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Practice Tutor (South West)


Salary: £45,000 + competitive pension  Location: South West  Deadline: 22 August 2019 at 9.00am


Job Description

To help us achieve our mission, we are recruiting qualified social workers with direct experience of working with children and families and knowledge and experience of supporting social work students. We are looking for candidates who can lead the delivery of teaching in units and teach at the 5-week summer institute and recall days across the year, support participants in their local authority units, support the development of the programme (as appropriate) and supervise participants during the 2nd year of the Frontline programme.

Practice Tutors work closely as a peer group to share effective ways of working across participant units, local authorities and regions. Additionally, they play a key role within the development and delivery of our social work curriculum, contributing knowledge and expertise to create a culture that promotes outstanding social work education and that enables teams to do their best work in order to achieve our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Practice Tutors (PT) are responsible for teaching and developing participants at the five-week summer institute, regional recall days and, in the participant units within local authorities. PTs are responsible for supporting a number of participant units, based within statutory children’s social care services. Each unit comprises four (in some cases 5) participants and is led by a Consultant Social Worker (CSW). Core to the Practice Tutor role is the ability to provide general support, challenge and guidance to participants and CSWs in order to ensure that participants practice learning experience is of excellent quality.

Applicants need a good understanding of the social work role and have the ability to make links with adults’ and children’s services. PTs also support CSWs to develop and provide excellent guidance and management to participants on the programme. To apply you will need to have good social work practice skill, experience of developing others and a commitment to educating a new generation of social workers. This role provides the opportunity to genuinely align practice and theory and instil the same strong commitment in CSWs and participants. In doing so you will need a commitment to evidence informed practice models and an appetite to exploring different and innovative approaches to teaching these models. All new PTs are supported to gain fellowship status with the HEA if you don’t have it already.


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  • Flexible working hours
  • Competitive pension employer contribution
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays + office closes from 25 Dec to 1 Jan
  • Buy or sell up to five days annual leave a year
  • Interest free loan for season ticket
  • Personal coaching and mentoring
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Volunteering days
  • Employee assistance programme