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Outdoor Learning Tutor (Minstead Study Centre) HCC16493

Job Details:

Salary Range: £25,833 - £28,791 pro-rata, per annum (actual salary £14,211 – £15,833 per annum)
Work Location: Minstead Study Centre, Lyndhurst
Hours per week: 22 (42 working weeks per annum)
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 27 October 2019
Interview Date: 4 November 2019
Contact details for an informal discussion: Please call James Dawkins, Head of Centre, on 02380 813437

Help us deliver high quality outdoor learning sessions in the heart of the New Forest!

If you have experience of teaching in outdoor settings, a passion for the outdoors and environmental education this could be your opportunity to help manage and deliver sessions at our unique residential study centre.

This role mainly involves working with primary aged children undertaking residential visits to our Centre. Our successful candidate will lead classes of children across the complete spectrum of our activities, helping to maintain and develop this centre as an invaluable learning resource for children and young people across the region and beyond.


We're looking for someone who has experience of working with Key Stage 2 pupils in the classroom and/or outdoor settings. You will have organised or been significantly been involved with a range of educational visits and will have a deep understanding of the value of learning beyond the classroom - particularly in a residential setting. We deliver creative sessions and lessons across the curriculum (especially in science, geography, history and art) with a focus on sustainable living. You will have a passion for environmental education and sustainability, and a clear idea of exciting and innovative ways of teaching about such topics.

In addition to direct teaching, there will be time every week spent on maintaining and developing teaching resources and teaching areas. As we are working on expanding the range of what the Centre offers, this will be a chance for you to develop ideas and activities for pupils visiting the Centre on residential and day visits, as well as investigate opportunities for outreach onto school sites. 
We are a close-knit team, and we hope that the successful candidate will be involved with projects with other Centre teams - whether in gardening, conservation, or in the kitchen.


A recent change in the management at the Centre gives the opportunity for further expansion and development of our lovely Centre into weekend and holiday bookings, and we are excited to be progressing a number of improvement projects around the site to enable us to work with more people, more of the time. This is a very exciting time to be joining our team!


Please note, a job of a similar nature for a 0.3 contract is currently available at our sister Centre – Stubbington Study Centre.  Each of these job campaigns are being run separately, with separate application and interview, though it would be possible for the right candidate to undertake both roles if that was of interest. You can follow this vacancy here. 


For more interesting information about our Centre and this role, please click on Job Summary & Person Specification.

Your duties will include:
  • Teach the planned programmes across a range of activity areas on and off-site (indoors and outside and in any weather conditions).
  • Show high regard for the Health and Safety of visitors and others during all teaching programmes. Provide first aid support where necessary.
  • Plan, prepare, evaluate and maintain activities, materials and resources to support courses; developing and extending the learning provision where appropriate, in liaison with the Deputy Head of Centre.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of key trends in schools’ curriculum (especially KS2) and outdoor education to ensure educational delivery is in line with current thought and practice.
  • Contribute to the marketing, promotion and developing of the service.
  • Provide basic domestic, administrative and site support to a wide range of users when necessary in order to ensure high levels of customer service and safety.
  • Ensure clear communications with colleagues, users, contractors and others in order to facilitate the smooth running of the service.
  • Use own initiative and react flexibly to manage risk in changing conditions without resort to line manager – for example when working off site, outdoors with a group of children.
  • Understand and implement centre risk management procedures and policies in order to ensure that users, staff and visitors are safe.
  • Adhere to Hampshire County Council safeguarding procedures and ensure concerns are addressed in accordance with these. Address and comply with the aims and policies of the County Council.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Graduate level qualification in related field or specialism (e.g. teaching, environmental Science, Geography).
  • Significant experience of working with Key Stage 2 pupils in the classroom and/or outdoor settings. 
  • A clear understanding of the value of learning outside the classroom and school residential visits.
  • Experience of organising or being significantly involved with a range of educational visits.
  • Ability to develop resources and teaching materials.
  • Excellent understanding around sustainability and environmental education.
  • Experience of risk management in the outdoors.
  • A high level of literacy and numeracy. 
  • Ability to work with own initiative and as a team member.
  • Understanding of Health & Safety issues and safeguarding issues, particularly with regard to outdoor and residential contexts.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
Working Conditions:
  • Ideally you will work over 3 days per week (exact days to be discussed). However, there is the flexibility for the hours to be spread across 4 days for the right candidate.
  • Occasional weekend work and some school holiday work.
  • Occasional lone working.
  • Delivering outdoor sessions to groups of up to 34 children on a daily basis, in all weather conditions and on very uneven terrain, including regular 5km+ walks. 
  • When not teaching, based in the office undertaking administrative duties associated with the role.
  • Children visiting are almost all KS2, thought very occasionally may be KS1.
Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.

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