CON1.22 - Schools Learning Officer (mat cover)

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Posted: 12/01/2022 13:40
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £29,101 per annum (£29,695 after probation)
Location: Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Level: Experienced (Non Manager)
Deadline: 02/02/2022 10:00
Hours: 35.00
Benefits: See "Working for us" on the Home menu
Job Type: Full time

Job title and reference:        Schools Learning Officer, maternity cover (ref: CON1.22)

Salary range:                         £29,101 per annum (rising to £29,695 after probation)

Hours of work:                      35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Period:                                   10 months or when the substantive post holder returns to work, whichever is earlier


The Horniman Museum and Gardens 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. We’ve been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, our collection has grown tenfold and includes collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a Butterfly House, natural history collection and 16 acres of Gardens- including a Nature Trail. The Learning Team cares for the Museum’s Handling Collection of around 3,500 objects, which allows pupils to have hands on, meaningful interactions with incredible objects from around the world.

The Schools Learning Team delivers learner-led, object-based and outdoor learning sessions for school pupils from Early Years to Key Stage 5, and to home education groups, welcoming up to 46,000 school learners a year (pre-COVID). As a Schools Learning Officer, you will be integral to the delivery of our vision, and translating it into inspiring learning activities, and lead on the redevelopment of our Natural World and outdoor learning offers.


You will be experienced in delivering high-quality, hands-on learning experiences to pupils of all ages, and have an excellent track record of developing, delivering and evaluating workshops and resources in a classroom or non-formal setting.  Your knowledge of schools’ needs will be complemented by experience delivering accessible, inspiring outdoor workshops for schools. A motivated and creative communicator, you will be able to build positive collaborative relationships with colleagues and schools, and love the challenge of organising and delivering diverse programmes.


Please note that the post requires an Enhanced DBS check.


The closing date for completed applications is 10am Wednesday 2nd February. Interviews will be held on Friday 11th February 2021. The successful candidate must be able to start this role before or on Monday 14th March.

The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates as they are currently under represented in our workforce.

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Job title                                Schools Learning Officer, maternity cover

Section                                   Content

Reports to                              Schools Learning Manager

Responsible for                    No responsibility for staff, but some oversight of volunteers and freelance tutors required

Hours of work                       35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Period                                     10 months or when the substantive post holder returns to work, whichever is earlier



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 other Schools Learning Officer, this role develops and delivers interactive, curriculum-linked workshops, learning resources and special projects for pupils, teachers and home educators. This role will lead on the research and development of the Schools Team’s Natural World and outdoor learning offer.


Team description

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.




Teaching (50%)

  • Deliver high quality hands-on learning sessions using the Handling Collection, for school groups from EYFS to Post-16, and home education groups, across all the collection themes. Typically delivering sessions four days a week in term time
  • Deliver outdoor learning sessions, including pond dipping workshops
  • Support visits from FE college and university groups
  • Support the engagement of SEND groups and students
  • Set up and pack down learning sessions


Programme development and evaluation (45%)

  • Review, maintain and develop school workshops and self-guided visit resources, in liaison with curatorial, design and marketing teams.
  • Lead on the development and delivery of our outdoor learning and Natural World offers
  • Support with the evaluation of the schools service, consulting with a range of users and non-users to inform the development and co-production of our outdoor offer for schools.
  • Devise and deliver CPD sessions for teachers, teaching assistants and trainees.
  • Develop and deliver learning projects with specific schools audiences: e.g. Pupil Referral Units, after-school clubs
  • Develop and maintain relevant partnerships and networks to support the development of the Schools programme’s Natural World and outdoor learning offer.
  • Keep up to date with current learning theory and practice as relevant to the Horniman’s Learning service
  • Support the development and delivery of Community Learning, Volunteer and Events programmes as needed



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.


General responsibilities

  • 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



  • A postgraduate degree in a teaching or significant experience delivering workshops to school pupils (E)


Knowledge and experience

  • In-depth knowledge of the National Curriculum and familiarity with other statutory education requirements from EYFS to KS5 (E)
  • Experience of interpreting museum collections, cultural heritage or natural sciences for school groups and non-specialist audiences (E)
  • Experience of delivering outdoor workshops for school pupils from EYFS to KS5 (E)
  • Experience of developing high quality learning materials for pupils and teachers (E)


Skills and abilities

  • Able to regularly carry out light manual handling tasks including moving and carrying objects and equipment (E) – please ensure that you address this criteria in your application


Additional Shortlisting Criteria


Knowledge and experience

  • Experience of evaluating programmes using a range of methods appropriate to the audience (D)
  • Experience of co-producing content and outdoor workshops with schools (D)
  • Experience of developing and delivering workshops for home education groups (D)

Skills and abilities

  • Able to manage multiple programmes effectively in order to meet deadlines, prioritising work in a systematic fashion (E)
  • Able to play a musical instrument, or proven ability to confidently deliver music workshops to primary and secondary level (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 assimilate new content 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)


Personal attributes

  • An empathy with the Horniman mission and an interest in its exhibitions, activities and events
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Willingness to work flexibly to achieve corporate objectives
  • Commitment to own learning and professional development


An Enhanced DBS check is required for this post.

January 2022

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