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How to be a good form tutor: A guide for new teachers

Many early career teachers find themselves taking on a tutor group early on in their careers, but many feel unprepared. So, what is involved and what makes for an effective form tutor? Matt Bromley takes a look...


The Early Career Framework (ECF) makes clear that being a teacher involves much more than planning, teaching, and assessing learning. Rather, teachers have a responsibility to support students pastorally: to ensure their safety, and to safeguard their health and wellbeing.

Under Standard 1 of the ECF, for example, the framework says that ECTs must understand that “they are key role models, who can influence the attitudes, values, and behaviours of their pupils”. And that “setting clear expectations can help communicate shared values (and create a) culture of mutual trust and respect”.

To achieve this, ECTs need to create a positive environment, seek opportunities to engage parents and carers, create a culture of respect and trust, apply rules, sanctions, and rewards in line with school policy, and acknowledge and praise pupil effort.

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