The Role

Teacher Courses and Online Sessions & Student Conferences and Webinars

The central role of the Academic Course & Conference Director is to work with our expert teams of course leaders, both in subject specific areas and in non-subject specific areas to create and provide relevant high quality teacher courses and conferences for teachers and leaders and conferences and sessions for students. Approximately 350 – 400 courses and sessions are offered each year, across 16 – 20 specific subject areas. We are now looking to expand our range of courses in non-subject specific areas.

Each Academic Course & Conference Director is responsible for:

  • 8 – 10 specific subject areas – teacher courses and online sessions, student conferences and online sessions
  • 4 – 5 non-subject specific priority focus areas – teacher and leadership courses
  • Creating, along with the team, 10 large-scale conferences per year on key priority current issues affecting the secondary education sector
  • Sourcing new course and conference leaders
  • Working with Marketing and Sales team – advising on publicity points, advising on key points for marketing
  • Advising Events team when necessary on appropriate course leaders for particular courses and webinars
  • Discussing – as and when required – directly with schools on in-school tailored courses and conferences for students and teachers
  • Assessing and evaluating all CPD provision across the range
  • Taking new directions when appropriate, keeping up with trends, priorities new directions

It’s important to note that it is not a part of the role for the Academic Course & Conference Director to actually write the courses, This is done by the specialist course leaders (over 350 experts) who also prepare the accompanying notes and deliver the courses and webinars.

It is the role of the Academic Course & Conference Director to work in conjunction with our specialist teams of course leaders in creating new courses, advising, guiding on different focus areas, new webinars, to support teachers and fulfil demand.

The Process: Setting up courses and conferences:

Teacher Courses:

  • Research – current trends across the whole of the teaching & learning perspective, to impact into subject courses, examination boards and reports, competitors
  • Planning – assess current provision, plan range of courses for specific subjects and draw up portfolios of courses and non-subject based provision, plan new courses and new conferences. Ensure course variation, course focus points, all levels of teacher support are provided for
  • Dates: arrange the dates of all provision appropriately according to the focus of their courses, exams and so on
  • Check your planned portfolio gives support to the full teacher ability and experience – from NQTs to experienced teachers, and from aspirant leaders to senior leaders
  • Negotiate and discuss the content of courses with course leaders, who then write the courses up. This is then assessed to ensure the course has maintained focus in the writing and conveys what it needs to convey on the programme/publicity
  • Printing & Publishing: Once all courses and dates are in, in meeting the publishing deadlines, they are then sent for printing, after proofing and signing off by the Academic Course & Conference team.
  • Marketing & Sales: the Academic Course & Conference team work closely with the marketing & sales teams on promoting the courses, the key points and relevance.
  • Post Course Assessment and Evaluation – takes place following all courses and webinars
  • New courses – work out the focus, aim and purpose, USP, select appropriate course leader, discuss, assess programme, sign off
  • New Course Leaders: we’re always on the lookout for new course leaders Part of the role is assessing potential new course leaders and conference speakers for their suitability to the particular roles

Student Conferences:

The student conferences revision sessions follow a similar procedure of setting to the teacher courses, detailed above. The student conferences are mainly exam board specific and offered at both GCSE and A Level. They are revision conferences and require updating and changing each year. This is done working with our student conference session leaders and deliverers

Further Details

  • The role is office based.
  • Venue based courses and conferences take place in London. On occasion you may be required to go to London to attend one of the large-scale conferences, or some courses, and meet with the course leaders you’re working with. This may happen 3 – 4 times per year, no overnight stays are necessary
  • Similarly, it may be appropriate to attend one or two in-school teacher or student sessions. This would take place during normal working hours in schools in the area in Cheshire.

About You

The ideal candidate will:

  • have current experience of the secondary education sector
  • be creative, have entrepreneurial flair, know when to take initiative, identify good opportunities and see them through
  • have experience of writing/leading CPD programmes on a departmental and/or whole school level, and ideally regional/national level
  • be an excellent communicator, both written and verbal
  • demonstrate a track record of client and stakeholder management
  • be confident, positive, resilient, have a hands-on approach to work, get things done, make decisions and meet deadlines
  • be highly organised, with a nimble, agile attitude, ready to embrace change and cope with ambiguity
  • be proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • have a degree, or equivalent qualification