Reports to: Programme Director
Start Date: July 2019
Location: Our East Anglia cohort will be placed in Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge. The role holder will need to travel across the region.
Contract: 0.5 FTE
Salary: From £30k depending on experience and qualifications (+11% employer pension contribution) (Pro-rata to number of hours)
About Now Teach
Now Teach brings experienced professionals into teaching.
Lives and careers are lasting longer. Now Teach helps people change profession and redeploy their talent and experience in the classroom. We support them through their careers to ensure they stay in education. Our aim is to address the crisis of recruitment and retention in the teaching profession, to ensure the students who need it most get the best education possible.
We aim to draw on the experience our teachers have from successful careers in industry and the public sector to inform the future direction of our education system and the teaching profession.
In the first two years of operation, Now Teach has attracted 4000 expressions of interest and we have successfully recruited 122 career changers into teaching. We have built a support programme to retain these teachers, reaching a 90% retention rate with 2018’s cohort. Our funding is from the Department for Education and philanthropic sources, allowing us to make an impact at a time when money in the profession is tight. We have expanded beyond our original region of London and Hastings to two additional regions across the UK (the West Midlands and East Anglia) and we are continuing to establish ourselves as a significant player in the sector.
Since 2017 we have placed teachers in London & Hastings. From September 2019 we will expand to the West Midlands and East Anglia – and are planning our expansion beyond. The next challenge is to build a programme that can grow quickly and expand outside of London to support us in becoming a nationwide offering.
You will be the first port of call for the trainees, schools and providers in your portfolio. It will be your job (within the programme team) to make sure every Now Teacher feels both supported and inspired to complete their training and become a good teacher. You will work with the wider programme team to ensure that the regional experience is complementary to the existing London programme.
We are looking for individuals who:
- are motivated to support people to make teaching their next career
- are keen to establish our regional presence – which will include building relationships with supporters, schools and training providers
- are able to facilitate a range of support and events for participant
- nb. Now Teach do not undertake the teacher training of our teachers.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Building and managing relationships with a network of partner schools where trainees and NQTs are placed
- Building and managing a portfolio of provider relationships where trainees are placed. Have at least termly progress meetings and build a good working relationship with each provider
- Developing relationships with corporates, professional bodies and local influencers to build awareness of Now Teach, supporting the development of the candidate pipeline in the area
Programme design and delivery:
- With the support of the rest of the programme team, leading the creation of the East Anglia Now Teach support programme including regular ‘Teach Meets’ and cohort sessions
- Source and manage relationships with East Anglia well-being and other appropriate coaches; event facilitators and other relevant professionals
- Support the development of national programme components including an annual Now Teach conference
- Support the development of the London support programme
- Lead team projects to contribute to the overall development of the programme – this may include building our community of mentors (and our support for them), further developing the role of programme manager or designing our programme events
- Provide proactive and professional support to the cohort of Now Teachers in their training and NQT years
- Facilitate networks of Now Teachers beyond their NQT year (in London only currently)
- Work with Recruitment to secure trainee placements and respond to the pipeline of trainees
- Build strong relationships with Now Teachers through providing pastoral support and coaching; helping them build a supportive peer group and champion their impact
- Support effective working and smooth communication and collaboration with the recruitment team including facilitating smooth participant handover and inputting into candidate facing materials
- Work closely with the wider Programmes team to evaluate cohort experience and adapt the regional programme accordingly as well as working with the team to plan for the future
- Support the monitoring and achievement of key performance indicators in East Anglia
- The role will involve working as part of a small team and may include additional responsibilities not described here
The ideal candidate will:
- Have excellent organization, planning and time management skills
- Be committed to the aims of Now Teach
- Understand and be committed to children’s outcomes not being determined by their backgrounds and appreciate the impact teachers can make
- Be able to work on their own initiative and multitask in order to carry out a wide range of activities
- Have experience of designing and implementing high quality support programmes
- Have experience of event management
- Be an excellent communicator
- Have strong stakeholder management experience
- Have a good understanding of Initial Teacher training
We are looking for someone to work approximately 0.5FTE flexibility on work patterns considered but working hours will need to include occasional (c.monthly) evening work and some travel to London (approximately monthly).
Safe Recruitment Procedure
Now Teach and Ark are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process and all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Only those candidates meeting the right criteria will be taken forward from application.
Shortlisted candidates will be subject to an interview in Central London.
References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates, and where necessary employers may be contacted to gather further information.
All new staff will be subject to a probation period of 6 months (which may, in certain circumstances, be extended by up to 10 weeks). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed.
Please send a CV and a cover letter detailing why you would be a great fit for the role to email@example.com.