Development Lead, London

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Start date: January 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000, negotiable depending on experience + 11% employer contribution to pension
Contract term: Fixed Term

The English Mastery Programme

English Mastery is a curriculum and teacher development programme that is designed to improve achievement for all pupils in key stage 3 English. The programme aims to deepen and accelerate students’ reading and writing progress by exposing them to a cumulative, knowledge-rich curriculum and by training teachers on subject pedagogy and the specific curriculum topics they will teach. We work with over 60 partner schools nationwide from Sheffield to the Isle of Wight. We are now looking to grow our team in line with rapid expansion of the programme. 

English Mastery is incubated by Ark ventures – part of the education charity Ark – which incubates, launches and supports organisations that have the potential to deliver widespread change in education and society.

English Mastery Development Lead

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to write and develop lessons and resources for the English Mastery programme and to work with the team to prepare and design English Mastery staff training modules and implementation guidance. 

We are looking for someone who has the ability to communicate clearly, build relationships, and complete a range of tasks with an entrepreneurial and fast-moving team. They should have a clear vision of what exemplary curriculum planning looks like and should be able to use student scripts and data diagnostically to inform the strategic direction and purpose of the content produced. They should also be able to plan impactful training and be confident delivering training to a large audience.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Passionate about transforming the life chances of children through education
  • Experienced in designing resources for Key Stage three English that have been used by others within and beyond your own context 
  • Educated to degree level in English literature/ language and have a strong English literature/language education background
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience teaching in schools 
  • Able to demonstrate resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement
  • Confident delivering training to fellow teachers
  • Have an eye for detail with meticulous proofing skills

This role is initially on an 18 month fixed term contract. For more details or to apply please visit our online recruitment portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of 11am on Monday 22nd October. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 25th October.

If you would like to have an informal and confidential discussion about the role, or have any queries, please contact Amy McJennett on

Location:  London
Closing date:  Monday 22nd October
Interview date: Thursday 25th October
Start Date: January 2019
Salary:    £35,000 - £45,000, negotiable depending on experience + 11% employer contribution to pension
Contract:  Fixed Term, 18 months

 Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Job location

More about Ark
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: 65 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6TD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 3116 6345
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Ark is an international charity, transforming lives through education. 

We have a network of 35 schools across Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Our schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference...