The Phoenix Education Trust is a small, national charity, which creates democratic spaces in education, facilitating students’ freedom to learn in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and care. We want every learner, teacher, parent and child to feel truly seen and heard. Our facilitators are highly skilled at establishing collaborative decision-making processes, and everyone at Phoenix embodies our core values through their contributions to mutually agreed objectives.

Our main grant-funded programme at present is called Democratic Journeys. This programme is about supporting students to become active members of their school community, designing campaigns to contibrute to stronger relationships, happier environments and more collaboration in their classrooms. We also tailor training packages in response to direct requests from schools. With more than a decade of experience providing training services in schools, we have honed a dynamic and unique approach to facilitation. In addition to having a rich repertoire of tried and tested methods, we are continually adapting our content to meet the needs of the specific groups of young people we are working with.

 

The role of Training Facilitators

Training Facilitators are responsible for the face-to-face delivery of our services in schools, embodying and promoting our values. Training Facilitators are crucial to- and key ambassadors for- the Phoenix Education Trust and need to be:

  • Enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and young people

  • Confident in managing complex group dynamics and responding to challenging or disruptive behaviour in a respectful way

  • Delivering workshops based on a written session plans, as well as being…

  • Adaptable and open to changing approaches, based on observation of the mood and needs of students

  • Able to manage professional boundaries and behave in a professional manner

  • An advocate of person-centred approaches, keen to promote student participation and collaborative modes of doing education

  • Eager to learn new things and reflect on challenges and successes in sessions

  • Available on a flexible basis

The application process

Please register your interest in working for Phoenix by submitting a CV and brief covering letter outlining how your experience relates to the role. Send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will respond to you within 30 days, and may invite you to have a conversation with a staff member and trustee either face-to-face or by Skype.

If you are selected to be one of the Trust’s Training Facilitators, we will invite you to sign an Independent Contractor Agreement, for an intial period of four days of induction, shadowing our Lead Facilitating Consultant. You will also be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check, arranged and paid for by the Trust.

Scope and nature of work

Phoenix is engaged in ongoing Democratic Journeys in a range of schools at present, and we are in a period of transitional innovation, trailing new programmes. Many of the schools we work in are London-based, but we have a national remit. Currently, we are working in schools in London, Cornwall, Nottingham, Manchester and Somerset.

Each training session involves considerable planning and preparation as well as reflection and recording of outcomes. Hours are pre-agreed for each session or series of sessions, and you will be paid for your input at the hourly rate. We would like Training Facilitators to complete consecutive series of sessions in a school, to ensure continuity of relationships with the young people, so you will be notified in advance of upcoming sessions in schools.

There may, from time to time, be opportunities for Training Facilitators to undertake additional responsibilities associated with our programmes.

Remuneration

The Trust will pay the Training Facilitator £125 per day. As freelance, independent contractors, Training Facilitators are responsible for their own tax affairs and are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or pension from the Trust. Payments are made within 30 days of receiving an invoice detailing session delivery. Expenses, for resources and travel, can be claimed, upon discussion with and approval by the Trust.

 

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