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Curriculum and Training Lead - vocational and technical programmes

Ark, London

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Posted 1st August 2019

Job location:
Closing date:
Recruiting ongoing- please get in touch
Interview date(s):
To be confirmed
Start date:
Negotiable but we are keen for the right candidate to start as soon as possible

The Curriculum and Teacher Training Lead is responsible for ensuring school leaders and teachers have the training and support they need to successfully deliver the various elements of Ark's Professional Pathways programme. Professional Pathways is Ark's approach to delivering outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in vocational and technical subject areas. The Curriculum and Training Lead will be involved in developing training content across Applied Science, Business and IT Level 3 BTECs, English and Maths GCSE resits; quality assurance and administration of the qualifications, along with delivery of the bespoke work readiness curriculum. The person will therefore play a critical role in understanding how to help teachers to intellectually prepare to provide a rounded education to the young people taking vocational qualifications.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced vocational teacher who has experience of training others and is keen to bring their passion for improving student outcomes, specifically on vocational and technical courses, to a rapidly expanding programme.


1. Teacher training and support

Design and develop a high quality set of training and resources for BTEC teachers across Business, Applied Science and IT qualifications and colleagues supporting English and Maths GCSE resit qualifications

2. School leader training

Design and develop a high quality training calendar and associated resources for leaders involved in the delivery of BTEC Level 3 programmes, including Quality Nominees, Lead Internal Verifiers and assessors

3. Supporting with programme development

Work closely with the Professional Pathways Programme Manager to research new qualification areas that could be added to the core Professional Pathways programmes at KS5 and what training/support is required for teachers

Ark is an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to make sure that every child, regardless of background, has access to a great education and real choices in life.

Our highly successful network of 37 schools educates over 26,000 students across Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. They are achieving some of the best results in the country despite being largely in areas of historic academic underachievement.

The Professional Pathways Programme was developed to provide a high-quality alternative route for Ark sixth form students who are not pursuing A-level qualifications. The programme goes beyond the Level 3 BTEC qualification, focussing on preparing students to progress and succeed in the highest quality university or apprenticeship providers. We train teachers to embed employer and university engagement into the curriculum, deliver a bespoke skills and readiness curriculum and provide tailored advice and guidance to students about the best post 18 routes for them. The programme started three years ago with a pilot cohort of 35 students and three teachers. This September, we will be working with over 550 students and 50 teachers and school leaders and within the next three years, we will grow the programme again to work with over 1000 students a year across Key Stage 5 and Key Stage 4. So far, our students are over 6 times more likely to enter high quality university or apprenticeship places than their national BTEC peers.

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How to apply

Apply through Ark's online recruitment portal:

You'll need a CV and cover letter to apply. Please get in touch if you have any questions- we're more than happy to have a discussion before applying if that would be useful.

Contact details

Name: Sarah Taunton
Address: 65 Kingsway, Holborn United Kingdom

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