Employment Opportunity at DM Education
Literacy Coaching and Schools Support Position
Would you love to help parents and teachers to see children succeed with reading and spelling? Do you thrive in a training or teaching capacity? If you are interested in making a difference in the area of literacy education, this could be your dream job. It is ideal for an ex-primary school teacher.
We are a small, growing educational company that runs a successful online intervention for struggling readers around the world and is now expanding into the provision of training and physical resources for schools. We are looking for a new support team member who is able to work 25-40 hours a week from home.
Our team is primarily based in Oxford, UK, but you can work from anywhere.
The two main elements of the role are:
- Training and supporting teachers who are using our new systematic synthetic phonics programme, All Aboard Phonics – via email and phone
- Supporting and coaching parents – in writing, on the phone and on Zoom – who are using our online reading intervention programme for struggling readers, called the Easyread System.
The balance between these two primary responsibilities may vary depending on the time of year and other factors such as the promotions we are doing.
There is also a mix of other activities to get involved with at David Morgan Education, from developing new materials for our learners, to social media marketing.
As part of the school support team, you will be responsible for interacting with teachers who are using our phonics resources: answering queries, taking feedback, organising communications (e.g. newsletters, mailings), running training sessions, producing resources and more.
This part of the role involves daily messaging, 1:1 phone consultations with parents and Zoom lessons with children and their parent(s). You will be teaching them how to use our online reading program, and giving advice and consultation as needed.
This is an extremely rewarding process since turning struggling non-readers into readers is such a life-changing outcome for each child.
As a small company, we are renowned for our highly personalised customer service. So any team member must be totally confident speaking on the phone to others, and enjoy interpersonal interaction. Though we will fully train you in our system, you must feel confident taking a teaching/advisory role when speaking to a wide variety of people. And your writing must be clear and accurate.
We will fully train you in the main causes of reading difficulty and issues around learning difficulties. You should be a quick learner, as there is a lot to absorb in the first few weeks. It is an exciting process, but a very detailed one!
- Experience in UK education system, preferably teaching in a primary school
- Detail oriented
- Very fast learner
- Confident on the phone – really, you have to enjoy it! – interacting with parents in the UK, North America and Australasia
- Comfortable with a high degree of autonomy; after you are trained in the position you will be working directly with clients around the world
- Highly computer literate
The starting salary is £22-30K depending on experience. Part-time work will be paid pro-rata.
We take 5 weeks of holiday per annum, which includes a few days between Christmas and New Year, when we virtually shut down.
We currently all work from home. Most of the team is based near Oxford, UK, but we have other team members around the world.
There is the potential for flexibility in the working hours and some people in the company work a 4-day week. But it is normally a 9-5 routine.
The position is based on UK statutory employment law. There will be a six week initial trial, which can be extended by either party, if there are any doubts about the suitability of the candidate or the job.
This really is a great job for the right person, for these reasons:
- You will be having a huge impact on the lives of people in a very difficult situation. So you will never need to question the meaning of your work.
- You will become a world-leading expert on reading, writing and dyslexia.
- You will be part of a small, friendly team
- There is the potential to expand into leadership within domains beyond your primary role.
So, first of all, if you are not feeling that it is potentially a dream job for you, please don’t apply! It would be a total waste for you to take the job.
If you do like the sound of the job, then you need to send in an application with the following three elements:
- Please include a basic CV with your employment history and education
- Please draft a letter/email to an imaginary friend with a bright 7 year-old daughter who is struggling to read, on the reasons why you think it might be worth them giving Easyread a go.
- Please also include a letter describing why you think you would be good at the two primary roles and what other areas you think that you could contribute to.
- Please send your application to email@example.com with the subject heading Support Position Application.
Please apply by 19th October 2021.
Please send any questions you have to the email address above.
David Morgan and the Easyread Team