Name: Paul Dwyer
Twitter name: @mrdwyerhistory
Subject taught (if applicable): Sixth Form/general school
Position: Director of Sixth Form
What is your advice about? Being a great form tutor
1: Talk to all your students individually as often as possible. Keep mini tallies on who you speak to in order to be mindful of touching base with everyone over a week.
2: Be proactive with parents. An email or phone call to introduce yourself at the beginning of the year can do wonders. Praise or raise concerns concerns early with parents.
3: Make tutor time meaningful; sessions should be planned and have purpose. Whether inspiring debates or team building, all pupils should take something away from tutor time.
4: Don’t be afraid to work with your pastoral leaders. Talk to Heads of Year/House if you aren’t sure about how to best support a student or engage with a whole group.
5: You are the point of liaison for students. This doesn’t mean defending them to colleagues over work/behaviour, but it can sometimes be offering the student viewpoint.