1.2 The roles and responsibilities of a class teacher

The vast majority of GTAs are employed primarily as class teachers on undergraduate courses. As such, your roles and responsibilities are set out in the Code of Good Practice for Undergraduate Programmes: Teaching, Learning and Assessment|. You should read this in full before starting to teach.

The key parts of the code relevant to class teachers are:

Teaching

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2.4     Lecturers are responsible for organising the class programmes for their courses, for liaising with class teachers to ensure that the classes are properly coordinated with their lectures, and for submitting reading lists to the Library in good time for required books to be purchased.

2.5     Classes are a compulsory part of the teaching and learning experience. Class sizes should not normally exceed 15 students.

2.6      Classes will normally give students the opportunity to participate in a discussion of material relevant to the course. The nature and format of these discussions will vary according to the subject matter of the course.

2.7      Lectures and classes start at five minutes past the hour and end at five minutes to the hour. Staff and students should make every effort to start and finish on time.

2.8     Formative course work is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. It should be introduced at an early stage of a course and normally before the submission of assessed course work. Students will normally be given the opportunity to produce essays, problem sets or other forms of written work. The number of these pieces of work for each course will be detailed in the online Course Guide.

2.9     Feedback on course work is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative course work and return it with feedback to students normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). Class teachers must record the marks, or the failure to submit course work, regularly via LSE for You.

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2.11     Class teachers must record student attendance on a weekly basis via LSE for You.

2.12     Class reports are an integral part of the School's monitoring system on the academic progress of its students. Class teachers must complete, via LSE for You, full and accurate reports, including a general assessment of each student's progress, at the end of the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

2.13     All full-time members of staff and part-time and occasional teachers must have regular weekly office hours during term time when they are available to students to discuss issues relating to the courses they are teaching. These hours should be displayed outside their offices.

Responsibilities of the student

3.1     Students are required to attend the School for the full duration of each term. Students who wish to be away for good reason in term time must first obtain the consent of their adviser. Students away through illness must inform their adviser and their class teachers and, where the absence is for more than a fortnight, the Student Services Centre.

3.2     Students with disabilities which may impact on their studies should contact the Adviser to Students with Disabilities and /or Dyslexia in good time to negotiate reasonable adjustments. These will be set out in an Individual Student Support Agreement. Students must also agree on the extent to which this information will be shared within the School. If the School is not informed about a disability in good time, it may not be able to make the appropriate reasonable adjustments.

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3.5     Attendance at classes is compulsory and is recorded on LSE for You. Any student who is absent on two consecutive occasions or is regularly absent without good reason will be automatically reported to their academic adviser.

3.6     Students must submit all required course work on time, whether it is summative course work (ie work that counts towards the final mark) or formative course work (ie work that does not count towards the final mark). In submitting course work, students must abide with the School's policy on plagiarism as set out in the School's Assessment Office Regulations: Plagiarism.  

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Examination and Assessment

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4.3     Students who regularly miss classes and/or do not provide required course work may be denied permission to sit an examination.

4.4    Any student who requires specific examination arrangements must contact an adviser in the Disability and Well-being Service so that reasonable adjustments can be made. Applications for specific exam arrangements should normally be made no later than seven weeks before the date of the student's first examination.

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A similar code is available for MSc programmes: the Code of Practice for Taught Masters Programmes|.

In practical terms, most GTAs, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are expected to:

  • plan and prepare weekly (or occasionally fortnightly) classes, including developing appropriate materials and methods as necessary;
  • run the classes with groups of students;
  • be available for one or more weekly or fortnightly 'office hours';
  • mark, grade and give students feedback on class/course work as appropriate (this may be weekly in some cases);
  • monitor student attendance and progress and write reports on student progress which contribute to their School record;
  • take part in appropriate School and departmental course/teacher evaluations;
  • attend meetings associated with their course as requested/ appropriate;
  • (in some cases) take part in formal assessment of student work under the direction of full-time academic faculty; and
  • (in some cases) contribute to Moodle.

Moodle is a school-wide system that provides web-based support for all courses and programmes. It is used for collecting assignments, for communication, for formative assessment, for discussions, for collaborative projects and for disseminating lecture and class materials as well as feedback. For more information on Moodle see Section 8.1|

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