Based: Full Time, permanent posts in London (Stratford) with expectation of national travel and PT, flexible or seconded positions in any location in England/Wales with regional travel
Voice 21 is a charity dedicated to promoting the value of oracy in education in the schools that need it most. Launched within School 21, an award winning outstanding school in East London, we've since grown to work with schools all over the UK. We provide professional and leadership development, school improvement and curriculum resources to enable schools to support children and young people to find their voice for success in education and in life. We also lead a campaign to influence educators, policymakers and influencers to take speaking seriously in schools.
By the age of three, children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds have heard approximately 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers. On entry to school, disadvantaged children’s spoken language development is significantly lower than their more advantaged peers. These gaps in language development grow, rather than diminish, as pupils move through school hampering both their educational success and future career prospects.
Voice 21 believes that oracy has been undervalued and overlooked within our schools for too long denying the majority of children and young people opportunities consistently afforded to an advantaged few. It is time for change.
About the role
Voice 21, based at School 21, is now looking to expand its programme team, as the organisation moves into an exciting new chapter of growth. We are a small team with mighty ambitions and are looking for a dynamic and devoted self-starter, comfortable to lead our ever-growing delivery demands from schools across the country.
You don’t need to be an expert in oracy education yet – we’ll help with that. It’s essential, however, that you’re a skilled and engaging communicator who can show evidence of excellent teaching practice in a primary or secondary school. You should be passionate about relationship building, education and social mobility and have unashamedly high expectations for the quality of the programmes you deliver and impact you achieve.
The immediate priority is to recruit at least one full-time Programme Lead or Facilitator (dependent on experience) based in London, but with expected travel across the country.
We would also welcome applications from individuals across the UK who may want to work on a more flexible basis as part of our delivery team.
Your responsibilities will include:
● Developing and delivering training to groups of teachers and schools.
● Working with schools to design and implement bespoke improvement plans for their oracy provision.
● Contributing to a growing body of oracy knowledge and expertise through the development of teaching ideas, resources and specialised training packages.
● Managing and promoting ongoing relationships with the teachers and schools that we work with.
● Contributing to the strategy and direction of a growing organisation.
You will love this job if:
● You are passionate about oracy and the potential it has to transform education.
● You are excited about supporting other educators to develop their practice.
● You are keen to develop an understanding of the educational picture across the UK by working with teachers and schools nationally.
● You want to join a fast-paced and fast-growing team with big ambitions.
● You are a qualified classroom teacher (primary or secondary)
● You are passionate about oracy and have used talk to support learning in your classroom.
● You have a knowledge of a range of speaking and listening techniques and contexts for oracy, these could include: debate, dialogic teaching, storytelling, public speaking or communication and language development.
● You have experience leading CPD at a whole-school level and inspiring teachers to embrace new approaches and ideas.
● You are an engaging and thoughtful facilitator who is comfortable delivering training to adults.
● You are an excellent communicator both when working in a small team and when delivering training to large groups of adults.
● You are flexible, can think on your feet and can bring your own experiences to the work we do.
● You are an excellent team player and collaborator.
● You are highly-organised, proactive and can prioritise and manage a varied workload.
● You are willing to travel nationally; this may include overnight stays.
● Your written communication skills are excellent.
Terms and conditions:
Salary: £25,000 - £35,000. We are looking to recruit at least one Programme Lead (30-35k) and/or a Programme Facilitator (25-30k) dependent on experience. A pro-rata salary or day rate will be offered for staff employed on a flexible, part-time or seconded basis.
Start date: Tues 13th February 2018 (with flexibility to accommodate longer notice periods for the right candidate)
How to apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role (including your current or most recent salary) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: The final deadline for applications is 5pm on Tues 2nd January 2018. Phone interviews will take place the following week, with final round interviews taking place on Tues 16th January 2018.
If you have any questions about these roles or would like to discuss your application, please call 020 8262 2121 andask for a member of the Voice 21 team.