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Specialist Study Skills Tutor

Location : guildford Employment type : OTHER Expires : 2022-07-08 Salary: £40

ACM is a specialist music education provider with approximately 2,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.


ACM’s Vision:

ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.

We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.

Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:

To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in real-time, based on a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.

Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts industry.


The Specialist Study Skills Tutor’s primary duties will be carried out in collaboration with staff across the Additional Needs and Disabilities department in ACM’s approach to inclusive practice, access and special education needs support for students on Higher Education programmes. The purpose of this role is to provide high-quality, specialist study skills support to students with additional needs and disabilities. The Specialist Study Skills Tutor will also work closely with members of the wider Integrated Services and Education departments to maintain connection between all areas of provision.

This position is a casual, PAYE role, with a pay rate of £40 per hour.



  • To work alongside other Additional Needs and Disabilities staff to provide specialist one-to-one study skills support to students with specific learning differences which may include: dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, mental health difficulties etc.;
  • To identify learning developmental needs for students; this is typically in line with diagnostic assessment reports and DSA2 letters;
  • To plan and deliver individual study skills tutorial, using a range of strategies to facilitate independent learning;
  • To regularly review with the student their study skills plan, and make adjustments accordingly;
  • To undertake accurate record keeping of study skills sessions delivered to each student, collecting the information required within DSA processes;
  • To liaise with other colleagues, where appropriate and necessary, in other student services areas to ensure well-rounded and thorough support to students with additional needs and disabilities;
  • To keep up to date with developments in the field of SpLD support for students in Higher Education;
  • To keep up to date with internal policy and regulatory developments within all areas of ACM’s provision, in order to deliver up-to-date and relevant advice where necessary;
  • To attend Additional Needs and Disabilities department meetings, and engage with staff across the institution as a member of the wider ACM team;
  • To provide reports on your daily activities to the Additional Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.




  • An undergraduate degree or relevant professional equivalent;
  • Experience of planning and delivering 1:1 specialist study support to students in Higher Education;
  • Experience of teaching and incorporating multi-sensory skills within a 1:1 specialist study support setting:
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex processes/information to others
  • Ability to initiate and complete administrative tasks to a deadline;
  • Knowledge of legislation around disability and specific learning differences;
  • Working knowledge of legislation relating to data protection and equality and diversity;
  • Commitment to working within the policies of ACM and the regulations of its academic partners;
  • Quality Assured member of Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education OR AMBDA;
  • Awareness of mental health and anxiety issues associated with SpLDs.




  • A teaching qualification;
  • Postgraduate-level specialism in an area of Specific Learning Differences (SpLD);
  • Knowledge of the OfS agenda for Access and Participation;


All ACM staff work to the same values which are:


To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational culture.

Supportive environments

To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.

Agility and innovation

To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility, creativity and self-evaluation.


To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies, and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.

Professional and academically strong standards

To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high professional and academic standards

Safeguarding is of the highest importance to us and with this in mind, al ACM team members are required to undergo a DBS check prior to joining. This will require renewal on a three yearly basis. 

This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.  This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary.  Should significant changes to the job purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job purpose.


ACM reserve the right to end job advertisements prior to the stated expiry date should a suitable number of applications be received.

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Application Form

Application forms should be returned by the advertised closing date to or by post:

HR and Recruitment Team
The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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