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West Ham United FC

West Ham United FC

Twinning Project: Literacy Tutor


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Posting Date

Dec 19, 2022

Role description

West Ham United Foundation (WHUF) is seeking a Literacy Tutor to deliver Functional Skills English Level 1 in conjunction with the HM Prison Probation Service Twinning Project at HMP Chelmsford. This is a unique project and an opportunity to directly contribute positively to the lives of those within the prison service.
The Twinning Project is a partnership between HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and professional football clubs with the objective of twinning every prison in England and Wales with a local professional football club.
The successful candidate will have knowledge of English language skills and a full understanding in the course content to be able to deliver to at least a level 2 English functional skills. It would be preferable, although not essential, that they have personally reached a graduate or level 3 standard in their own education.
You will need an ability to motivate and engage learners, have the skills and experience to effectively work within the prison environment and be committed to supporting WHUF’s vision and mission.
Reporting to the Employability and Academy Link Mentor, the Twinning Project Literacy Tutor will:
•       Work with cohorts of up to 16 inmates to plan, deliver and support literacy programme within HMP Chelmsford.
•       Deliver and assess content for Literacy Functional Skills – Up to level 2 in line with the aims and objectives of the Twinning Project
•       Plan a range of different football themed literacy activities designed to engage hard to reach learners.
•       Develop and complete engaging one to one meetings with learners to construct individual learning plans.
•       Differentiate learning to meet individual learners’ needs including providing extra support for learners with LDD needs.
•       Conduct regular marking and assessment of all work and provide productive feedback as appropriate to each learner.

Record all session activities and attendances onto the relevant English platform.

Work effectively in partnership with the prison service and all other internal and external partners.

Complete administration duties to support course delivery and accreditation

Ensure appropriate processes and documentation are in place to deliver a safe programme.

Undertake professional development by participating in staff development (CPD) and training activities.

Any other duties as reasonably requested by the line manager / organisation.

Personal Specification
The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: -
Minimum grade C (or equivalent) GCSE in English and Maths.
Hold or work towards relevant teaching qualification.
Experience of delivering numeracy qualifications to adults in an education setting.
Experience of working within the criminal justice system.
Understanding of the issues and barriers impacting on education within the criminal justice system.
Skills Abilities
Can develop trusting and supportive relationships with inmates within a prison setting.
Able to create a classroom environment that inspires inmates to engage with learning.
Resilient and resourceful.
Act as a positive role model at all times
Communicate sensitively to diffuse any potential situations of conflict
Can develop creative and engaging numeracy sessions that cater for a range of abilities and experience.
Provide safe, positive learning environments for learners
•       Understand and adhere to safeguarding policies and procedures.
•       Good communication and interpersonal skills which are culturally competent.
•       Maintain high standards of quality and ensure appropriate processes are in place to drive continuous quality improvement.
•       Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and work within deadlines.
•       Motivated and enthusiastic about our work.
•       Works collaboratively and has a willingness to support other team members.
•       Commitment to supporting others, and the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Values Behaviours
Integrity – being transparent, responsible and trustworthy. Behaving in an honest and ethical manner, serving the community to the best of our ability.
Inclusive - recognising and respecting everyone’s value. Providing an accessible and welcoming environment
Continuously improve - striving for excellence driving development through learning. Maximising opportunities to fulfil potential and be prepared to take risks
Collaboration - working together internally and externally. Recognising the benefits of a multi-organisational approach to our community and workforce
Inspiring - creating a culture where people prosper. Providing a safe and enjoyable environment supporting goals and aspirations

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