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Qualified Teachers - Volunteer Programme - EXPIRED

Job Title Qualified Teachers - Volunteer Programme - EXPIRED
Contract Type Contract
Location Uganda
Salary Accommodation, weekly allowance and flights
Job Published 15 Apr 2016
Contact Name Volunteers Team
Contact Email

Job Description - EXPIRED

About the organisation

RedEarth Education are a small, UK-based charity set up in 2006 by three retired teachers. We deliver training to teachers across Uganda, in an education system where 80% of children do not finish primary school. Our work has impacted the learning of over 50,000 children and supported the professional growth of hundreds of teachers.

We are currently looking for TWO long term volunteers to work on projects with our Ugandan team.

The one year programme includes free accommodation, a weekly allowance and flights. Volunteers will provide support and training to teachers in under-resourced rural schools, which will go on to impact hundreds of teachers and thousands of children across Uganda. Candidates must be qualified teachers currently working in the UK, with at least 3 years’ experience (primary or secondary), and must be able to commit to a one year placement in Uganda.

The placement gives teachers the chance to gain unique skills that are invaluable to their future teaching career. These skills will enable them to effectively take leadership within schools and implement positive change. Working closely with rural schools, volunteers will help local teachers develop and improve their practices, and create a positive learning environment in which children want to come to school and enjoy learning. Helping these children remain in school is crucial to improving their life chances and helping their families escape the cycle of poverty.

Working in such a challenging and under-resourced environment, volunteers will learn to apply creativity to their teaching approach, and develop a capacity for flexibility. With the support of a highly experienced team of educators, volunteers will gain crucial skills through unique experiences.

1. Observe and monitor schools, and support staff in implementing change
o Lean how to identify issues, prioritise objectives and set school targets
o Devise and write action plans to improve teaching practices
o Build working relationships amongst staff
o Learn how to support teachers to develop new skills, build confidence in their work and motivate them to continue improving
o Learn how to ensure accountability and to evaluate outcomes

2. Assess and support teacher performance
o Carry out formative assessment against targets and objectives
o Learn how to identify each teacher’s professional development needs, how to report on this and how to provide individual feedback to  teachers
o Assist with lesson planning in a variety of subjects and ages to make sure children are more active and engaged
o Gain first-hand experience in how performance reviews have a direct impact on the learning of children

3. Support Headteachers in developing systems and management strategies
o Strengthen management and leadership skills
o Learn how to devise strategies aimed at improving teaching
o Build confidence in implementing systems and process within schools

4. Deliver teacher training
o Gain crucial experience planning, preparing and delivering high quality training for a range of different schools

5. Assist teachers in lesson delivery
o Work directly with a range of student age groups (between 12- 17 ) and abilities, as well as within schools at various different performance levels
o Gain hands-on experience in how RedEarth training is applied to the classroom, and learn to assess the impact of methods on children’s learning

Many of our volunteers also choose to set up a link partnership between RedEarth and their UK schools (although this is entirely optional.) This allows volunteers to support the learning of their students at home by bringing an awareness of global issues and cultural understanding to the
classroom. In an increasingly globalised world, this level of understanding and appreciation of difference is a core component of education today, and teachers can significantly benefit from this knowledge in their career.

To apply for the role, please send your CV and a covering letter to

Ref: EXPIRED - LF574 | Published: 15th Apr 2016