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15th Mar 2024 11:28am Opportunities

ACT and Oak - opportunity for Citizenship Teacher Resource Writers and Subject Reviewers

Are you an expert in writing or quality assuring Citizenship education resources? ACT seeks a team of consultants to deliver a national offer

Job vacancy: Consultant Resource Writers and Subject Reviewers (multiple positions)

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is working with Oak National Academy to produce high-quality, free and fully optional secondary Citizenship resources for schools. For this work we are looking for enthusiastic and highly organised teachers who can produce creative and engaging Citizenship lessons and curriculum resources for KS3, KS4 and GCSE groups.

About the roles

If you are looking for a full-time writing role from September 2024 to June 2025, this will be perfect for you (applicants who are available part-time will also be considered). This is an opportunity to be part of a national team creating high-quality Citizenship curriculum materials for secondary teachers. This is a fast-paced project and you will be producing lessons, supporting resources and videos for key stages 3 and 4 that will be mapped to the national curriculum for Citizenship and GCSE Citizenship Studies requirements.

The roles will involve creating lessons and associated resources to support the curriculum developed by ACT for Oak. The project will also contract subject experts as reviewers to quality assure the content created.

Lesson materials to be created include:

  • slide decks – with explanations aligned to the lesson outcome and key learning points, checks for understanding, practice tasks and new vocabulary
  • practice tasks and answers and worksheets for pupils
  • quizzes checking prior knowledge and for end-of-lesson assessment
  • a video of the completed lesson
  • responding to feedback from ACT and Oak reviewers, making required amendments in a timely manner.

Consultancy fees: payments will be made to writers and reviewers on a per-unit basis, following sign-off and the provision of invoice.

In addition you will need to be available to attend ACT Oak meetings and training as required.

Role 1: Teacher Resource Writer

Teacher resource creators must be excellent professionals with experience of creating lesson resources that show pedagogical best practice in subject and phase.

The Teacher’s responsibilities include to:

  • Plan, design and write quality, engaging lessons that i) align to Quality Standards and subject requirements, and ii) showcase effective practice, in terms of pedagogy, subject and design
  • Meet production deadlines
  • Proactively engage with learning opportunities and training required for the project
  • Improve lessons in response to feedback
  • Participate in occasional user research with the Product Team.

Role 2: Subject Reviewer

Subject Reviewers must be excellent teachers with knowledge and experience of implementing pedagogical best practice in their subject and phase. The Subject Reviewer’s responsibilities include to:

  • Review and provide timely and constructive feedback to Teacher Resource Writers on the lessons they have produced, in line with Quality Standards
  • Support the planning of lesson content
  • Proactively organise and support the lesson production schedule
  • Engage with learning opportunities and training requirements for the project
  • Participate in occasional user research with Oak’s Product Team.

About you

This role offers an exciting opportunity for someone to develop their skills in creating and quality assuring engaging, classroom resources to support teachers of secondary Citizenship. It is essential that you:

  • Have Qualified Teacher Status
  • Have a proven track record with a minimum of 3 years as a secondary Citizenship teacher and have experience in creating teaching resources and exemplar lessons
  • An excellent communicator who is able to build good working relationships with a range of people
  • Can produce resources to a delivery schedule – meeting deadlines and other requirements
  • Have at least two full days a week (Monday to Friday), available for resource creation.

ACT believes in and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage those from racially diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented communities to apply.

How to apply

Please outline your suitability for this role by sharing the following items via WeTransfer to [email protected]. Please mark the subject line as ‘ACT Oak Application’:

  • An up-to-date copy of your CV
  • An example of a lesson that you have written (with any supporting information needed for it, e.g. lesson plan and any additional resources)
  • A 2-minute video recording which introduces the lesson and the key learning questions, and sets out the first activity for pupils as if for live teaching.

If you have any questions about the roles please contact Liz Moorse, ACT’s Chief Executive on the email address above and mark the subject line, ‘Questions about ACT OAK application’.

There is an open deadline for these roles and the advert will be closed when the positions are filled.

ACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies.

What is the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT)?

Our vision is for all young people to be equipped through effective Citizenship education to become active, informed citizens who can participate in democratic life. ACT is the subject association for Citizenship teachers. It achieves its aim by providing membership services and education programmes, while representing teachers and others involved in Citizenship education both across the UK and overseas.

ACT provides expert advice, training, conferences and resources to support the provision of quality Citizenship education. Beyond advocating for the subject, it also supports subject research, and offers strategic policy advice.