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Part Time Education Coordinator for Paradise Cooperative


The purpose of this role is to plan and deliver the ‘Paradise Learning’ primary school programme for The Paradise Co-operative, a locally grown charity in Wandsworth that is designed to nurture our bonds with nature in an urban environment. The role requires the successful applicant to be a qualified teacher with at least 2 years of classroom-based teaching. We’re looking for a strong and reflective practitioner who is passionate about outdoor learning and the environment.

About this role

This is a contractor role (i.e. self-employed) based on two full days a week of delivery during the school term. Days are flexible and to be agreed with the successful applicant. The position offers a day-rate that aligns with the teaching main pay-scale and will be discussed based on the successful candidate’s experience. Delivery is on our outdoor site in SW18, and with home-working for administrative tasks.


Strategic planning

  • Working alongside the charity’s Trustees and other Paradise team members in delivering the 3-year plan for charity, as it relates to the Education Objectives

Programme management

  • Oversee and lead the management and delivery of the School Education Programme
  • Work within the budget for the programme
  • Plan programme content, aligning to the school curriculum and the charity’s values and review regularly
  • Plan individual sessions, ensuring engaging and educational activities are suitable for the age-groups and needs of children attending
  • Plan and manage all resources for sessions
  • Plan and manage risks for delivery, ensuring paperwork is kept up to date and reviewed regularly
  • Deliver school workshops, working alongside children and school-teachers onsite
  • Deliver CPD for partner schools onsite or at school premises
  • Design and delivery school assemblies to our partner schools
  • Task-manage a teaching assistant who will support the delivery of the sessions
  • Oversee the administration and management of the after-school and holiday club (the applicant is not responsible for delivering these sessions)
    Ensure that the educational programme and club are run according to the charity’s safeguarding, health and safety, and data protection policies

Person specification


  • Qualified teacher status
  • At least 2 years’ teaching experience in a classroom environment
  • Up to date knowledge of safeguarding legislation
  • Good understanding and experience of managing risks, particularly in an outdoor environment and working with children
  • Evidence of delivering sessions in alternative settings (e.g. outdoors, holiday club, school trips etc.)
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills
  • Passionate about the environment, working outdoors and nurturing this enthusiasm in children and young people
  • Excellent communication. Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent collaboration and working well with others, particularly members of school staff


  • Experience managing others
  • Budget management experience
  • Good knowledge of outdoor learning styles, content and delivery for primary aged children


The Paradise Co-operative is committed to the development of children in a safe environment where they can grow and learn. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe, and to practice in a way that protects them. All applicants must comply with our charity’s safeguarding policy and safer recruitment checks.

Safer recruitment checks

All candidates are asked to comply with our Safer Recruitment Procedure. This includes:

  • Providing a completed self-disclosure form if invited to interview
  • Provide proof of identity and proof of address
  • Provide 2 references for us to contact prior to a formal offer being made, one of which must be from your current or most recent employer
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check at Enhanced Level

Application process

  • Please send your CV and a cover letting explaining your interest and suitability for this role to paradisecoop.hr@gmail.com by midday on 25th June 2021
  • Interviews will be held on video-call in w/c 28th June
  • The final stage of the selection process will ask candidates to plan and deliver an observed session with one of our school groups in w/c 5th July onsite

The Paradise Co-operative is committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse community for all team members and volunteers. Please contact us if you require any adjustments in applying for this role, or require the job advert in larger font or alternative formats.