Career outlook for literacies tutor
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’ll use your talent for teaching and have an excellent grasp of English to help people improve their reading and writing. Your students might still be at school, or they might have left long ago and would benefit from support with these essential skills.
This role is about much more than teaching literacy. Often the people in your classes will have complex needs – they might need your help to overcome learning difficulties or domestic challenges. The adults you teach might be suffering from addiction or homelessness.
You’ll be empathetic and understanding of the fact that struggling with reading and writing can affect students’ self-esteem. You’ll design lessons around the pace they’re able to learn, and think beyond traditional teaching techniques to find innovative ways to engage and inspire.
Above all, you’ll create opportunities to grow your pupils’ confidence and give them the skills they need to study independently and thrive beyond your lessons.
Some literacy tutors work one-to-one, while others teach small groups.
What you’ll do
- Prepare lesson plans tailored to students’ interests
- Create teaching materials including presentations, worksheets and handouts
- Track pupils’ progress and provide reports for parents or guardians
- Mark classwork and homework and give feedback to help students improve
- Demonstrate how to use educational computer software
- Identify if a student is struggling, find out why and provide extra support
- Respond to student questions by email or phone
- Prepare students for exams or tests
- Keep confidential student records up to date
- Coordinate teaching assistants
- Keep up to speed with curriculum requirements
UK employment status
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- Building relationships
- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Developing a plan
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