The Phoenix Education Trust promotes and supports democratic education, characterised by values of trust, respect, tolerance and responsibility. Phoenix delivers training workshops to secondary school students across the country, designed to increase young people’s confidence, communication and campaigning skills, contributing to cohesive and collaborative school communities. We deliver a range of training packages, as part of grant-funded projects and also tailored services that schools purchase directly. With 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, promoting the values of democratic education and working with and for young people. Training Facilitators are crucial to- and key ambassadors for- the Phoenix Education Trust and need to be:
Enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people (aged 11-18)
Confident in managing complex group dynamics and responding to challenging or disruptive behaviour in a respectful way
Delivering workshops based on a written session plan 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 education
Eager to learn new things and reflect on challenges and successes in sessions
Available on a flexible basis
The application process
If you are selected to be one of the Trust’s Training Facilitators, we will invite you to sign an Independent Contractor Agreement. 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 committed to a range of projects at present, and some dates have already been set in schools; others are being negotiated on an ongoing basis. There is an average of five training days per month, although this fluctuates irregularly. Many of the schools we work in are London-based, but we have a national remit. Currently, we are working in schools in London, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. Preference for specific work will be given to Training Facilitators who live closest to the school.
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. Before commencing any delivery, you will receive an induction session, looking in detail at the content of training sessions and reflecting on approaches of delivery.
Initially, you will work alongside Phoenix staff, and we prefer to have two workers at every training session. When this isn’t possible, though, we arrange for a supportive staff member at the school to assist the Training Facilitator.
There may, from time to time, be opportunities for Training Facilitators to undertake additional administrative tasks associated with projects, at the same fee.
The Trust will pay the Training Facilitator £18 per hour. 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.