Tutorial lessons & progress tutors

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Tutorial Lessons - FAQs

Here at SJR College, we believe in educating the whole person and our tutorial lessons provide students with the opportunity to consider a wide range of topics ranging from Careers and Employability Skills, to Wellbeing and Teaching and Learning.
Your tutorial sessions are with your Progress Tutor and the rest of your Tutor Group.
Your Tutor Group will be a mix of students from your Year Group at College who will be studying a range of different subjects and will have come to SJR from a number of different High Schools.
Students have one timetabled tutorial session every week.

Each tutorial session is 50 minutes.

Yes! These sessions are compulsory just like all of your other timetabled subjects and Values for Living lessons.
Tutorial topics include Resilience, Anti-Bullying Week, Driver Safety, Equality and Diversity and Budgeting, to name but a few. Some tutorial sessions will also provide the opportunity for students to meet with their Progress Tutor 1-1 to discuss their progress at College.

Your Progress Tutors

Your Progress Tutor will be your biggest supporter, professional friend and guiding hand in College; ensuring that you’re never alone throughout your journey with us.

When you join us at SJR, you will be allocated a Progress Tutor. This person will work with you to ensure that you are happy, safe and making good progress with your courses. They will be your first point of contact to speak to about any issues or concerns that you have either in or out of College. Their role is a bit like your Form Teacher at High School.

You will meet with your Progress Tutor once a week during tutorial. This is a compulsory class which appears on your timetable. During these sessions your Progress Tutor will deliver the tutorial programme.  You will also meet for 1:1s throughout the year to discuss things like progress, exam techniques and plans for university, apprenticeships or employment once you have completed your studies with us.

When not delivering tutorials, the PT team is based in D002 and you can drop in and see them whenever you need to.

A Progress Tutor’s role is a supportive one but as part of that support, they may need to challenge you sometimes on things like attendance, punctuality to your lessons and your performance in subjects. They will work with you, your subject teachers and your parents or carers to help you to be as successful as possible. Ultimately, they are here for you and want to help you to be the best you can be.



Eleanor is a former History teacher who still has an obsession with history and Harry Potter (not necessarily in that order!). In her spare time, she can be found researching the history of witchcraft and dragging her poor family around castles and old houses.

Lucy is an ex-SJR student who left College 10 years ago and now works alongside her ex- tutors!

When Lucy is not in work she can be found doing either one of the following; giving all of her attention to her two gorgeous dogs, pumping iron in the gym or more than likely eating chocolate! She is a qualified RS teacher who has travelled to different places such as Dubai to experience the different cultures. 

Michelle Ratcliffe

When I’m not at work I am usually at home with my husband and three children. I love being outside and am often dragging my family out on long walks. I started my career as a primary school teacher and have worked in many education settings over the years. I also worked for the NHS for a few months which was really interesting.

Emily is a former SJR student who went on to teach Music before becoming a Progress Tutor. When she is not in work, she loves to walk her two dogs and enjoys going on holidays in the sun! Emily also spends her spare time singing and practising her instruments.  

Eva is an ex-student of the college and a former English teacher. She has a particular interest in creative writing and is currently writing a novel.  When she’s not working, she can often be found watching football, going to the theatre and travelling to different places.

Karl used to work in IT and was also a driving instructor. As well as working with Progress Tutors, he teaches Business and Economics.
Juliana is from Slovakia. She came over to England in 1995 to study English and Graphic Communication at University. Once, out of curiosity, she queued in a very long queue outside of a lecture theatre. The queue was so long that nobody at the end knew what they were queuing for. It turned to be an audition for a very small movie part. Did she get it?

Senior Tutors

If your Progress Tutor is like your Form Tutor at school, then your Senior Tutor is the equivalent of your Head of Year. You can speak to a Senior Tutor if your Progress Tutor isn’t around or if you have a more serious issue or concern. Senior Tutors and Progress Tutors are all Level 3 Safeguarding and Mental Health trained, so they are equipped to deal with all situations.

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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