Acting Tutor – School of Acting

Job Description for Acting Tutor (with pastoral care responsibilities)

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Application deadline: 26/04/2021
Interview date: 06/05/2021

Department: School of Acting
Reporting to: Senior Acting Tutor
Working Pattern: Full Time – 40 hours per week


ArtsEd originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one founded in 1922 by Olive Ripman. These two educational pioneers believed passionately in the value of combining a general academic education with specialised training in dance, drama, music and art. They were committed to preparing young people for professional careers in or related to the theatre.  In 1939, Grace and Olive joined forces to create the Cone Ripman School, subsequently named the Arts Educational Schools. Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin drew almost exclusively on ArtsEd students to help them create their revolutionary company London Festival Ballet, which eventually became the English National Ballet. Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey became Director of the Schools in the 1960s. ArtsEd continued to innovate, introducing both professional acting and musical theatre courses and in I986 moved to its present home in Chiswick.  In 2007, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber became President, heralding an auspicious new era for ArtsEd.

The School of Musical Theatre and School of Acting offer full-time BA and MA courses. Our Musical Theatre course is recognised as the best in the UK, while the Acting course is praised for its innovative 50:50 split between stage and screen acting.

Our outstanding record of graduate success sees nearly every one of our Musical Theatre graduates and over three-quarters of our Acting graduates make their professional debuts within six months of graduating.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Foundation Course

  • Teaching a range of Foundation Course classes as timetabled.
  • Liaising with Foundation Course leader as an additional point of contact for all Foundation students with regards to course and/or pastoral issues. This will include monitoring student’s wellbeing, 1-2-1 tutorials and group tutorials.
  • In conjunction with the Foundation Course Leader, formulating and reviewing plans for the delivery of the Foundation curriculum in advance of the academic year.
  • Implementing and overseeing relevant Acting Foundation Course student assessments.
  • Undertaking written feedback, maintaining and updating assessment details.
  • Managing, appraising and recording the progress of students.
  • Facilitating Foundation induction and student handbook sessions.
  • Organising theatre trips, arranging end of year workshops with visiting directors, and facilitating student/actor link up.
  • Implementing strategies to maintain discipline amongst the student body.
  • Monitoring student attendance, keeping daily registers and ensuring follow up procedures are implemented.
  • Ensuring the curriculum taught and course structure matches the requirements of the HE Cert qualification.
  • Supporting the course leader with student application references.

BA Acting

  • Teaching first year Improvisation and/or acting classes.
  • Supporting the Industry Liaison portfolio on BA Acting
  • Collaborating with the development of the BA Acting curriculum, ensuring it remains contemporary, inclusive and practical.
  • Undertaking assessment and marking where necessary
  • Participating in auditions days whenever available/required to do so.
  • Undertaking internal and external professional development activity commensurate with the expectations of the post.
  • Ensuring the curriculum taught and course structure matches the requirements of the Degree, the National Qualification and the professional accrediting bodies.

MA Course

  • Teaching on the MA programme as required by the Director of the School of Acting and in consultation with MA course leader(s)

Secondary Duties

  • Participating in the School of Acting staff meetings
  • Running Outreach workshops with feeder schools and colleges whenever available/required to do so.
  • Facilitating auditions whenever available/required to do so.
  • Being flexible in covering classes and assisting whenever available / required to do so.
  • Contributing to the delivery and enhancement of the BA (Hons) Acting

All staff:

  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.
  • You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as your line manager requires from time to time.



A relevant degree


You should have:

  • Experience of teaching Acting at Higher Educational level
  • Professional industry experience


You must be able to:

  • Demonstrate an inclusive and contemporary teaching practice
  • Support students in the contextualisation of their practice
  • Demonstrate excellent organisational skills
  • Work well and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Be flexible and willing to give up own time to support students as required


You should have knowledge of:

  • Learning and teaching practice in both practical and vocational contexts

Personal Qualities:

You will possess:

  • The motivation and passion to work with young people
  • The ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with young people
  • A positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • An ongoing commitment to professional development and demonstrable record of CPD

To apply for this position, please refer to the job description above and download the application form here:

Please submit a letter outlining your skills and experience and contact Cheryl Jarman, Head of HR should you have any questions.

Your application form and letter of application should be submitted to no later than 9am on the closing date.

Thank you for your interest in working at ArtsEd!