Lumiar School Project
Part-time Lead Playworker Job Specification (KS1)
We are seeking a Lead Playworker with a passion for innovation in education to work with a small group of Year One/Year Two children, based at Stowford Manor Farm, near Wingfield.
We are opening the first Lumiar school in the UK, which offers an inspirational approach to 21st century education. The perfect candidate will have a broad, alternative perspective to mainstream education, and will be enthusiastic about contributing ideas and passion to this evolving Project.
This is an exciting and challenging role and will require creative thinking, resourcefulness and tenacity. The role is for someone who is passionate about transforming education in England and wants to work with a dynamic and committed group of people to establish a new and innovative approach. This is a great opportunity to be trained using the Lumiar approach and the Project will lead to the opening of an Independent Lumiar School in September 2018.
The Project started in Sept 2017, currently with 9 children aged 5-9 years old. However, we are open for admissions in Jan 2018 and wish to appoint a Lead Playworker to work with the younger half of the group, aged 5-7 to develop core skills (phonics and numeracy) alongside project based learning, using play-based, creative and outdoor approaches as central components of planning and delivery. Your work will be supported and overseen by an experienced Board of educators and business people.
HOURS OF WORK, TERM TIME AND REMUNERATION:
£11,250 (0.4 FTE £2500 for two terms fixed-term contract)
Feb to July 2018 (holidays approximately in line with the school calendar)
2 days per week (Mon and Tues)
School times are 9:30–15:30 (plus weekly staff meeting)
Part time fixed term contract to July 2018, with possibility to extend into permanent contract for the launch of the independent school in Sept 2018, if mutually agreeable.
Referees will be requested
The Lead Playworker’s main responsibility is to ensure that the Lumiar educational vision, ethos and planning/assessment (via the Digital Mosaic curriculum) are put into practice effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the Year 1 to Year 2 group.
The Lead Playworker will collaborate with ‘Masters’, delivering the skills in projects, working closely in order to plan, identify aims, objectives and assessment at the beginning of the project, and monitor this as each project progresses.
The curriculum is defined in its broadest terms, to support the development of a child’s academic, physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual aspects and we are searching for a Lead Playworker with passion and ideas to contribute to, and play an active role within, the Educational Team in developing this exciting approach to schooling.
An enhanced DBS disclosure with list checks before commencing in post is required.
Have a passion for learning, in all its forms, and be committed to an alternative to mainstream curriculum delivery.
Have experience of working with children - this may be in an educational setting, or in other settings, including skills training (such as dance, storytelling, science, craft, forest school, languages) playworker, youth worker (with younger children) or other support roles.
Be inspiring for the children, modelling excitement and passion about learning.
Be able to create a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment for the group.
Have experience of planning sessions for activities with children, with a clear aim.
Be committed to adopting, testing and refining new educational ideas, with a growth mindset - specifically the Lumiar approach to learning.
Have experience of delivering phonics and numeracy content in an educational setting, or a willingness to learn the relevant strategies. There will be scope for the successful candidate to develop the phonics/early literacy and numeracy curriculum and a creative approach to these building blocks of early learning is crucial.
Be reflective and committed to personal growth, taking part in all opportunities for training and development as part of the Educational team.
Be professional and authentic in all communication and conduct with the children, parents, staff and Board of Directors.
Be first aid trained for schools - or will commit to gaining this in own time.
Have demonstrable experience of evaluating children’s progress (in whatever form) and creating ‘next steps’ in order to extend children’s skills, experiences or knowledge.
Experience delivering outdoor learning.
Experience of conflict resolution between children.
To contribute to the development of the Lumiar curriculum and take a central and creative role in setting up the project for the younger group (Year 1 and 2 - although skills working with Reception will be invaluable).
To use the Digital Mosaic tool to plan, assess and evaluate individual children’s progress as well as that of the group (daily, weekly and termly).
To provide a structure to the delivery of the learning programme 2 days a week, (i.e. lesson planning and the development of a child-centred value led ethos).
To use play-based, outdoor, and creative approaches to core skills (literacy, phonics, numeracy).
To track and monitor the children’s development, particularly in literacy and numeracy, to identify next steps and areas for support.
The Lead Playworker is required to have an effective working relationship with the Lead Tutor, Board, Head of Education, Lumiar advisors, any other appointed Advisors, the Lumiar community of parents, the wider community and most importantly the children. They need to act with love, warmth, confidentiality, discretion, timeliness, and accuracy.
To ensure the implementation of Lumiar policies and procedures, including child protection, record keeping, discipline and grievance, health and safety and risk assessment.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS MIDNIGHT SUN 14TH JAN 2018
INTERVIEWS W/C 22ND JAN 2018
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing management systems and processes to ensure that the project runs smoothly and is compliant with laws/regulations. The Board is responsible for hiring, training and managing a team of paid and voluntary staff to help deliver the project strategy.
There is a 6-week probation period.
A Lead Tutor is already in place, working with the children, and will specialise in age 6/7+.
The Board of Directors and the Head of Education form the Management team who are responsible on a day to day basis for running the Lumiar project efficiently and safely, and making sure that the necessary resources are in place to deliver the strategic aims of the project.