Education Consultant

£25,000 - £29,999
08 Oct 2019
14 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Teaching safe and healthy mobility consultant - September 2019

Introduction to our cause and work

Brake's vision is that everyone moves in a safe and healthy way, as part of our normal day. A death or serious injury on a road is a rare and unusual event; and traffic does not impede us or poison our air.

Brake is the leading charity in the UK working for safe and healthy mobility and supporting people bereaved and injured in road crashes. In 2020, we celebrate our 25th anniversary. During the past 25 years, deaths on roads have fallen in the UK; but there are still five deaths every day and many more life-changing injuries such as paralysis and head injury. Worldwide, road crashes are now the biggest killer of people under the age of 30. Brake works to inspire, inform and engage people to stop the carnage, fear and pollution that also causes death from respiratory disease and deters people from cycling and walking and the health benefits that brings.

Administered from our head office in West Yorkshire (commutable by train directly from Leeds, York, Manchester), Brake has an extensive and life-saving programme of evidence-based, safe and healthy mobility projects in the UK, such as National Road Safety Week, aiming to inspire, inform and engage people in fighting for our cause and its solutions, such as cycle paths, pavements and 20mph speed limits. We target these projects at two key audiences in civil society:
  • Families, schools and concerned communities;
  • Employers operating vans, lorries and buses, or with staff who drive to work.

Working in partnership with organisations in other nations, Brake is extending projects to assist other countries with higher casualty rates (particularly low-income nations). Brake's Global Fleet Champions programme promotes and awards fleet safety among employers operating vehicles in countries ranging from the UK to Kenya.

Brake also runs the UK's National Road Victim Service, caring for bereaved and injured people's emotional well-being and helping them through complex procedures such as court cases. This service includes: an accredited national helpline funded by government agencies; provision of information and advice for road crash victims; and events and training for professionals caring for them such as the police family liaison officers.

Brake has a public affairs and media team in London, speaking up for our cause within government and in the media.

Teaching safe and healthy mobility in schools

Brake has a proven track record of producing high-quality resources that raise awareness of key road safety issues, inclusive of resources for educators.

Our research has identified that while other organisations have developed resources that focus on the behavioural change aspect of road safety, there is a gap in provision for resources that focus on design and Safe Systems - and therefore support the collective vision of safe and healthy mobility .

Overall objective of the role

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic education expert to work with us on a project to determine how educational interventions relating to safe and healthy mobility should be delivered in schools.

The outcomes of the project will enable Brake, and other road safety practitioners, to develop and provide appropriate, evidence-based resources to educators that enable them to raise awareness of how design and Safe Systems can deliver safe and healthy mobility, while also meeting their learning goals.

Specifically, this project will inform the development of a suite of educational resources to help children and young people (the road users and policy-makers of the future) understand how the design of our cities and towns, roads, public transport systems and vehicles can deliver safe and healthy mobility.

The project's outputs will be available to all and will include: a 'Teaching road safety in schools' resource for educators; a report with recommendations on the delivery of Safe Systems based learning; and a plan for the creation of educational resources about Safe Systems.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Set up and consult with focus groups, and more widely within the education arena, to ascertain (a) how provision of educational resources about the Safe System approach to safe and healthy mobility can support learning goals; and (b) what format such resources should take, how they should be delivered into schools, and how they will complement existing resources.
  • Review, update and publish Brake's existing guidance for educators for teaching of road safety.
  • Write, publish and disseminate a detailed report outlining the findings of the consultation exercise.
  • Develop a detailed plan for (a) the creation of educational resources about the Safe Systems approach to safe and healthy mobility that support learning goals; and (b) delivery of such resources into schools
  • Seek funding for the creation and delivery of educational resources about the Safe Systems approach to safe and healthy mobility in 2020.

The successful applicant will report to Brake's managing editor and will be set structured KPIs for delivery of the project, according to an agreed project plan. They may be required to liaise with other members of staff, including staff responsible for Brake's community engagement programme and the senior leadership team.

Person specification

The successful applicant will have:
  • minimum five years of experience of working within the education sector, with a minimum of two years of experience of working in a teaching role;
  • a proven track record of working within the education sector in a consultancy/advisory capacity or as a journalist;
  • detailed working knowledge of curricular requirements and latest teaching methodologies for all ages and abilities including those with special educational needs;
  • good understanding of behavioural change theory;
  • knowledge of how road safety education is currently delivered within schools;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, with proven track record of writing academic reports and white papers;
  • experience of delivering high-quality projects on time and on budget; and
  • a values-driven approach to life; you want to work with a charity.

Hours: Fixed-term contract

This a fixed-term, 8-month contract, for 120 days work to be undertaken between 1 November 2019 and 31 July 2020. Part-time and flexible working hours will be considered for the right candidate, but the successful applicant will be required to work an agreed minimum number of hours per week on set days within normal office opening hours.

The role will be based from Brake's Huddersfield office. As the role involves direct engagement with schools across the various regions of the UK, some travel will be necessary. Applications for home working will be considered, but the successful applicant will be required to attend some meetings at Brake's Huddersfield office.

To apply: Email your CV and a 500-word covering letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to Brake's managing editor, Sophie Dilley - via the button below.

Salary: Available upon application, pro rata, depending on experience.

Deadline for applications: Friday 2 November 2019

Due to the nature of Brake's work, we cannot consider applications from traffic offenders. Brake is an equal opportunity employer. Applications not in the specified format or submitted past the closing date will not be considered. If applicants have not been contacted by Monday 18 November, then they should assume their application has not been successful.

In line with our values, Brake encourages applications from people who wish to commute to work in ways that are sustainable and active; our UK head office is close to Huddersfield train station which has excellent rail links and cycle storage facilities. Brake discourages applications from people who intend to commute regularly a significant distance to our office by car.