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Tutor - Preparation for Life

Queen Alexandra College
Harborne, Birmingham
From £26,665.59 to £37,830.53
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

Job Details

The post holder will have teaching responsibility for a group of learners with complex needs (moderate to severe learning difficulties) at pre-entry Level, who will require highly individualised approaches to learning in and out of the classroom, in particular adult life skills within the community. The post is located in the Preparation for Life (PFL) team under the management of the PFL Curriculum Area Manager. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, we recommend you submit your application early. 

The Qualified Teacher Salary Band comprises of three levels (Q1, Q2, Q3).

£26,665.59 - £37,830.53 p.a. within a banded pay scale, comprising 3 levels (Q1, Q2, Q3). Level is determined by job role requirements/the enclosed criteria. The majority of posts at QAC will commence at Q1 (£26,665.59 - £30,852.44 p.a.), with the opportunity for further progression based on College requirements and individual development.

Level is determined by job role requirements/the enclosed criteria.

Duties and Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Deliver, plan, and assess the curriculum in an innovative, responsible and flexible manner using a highly individualised approach in collaboration with the Curriculum Area Manager, ensuring the Intent, Implementation and Impact is clear.
  • Plan, assess and record the individual achievements of each learner against  EHCP Plans, individual targets and in accordance with RARPA quality processes and funding agency criteria (where applicable).
  • Deliver quality teaching and learning in line with professional standards and tailored to individual learner needs grounded in an informed understanding of their EHCP, goals after QAC in particular, and other assessments.
  • Prepare schemes of work and differentiated lesson planning to make clear the purpose and intent of the taught sessions.
  • Lead sessions in accordance with good practice in terms of timed, scaffolded and sequenced learning that ensures lesson objectives are implemented and students’ progress can be checked. 
  • Ensure assessments include appropriate means of feedback and feedforward; and progress recorded and shared with learners.
  • Contribute to the development of the curriculum through preparation, research, liaison with colleagues and relevant external agencies and management of resources. This should be appropriate to learner needs, outcomes set and conforms to the requirements of examination boards (if required) and funding agencies.
  • Evaluate the quality and success of the curriculum and implement into the curriculum quality improvement plan and self-assessment report. 
  • To have a clear understanding of the Education Inspection Framework, in line with OFSTED inspections
  • Participate in the PSHE curriculum and pastoral welfare of learners, specifically as a group tutor and personal tutor who is an integral part in helping shape, support, monitor the learner journey.
  • Plan, assess and deliver course content in areas such as Employability, Preparation for Adulthood, Functional Skills or other similar provisions within your timetable as directed by the Curriculum Area Manager.
  • Prepare lesson resources that are tailored to individual needs and include a variety of stimulating means to maximise engagement including appropriate use of digital devices, assistive technology, IT interactive resources and practical activities
  • Work with the college Transitions, Community Services team and/or other external agencies to support the preparation of life during and after college.
  • Promote the aims and ethos of the College both within the teaching and learning context and within the corporate life of the College.
  • Participate in staff training and development within the requirements of the College's programmes and priorities.  The post-holder will be expected to develop communication methods for learners with moderate to severe learning difficulties and to become a competent user of the technological support available to students with visual impairments/SLD and or/other learning difficulties as required.
  • Engage in any individual or collaborative research and consultative work agreed by senior management as relevant to the area of work.
  • Contribute on an occasional and voluntary basis to the corporate life of the College.
  • Perform such other duties as are commensurate with the status and nature of the post.

Applications are invited from all suitably qualified and experienced people, in line with our equal opportunities policy.

Queen Alexandra College is committed to supporting and developing the successful candidate in developing their subject knowledge to L3 and obtaining a full Level 5 in Teaching 

Start date will be September 2024

Please refer to the attached Job Description for a comprehensive list of the key responsibilities, considering the person specification when completing your application.

We look forward to receiving your application and knowing more about your qualifications, skills, personal qualities and experience that you would bring to the role and to QAC.  Please take time to review the job description above.

You are required to upload a CV with details of your full employment history (since leaving school, including education, employment, and voluntary work) including reasons for any gaps in employment. Your CV/Resume* will be re-produced in a standard format by the system (without personal identifiers) to assist us in our anonymised shortlisting process.

Under Section 7 of SVGA 2006 it is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. The College's Safeguarding Policies are available here

As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, and in line with updated guidance published in September 2022, we will carry out an online search of all shortlisted candidates. This search may enable us to identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and publicly available for review online, which we may wish to explore with you in further detail during the interview process. As part of your application, we have asked you to provide the account names, usernames and/or handles for any social media platform that you use, as well as the names of any websites that you own, post on, or contribute to. A Google search will also be conducted. These checks will only be conducted if you are shortlisted for interview. Please see our safer recruitment and selection policy for further information.

QAC complies with Safeguarding guidelines and all appointees are required to have DBS Check and two reference.

Why work at Queen Alexandra Charity Birmingham 

Join our team at Queen Alexandra College!

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of students with special educational needs? Do you thrive in an inclusive and supportive academic environment? If so, we want YOU to join our team. QAC has just gone through an exciting rebrand, dealt with a period of swift growth and academic improvement and this is your opportunity to become part of a vibrant College that is moving forward and making a real difference to the lives and futures of our students.  

The newly structured Queen Alexandra Charity Birmingham offers you the chance to have a positive impact as you join a committed group of colleagues in ensuring that all students achieve their aims and aspirations. We are dedicated to providing exceptional education and support to students with diverse learning needs and life experiences. Our specialist setting fosters an inclusive community where every student is valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential. 

QAC offers a vibrant, varied and enriching educational experience for both residential and day students. Our curriculum aims to maximise adult life, independence and work opportunities for all students. Class sizes are designed to meet specific needs and support levels are high. 

Joining our supportive team, you will have the opportunity to:


·      Work closely with students with SEN to achieve their goals

·      Make a difference to the educational experience of young people

·      Be a voice for students and staff in specialist education

·      Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment, promoting academic growth, self-development and self-confidence

·      Develop your own skills, aspirations and progress your career.

Our benefits include;

  • Access to on site car parking
  • Use of QAC Fitness Centre (subject to opening hours)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme (Salary Sacrifice)
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme Helpline (BHSF) 
  • Access to Education Support Free Helpline for Teachers & Education Staff
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • BHSF Benefits Package including Healthcare Plans, discounted shopping/services
  • Annual Flu vaccination/voucher
  • Access to other benefit/discount schemes (which may be subject to charge) e.g. Blue Light Card, TOTUM (NUS), Charity Worker Discounts, Discounts for Teachers
  • Dell Advantage programme - a free programme that offers savings to students, parents and all staff at QAC - up to 20% off
  • 5% discount on National Express West Midlands bus passes at 


  • Health and Wellbeing Services (Occupational Health/Counselling)
  • Free Tea/Coffee and Staff Room facilities
  • Dining Room facilities with hot/cold food (free meal provided for those supporting students at mealtimes)
  • Additional discretionary concessionary/closure days as part of leave entitlement (including closure over Christmas/New Year period)
  • Support for training/ CPD (either by way of study leave and/or funding)
  • Flexible working arrangements including Flexible Working Policy Agreements, Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) in prior agreement with line manager. 

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