Posted on 31st May 2024

Join our geography team as an Associate Development Lead

1:31 PM, 31st May 2024
Join our geography team as an Associate Development Lead

Associate Development Lead (Geography Mastery Secondary)

Reports to: Senior Delivery Manager

Location: North of England. Working from home or school-based, with travel to local schools (local schools are generally defined as those within 60 minutes or 30 miles travel from main school base or home).

Contract: Fixed, September to July

Closing date: 14/06/24

Informal online meeting: 18–21/06/24

Interviews: 24–28/06/24

Salary: Day rate

About the role:

As part of the Leadership and Tailored packages, Ark Curriculum Plus offers schools bespoke support from a Development Lead. At Ark Curriculum Plus we recognise the value in support from someone who has experience teaching and leading on the programme themselves to offer insight from their own experiences. For this reason, we work with a team of Associate Development Leads (ADLs) that support a range of our schools across the partnership.

We are excited to present the opportunity for new ‘Associate Development Leads’ to join our pool of external support in 24/25. This is a fantastic opportunity to join Geography Mastery Secondary, part of Ark Curriculum Plus, a venture born out of the Ark network. A forward-thinking, research informed, passionate team, we aim to support secondary schools in creating geographers of the future.

As a School Development Lead (Geography Mastery Secondary) your role is an integral part of the School Development Team, responsible for supporting Geography Leads across a portfolio of schools on the Geography Mastery programme. Your time will be spent supporting schools through effective coaching, carefully planned training, remote development sessions and in-school visits. Travel throughout the UK may be required.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Support schools on a one-to-one basis to implement our programmes successfully to gain the intended immediate and longer-term impact 
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with partner schools
  • Maintain an excellent understanding of the Geography Mastery programme to offer high quality training, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and support in the programme 
  • Deliver training and CPD where required to an excellent standard in line with internal guidelines 
  • Contribute to the development of the overall programme design by collaborating with the various teams, feeding back insights gathered to inform the design and partnerships teams 

Key Requirements:

  • Understanding of the education landscape and issues affecting education  
  • At least three years’ teaching experience across at least two key stages 
  • A proven record in delivering outstanding achievement in Geography, particularly for pupils with low prior attainment in challenging schools 
  • Up-to-date knowledge and use of the current curriculum and assessment requirements and best practice in implementation and delivery of professional development  
  • Regular and on-going engagement with training and personal development 
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching teachers

View the full job description and person specification.

About Ark

We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.

You’ll be joining a group of like-minded, ambitious individuals who work collaboratively and are all committed to our core mission, that every child has the potential to succeed. Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, we are shaping our goals for the next 20 and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

How to Apply:

Apply by completing our expression of interest form. Applications to be submitted by Friday 14 June 2024.  

Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Please contact Sarah Dowey at if you have any queries about the role.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Please click here to learn more.