The main role, or aim, for a teacher or trainer, is to help your learners as much as possible in order for them to have the best platform to achieve their learning objective. However, within the role of teacher or trainer, the individual may also have to undertake many other roles, depending upon their actual job role, if they are to ensure that their students are learning. For example, a teacher may also have the following roles:
• Admin – having to register learners
• Logistics – having to provide resources
• Teacher – having to teach or facilitate learning
• Technician – making sure ICT equipment is working
• Assessor – having to mark work
Within the role of teacher, there are responsibilities to accept if the teacher is to achieve the overarching aim of ensuring that their students are learning. If we follow the learning cycle suggested by Gravells (2014), then the teacher has responsibilities in each of the five stages of the learning cycle.
1. Identifying needs – the teacher or trainer is responsible for identifying the needs of the user, and the relevant organisation. This is important as it enables planning that provides the learner with the most suitable path to success in their chosen subject.
2. Planning learning – having identified needs there is a responsibility to put the correct plan in place, tailored for individual learning styles.
3. Facilitating learning – this can be seen as the ‘teaching’ stage, and it is the responsibility of the teacher to facilitate learning using a variety of methods that will best engage the learners own learning style.
4. Assessing learning – it is the responsibility of the teacher to regularly assess learner knowledge so that progress can be monitored and used to make decisions on future teaching.
5. Evaluating learning – this can be carried out at any time and used to constantly review the effectiveness of the other stages.
Further responsibilities include personal conduct, following professional guidelines, setting a good example for others by being a good role model, and maintaining your subject knowledge.

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