Mary Ward Centre

Curriculum Manager – Work Skills and Employability

Stratford, Southwark London
£41,128.08 - £46,530.12 pa (Includes London Weighting), dependent on experience
02 Nov 2023
29 Nov 2023
Job Level
Manager, Teacher
Contract Type
Full Time

Hours: 35 hours per week

Due to staff moving to pastures new we are seeking a new member of our Adult Education Curriculum Management team at our two locations with specific responsibility for Essential Skills (including ESOL, English and Maths, IT and Essential Digital Skills and Employability Skills).   

You will work as part of the adult education development and implementation team to ensure the delivery of high quality provision that supports Mary Ward's strategy and meets the need of learners. 

This is a fantastic time to join us with so much opportunity and need in our local areas and real potential to diversify and grow the curriculum. We want your skills to contribute to the shaping of a responsive area and in a critical time within education.  You would be joining a really interesting and supportive organisation and contributing to embedding ourselves in our community and purpose built home on High Street, Stratford, opened September 2023; and /or at our centre in Southwark on Rushworth Street. Both buildings are fully accessible and a short walk from public transport.

Together with a warm and welcoming environment where no two days are quite the same, we have an attractive package including 35 days holiday plus bank holidays, a pension scheme, regular training, Cycle to Work Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, regular training & a subsidised course of your choice. 

We actively encourage applications from the diverse community that we serve as we want to reflect the neighbourhoods we live and work in. 

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following essential experience, knowledge and skills and abilities.


  1. Substantial experience of adult education and an appreciation of how it impacts positively on people’s lives
  2. Proven commitment to high standards in teaching and learning and experience of managing quality improvement processes, including Self-Assessment
  3. Management experience in an educational context which demonstrates excellent leadership skills and an ability to motivate and manage a diverse staff team
  4. Experience of successfully developing and managing both accredited and non-accredited programmes, with a creative approach to curriculum design, development and evaluation
  5. Experience of managing specialist resources and equipment and promoting health and safety
  6. Experience of managing projects and delivering outcomes to a set time table and budget
  7. A high degree of expertise, flair and competence in one of the subject areas delivered within the department and an enthusiasm and interest for the other subjects
  8. Experience of working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations to promote engagement and widen participation
  9. Experience of  managing programmes for students with low levels of literacy, numeracy or those with specific learning difficulties.


  • An understanding of the needs of adult learners and the issues which may affect their learning
  • Insight into current issues and developments relating to adult education and the impact they might have on curriculum content and delivery
  • A broad understanding of the Skills Funding Agency’s funding methodology and its implications for the department
  • Significant experience of adult education teaching and a thorough knowledge of good practice in teaching and learning
  • An understanding of and commitment to the implementation of equal opportunities within an educational setting
  • An understanding of how ILT/eLearning impacts on teaching and learning and enthusiasm for its development and promotion.

Skills and Abilities

  • A capacity to plan strategically, and at the same time to be able to be flexible and pragmatic in order to achieve strategic goals
  • An ability to analyse data and use it to inform judgments and decisions within the department
  • Ability to plan, prioritise, make and take tough decisions, multi-task and keep to deadlines
  • A team player with energy, enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work productively with staff groups and co-operate/liaise with outside agencies
  • Commitment to developing staff through training as individuals and in their teams
  • A confident and effective ICT/ILT user, with the ability to manage the purchase and maintenance of IT equipment used for teaching and learning.

Deadline: The deadline to submit application forms is Wednesday 29th November at midnight.

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.


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