The Role of a Form Tutor
This week we looked at the specific roles of a form tutor. We identified different strategies on how to be a successful influence on student welfare.
Why is this role important?
The form tutor is the first member of staff students come into contact with on a daily basis. The small time period that the students share with their form tutor is arguably the most important period of the day. This is because this time will set the tone for the days outcomes. It also allows tutors to identify any immediate issues or problems before the working day has begun. Preparation is key in this time as it allows students to make a successful transition from home to school.
What do the students believe make an excellent and effective form tutor?
We have identified the following 8 strategies as being the most important & effective ways to manage your form time:
Praise the positives
- Praise students who have either got lots of positives or students who have improved.
- Compare your forms positives/negatives to other forms in the year group, create positive competition
Question the negatives
- Once a week, get your forms Go4Schools up and identify people that have accumulated negative points.
- It shows the students you know exactly what is going on when you are not there
Be tough over the specifics
- Has your form got their equipment?
- Is there planner signed?
- Are they wearing make up?
- Do they have shoes, correct trousers?
- Lining up perfectly for assembly
- You form represent you – make sure they know it!
See your form do something positive
- Once a half term try and find time to drop into a lesson for 10 minutes, especially if it’s a lesson they do well in.
- It will allow you to see them excel at something and share a positive learning experience you don’t usually get as a form tutor.
- It also reminds them you are watching them!
Email teachers about problems
- As a form tutor students are more likely to come to you with problems (at home, with homework, classwork, peer issues)
- Providing class teachers with this information is crucial to avoiding problems escalating during lesson time and allowing lessons to run smoothly.
Teachers communicating with form tutor
- The form tutor is not in lessons. Their only way of knowing what is going on is checking Go4Schools.
- If you overhear something, experience behaviour/peer issues or have any concerns, the form tutor should be the first port of call.
- Make sure the form tutor has all the facts. They will often be the ones that have the best relationship with students/parents to provide support if necessary.
- You will often find yourself calling home for FT report, attendance, behaviour
- Try and find something positive to call/email home about for each student every half term. That works out approximately 1 phone call per day.
- Parents really appreciate this and it forms a relationship which makes it more likely they will be understanding when you have to call for a negative reason.
- Students also really respond to this
- Set your form a target for each half term. Offer them a prize/reward if they hit it.
- This data can easily be accessed/downloaded from Go4Schools in seconds and is easy to keep track of.
- My target
- At least 100 positives
- No more than 20 negative points
- No more than 1 day missed
Thank you to Chris and Harry, for their fantastic butterfly session and blog post! 🙂