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Functional Skills Teacher (Band 5)

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time

As a Functional Skills Teacher, you will be a member of the Apprenticeships and Early Careers Team within the Staff Development Department at North Bristol NHS Trust, based at Southmead Hospital's Learning & Research Centre.

You will be responsible for teaching groups of learners who will be studying towards Functional Skills qualifications at level 1 and level 2 as part of wider study programmes, including Apprenticeships Teaching will often be delivered in a group classroom environment but there may be occasions where small group or one-to-one tuition may be required, depending on the needs of the learner(s).

This role may be able to be considered for full time, or part time contractual hours and flexible working requests will be considered. Core teaching hours are 9am-3pm approx. and a successful candidate must be able to work Wednesdays and Thursdays, other days and hours may be negotiable in line with teaching and role needs.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting with the delivery of Additional Learning Support interventions including assessment of learning needs, planning and delivery of support interventions, monthly learning support reviews and identifying reasonable adjustments and special considerations in line with examination and assessments policies. You will also be responsible for the design, evaluation and creation of the curriculum for your subject specialist area with support from the Functional Skills Manager.

The role requires working collaboratively and co-operatively with others to help develop a workforce with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to deliver safe and effective patient care and to enhance the quality-of-service delivery within North Bristol NHS Trust. You will work alongside teachers and tutors in other subject areas, supporting all stages of the learning journey from initial assessment to achievement.

About us

NBT Cares. It's a very simple statement one which epitomises how everybody across our organisation goes the extra mile to ensure our patients get the best possible care.

NBT Cares is also an acronym, standing for caring, ambitious, r e spectful and supportive - our organisational values.

Our NBT Cares values are underpinned by our positive behaviours framework - a framework that provides clear guidance on how colleagues can work with one another in a constructive and supportive way.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties of the role:
  • Teaching groups of up to 10 students per English class
  • Minimum two days (up to a maximum of four days) teaching per week depending on demand
  • Supporting with cover in other functional skills subject areas to support with sickness or annual leave as required
  • Delivery of additional learning support (assessment of needs, planning and delivery of support sessions and review of continuing needs for learning support)
  • Identification of reasonable adjustments, special considerations or support needs in line with examination and assessment policies
  • Arrangements for adjustments and considerations in line with identified needs
  • Ad-hoc revision or 1:1 learner support as required and where there is capactiy
  • Effective liaison and co-ordination with learners, managers, and other members of the team to optimise opportunities for learning in the workplace and classroom.
  • Plan and deliver teaching, and assessments to learners in their area of responsibility.
  • Ensure all documentation is completed to the required standards of the awarding body and Apprenticeship Centre.
  • Provide support where required to other members of the teaching team needing to complete documentation as part of the learner's journey.
  • Identify learners who are failing to meet targets and initiate action plans to address any issues which may affect the timely completion of qualifications and a awards.
  • Provide regular updates on learners' progress to managers.
  • Report any concerns to managers, identifying and escalating those issues that may be outside their area of responsibility.

See the attached job description for further details.

Person Specification

Education/Traning Qualifications


  • Degree, or equivalent experience, in subject specialist area (English)
  • Minimum grade C/4 in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification)
  • Qualification in teaching (e.g. PGCE, CertEd, CELTA), or equivalent experience


  • Qualification in Special Educational Needs teaching
  • Qualification in ICT at min. Level 2 (e.g. Functional Skills, NVQ or equivalent)
  • Qualification in Teaching ESOL

Prior Experience


  • Experience working in an education setting
  • Recent Experience of teaching
  • Evidence of supporting learners to achieve academic goals
  • Evidence of designing educational curricula


  • Experience working in FE, Apprenticeships or Vocational / Work-based learning
  • Evidence of designing 1-1 intervention programs to meet varying learners' needs
  • Experience delivering teaching to ESOL students
  • Experience of teaching maths (up to level 2)
  • Experience of teaching ICT (up to level 2)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain relationships
  • Ability to engage with reluctant learners
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in teaching and subject specialist areas
  • Confidence working with groups and individuals
  • Knowledge of study skills and a wide variety of teaching/coaching techniques
  • Knowledge and understanding of barriers to learning
  • Ability to work with a wide range of IT packages, especially MS Office
  • Strong record-keeping skills
  • Knowledge of own responsibilities under Prevent duty, Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education

Personal Qualities


  • Patient and encouraging to all levels of learners
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels including ward or department managers, clinicians and learners
  • Effectively manage own time and workload to be able to work under pressure and work to deadlines
  • Ability to problem-solve situations and suggest solutions, or recommend an appropriate course of action
  • A willingness to undertake further training as required
  • Positive attitude to change
  • Ability to work autonomously or as part of a team to achieve targets within agreed timescales

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


North Bristol NHS Trust, Learning & Research Building

Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym



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