Senior Programme Manager (Now Teach)
Reports to: Head of Programme
Location: Home Based (UK), with regular working days in London
Hours: Full time
Salary: £38-£40k depending on experience and qualifications (% employer pension contribution)
About Now Teach
Our long-term vision is a world where children benefit because talented people, who’ve already had successful careers, become teachers, and bring their skills and experiences to the schools that need them most. We support Now Teachers, training providers, schools and the wider education system to realise the full potential of career-changers in education.
Career-changers bring new experiences into the classroom, but they often need support to complete their training and stay in teaching. We offer Now Teachers one-to-one support, alongside a comprehensive structured programme helping them change career successfully.
This support continues after they’ve completed their training, and the Now Teach Network is there to help make the most of their experience and skills as career-changers.
Our support helps Now Teachers stay in teaching: our retention rate is almost twice the national average for 40-65-year-olds. Over 90% of our cohort are satisfied or very satisfied with the support they get from Now Teach.
We have a strong brand, a robust, efficient selection process and a programme of wrap around support that has been honed over several cohorts. Since 2016, over 11,000 people have expressed interest in joining Now Teach and we have recruited over 500 career changers with significant industry experience into teaching. In September 2021, we welcomed our largest cohort of trainees.
We are looking for driven and committed people to help us meet new goals, increase our Network and create more impact in schools.
Working at Now Teach
“The workplace culture is extremely friendly, collaborative and supportive. It is full of people that want to do their best work and enable colleagues to do their best work but to have a pleasant time while doing so. There is also a training budget, good line management and plenty of room for people to take responsibility.” (Team member, Apr 2021)
Our people join and stay because they value Now Teach’s flexibility, close-knit team culture and social purpose. 33% of employees at all levels of the organisation work part time and everyone works flexibly, with time off in lieu part of our standard working practices.
We are a small, collaborative and supportive team of around 20 people. We are non-hierarchical, with 95% of our people believing their line managers listen and value their opinions and people of all levels getting stuck in. We set clear expectations and celebrate the successes of teams and individuals. 100% of our employees were proud to work at Now Teach, 100% think Now Teach is considerate of their wellbeing and 90% of them would actively recommend Now Teach as an employer.
Our culture is central to us encouraging and supporting people into teaching. Without our positive, honest, and flexible approach we wouldn’t be able to adapt to meet the needs of Now Teachers. We have been named as one of Working Mums’ Top Employers and Escape The City’s Top 100 Employers in 2020. We have won awards for our Culture, Flexible Working and Excellence in Public Service.
As well as flexible working and a great culture, we offer 28 days annual leave per year, which includes 3 days for Christmas closure (25th Dec-1st January) and a generous 11% pension contribution.
This is an important Programme Management role that will be the point of contact for the department’s Programme Managers. You will oversee the current team of Programme Managers, line managing them to deliver their project work and continued support to Now Teachers.
You will be responsible for enabling them to manage their workload and day-to-day activity effectively, including supporting them to implement and deliver new programme activity to support Years 1 & 2 of the Now Teach Support Programme. This will include activity in our new areas due to national expansion effective to the Programme team from May 2022.
You will work closely with the Head of Programme to develop the two-year support programme ensuring our work aids retention of Now Teachers in schools and facilitates opportunities for Now Teacher to leverage the skills and experience from their past careers to add value and impact in their classrooms and schools. As the newly established Network offer develops you will be expected to contribute to the strategy and direction including considering how 2-year support programme aligns to it.
In addition, you will manage and support a cohort of Year 1 & 2 Now Teachers who are on programme.
Our ideal candidate will:
People and Team Management:
Data & Collaboration
The ideal candidate will:
The fit to our culture is paramount. We are:
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