The Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London has a renowned Schools Learning programme that delivers learner-led, object-based workshops for school pupils, students, and home educated children from Early Year to Post-16. Our Museum has collections of anthropology, musical instruments and natural sciences, alongside an aquarium, butterfly house, and 16 acres of Gardens. The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment; shaping a positive future for the world we all share.
We welcome up to 46,000 school and home educated learners a year (per-COVID), who use our incredible Handling Collection (comprising c.3,500 objects) to explore, discover and learn. Our workshops encourage respect and understanding of global cultures and the natural world, alongside open discussions about the climate crisis and colonial collecting.
As Schools Learning and Engagement Officer you will develop and deliver interactive, curriculum-linked workshops, learning resources and projects for pupils, teachers and home education groups. You will also lead on the co-development and delivery of a new school holiday engagement programme, for local school children in receipt of Pupil Premium.
You will be an engaging, motivated and creative communicator, with a good understanding of schools’ needs. You will be passionate about working in partnership to create inclusive, accessible environments and have experience of building collaborative relationships, and co-producing new programmes.
The Horniman is an equal opportunities employer and we value and celebrate diversity. We want to better represent the communities in which we work but recognise that there is still much work to do in this area. We welcome and encourage all applicants and particularly encourage you to apply if you are from a community that is often disadvantaged by society or of ethnically diverse background.
Please note that the post requires an Enhanced DBS check.
The closing date for completed applications is 10am Tuesday 5 July 2022. Interviews will be held on Monday 25 July 2022. The successful candidate must be able to start this role by Monday 5 September 2022.
.How to Apply
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When you apply you will be asked to upload a covering statement in Microsoft Word format (the document must be in .doc format and the maximum file size is 2 MB). Please also ensure that you have uploaded your CV as a separate document which you can do when you create an account or login.
Your covering letter should be no more than 1,200 words and includes your reasons for applying for this position, and also gives specific examples of past experience which you could bring to this role. This should be a different document to your CV.
Please ensure your covering letter directly references and gives evidence which demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria for this post; this will be used for shortlisting for interview.
Essential criteria that must be addressed and evidenced in your covering letter are:
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience delivering learning workshops to groups of children and young people, ideally in a school, museum or community setting
- Experience using objects, museum collections, or outdoor spaces to support children’s learning
- Experience working in partnership to create inclusive, accessible environments
- Able to manage multiple programmes effectively in order to meet deadlines, prioritising work in a systematic fashion
Further shortlisting will be based on candidates’ ability to meet the additional shortlisting criteria.
Additionally, along with your covering statement, please answer the following question in no more than 200 words:
Are you able and willing to carry out light manual handling tasks on a regular basis? This will include moving furniture, objects and trolleys (with the support of another member of staff).
Job title: Schools Learning and Engagement Officer
Reports to: Schools Learning Manager
Responsible for: No responsibility for staff, but some oversight of volunteers may be required
Hours of work: 14 hours per week, to be worked over 2 or 3 days Mon-Fri. Work pattern will be agreed with the successful candidate upon appointment.
The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share. We are inclusive, inspiring, generous and fun.
Main purpose of the job
The Schools Learning Officer is integral to the delivery of the Horniman’s vision. Along with the 2 Schools Learning Officers, this role develops and delivers interactive, curriculum-linked workshops, learning resources and projects for pupils, teachers and home education groups. This role will also lead on the co-development and delivery of a new school holiday engagement programme, for local school children in receipt of Pupil Premium.
The Content team comprises experts in our collections of Anthropology, Musical Instruments, and Natural History, and in schools learning, community engagement and volunteering. Their collaboration and expertise helps tell stories emanating from our collections to our visitors in ways that achieve our mission and priorities.
- Deliver high quality hands-on, accessible learning workshops for school and home educated children, from EYFS to Post-16, using the Horniman’s Handling Collection. Typically delivering up to 6 workshops a week in term time.
- Deliver outdoor learning sessions, including pond dipping workshops
- Support visits from FE college and university groups
- Set up and pack down learning sessions (NB, this involves manual handling, including movement of furniture and objects)
Programme development and evaluation (10%)
- Review and develop school workshops and resources, in liaison with the Schools Learning, curatorial, design and marketing teams.
- Keep up to date with current learning theory and practice as relevant to the Horniman’s Learning service
School holiday engagement programme (15%)
- In partnership with local schools, develop and deliver a new, free school holiday engagement programme for local school children in receipt of Pupil Premium.
- Develop and maintain partnerships and networks to support the development and delivery of the programme
- With the Schools Learning Manager and Fundraising team, seek funding and local partners to support the programme, including to support free meal provision
Handling Collection care and administration (5%)
- Actively participate in the care and development of the Handling Collection, ensuring the proper documentation, storage and use of objects.
- Act in a professional manner and uphold the Horniman’s Code of Conduct
- Follow and promote safe systems of work and observe health and safety regulations
- Any other duties that may be required to ensure the effective running of the Learning service.
Job activities may vary and evolve over time to meet business needs.
Minimum Shortlisting Criteria
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience delivering learning workshops to groups of children and young people, ideally in a school, museum, or community setting (E)
Knowledge and experience
- Experience using objects, museum collections, or outdoor spaces to support school children’s learning (E)
- Experience working in partnership to create inclusive, accessible environments (E)
Skills and abilities
- Able to manage multiple programmes effectively in order to meet deadlines, prioritising work in a systematic fashion (E)
- Able to regularly carry out light manual handling tasks with support from another person, including moving and carrying objects and equipment (E)
Additional Shortlisting Criteria
Knowledge and experience
- Experience working with schools to co-create programmes for children that run after school and/or out of term time (D)
- Experience of evaluating programmes using methods appropriate to the audience (D)
- Experience of fundraising for a project, programme or specific audience (D)
Further Selection Criteria – to be tested at interview
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to engage diverse audiences through teaching, briefings and presentations (E)
- Able to quickly learn new information and teach to all abilities within the 3-19 age range (E)
- Able to work successfully as part of a team and on own initiative (E)
- Relevant ICT skills e.g. Outlook, Microsoft Office suite (E)
- Knowledge of the National Curriculum and familiarity with other statutory education requirements from EYFS to KS5 (D)
- An empathy with the Horniman mission and an interest in its exhibitions, activities and events
- Commitment to equality, diversity and access
- Willingness to work flexibly to achieve corporate objectives
- Commitment to own learning and professional development
An Enhanced DBS check is required for this post.
Application Closing Date: 05 July 2022