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We are expanding our Regional Mentor team and currently recruiting in the North of England to improve the teaching and learning of primary science

Job opportunity: Regional Mentor for Primary Science

We are seeking either one full-time or two part-time Regional Mentors in the North of England to join our team at a time of strategic development and renewal for the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

 

About the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)

PSTT is a registered charity with a clear vision – we want to see excellent teaching of science in every primary classroom in the UK. We believe it is vital that children are engaged and inspired by science from an early age. We want to draw on their natural curiosity to help them explore, understand and ask questions about the world around them. Scientific skills and knowledge are essential for every child, whether or not they become a scientist, engineer or medic.

We’ve built a Primary Science Teacher College of over 200 outstanding teachers; each helping to shape and influence science teaching across the UK. We produce great resources that improve how science is taught and planned, including through the award-winning Explorify website. We work with local clusters of schools in 28 areas, with teacher training institutions, and with partner organisations to develop their own highly effective primary science tools. Our new strategy is building on these strengths to reach more teachers across a more diverse range of schools. We’re dedicating our most intensive efforts to areas of the UK requiring most development in primary science.

Our Regional Mentors have worked with more than 3,000 schools across England, with exceptionally positive feedback. We are now seeking to expand our team in the North.

More information on PSTT’s strategy, definition of excellence in primary science, and theory of change can be found here.

 

Job summary

The role of PSTT Regional Mentor is vital to delivering PSTT’s mission to improve the teaching and learning of primary science across the UK. Regional Mentors provide bespoke support directly to individual schools, multi-academy trusts and other school groupings and organisations.

The role includes developing and delivering training in a variety of contexts (including online); working individually with Science Leaders; being a leading voice, expert and advocate for primary science (both within a region and nationally); and creating partnerships with other organisations that support science within the region. Data collection, monitoring and evaluation and income generation are key responsibilities for all Regional Mentors.

 

Key facts about this role

Salary £47,259 full-time equivalent (PSTT band E(ii), scale point 34)

Pension and benefits Employer pension scheme, sick pay and maternity/paternity/adoption pay as detailed in our pay and reward scheme

Location Home based. Expected to spend some days at the office in Bristol (to be negotiated with line manager). Travel/accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

Hours 35 hours per week if full time

We are looking to appoint 1 full-time or 2 part-time Regional Mentors; please state your preference in your application. A part-time post would be for a minimum of 2 days (14 hours) per week.

Contractual basis 1 year contract with potential to become permanent

Travel The job requires significant travel within the Regional Mentor’s home region and some travel further afield in the UK, with occasional overnight stays. Expenses will be reimbursed.

Line manager Director of Regional Programme

Start date 1 September 2024 (a later start date may be possible through negotiation)

Annual leave 28 days (or a pro rata proportion) plus public holidays

 

Job responsibilities

  1. Provide advice and support to individual schools to develop science provision:
    • Provide bespoke training and guidance to the Science Leader and other teachers within the school (drawing on PSTT’s core offer) including teaching model science lessons
    • Ensure that guidance and support is based on latest best practice and high-quality resources
  2. Deliver training linked to PSTT’s core offer to teachers in individual schools, MATs and other school groupings:
    • Maximise the number of schools supported with training by delivering to groups of schools where possible. Work with MATs and other school groupings to facilitate this
    • Adapt PSTT’s core offer to support the needs of individual schools as necessary
  3. Develop business opportunities at regional level, working with MATs and other structures to maximise what can be offered:
    • Charge for all services provided in line with PSTT Table of Charges
    • Develop relationships with MATs and Teaching Alliances within the region and maximise opportunities to provide them with training and other types of support
    • Develop relationships with STEM organisations, LEAs and other education training providers in the region and maximise opportunities to provide them with training and other types of support
    • Promote PSTT’s core training offer and other resources to all schools within the region
    • Identify new revenue raising opportunities for PSTT and share these with the Director of Regional Programme and other Regional Mentors
  4. Ensure appropriate data collection and monitoring against intended outcomes:
    • Use PSTT’s Customer Relationship Management database to manage interactions with schools
    • Work closely with the Director of Regional Programme and the Impact and Research Director to ensure that data collection and monitoring is effective and provides the information that PSTT needs for its wider strategic objectives
  5. Deliver some open access CPD courses.
  6. Promote nominations for PSTT’s annual Primary Science Teacher Award within the region.
  7. In relation to the above, or any other delegated areas of responsibility:
    • Report to your manager on progress, identifying any areas for further development and improvement
    • Contribute to production of PSTT’s annual report and other relevant reports or publications
  8. Take on any other responsibilities that your manager may reasonably delegate to you.

 

How to apply

  • If you would like more information before deciding whether to apply, please contact Tom Holloway, Director of Regional Programme (tom.holloway@pstt.org.uk), to arrange an informal discussion.
  • Please send the following to wendy.woodsford@pstt.org.uk by the deadline of Friday 31st May:
    • Your CV
    • Covering letter up to 2 pages long. In the letter, please tell us how you meet each of the essential criteria in the Person Specification, and desirable criteria if possible. You should also tell us why you are interested in this specific post, which geographical area(s) you will be able to cover, and your preference for a full-time or part-time post. If you don’t follow these guidelines, we may not consider your application.
    • Details of two referees, at least one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will only request references after making a provisional offer of employment.
  • Please complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring questionnaire. This is anonymous and will not be considered as part of the application process.

 

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Regional Mentor for Primary Science Application Pack