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What are the mathematics teaching roles in the LSS?

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Created on 04 June 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 08 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What are the mathematics teaching roles in the LSS?

A mathematics teacher in the LSS may find themselves in any of the following roles:

  • Teaching mathematics, e.g. at GCSE, AS-level, A-level
  • Teaching numeracy (mathematics up to GCSE-level) as part of a ‘Skills for Life’ programme
  • Teaching the mathematics component of the ‘functional skills’ curriculum on a vocational course
  • Supporting learning, either on a one-to-one basis or in a classroom where another teacher is leading the lesson. This can include supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD).
Teachers can also be referred to as ‘trainers’, ‘tutors’ or ‘lecturers’. Many posts are part-time and hourly-paid, but there are full-time, salaried posts too.

Two different teaching roles are recognised within the sector:

  • the Full Teacher role, in which the teacher undertakes the full range of teaching duties
  • the Associate Teacher role, in which the teacher will perform a more limited range of activities, for example they might be provided with schemes of work, lesson plans and teaching materials.
For most mathematics and numeracy teachers, the full teaching role will be the appropriate one.

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