“You have been a tutor, friend, inspiration, a teacher and at times almost a parent”.
The above quote comes from a parent of a pupil I used to tutor. It sums up the role of a tutor well. A form tutor should be the most important person in a child’s time at school. A tutor has the chance to play an important role in the student’s educational and emotional progression.
A form tutor can make a change to a pupil. A tutor can motivate a pupil, improve their sense of self worth, make him/her feel included and important, give a pupil a voice, direction and a home base. A form tutor should be the pupil’s first port of call to go to with any issues affecting their school, and at times, outside of school life. A good form tutor will act as a positive role model for pupils during their time at school. To sum up, it is my opinion that the role of a form tutor is the most important part of a teacher’s job.
This essay aims to highlight how to be a form tutor giving examples of activities for form time, how to set up a form room, relationships with parents, how to motivate pupils, mentoring pupils, PSE and how to help pupils in the different stages of their school life. I have finished by including some comments from pupils and their parents to highlight the importance of a good tutor.
I have used real examples from my experience as a form tutor in order to add a narrative to the points I am making.
1) How to motivate pupils.
2) Form activities.
3) The form room
4) Mentoring pupils
5) The relationship with parents.
7) End of term / half term.
9) Festival of Sport
10) Focus days
11) Work Experience
12) Year 11
13) Relationship problems between pupils
14) Your Stories
15) Form jokes
17) Pupils’ views
18) Parents’ views.