Outdoor Education - Schools Programme Lead

Up to 0 UKP per year
25 Nov 2021
09 Dec 2021
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Resourcing Team
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Working Pattern

The Education Service strives to deliver outstanding services for our customers, predominately the children and young people of Coventry,  including those who may be requiring access to education or alternative education provision. We ensure vulnerable children are appropriately supported; have a voice, that hopefully leads to their high achievement and excellent progress. The service is made up of a diverse range of teams all working together to recognise, support and apply innovative solutions to address the growing issues in relation to trying to educate some of our most vulnerable pupils in schools

The Outdoor Education Service delivers high quality learning and outdoor experiences to the children and young people of Coventry.  

We currently offer a High quality, residential outdoor education programme to Coventry Schools through our outdoor centre at Plas Dol-y-Moch in North Wales. They are an exceptional team, including qualified teachers delivering first-class education through the medium of the outdoors in a residential setting.

We want more children and young people to benefit from Outdoor Learning and Activity and are therefore expanding our service further through developing a high quality ‘In City’ provision. This will protect the long-term viability of the service and ensure that more children and young people have access to outdoor learning and adventure.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

The successful candidate will have a key role in shaping, delivering, and monitoring all aspects of the School Curriculum and Education programmes for the service whilst providing high-quality, effective and economically-viable outdoor learning provision.

The main areas of delivery are:

  • To support the Outdoor Educational Lead to develop a policy for activity and course provision in Coventry which is linked to the curriculum.
  • To develop, plan and deliver high quality sessions, lessons & courses tailored to Primary, Secondary, Specialist and Alternative Education settings which enhance and support the curriculum.
  • To lead on the Outdoor Education Schools Programme Development, overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day delivery of high-quality outdoor learning sessions and courses.
  • Directly manage the School Programme delivery and take responsibility trainees, including the selection, appointment, induction, integration, deployment, training, through the effective application of the appraisal system.
  • To ensure all provision and activity is AALA compliant and in line with health and safety requirements, including the development and monitoring of risk assessments, SOPs staff competencies and equipment use.
  • Support the Outdoor Education Lead and Service Lead with the continued commercial growth and development for the Outdoor Education Service programmes, seeking ways to support growth in delivery during peak periods, identify new markets, new activities.

The role will be based in Coventry but will require travel to and some overnight stays at Plas Dol-y-Moch in North Wales as and when required.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We seek an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly organised individual with a proven track record of organising and leading outdoor learning programmes across all key stage areas of the curriculum. You must be energetic, hardworking and enjoy working as part of a team.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of teaching or training in an outdoor setting, whilst planning and delivering National Curriculum schemes of work at a range of ages and levels
  • Relevant qualifications and training in Outdoor Learning provision.
  • Up to date knowledge of outdoor education in terms of curriculum, safe and effective practice.
  • Experience of designing and implementing new outdoor education and leisure products
  • An understanding of the importance of outdoor education for young people.
  • Planning and implementing successful programmes and provision – within an Outdoor Education Service.
  • Effective leadership and management in residential outdoor education contexts.

The successful candidate needs to be an enthusiastic, motivated self-starter.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): Thursday 16th December 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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