Education Research Specialist, London

Closing date:


Date posted:
Start date: February 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £37,544 (roles based in London will also receive £3,000 London Weighting Allowance)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The Education Research Specialist will help ensure that the design and delivery of Teach First programmes is driven by the latest research in the education sector. This role will play a vital role in developing and conducting research projects that help further the impact of our programmes. Colleagues across the organisation will be reliant on this role to access information on the available research to guide decision making, at an operational and strategic level. You will also lead on generating and collating evidence to inform the design of the curriculum for our teacher training and leadership development programmes.       

Your responsibilities include:   

•Leading and contributing to research projects investigating ways to improve Teach First’s impact as an education charity.    

•Contributing to the design and delivery of professional learning sessions and workshops to improve the quality of evaluation and engagement with evidence-based research across the organisation.    

•Acting as a contact point for research queries, helping to provide expert advice in assessing the validity and relevance of research findings.    

•Working with teams across the organisation to promote evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning    

•Delivering training to the rest of the organisation on research methods.    

•Working with our Communications department to ensure that relevant findings are shared externally and contributing to the wider educational debate    

•Representing Teach First externally at research conferences  and workshops where appropriate        

The critical responsibilities of this role are described above. They may be subject to reasonable changes from time to time in line with business need. As part of the role you may be required to travel to other UK locations from time to time. You will may also be required to attend away days/retreats and the annual “Offsite” event which is mandatory for all employees.       

Person Specification       

Essential skills and experience:       


•Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and understanding of their strengths and limitations.    

•Proven track record in using research to inform practice in different types of organisations    

•Use of literature reviews to find, assess and summarise key literature to inform design and delivery of programmatic activity   

 •Experience of planning and conducting rigorous primary research    

•Excellent written communication (e.g. writing research papers) and presentation skills    

•Excellent training and facilitation skills    


•Extensive knowledge and understanding of the literature around and key proponents of, approaches to education and learning including but not limited to: Behaviourism, Developmental psychology, Cognitive science, Cognitive constructionism, Moral psychology, Evolutionary psychology, Social learning, Social constructivism, Humanist approach, Positive psychology    

•Knowledge of common misconceptions regarding how children learn, informed by a strong understanding of the science of learning (including knowledge, memory, instruction, assessment theory)    

•Knowledge of the history of education, key theories and approaches that have developed over the years    

•Knowledge of the difficulties and potential ways forward for schools and teachers in evaluating the impact of strategies intended to improve student outcomes        

Desirable skills and experience:       

•Experience of working in schools to implement and apply research evidence within the context of teacher training and/or school improvement.    

•Knowledge and understanding of curriculum and programmatic design           

All our employees are expected to model our values and help others to do so.          

How to apply   

To apply for a vacancy at Teach First you are required to complete an online application form. Please have your CV and covering letter ready to upload.       

Next steps  

We aim to provide feedback to all applications within 10 working days from the closing date. Please note that first round interviews will take place on the 10th to 12th January 2018 and second round interviews will take place week commencing 15th January 2018.

Job location

More about TeachFirst
Address: National Office & London - Local Area Office, 6 Mitre Passage, Greenwich, London, SE10 0ER, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 3862 8000
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Teach First is an independent educational charity, Reg. No. 1098294, established in 2002 to directly address the problem of educational disadvantage.  Now in its eighth year, Teach First has already changed the lives of thousands of young people...