Education Manager - Primary (18 Month FTC)
Posted on Jan 16, 2019 by THE CAREERS AND ENTERPRISE COMPANY
Following the Careers Strategy, the DfE have asked the Careers & Enterprise Company to look at and test careers interventions in primary schools both within and outside of the Opportunity Areas over the next two years.
According to research children as young as 6 start to form gender stereotypes, which is particularly pertinent when considering the challenges being faced in the UK regarding encouraging young women to consider STEM related subjects and careers. YourLife research tells us that women doing STEM drops at age 13, so early intervention is necessary. Key Stage 2 is a crucial time for child development with evidence showing that during this period young people move from 'fantasy' ideals to more realistic aspirations and attitudes that can significantly influence their long-term life choices. Raising aspirations and broadening horizons at an earlier age can play a critical role in the subject and careers choices that young people make and increasing exposure at an earlier age is key to the level of impact that is made. Young people from families where there have been multiple generations of unemployment need the concept of work introducing at an early age to ensure they opt to engage in the future: perceptions are often formed by secondary school age.
However, there is no consistent approach across primary schools across England and limited evidence and best practice for schools to use when planning their activities. The Government has asked the Company to learn more about what works so that children can develop positive attitudes about work from an early age and make sure that primary schools have access to the tools they need to understand how they can start to build activities with employers into their lessons. The Company has been awarded £2 million to explore new approaches to employer engagement and early careers activities in primary schools or expand ones that whose impact is backed with strong evidence.
The Careers & Enterprise Company working with schools, business, careers professionals and academia to identify what works in primary and to share the results widely so other schools can benefit and build their expertise.
This role is critical in ensuring that we can deliver on these exciting new responsibilities for primary aged pupils. There are three key elements to the role:
- Acting as CEC's lead on primary work
- Working with the Head of Education and the Primary advisory group to develop an implementation plan for the primary strand of the Careers Strategies.
- Project manage the roll out of that plan including being responsible for managing risks and reporting monthly to the senior leadership team on progress.
- Working across the Company to ensure all teams are aware of the latest developments on primary and to integrate primary into the briefing for and work of our operational teams.
- To act as the point of contact for the Department for Education on primary issues.
- Leading the development of a new primary element for the Careers & Enterprise Company's work:
- Working with internal and external partners to design and develop a primary resources and information to support enable primary schools to engage in encounters with the world of work for their students.
- Working with the Investment and Digital teams to include Primary providers on the resource and provider directory.
- Identifying the options to scale up of the Network to drive forward engagement with primary schools.
- Working with careers professionals to ensure the network can build on what works in primary to support their delivery, drawing in the support of the providers already active in primary and identifying potential funding and new partners to help us deliver.
- Developing a monitoring mechanism to ensure that the impact of the network can be monitored in as light touch a way as possible.
- Working with the Investment team on the fund to fund to support careers activities in primary schools:
- Supporting the delivery of the Primary Fund to enable providers to offer support such as work inspiration and insight, embedding careers in the curriculum, building character through social action and enterprise competitions.
- Developing a robust communications plan to ensure that partners in primary schools and careers providers are well sighted on the plans and are able to develop strong bids.
- Supporting the development of the assessment and evaluation criteria for the bids and to be part of the assessment panel.
- Developing a Primary Toolkit of resources and information to enable primary schools to engage in encounters with the world of work for their students
- Building on the 'what works' research and working with the research and digital team to identify resources which would support schools to embed careers activities in their curriculum.
- Engaging and working with CEC fund beneficiaries to further develop resources and to support sustainability within schools and will be informed by focus groups with relevant teachers and providers working in the space.
- Evaluation and sharing the lessons learnt:
- Working with the research team to evaluate the network, toolkit and primary fund to determine if they are effective in driving changes in early indicators that would predict longer term success.
- Developing a programme of events to share the lessons learnt with our network and external partners
- Developing training and delivering packages for CEC and networks of Primary Heads to ensure best practice is understood and embedded.
- Providing recommendations to the Department for Education as to what careers work in primary should look like in the future.
Qualifications & Experience required:
- Strong track record of building and managing a wide range of stakeholder relationships.
- Demonstrable experience of implementation projects, ideally across multiple locations.
- Demonstrable experience of project management, including impact tracking.
- Some experience of developing propositions for both school and business audiences.
- Some experience of developing resources for an external audience, and organising events.
- Experience of operating in a coaching and/or advisory role to improve outcomes and performance of others.
- A demonstrable understanding of the current careers education landscape and on government policy on primary schools.
- Experience working within an organisation working directly with primary pupils or professionals is required.
- Experience of teaching within a primary setting desirable.
- Experience of developing training desirable.
Skills & Core Competencies:
- Ability to work collaboratively with others within the team and across the company to ensure we deliver our collective goals.
- Collaborative and good at building relationships, both internally and with external stakeholders.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to persuade and influence a range of stakeholders both verbally and in written communication and implement change.
- Pragmatic and adaptable with the ability to deal with ambiguity and effectively manage through conflict.
- Skilled in design and delivery of content appropriate presentations to a wide range of audiences.
- Proactive and self-managing, with the ability to prioritse workload and manage a busy diary.
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Ability to write in a clear and professional manner with a high attention to detail.