Enhancing your practice

Being a personal tutor provides you with plenty of opportunity to reflect on your own practice. The UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education, in the activities of the role, the knowledge of student learning development and the values, can help provide a structure for your reflections. You could gather student feedback on your personal tutoring as evidence for a PEERS Fellowship application, or as evidence of your ongoing CPD in teaching.

The LLI are developing a short online professional development course that will be accessed from this page. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions to help you stay up to date:

Introduction to Personal Tutoring is a new LLI workshop for those new to personal tutoring or academic support;

Introduction to Student Support Services provides information about the Student Support Service which includes AccessAbility, Welfare, Counselling and Wellbeing, aiming to improve awareness of:

  • Specific support available from each of the 3 areas
  • Guidance about when and how to signpost students to the most appropriate service
  • Professional boundaries to be aware of when working with students
  • Issues in relation to data protection and confidentiality

Conversations with purpose is a workshop to support the PDD (appraisal) process, but will help to develop your skills of listening and asking questions.

Mental Health First Aid England are developing training for a number of sectors across the country, with FE/HE specialised courses planned for 2017;

A new resource “Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this new e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues”;

The Centre for Recording Achievement offers a SEDA Award in Personal Tutoring and Advising.