Best Practice

Does your school respect the importance of the form tutor?

The form tutor role incorporates a wide range of vital tasks, yet there is often little CPD and little support for teachers taking it on. Adam Riches & Roy Watson Davis issue a call to action for school leaders
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The role of form tutor is of the utmost importance in school. It may take different names, but the basic concept of students having a person in school who sees them every day and is responsible for them is both a traditional and vital part of schooling.

Often, as a tutor, you are the first face a student sees in the morning and you are the person who is called upon at times of celebration or, indeed, for those more difficult moments. The tutor is the one fixed point in a world of turbulence outside, and sometimes inside, school. Indeed, a form group is like a little family, but how much value is the role of tutor given and how many schools get it right?

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