I am delighted that you are interested in learning more about the Consultant Teacher role at Driver Youth Trust.
The Driver Youth Trust is a national charity committed to improving outcomes for young people who struggle with literacy. Our mission is to promote the following:
1. Every young person can access the highest quality education that is responsive to their literacy needs.
2. Society understands the nature of literacy difficulties, the impact and decides to do something about it.
We believe that by building school capacity and improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers is the best way to make sure that every child, regardless of their background, gets a great education. However, there are real systemic issues that can make this difficult, such as the lack of appropriate teacher training.
That’s why we are doing things differently – re-thinking the role of teaching consultants providing guidance and support to schools in a way that uses the best practice, with a sound understanding of research and evidence. We believe every child needs a great teacher and that every teacher deserves the highest quality training.
We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team. As a teacher with expertise in literacy and/or SEND you will work in our London office and support our flagship programme, Drive for Literacy.
Reporting to the Director of Education, you will be a great practitioner with a thirst for learning and a keen grasp of the latest research and evidence in teaching and learning. The ability to assimilate this information and produce summaries for our website and to our schools is crucial.
You will work directly with the core team, facilitators and partners. Therefore, you will need to be a confident and skilled communicator with excellent domain knowledge. In order to excel in this role, you will need to have experience as a leading teacher, be flexible to meet the demands of our growing organisation, setting a course through ambiguity and changing circumstances. Above all, you will have a commitment to the vision and values of DYT and a determination to improve the education of young people who struggle with literacy.
Christopher Rossiter, Chief Executive
Job title: Consultant Teacher
Reports to: Director of Education
Start date: Negotiable
Contract term: Permanent
Location: London based with regular travel across England
Salary: £45,000 – £55,000 depending on experience and 10% pension contribution
Benefits: 20 days annual leave and travel loan
Closing Date: Sunday 7th October 2018
Interview Date: Thursday 18th October 2018
To provide your expertise to Driver Youth Trust’s core team and support the design and delivery of our programmes of work and services to schools. You will support the organisation to continue to grow, modernise and deliver on our commitment to every young person accessing the highest quality education.
This role would suit a teacher qualified with demonstrable expertise in literacy or SEND who would like to step back from the classroom or day-to-day leadership and into a busy multifaceted role and have a wider impact nationally for young people with literacy difficulties.
The Consultant Teacher will:
• Deliver professional learning and development opportunities for school-based practitioners, using your knowledge of how to do this appropriately for different audiences and for maximum impact;
• Deliver our flagship programme, Drive for Literacy, in schools leading a systemic approach to developing literacy and SEND provision across the whole school;
• Manage a regional facilitator team to ensure they are delivering impact to our partner schools, providing professional supervision;
• Engage in the monitoring and evaluation of all areas of our work in relation to our strategic priorities and offer timely and relevant feedback to drive improvements;
• Lead on quality assuring and producing educational content for our practitioner toolkit;
• Contribute your expertise to our marketing and communication activities;
• Stay abreast of research and policy developments and be able to appraise this in relation to our evidence-based practice approach;
• Liaising with our partner schools and facilitators including courtesy calls to ensure Heads are happy with the programme and facilitators to feel empowered to deliver to our high standards;
There may be times when you are required to work Saturdays to attend conferences and stay overnight mid-week for school visits. You should expect to travel regularly across England.
• Act as a representative for DYT and its Trustees with integrity and professionalism.
• Other duties as directed by the Chief Executive and Trustees.
You will be working at the heart of DYT and support the work of the Education Department and our core team of Executives.
You will report directly to our Director of Education, Jules Daulby (a highly experienced teaching leader and founding partner of #WomenEd).
What’s the context?
DYT is a growing organisation. This means that:
• You will be aligned to our vision and mission;
• The team will grow steadily over the next three years;
• There will be frequent change;
• There will be a need for constant prioritisation as resources will be limited;
• There will be an expectation of flexibility – this is not a nine-to-five job and everyone will need to pitch in;
• You will have an understanding of all aspects of our work in the early stages and as we grow you will need to make the shift to increased specialisation.
• Some evening and weekend work as required to support and facilitate our programmes.
• Some travel within England (particularly the South Coast and North East).
• A commitment to support the Director of Education and wider team to achieve required goals.
The successful candidate will have a strong belief in, and enthusiasm for, the vision and mission of DYT, and consistently demonstrate the following values:
o Accomplish large amounts of high-quality work
o Articulate what you are and are not trying to do
o Discover practical solutions to hard problems
o Be known for your courtesy and candour
o Be true to your word
o Treat people with respect independent of their status or disagreement with you
o Learn rapidly and eagerly
o Seek to understand your impact
o Get beyond symptoms and identify root causes
o Skilfully give, receive and use feedback
o Make time to help colleagues
o Demonstrate consistently strong performance so colleagues can rely on you
o Make wise decisions despite ambiguity
o Challenge prevailing assumptions when warranted and suggest better approaches
o Question actions inconsistent with our values
To excel in the role, the Consultant Teacher must have:
• A track record as an excellent teaching, especially for learners with low prior attainment in literacy;
• Experience in teacher training and development, including coaching and mentoring teachers;
• A strong understanding of the evidence which underpins effective teaching and learning, including but not limited to curriculum design, assessment and inclusion;
• Have experience of developing teachers including writing and leading professional development sessions for teachers;
• Have experience of carrying out independent reading and research to significantly develop your own knowledge base in specific areas;
• Show an awareness of challenges and barriers to the effective implementation of teacher and wider development that is specific to their context;
• Experience of leading a small team or have been designated a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE)
• A commitment to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team who you will go above and beyond for;
• A reflective and responsive approach to feedback and be driven by the impact on learners;
• The ability to creatively problem-solve;
• Qualified to degree level (2:1 equivalent or above);
• Qualified to teach in the UK;
• Hold additional postgraduate qualifications in literacy, language or SEND;
• Right to work in the UK.
This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure of previous criminal convictions with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Please apply by submitting a cover letter detailing your suitability for the post, along with a CV. This should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who wish to have an informal discussion regarding the post, please arrange to speak to Jules Daulby – Director of Education by emailing: email@example.com