Education Officer

(Part Time – 4 days a week term time only or 3 days a week over the course of the year)

£39,000 FTE

The Trustees of the Southwark Cathedral Learning Centre are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, qualified teacher to lead their work with children and young people.

We aspire to give children and young people valuable learning experiences.  Our programme links to our Board of Education’s syllabus for RE, the National Curriculum and GCSE Religious Studies syllabuses.  We aim to offer trails and workshops that are purposeful for learning and are good quality, as well as providing opportunities for experiencing awe and wonder.

You will work on the strategic development of the Learning Centre and to help to set the future direction post-pandemic. This includes work in four areas:

1. Schools

To develop curriculum work with schools, devising trails and workshops using the Cathedral as a resource to enrich Religious Education.

To provide tours and activities for schools to enable children and young people to have:

  • Greater knowledge and skills
  • Deeper sympathy for the Christian faith
  • An appreciation of the church’s contribution to culture and community
  • Engagement with the “big questions” of life, ethics and meaning
  • Capacity to respond to the transcendent, for example in expressing praise, gratitude, or respect for Creation

To enable the Cathedral to be used as a resource to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, particularly in providing high quality experience outside the classroom.

2. The Cathedral Community, including Children and Families

  • You will manage the recruitment, induction, training, and appraisal of Learning Centre volunteers
  • Working with Cathedral colleagues you will the opportunity to support, resource and advise on ministry to families and young people in the Cathedral community.

3. Management of the Learning Centre

The person appointed will be supported and employed by the Southwark Cathedral Education Trust, which was established to promote the use of the Cathedral as an educational resource. As a result the Learning Centre has a Management Committee and Board of Trustees.  You will:

  • Prepare agendas and reports for the Management Committee and Board of Trustees and occasional reports for the Cathedral Chapter.
  • Work in partnership with the Learning Centre Treasurer to manage the finances of the Learning Centre, and share in the fund-raising process
  • Share in the fundraising process.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic, qualified teacher to lead our work with children and young people, who will:

  • have a working knowledge of the National Curriculum with particular reference to Religious Education
  • know the value of learning outside the classroom and be able to devise creative materials which will engage learners.
  • be in sympathy with the Christian faith
  • be proactive and self motivated
  • able to manage a team of volunteers who help to lead the educational visits to the Cathedral

Further details in the job description are here

For an informal conversation please contact [email protected]

To apply, please use the attached application and return to: to [email protected]

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