C2 Class Tutor (KS2 Teacher) and Head of Education Team
Lumiar Stowford is the first Lumiar School in the UK and will open doors as an independent school in September 2019 for children aged 5-11. Set up in Brazil 15 years ago, Lumiar has ten schools, and is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative educational approaches by Stanford University, Unesco and Microsoft. We are working closely with Lumiar’s team in Brazil to find new and innovative ways of delivering education in the UK.
The Lumiar approach promotes the qualities of autonomy, equality and choice, in which the engagement and wellbeing of each individual child is given high priority. We use an applied approach to learning because we believe this is a more meaningful way for children to learn than merely being taught abstract subjects. We deliver much of the curriculum through project based learning, and we also deliver specific modules in core skills such as English and Maths, which are tailored to meet age appropriate ability levels, guided by the UK National Curriculum.
At Lumiar, the pedagogy focuses on developing ‘21st Century Skills’ such as autonomy, social skills, technological proficiency, collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, interpretation, synthesis, self-awareness, leadership, communication and creativity. The Lumiar Curriculum is broad and balanced, delivered through projects and sessions that are assessed and planned against a detailed Matrix of Skills and Competencies that includes physical, social, academic, technological and creative skills, and Contents Matrices (traditional subjects). All of the information from the learning sessions (projects, workshops and skills modules) is recorded in the Lumiar Digital Mosaic, which enables the educators to keep a detailed and holistic view of each student’s learning.
A key aspect of the learning at Lumiar Stowford is linked to the place where we operate. Situated on a working farm, with an abundance of outdoor/natural spaces such as forests, fields and a river, it is a rich environment for connecting learning with nature, and the students spend a lot of time outside, playing and learning, using the resources of the natural world and the farm as a way of delivering project based and sustainability learning.
We are looking for an outstanding educator with experience of primary school teaching, who has strong leadership, communication and organisational skills. The role combines teaching the C2 (KS2) group as Tutor, and leading and managing a team of inspiring educators to help grow and develop a new and exciting school, as the Head of the Education Team.
The successful candidate will align to the idea that great teaching is about facilitated learning, rather than filling children with content or facts. Effective teaching and learning is at the heart of what makes a great Lumiar Tutor. Tutors operate like Project Managers, designing projects with shared learning goals. They provide students with clear expectations and inspired personal targets to support their learning. Students are at home with themselves and their place in the community, and they are supported to consider their own uniquely useful contributions to society. Lumiar students are given every possible opportunity to develop who they are, why they are here and what they want to contribute to their world.
We are committed to safeguarding our children, staff and wider community. As such we will follow safer recruitment processes, and will require two professional references and will telephone them to confirm your identity and check the reference. We will also require an Enhanced DBS and will conduct a Prohibition from Teaching check before commencement of the post. Mandatory Safeguarding training is provided for all staff within the Education Team and we are committed to ongoing training in this area.
ROLE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:
Lumiar Stowford is a currently a small school of around 30 children, with two mixed-age cycles: C1 and C2 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2). We expect the grow the school over the next 3 years to 80 children. The role combines teaching the C2 group as Tutor, and managing the Education Team and setting as the Head of the Education Team.
As Tutor, the role involves supporting the learning and development needs of the C2 student group (aged 8–11). The candidate must have a track record of delivering progress in C2, (KS2) particularly years 5 and 6, and experience of working with SEND is desirable. As Tutor, the candidate will interact with the students, establishing a close bond that is crucial to supporting facilitated learning. The Tutor will be able to identify the learners’ interests, inclinations, talents and expectations. The Tutor will work alongside Masters to deliver the curriculum, but will hold overall responsibility for planning and assessment of for each student in the C2 group.
Head of the Education Team
As Head of the Education Team, the successful candidate will lead and manage the team of Tutors and Masters, inspiring and supporting them to grow personally and professionally. They will ensure excellent standards of education and learning are achieved across the school. They will lead staff meetings and manage/ deliver ongoing training for the Education Team. Partnering with the Director of Pedagogy (who works for Lumiar Education) and the Board of Governors, who have a wealth of experience in education and business, the candidate will develop and deliver a high quality curriculum and learning environment. They will plan, in discussion with the Director of Pedagogy, long and short term curriculum plans which will clearly outline the opportunities for cross-curricula learning, with clear objectives delivered using creative, active and effective learning methods.
Developing and implementing policies and procedures will form an essential part of the role. The candidate will play a significant part in preparing the school for its first inspection as an independent school, which will be in our first year of operation. The candidate will be expected to embody the ethos and vision of Lumiar Stowford, and will be involved in promoting the school through presentations to prospective parents and potential funders. The role will involve regular meetings and communication with students, parents, visitors, the Education Team and Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors hold overall responsibility for ensuring that Lumiar Stowford School is run efficiently and safely, and making sure that the necessary resources are in place to deliver the strategic aims of the School. The Head of the Education Team reports to the Board and is responsible for implementation of the strategic aims of the Board and operational management of the school, together with the Education Team and the School Administrator. The Head of Education and the Director of Pedagogy, supports and supervises the performance, recruitment and professional development of the Education Team. The Chair of the Board and Education Committee are responsible for supporting and supervising the performance and professional development of the Head of the Education Team.
Tutor: Teaching and pastoral care:
To provide structured plans (long, medium and short term planning) to the delivery of the learning programme 5 days a week for the C2 group, (i.e. a clear rhythm to the day, progress across a broad and balanced range of curriculum areas, a balance of cognitive, creative and physical sessions, and the development of a child-centred ethos)
To listen to the expressed interests of the children to decide on appropriate and meaningful projects, whilst balancing individual and group learning needs
To meet the differentiated learning needs of children in a mixed age group
To monitor, assess and implement specific strategies for children’s learning and development, identifying areas for additional support, including for children who have special educational needs
To attend meetings regarding the individual progress of children where there are highlighted special needs/concerns (with parents/carers and other professionals as appropriate)
To meet regularly with members of the Education Team to reflect on and improve teaching practices and to discuss and support individual children’s learning needs
To make use of the site to develop the nature-based elements of the curriculum through outdoor learning and play
To coordinate support staff for the C2 group (if/when required) - Tutors and Masters in specific areas to come in and assist with the learning programme
To assess and communicate each child’s progress to parents. Keeping parents informed about any achievements and concerns with their child/ren
To meet with parents twice yearly for Parents Meetings, writing a yearly summer report for each student in the C2 group, and attending any necessary additional parent meetings outside the normal meeting cycle
To offer pastoral care that supports the social and emotional development of each child
To use imaginative and innovative solutions to behavioural challenges including conflict resolution and setting of agreements and expectations of behaviour
To manage behaviour through assisting with the healthy development of social relationships between students within the group
To ensure that children are involved in the participatory management processes of the school (the Circle) and decision-making. This will include organising and managing meetings that include children’s views on how the learning programme works
To keep consistent, high quality records of planning and assessment on the Digital Mosaic, ensuring that session evaluations are kept up to date, and end of project assessments are completed on time
To keep up to date pupil records including a daily attendance record and to contact parents when a pupil is absent
To keep records of incident reporting, risk assessments, and other safeguarding matters
To uphold and implement the Lumiar Stowford School safeguarding practices and procedures in line with our Safeguarding Policy)
To oversee the organisation and maintenance of the learning space as an aesthetically ordered, safe, hygienic environment.
To keep an inventory of learning resources adding any new resources as required, and to file all receipts and invoices, in partnership with the School Administrator
Head of Education Team: School Management
To ensure that Lumiar Stowford School’s vision, ethos, curriculum, and planning/assessment (via the Digital Mosaic) are put into practice effectively to deliver an inspirational and high quality educational experience for the students
To provide leadership for the development and implementation of the curriculum to support each child’s academic, physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual development, in partnership with the Director of Pedagogy.
To monitor and lead on the achievement and progress of C1 and C2 groups, working closely with the C1 Tutor and other members of the Education Team, supported by the Director of Pedagogy
To identify and oversee implementation of new research-based strategies to offer individualised online learning programmes to support core skills in Maths and English
To oversee the development of an age and stage-appropriate curriculum for C1 and C2
To support, manage and supervise Tutors, Masters and volunteers involved in the School through regular meetings, providing support, guidance and feedback.
To oversee and monitor implementation of safeguarding practices in the setting in line with Lumiar Stowford policies and procedures (e.g. child protection, record keeping, health and safety, behaviour management and risk assessment), with support from the Board of Governors
To oversee and supervise training for the Education Team on safeguarding and other school policies, (including Safeguarding updates), together with the DSL, the Board of Governors and the Safeguarding Committee
To communicate professionally and promptly with parents where concerns or challenges arise relating to students’ behaviour or learning, and to support other members of the Education Team in communicating with parents as required
To help liaise with appropriate professionals for assessment and intervention, with approval from parents, when needed for individual children
To support the Board and Director of Pedagogy with the recruitment and induction of Education Team staff
To assist with interviews with prospective parents and students in line with the Lumiar Stowford enrolment procedure, providing a professional and warm welcome to any prospective parents or visitors. This includes making decisions on whether or not to enroll new students
To work closely with the Director of Pedagogy and the Board of Governors to prepare the school for its first inspection, expected during the first year of operation
To report regularly to the Board, both formally and informally, about matters relating to the effective running of the school.
To support the Board with the development of strategic aims for the growth and management of the school
To demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development, including annual training plans, appraisal and ongoing supervision, reporting to the Chair of the Board of Governors. To be proactive in seeking out training to develop confidence and capability in the role.
Uphold the vision and ethos of Lumiar Stowford School
Demonstrate a love of working with children
Have a proven track record in primary school teaching in KS2
Have strong project management skills
Be able to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and personal boundaries with staff, parents and students and the Board. They will have the emotional resilience to work with challenging behaviour
Act with warmth, confidentiality, discretion, reliability, timeliness, and accuracy
Hold an enhanced DBS disclosure with list checks before commencing in post
Be first aid trained for schools
Provide photocopies of identification documents (passport, DBS check, First Aid certificates etc)
Complete a Fitness to Teach form and Prohibition from Teaching check
Be able to competently discuss experience and knowledge of Safeguarding children at interview
Abide by the Staff Conduct Policy at all times
Ability to support, contribute to and enhance the Lumiar Stowford School vision, educational approach and ethos
Be able to think strategically and innovate new ideas about how to deliver the best educational opportunities for the Lumiar Stowford School students.
Have experience of Special Educational Needs
Have experience as DSL or DDSL or operational safeguarding experience. If this qualification is not in place we will require the candidate to complete Level 3 Safeguarding training
HOURS OF WORK, TERM TIME AND RENUMERATION:
The salary for Tutor is between c.£40k-£50k p.a. equivalent, depending on experience, and is based on the following:
The role is a full time position, 5 days per week
The School runs for three 12-week terms with holidays that are approximately in line with mainstream schools in the local area.
The work day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5pm each day, including a 30 minute lunch break (school hours are 9am-3:30pm) There are weekly Education Team meetings after school, once a week.
PPA time will be negotiated with the Board of Governors and will equate to a minimum of a day off timetable for a full-time Tutor role, (e.g. 6 hours per week). Additional time for School Director role will be given (in negotiation with the successful candidate) off timetable and after school each day (4 days, excluding staff meeting), between 3:30-5pm.
The post is an annual rolling contract, paid on a monthly basis in arrears.
Pensions will be 8% of salary (with 3% from Lumiar Stowford and 5% deducted from the staff member)
In the case of incapacity to work we will offer statutory sick pay
In addition to teaching and planning time outlined above, the candidate will be expected to do the following:
Provide reports for the School Board, which detail the development of the School, challenges, solutions and recommendations
Attend School Board meetings (6-8 per year)
Lead weekly Lumiar Education Team meetings
Attend meetings regarding the individual progress of children where there are highlighted special needs/concerns (with parents/carers and other professionals as appropriate)
Speak at public events (parent meetings, open evenings, conferences etc) to promote the School
MORE INFORMATION ON LUMIAR:
Developed in Brazil by Ricardo Semler in 2003, the Lumiar Methodology is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative systems of education by UNESCO, Microsoft and Stanford University1, both in its pedagogical outlook and practice. The vision of the Lumiar approach to education is outlined in more detail here:
The Lumiar Stowford website www.lumiar.co.uk,
The Lumiar Education website www.lumiar.co,
Ricardo Semler’s, (Founder of Lumiar) TED presentation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4UV0Gz_YnI
The Board of Lumiar Stowford believes that education is a vehicle to creating the long lasting, positive and meaningful societal change. To achieve this, we need to focus on education for wisdom rather than just the acquisition of knowledge. Children must be given opportunity to find their own purpose and meaning in their learning. With this approach comes the recognition that everyone is different, has different interests and aptitudes, and at different times. We celebrate the diversity of skills and passions inherent in any human group.
At Lumiar we encourage children to become autonomous individuals, who are intrinsically motivated and have a clear sense of their own purpose. Children are given freedom to learn things that they are interested in, to propose topics, to ask questions, challenge the status quo, and to come up with new ideas and solutions. Our educational approach allows them to do this whilst supporting them to acquire the confidence and skills to see these ideas into action.
The main elements of the Lumiar Approach include:
Lumiar involves children in decision-making about key issues that impact them – from setting rules and agreements on behavior through to proposing topics that they would like to learn. However, it is important to note that Lumiar is not a democratic school in its entirety, and decisions are made in consultation with the children, but not led and decided soley by the children.
At Lumiar, learners are currently divided into two cycles:
5-7 year olds who are supported to acquire basic competencies like learning to read and write
8-11 year olds, already reasonably familiar with key competencies and are gradually acquiring new knowledge and autonomy in their learning
We will also be adding a third cycle in the future:
12-14 year olds who have completed basic education and have gained autonomy to manage their own projects
Tutors and Masters:
The Tutors are supported by Masters who play a key role in the provision of project based learning. Here is a summary of how these roles work side by side: Tutors are with the children every day and provide social/ emotional support to the children and help them to direct their learning, ensuring that they are meeting the age appropriate competencies
Masters are passionate about their areas of expertise (areas of industry, or specialist subject areas) and are invited to come in to deliver specialist content through project based learning
Project Based, Non-Linear (Mosaic) Curriculum:
The curriculum at Lumiar is radically innovative. It is non-linear and highly dynamic. It is divided in two dimensions, Competencies and Contents and it is activated in projects that stem from students’ interests and needs, which are identified by the Tutors and by the algorithms in the Digital Mosaic platform. New projects are offered and assessed every 7-8 weeks (some projects may run for longer), and children can choose to focus on their area of interest. For each project, a list of the competencies to develop in the process of tackling the issues are outlined by the tutors and assessed and documented in the Digital Mosaic.
The Digital Mosaic is a sophisticated online tool that allows tutors and children to assess progress and identify areas of the curriculum where greater attention is needed. Continuous assessment using the Digital Mosaic helps support learning at an individual level, whilst enabling educators to take a more flexible, creative and non-linear approach to delivering learning objectives. Using this tool, children build their own learning, undertake self-assessment, and can take the subject/project to a different level of understanding if they choose to.