A Tutor (including Tutor Constable) provides mentoring, instruction and guidance as well as facilitating work-based learning, development and assessment on a 1:1 or small group basis. This may be on a full-time basis or in addition to other workplace roles. Tutors are able to plan for, and enable work-based learning opportunities in a structured way, most typically by using coaching, feedback and assessment skills.
- Establish a trust-based relationship with learners by working together to identify their individual needs and develop mutually agreed expectations of roles and responsibilities.
- Tutor and support learners through specific and risk-managed work-based scenarios on a day to day basis in order to support their development and assess their progress against learning outcomes and/or assessment criteria.
- Maintain professional knowledge of relevant curricula and criteria in order to meet the standards for assessment.
- Plan, prepare and facilitate learning opportunities, including the use of coaching & mentoring techniques, to engage and support learners through their development process in order to meet relevant learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
- Provide review sessions with learners to help them to reflect on their performance, providing immediate feedback and monitoring their progress.
- Support learners to build evidence of their progress and competence, and develop action plans for their professional development.
- Maintain records of learners’ performance and development, contributing to evidence of competence and to support formal performance procedures as needed.
All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.
The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.
It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:
Resolute, compassionate and committed
Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership
Intelligent, creative and informed policing
Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Prior Education and Experience:
- Competent and operating within the Police Sector Standard for the Training of Assessors (‘Assessor Standard’)
- Competent and operating within the Police Sector Standard for the Training of Tutors (‘Tutor Standard’)
- Occupational competence in the area of work that is being assessed and in which individuals are being tutored e.g. a ‘Tutor Constable’ will be highly competent in the role of Police Constable.
- Up to date knowledge and currency in a relevant occupational role.
- Coaching, mentoring, instructing and assessment skills.
- Skilled in developing rapport, trust and credibility in both face to face and digital environments.
- Skilled in using questioning, listening and non-verbal communication techniques.
- Skills in giving, eliciting and receiving feedback and in overcoming communication barriers.
- Able to apply a structured approach to the tutoring process.
- Able to apply an understanding of human behaviour to the identification of barriers to performance and learning, and to identifying appropriate development actions.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Maintain occupational competence in the area of tutorship, including knowledge and understanding of legislation, College of Policing guidance, and good practice.
- Maintain and enhance knowledge and understanding of tutoring, assessment techniques and skills by participating in CPD events and/or through personal research.
- Test new ideas in relation to both tutoring and assessment and their operational role and incorporate these into working practice.
Links to other Profiles
- Head of Learning & Development
- Internal Verifier
- Learning Designer