Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

Part-time Literacy Tutors, Oxfordshire

SALARY: £20 per hour (approx. 70 – 80 hrs per 10-week teaching block, plus holiday pay)

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Open-ended

LINE MANAGEMENT: The Head of Teaching

MAIN CONTACTS: Quest for Learning office team, pupils, parents/carers, partner schools

NOTICE PERIOD: Six weeks on either side  

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 3 months

EXPERIENCE: We are looking for experienced education professionals who are passionate about making a difference to disadvantaged children’s engagement and attainment.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

About us

For over twenty-five years, Quest for Learning has been supporting the educational engagement and attainment of disadvantaged Oxfordshire children. We are passionate about playing our part in closing the attainment gap between rich and poor, by working in partnership with local primary schools to provide literacy and numeracy interventions that complement their own work.

We work with primary schools that have identified children who are falling behind in reading or maths and who would benefit from our programmes. In particular, we support: children in Year 2 and 3 who are struggling to become readers, through our ReadingQuest programme; children in Key Stage 2 through our BookQuest programme, who can decode but whose reading comprehension is low and may lack motivation to engage with books; and children across both Key Stages who lack confidence in numeracy, whose skills in mental maths are limited, and who struggle with number facts and flexible number work.

The majority of our tutors combine working for Quest for Learning with other professional or personal commitments and value the flexibility to set their own working hours in agreement with the partner school. Most of our tutors continue to work with us after completing their initial assignments, either in the same or new partner schools.

About the role

We’re proud to be accredited as an approved tuition provider by the DfE, offering literacy teaching as part of the national COVID ‘catch-up’ effort since Phase 1 of the National Tutoring Programme. This represents a significant scaling-up of our activity and therefore we are looking to increase our tutor team.

Our established ReadingQuest and BookQuest programmes are at the heart of Quest for Learning’s educational mission, and we are proud of the consistently impressive learning gains made by pupils who receive our interventions; an average of 12 months in reading accuracy and 18 months in comprehension in just 10 weeks.

Literacy Tutors will work during school hours with pupils identified by partner schools, in groups of two (ReadingQuest) or groups of three (BookQuest). They will deliver a total of 15 hours of tutoring to each group over the course of ten weeks. The role of the Literacy Tutor is to increase individual children’s strategies, confidence, knowledge and skills in reading, writing, spelling and comprehension to enable them to be successful, independent learners. Literacy Tutors will also encourage and support parents and carers to help pupils with literacy learning at home.

Main responsibilities:  

  • To undertake group literacy teaching in one of our partner schools.
  • To encourage and facilitate parent/carer engagement.
  • To report on individual pupil progress.
  • To work as part of the Quest for Learning tutor team.

Duties:

  • To teach an agreed number of groups of pupils for a total of 15 hours per group across ten weeks.
  • To keep detailed records of each child’s progress, and produce reports for Quest for Learning, the partner school, and parents/carers.
  • To work in partnership with each child’s parents/carers, encouraging and supporting literacy learning at home.
  • To work closely with class teachers to identify initial learning needs and to regularly update them on pupil progress.
  • To be committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being and welfare of children.
  • To participate in Quest for Learning tutor team meetings.
  • To collaborate with the Quest for Learning teaching team in the fulfilment of the monitoring and evaluation requirements set out by the DfE and other funders.

About you

We’re looking for enthusiastic and experienced individuals who are committed to the aims and ethos of Quest for Learning and have experience of working with primary-aged children in an educational setting. If you’re passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged children through education and have the drive and initiative to work with minimal supervision, we would love to hear from you.

Successful candidates will be required to undertake ReadingQuest/BookQuest and Generalist Safeguarding (including Prevent) training prior to commencing teaching, and to undergo an enhanced DBS and Barred List check.

We strive to create a truly inclusive culture and we’re committed to improving the diversity of the QfL team. We would be particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented in the charity and are open to hearing how we could make our recruitment process more inclusive.

To download this job description and full person specification as a pdf, please click here.

How to apply: Please download and complete our application form, and then email it to us recruitment@questforlearning.org.uk.

 

Part-time Numeracy Tutors, Oxfordshire

SALARY: £20.00 per hour (approx. 40 hrs per 9-week teaching block, plus holiday pay)

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Open-ended

LINE MANAGEMENT: The Head of Teaching

MAIN CONTACTS: Quest for Learning office team, pupils, parents/carers, partner schools

NOTICE PERIOD: Six weeks on either side 

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 3 months

EXPERIENCE: We are looking for experienced education professionals who are passionate about making a difference to disadvantaged children’s engagement and attainment.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

About us

For over twenty-five years, Quest for Learning has been supporting the educational engagement and attainment of disadvantaged Oxfordshire children. We are passionate about playing our part in closing the attainment gap between rich and poor, by working in partnership with local primary schools to provide literacy and numeracy interventions that complement their own work.

We work with primary schools that have identified children who are falling behind in reading or maths and who would benefit from our programmes. In particular, we support: children in Year 2 and 3 who are struggling to become readers, through our ReadingQuest programme; children in Key Stage 2 through our BookQuest programme, who can decode but whose reading comprehension is low and may lack motivation to engage with books; and children across both Key Stages who lack confidence in numeracy, whose skills in mental maths are limited, and who struggle with number facts and flexible number work.

The majority of our tutors combine working for Quest for Learning with other professional or personal commitments and value the flexibility to set their own working hours in agreement with the partner school. Most of our tutors continue to work with us after completing their initial assignments, either in the same or new partner schools.

About the role

In 2014, we launched NumSkills, a game-based maths resource that our Numeracy Tutors use with pupils struggling with mental maths. The games are linked directly to the Maths National Curriculum. Close liaison between partner schools and Quest for Learning ensures that teaching focuses on those areas where the individual pupils most need support.

We have been actively involved in the Government’s national COVID ‘catch-up’ effort since the beginning and this year we’re excited to be able to offer our NumSkills programme to schools as part of this initiative. This, combined with our other funded teaching, represents a significant scaling-up of our activity and we are therefore looking to increase our tutor team.

Numeracy Tutors will work during school hours with pupils identified by partner schools, in groups of four. They will deliver a total of nine hours of tutoring to each group over the course of nine weeks. The role of the Numeracy Tutor is to increase individual children’s strategies, confidence, knowledge and skills in mental maths to enable them to be successful, independent learners. Numeracy Tutors will also encourage and support parents and carers to help pupils with numeracy learning at home.

 Main responsibilities:  

  • To undertake group numeracy teaching in one or more of our partner schools.
  • To encourage and facilitate parent/carer engagement with NumSkills.
  • To report on individual pupil progress.
  • To work as part of the Quest for Learning tutor team.

 Duties:

  • To teach an agreed number of groups of pupils for a total of 9 hours per group across 9 weeks.
  • To take responsibility for group teaching, keep detailed records of each child’s progress, and produce reports for Quest for Learning, the partner school, and parents/carers.
  • To work in partnership with each child’s parents/carers, encouraging and supporting numeracy learning at home.
  • To work closely with class teachers to identify initial learning needs and to regularly update them on pupil progress.
  • To participate in Quest for Learning tutor team meetings.
  • To collaborate with the Quest for Learning teaching team in the fulfilment of the monitoring and evaluation requirements set out by the DfE and other funders.

About you

We’re looking for enthusiastic and experienced individuals who are committed to the aims and ethos of Quest for Learning and have experience of working with primary-aged children in an educational setting. If you’re passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged children through education and have the drive and initiative to work with minimal supervision, we would love to hear from you.

Successful candidates will be required to undertake NumSkills and Generalist Safeguarding (including Prevent) training prior to commencing teaching, and to undergo an enhanced DBS and Barred List check.

We strive to create a truly inclusive culture and we’re committed to improving the diversity of the QfL team. We would be particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented in the charity, and are open to hearing how we could make our recruitment process more inclusive.

To download this job description and full person specification as a pdf, please click here.

How to apply: Please download and complete our application form, and then email it to us recruitment@questforlearning.org.uk.

Would you like to join our team?

Quest for Learning is a small charity working across Oxfordshire to change children’s lives through our literacy and numeracy programmes. Every year, we work with hundreds of children in primary schools and we are always keen to talk to education professionals who share our passion and vision.

To find out what’s it’s like to work with us, take a look at our short video and if you’d like to get in touch, do drop us a line recruitment@questforlearning.org.uk

Working for Quest for Learning

As a Quest for Learning tutor, you will usually teach just one of our programmes – ReadingQuest, BookQuest or NumSkills. The way we organise the tutoring is very similar for everyone, but there are some differences which you can see below under the programme headings.

Whichever programme you are teaching, as a Quest for Learning tutor you will:

  • be allocated to a partner school where you will usually work for the full academic year.
  • receive full training in your chosen programme. You will be paid for this training.
  • typically teach three teaching blocks throughout the academic year. Each teaching block is nine or ten weeks (depending on which programme you are delivering – see below). You will deliver one teaching block per term, so there is often some flexibility for working patterns within the term.
  • be paid £20 per hour. You are paid for face-to-face teaching time and in addition, you will be paid for a pre-agreed amount of planning, report writing and tutor CPD. A holiday allowance is included in your pay.
  • be invited to half-termly tutor meetings. This provides an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and meet the rest of the tutor and teaching team.
  • be provided with a programme handbook and all the resources you will need to deliver the programme.
  • be supported by the Quest for Learning teaching team.
  • have access to The Education Support Employee Assistance Programme.

 

As a ReadingQuest tutor you will:

  • work with KS1 and Year 3 children to develop reading fluency.
  • usually work 1:2, teaching four groups per 10 week teaching block. Each group will be taught three times a week in 30 minute sessions.
  • typically teach 6 hours face-to-face per week across three afternoons.
  • be paid an additional 2-3 hours of planning and report writing time per week.

As a BookQuest tutor you will:

  • work with KS2 children to develop comprehension skills.
  • usually work 1:3, teaching three groups per 10 week teaching block. Each group will be taught twice a week in 45 minute sessions.
  • typically teach 4.5 hours face-to-face per week across two afternoons.
  • be paid an additional 1-2 hours of planning and report writing time per week.

As a NumSkills tutor you will:

  • work with KS2 children to develop confidence and fluency in mental maths.
  • usually work 1:4, teaching three groups per 9 week teaching block. Each group will be taught twice a week in 30 minute sessions.
  • typically teach 3 hours face-to-face per week across two afternoons.
  • be paid an additional 1-2 hours of planning and report writing time per week.

Freqently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a qualified teacher to become a QFL tutor?

Most of our tutors are experienced primary school teachers with a PGCE or equivalent. However, if you are a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, or have other recent and relevant teaching experience in a primary setting, we would love to hear from you.

Will I be working online?

No. All our sessions are designed to be delivered in schools, within school hours. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we do have an online contingency plan, but this will be only be used when no other options are available to us.

Will I be working in one school or in different schools?

You will be working in one school for an allotted number of weeks (nine or ten, depending on which programme) per long term, in which time you will deliver 15 hours of tutoring per group. The number of groups will vary from school to school, but typically our tutors work two or three afternoons a week.

Our tutors are allocated to the same school (or schools) for the full academic year wherever possible. Where we can, we will always try and place you in a school which is convenient for you. Timings of sessions are agreed in consultation with yourself, the school and the Quest for Learning team.

What training do you provide?

All new tutors are fully trained in our programmes before starting in school, and we will pay you for this time. Usually, our tutors deliver just one programme. Our friendly and approachable Teaching Team are always on hand to provide ongoing support throughout the contract. In addition, there are termly tutor meetings where issues can be raised and best practice shared with other tutors.

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