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School Placement Tutor
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Appointment to: St Angela’s College Education Department Contract: Part-time


St. Angela’s College, Sligo seeks to employ a panel of highly motivated and experienced professionals as school placement (SP) tutors for the College’s initial teacher education programmes (BA/PME) in Home Economics and Irish and Home Economics and Religious Education.

The College’s post-primary initial teacher education programmes currently allow student teachers to source schools on a nationwide basis, consequently, we are looking to employ a panel of suitably qualified tutors across the country for the subjects Home Economics, Irish and Religious Education.  Candidates located in Dublin and the South of Ireland with expertise in Irish language teaching, teaching Home Economics through the medium of the Irish language and Religious Education will be particularly welcome.   

The SP role may especially suit teachers who are job sharing, those with part-time teaching hours and recently retired teachers.  The role is unsuitable for those working full teaching contracts.  The College operates one SP block between mid-February and the end of March for the majority of student teachers (BA years 1-4, approx. 400) with lesser number of visits to final year student teachers only in January and early February.  Candidates will need to have substantial availability during the aforementioned large block period.

The successful candidate will work with undergraduate student teachers on the BA SP programme and postgraduate student teachers on the PME SP programmes within the Education Department of St. Angela’s College.


The broad responsibilities attached to the post of SP tutor will include the following:

  • Complete relevant training, both online and onsite, together with induction and CPD prescribed by the College;
  • Support and mentor student teachers;
  • Evaluate student teachers’ practice while on placement.


More specifically the candidate will be expected to:


  • o Ensure effective communication with assigned student teachers both before during and after SP.
  • o Monitor and mentor student teachers during placement;
  • o Offer support (both / either online or onsite) as per College SP programme protocols to assigned student teachers in advance of placement periods, including support in relation to lesson planning and pedagogy;
  • o Offer student teachers effective oral and written formative feedback in-line with College SP programme protocols;
  • o Engage in grading student teachers placements’ in-line with College SP programme protocols;
  • o Liaise professionally with student teachers, personnel in post-primary schools, fellow tutors in St Angela’s College, the College’s SP team (SP Director, SP Officer and Head of Education) and with the broader field of education;
  • o Ensure regular and effective communication with the SP team in regard to student progress during placements;
  • o When necessary, be available either online or onsite after placement periods to engage in procedures associated with the examination of SP such as Examination Boards.


These responsibilities may change given the emerging priorities, initiatives and work programme within the Education Department / College in an ever-changing higher education environment.


Person Specification:

Candidates likely to be called for interview will have most or all of the following:

  • A relevant honours primary degree or its equivalent in Home Economics/Religious Education/Irish;
  • A relevant teaching qualification at post-primary level;

Relevant post-graduate qualification in Home Economics/Religious Education/Irish or related disciplines at Masters level; A minimum of 4 years teaching experience with demonstrable knowledge and experience of teaching in a post-primary setting in her/his subject areas; Registration with the Teaching Council; Experience of evaluating, mentoring and supporting teachers; A means of independent travel to assigned schools; Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills;

  • A flexible approach to work and an ability to prioritise;

A proven ability to work both independently and as part of a number of teams; Discernment and discretion in relation to the assessment of students’ placements.



Reporting Relationship:

Reporting will be to the Head of the Education Department and /or President.


Contract from January – March 2020 (part-time)


The salary will be line with current Government Pay Policy.


The post will require attendance at other sites.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application together with a Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of three referees to:

The HR Department, St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo, or email to

Canvassing will disqualify.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo National Vetting Bureau procedures.

Closing date for receipt of applications is October 24th 2019 at 4pm.

St. Angela’s College, Sligo is an equal opportunities employer