catering and Horticulture.

Prisons have a dedicated education department, with classrooms and fully functioning workshops, where teaching and learning can take place. You will be fully supported by an experienced education department. Training and development opportunities are available.

Details of this position:

This position is for a full time English Tutor in prison education

Within this role, you will required to deliver a high quality curriculum delivering English Functional Skills, up to Level 2. Other requirements include but are not limited to:

Identifying the individual needs of learners ensuring that all learners have an individual learning plan which links to their long-term employment goals.
Continually reviewing our learner's progression to ensure that the training continues to meet their identified needs.
Preparing, delivering and reviewing comprehensive lesson plans for all sessions that address the training needs of the group including basic literacy, numeracy, language and other social / employability barriers to employment.
Actively gaining feedback from learners and other sources, reviewing & improving curriculum content accordingly.
Engaging and motivating both individuals and learner groups to increase retention.

Work schedule: Full time 37 hours per week

Salary scale: Up to £30,000 per annum

Annual leave: 30 days per annum

To be considered, suitable candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

Five GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent), including English Language and Mathematics
A Degree, or professional qualification, which is appropriate to the work.
Teaching Qualification
All candidates for teaching posts must possess a recognised Teaching Qualification, or be prepared to gain within the first two years of service, with the assistance of the College.
Knowledge and experience of current teaching and learning strategies
Excellent team working, communication and interpersonal skills


Generous annual leave entitlement.
A paid PeoplePlus Life event day each year
Cycle to work scheme
Access to hundreds of discounts via the Additions portal
Employee Assistance Programme
Access to online wellbeing centre
A paid volunteering day each year
Enhanced Maternity scheme
Sharesave scheme
Refer a Friend reward scheme
Holiday purchase scheme
Pension scheme
Life assurance

The successful candidate will be required to obtain the appropriate prison clearance before starting the role and maintain this throughout employment.

Suitable candidates will need to be enthusiastic, resilient and have a humanistic approach. This role will not be for everyone, but anyone with a slight interest is encouraged to apply and if suitable, you will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the hiring manager directly over the phone, who can provide more detail and an insight into life working in a prison.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain the appropriate prison clearance before starting the role and maintain this throughout employment.

If you are interested in this position, then please apply via the link. Alternatively, you can contact Izzy to discuss the role in further detail.

Important Notice

Dovetail and Slate is a market leading education recruitment company. We specialise in hiring across the entire spectrum of education, including positions in student support and support services. With our extensive range of roles, we are confident we can find the right match for you, so if the current vacancy does not seem relevant to your expertise, we welcome you to upload your CV or give us a call to discuss your ideal position, with our dedicated team.

Dovetail and Slate is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, applicants, and clients to share this commitment.

This role may involve work with under 18's or vulnerable adults. Any appointment will be made subject to strict vetting and screening checks and receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. Dovetail and Slate ltd acts as an Employment Agency (perm) and an Employment Business (temp/contract).

Because education matters. Dovetail and Slate Limited ((phone number removed)) acts as an Employment Agency.

Because education matters. Dovetail and Slate Limited ((phone number removed)) acts as an Employment Agency

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