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Project Manager – developing the SEMH Curriculum

Books Beyond WordsHome-based

Do you want to play an integral role in this most exciting of Education projects? 

Following a successful pilot, Beyond Words is extending its “Open Book” project nationally. The programme supports the vital curriculum development of Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) in both Special Schools and Mainstream SEND. 

Beyond Words publishes and distributes wordless stories that cover sometimes difficult and challenging topics in book, eBook, and app formats to help people who struggle with the written word to better understand the complexities of everyday life. Our books cover a wide variety of subjects, they encourage conversations and give people a voice in society.

The Open Book project began in 2018 with a two-year pilot, designed to introduce the SEMH curriculum to 22 Special Schools across the country and to support safeguarding. SLT’s, Teachers and TA’s were trained in the Books Beyond Words approach to visual literacy and, using our physical books and digital resources (ebooks, AppStories and eLearning), they have achieved outstanding results with their pupils. They introduced subjects such as forming relationships, working together, listening, dealing with frustration, and later on identified more sensitive issues such as abuse, discrimination, anxiety and even bereavement, for one-to-one interventions. 

We are now planning to roll out the “Open Book” approach applying a “hub and mentor” approach and the national launch will take place at the forthcoming Tes SEN Virtual Show, with two webinars and a virtual booth. We have recruited 5 “mentors” at regional level, to approach SLT’s in selected schools, present the pilot results, elicit support and implement the approach, working closely with each new school. The schools will be encouraged to select a selection of relevant books, training resources and digital resources. 

The Project Manager will report to the Chief Executive and will play a central role in coordinating and implementing the national roll-out plan for the “Open Book” project in Special Schools and SEND within mainstream schools over the next two and a half to three years, working closely with the Mentors and with the schools. Specific responsibilities include: supporting mentors with “best practice” transfer, organizing regional webinars, liaising with schools on the purchase of resources, keeping track and regular reporting of progress, working with other partner organisations and helping to identify and recruit mentors of the future.

We are looking for an experienced senior-level teacher with project management skills who is passionate about improving pupils’ mental health as a basis for both personal and learning development.

This role, which will be a contract under a service agreement, offers great working flexibility in relation to hours, days and term times. 

See attached full Job Description.

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