Enhance your career with ASA Tutor Training Programme

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Teachers and coaches are now training to become part of the ASA team of qualified tutors by taking part in a national training programme run by the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

The Training Programme

The training programme once completed will give candidates increased career opportunities and an additional income stream by becoming a licensed ASA tutor, eligible to deliver UKCC courses and continuing professional development seminars in the relevant discipline.

Qualified tutors will effectively become part of the ASA’s new development framework to provide a world class coaching environment for England’s teachers and coaches.  The framework, will create a new coaching system that delivers the right number coaching hours, by the right coach, in the appropriate environment to achieve success.  It will create teachers and coaches who can promote learning through ownership, awareness and responsibility.

Sarah's Story

One person who is hoping to do the training programme is Sarah Slowgrove. She is particularly looking forward to knowing that she is contributing to the advancement of the sport.

She said: “There is definitely a feel good factor in knowing that you are part of the revolution to professionalise the industry and the fact that I will be part of the build up to 2012 by educating a new generation of teachers is a massive thing for me.  As a sports person, I feel that it’s so important to promote the sport by getting more young people involved and then providing them with professional and well trained teachers.”

An experienced swimming teacher herself, Sarah began her career by helping at her local club in Colchester and then taught in leisure centres and a private swim school.  Now a Sports Lecturer at Colchester Institute, Sarah plans to run courses for students at the Institute as well as externally for the IoS.

“Swimming is my passion and I view this training programme as a way of taking my swimming career a step further,” she said.   

“Personally I have enjoyed my swimming so much, I want to give something back and although I have done this by teaching swimming myself, I really like the thought of improving the quality of future swimming teachers by developing them and helping them learn.” 

The Training Programme

Sarah has almost completed the training programme which comprises three distinct stages: firstly, the pre-programme application and an assessment day; then the programme itself with induction, registration, courses and seminars and finally formal assessments and course attachments. 

Following completion of the assessment, induction and registration processes, candidates attend a three day ‘Certificate for Tutoring in Sport’ course followed by ‘Introduction to Assessment Practices in Sport’, a two day course which will allow candidates to assess ASA courses. There will then be a final assessment day for each of these courses.  The IoS then provide a further two day seminar covering IoS and ASA Awarding Body processes and procedures.

Trainees then take part in three course attachments where firstly, they observe an experienced ASA tutor in the delivery of an ASA/UKCC course, then work with another tutor to deliver part of the course content for the second attachment.  The trainee is responsible for the planning and delivery of a full course for the third and final attachment, with an experienced tutor acting both as support and assessor.   “The attachments were my favourite part of the training programme,” said Sarah. 

“My placement tutors were all absolutely fantastic – their expert support and guidance has been invaluable.  Just watching them gives you huge amounts of direction on what is required.  Being a teacher has helped me massively as I already have the delivery skills, but someone who doesn’t have that background will rely heavily on the placements to get that support.  I particularly enjoyed the final placement which confirmed that becoming a tutor is absolutely the right thing for me.”

Ray Lau has been an ASA tutor for fifteen years and ran Sarah’s first course attachment.  “Sarah was an excellent attachment and I am sure she will do well,” he said.

“My tip for those who may be interested in tutor training is that you should really know your stuff and be keen to make a difference in tutoring the next generation of teachers.  It’s really important to ensure that learning is fun and remember to keep the teachers active!”

Once Sarah has completed all elements of the training programme, she will need to submit her portfolio of evidence to the ASA Awarding Body to prove her competence in all areas.  This will include certificates, qualifications and attachment evidence. She should also have had a recent Criminal Records Bureau check and attended an accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children Seminar.  Once all the evidence has been confirmed as sufficient and valid, the ASA Awarding Body will issue a Tutor Licence and Sarah will be ready to begin her new career as an ASA Tutor!

The tutor training programme for 2010 has now commenced and we are no longer able to accept applications.  ASA qualified swimming teachers or coaches with recent experience of teaching and/or coaching in the UK who may be interested in joining the training programme for next year should submit a CV together with a covering letter to the IoS for consideration to tutortraining@swimming.org by 31st December 2010.  For further information including full candidate advice and guidance and a flowchart of the full process please click here.

For more information contact the ASA PR Officer Claire Freeman on 01509 632265 or email claire.freeman@swimming.org


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