Teaching roles and responsibilities

Teaching roles and responsibilities

This week Kaz looks at the teaching roles and responsibilities.  The recording was taken from a recently hosted webinar of the same name which is is part of a series that is taken from the Education and Training Level 3 course.

On this podcast, Kaz Johnson talks about:-

  • Teaching roles and responsibilities
  • The teaching, learning and assessment cycle
  • Boundaries of teaching
  • Working with other professionals

This extract comes from one of the webinars from the Award In Education and Training level 3.  You can also download the video taken from the webinar recording below.


Hi and welcome to the Kaz johnson show my name is Kaz johnson and I am the founder of the assessor academy which is a website that trains, supports trainer, assessors and training businesses, it is also a job board for educators. This week I am looking at the roles and responsibilities of a teacher so I have taken the soundtrack of a webinar that I have just hosted and recorded it for you… so grab yourself a pen and paper and if you want to see the video of this recording that goes with it you can download it at www.theassessoracdemy.co.uk/download003.


Hello and welcome to the teaching roles and responsibility and relations and boundaries webinar my name is Kaz johnson and it would be a really a really great idea if you can grab yourself a pen and paper because I am going to ask you a couple of questions for which you will need to reflect upon and write down, and as we go along, if you got any questions if you could just write them in the box below and I will get back to you via email with the answer. So first of all let’s have a look at what the webinar will cover…

It will cover the teaching roles and the responsibilities, the teaching, learning and assessment cycle, boundaries of teaching and working with other professionals.

So, let’s have a look then, let’s have a look at what the teaching roles are then. So these might include interviewing the learners, it can include communicating with others as well as preparing teaching, learning and assessment resources its looking at establishing ground rules with your learners, using a variety of inclusive learning and assessment approaches, assessing learner progress then giving feedback to your learners, then finally assessing your own deliver. So if you could grab yourself a pen and paper then, I want you to consider what your responsibilities as a teacher are and take a couple of minutes to write in the answer here…

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Ok.. how are you getting on? I will give you another minute or so…

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So, let’s have a look of what you could of included, they might include, following the organisations policies and procedures, following relevant legislations and codes of practice, creating a scheme of work and session plans, keeping a recorded of attendance, maintaining records of progress and maintaining your own CPD. Now then how many of you got those there?

So let’s have a look at your role then and cover aspects of the learning teaching and assessment cycle. So first of all then you need to start planning your learning and that is looking at preparing teaching and learning plans, and materials to unsure that you cover the requirements of the programme as well as liaising with others, then you need to be looking at facilitating your learning that is your teaching, you training and facilitating learning, using a wide variety of approaches and resources. As well as obtaining feedback to making improvements, it’s a continual cycle as we go through. We need to be looking at identifying needs; you need to be at finding out what your organisations, your own, and your potential learners need are.

You need to be finding out why learners are taking their programme and what their expectations are. Then we go on to assessing your learning so that is basically checking your learners have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding at all stages, throughout their time with you using both informal and formal types of assessment methods and as well as obtaining feedback to get improvements. The next stage then is then is evaluating learning, so you are obtaining feedback from others as well as you are evaluating your own role and all aspects involved in the learning progress in order to make improvements for the future. Evaluation could also take place after each stage of the cycle. There you go, it’s once continuous cycle testing and tweaking as you go along.

So let’s have a look the boundaries of teaching then. You’ve got boundaries about knowing you your role of teacher stops, ok that is really important. Try not to get too personally involved with your learners and always remain professionally and act with integrity and impartiality as well and finally the boundaries are also challenges that you might face as teacher. So just take a moment to think about that. So, then let’s have a look at boundaries of teaching. There are two types aspects to boundaries to teachers in training. That’s boundaries between your teaching and teaching role and other professionals, and the other one then is the aspects that you are bound by which might hinder or challenge your role. So I want you to take a moment and grab a pen again and I want you to think about what these could be. (Silence)

So the professional boundaries then are those within which you need to work and it’s important not to overstep these, for example, by becoming too personal, too friendly with your learners, boundaries are about knowing your role as a teacher or a trainer starts, you should be able to work within these limits of that role but know that it’s ok to ask for help. Don’t try to take on too much, or to carry out something that is part of someone else’s role. The other boundaries these include things that you are bound by, for example policies and procedures. The amount of admin work you have and are expected to complete or a lack of funding for example or resources, these boundaries can often be interpreted as negative aspects of your roles and responsibilities.

Okay, so let’s look at Worthing then with other professionals. So at some point you need to liaise with others and again grab your pen and paper and think about all the other people that you will need to liaise and signpost your learners to, within your particular role. (Silence) I will give you some examples there if you need some photocopies carrying who and where will they go? Do you do it yourself or is there somebody that can help you? And is there a limit to how much can be copied does, it have to be requested in advanced? So think about that one, and also you should act professionally and never let any personal issues affect you. I know it’s hard sometimes, but you know, you have to kind of leave that at the door as you get in. I will let you have a moment to think about that.

So I want you know to think about the professionals and who you might have to work with. (Silence) I will give you a couple of minutes then I will give you some samples of who you could be thinking of (silence) Ok then, we are looking at admin staff, caretakers, employers, guardians, inspectors and quality assurance staff, managers, other teachers and trainers, parents and support staff.

How many of those did you get? (Silence) ok, let’s look at working with other professionals; you must maintain records to comply with internal requirements and external inspections. Your organisation might be inspected by Ofsted and/or an EQA, External Quality Assurance from an Awarding Organisation and you might attend external events therefore, you are representing your organisation and you should always act professionally. Ok, so you must portray a professional image at all times. With the EQA’s they will come to visit your centre to sample your courses, your sampling your learner’s work. They literally do a spot check, well they won’t do a spot check, they will come at time and you should be on-hand with your learners to have questions asked etc.

Ok so that’s the end of the webinar, if you have got any questions, just type them in the box below, I try to keep these webinars shot, I know you all busy, so I try to do a few shorts ones, as opposed to a really long one. Okay that’s the end of today’s webinar. I will see you again soon. Bye I hope you enjoyed the recording from the webinar, that I have just hosted named “the roles and responsivities of the teacher’ which is part of a series that is taken from the award in education and training level 3, now if you would like to see a video of this recording you can download it by going to www.theassessoracdemy.co.uk/download003. I will speak to you next week.

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