About the role
A key division of London Higher, AccessHE is the largest regional widening access and social mobility network in England helping underrepresented groups to enter and succeed in higher education (HE). We mobilise and bring together higher education institutions (HEIs), schools, colleges and local authorities across London to support this aim. Working with our 25 HEI members and network of school partners, we run projects, host events, convene action forums that share best practice and launch new initiatives, and help to shape policy in the HE access and participation area through research and advocacy.
A major, government-funded project AccessHE is involved in is the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which delivers targeted higher education outreach to young people from underrepresented groups through regional partnerships of HEIs, schools and other partners. We are one of the network partners in the London NCOP. The programme is entering into its second phase, bringing with it an opportunity to refine and further enhance the outreach activity we have been delivering since 2017. A further priority will be to build a body of evidence through monitoring the NCOP in London that can help to inform the development of future widening access policy and initiatives.
We are actively seeking an energetic and motivated person to support the delivery of the London NCOP initiative. The Schools Officer will work in up to ten identified schools in Barking & Dagenham and Havering, delivering a programme of support for identified cohorts from Year 9 upwards. The role is an exciting opportunity to apply existing teaching/training experience to a key programme of government-funded activity and have real impact on the life-chances of young Londoners.
The post holder will report to the AccessHE NCOP Manager, working together with the NCOP Officer and form a key part of the AccessHE project team.
About you (requirements)
We are looking for someone who wants to make a difference to the lives of young people – those young people from backgrounds where, despite having the ability, they might not aspire to pursue the opportunities that HE offers. We are looking for someone who has experience of working in an educational setting and who in particular has a proven track record of developing and delivering engaging activities for secondary school students.
If you feel your skills, knowledge, personal qualities and experiences map to the following, we would love to hear from you:
- Experience delivering training/courses to students in secondary schools.
- Experience of working with multiple stakeholders, especially schools, students, universities, parents of learners.
- Able to travel to and build strong relationships with AccessHE’s partner schools in Barking & Dagenham and Havering.
- A confident communicator, able to effectively engage with secondary school students in a delivery style that is clear, concise and energetic.
- A flexible worker, well organised and adaptable in delivering a multi-faceted role.
- Collaborative with experience of working in a small team.
** In addition please note the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. London Higher will pay for the cost of this check.
***The postholder will be expected to take a minimum of 20 of their 25 days allocated annual leave days outside of school term time.
How to apply
Please ensure you follow the guidance below when completing and submitting your application:
- Complete the London Higher Application Form in full;
- In the statement section, you should address each point on the job specification, providing information, examples and evidence to illustrate how you meet the criteria for the post;
- Complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form;
- Completed application forms and equal opportunity forms should be submitted to: email@example.com by 4pm on Monday 05 August 2019. We will not be able to consider any applications received after this deadline;
- If you have any questions about the post or wish to discuss the role informally please contact Naz Khan, AccessHE NCOP Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 13 August.
Please download the Job Application Pack for further guidelines on how to apply.