Talking Tales Project Manager – Polka Theatre (freelance)

Job Description

Freelance role.

Our Talking Tales project is a new fully funded 2-year CPD drama programme, working with School Leadership teams and teachers to improve oracy skills in KS1 pupils that will support learning in all areas of the curriculum. The project combines Teacher CPD sessions, practitioner led drama workshops for pupils, teacher resource packs and mentoring in the first year. This will be followed by top-up CPD and support sessions to empower lead teachers to deliver supported training to the wider team to ensure all staff can integrate opportunities for developing Oracy into all lessons.

Purpose of the role: Working with the Head of Creative Learning, the Talking Tales Project Manager will lead on the management of the full project including creating the CPD sessions, school workshops and teacher resource packs. They will manage all communication with all stakeholders and will be responsible for designing robust evaluation processes to be followed throughout the project.

The first year of project will be weighted to a higher percentage of working days, especially during June – September 2024 for project set up. We are happy to discuss this in more detail at interview stage.

Deadline for applications: 9am on Wednesday 8 May 2024 Interviews: Week beginning 12 May 2024
Ideal start date: Monday 2 June 2024

Please complete and send the following to Polly Simmonds, Head of Creative Learning, at or post it to them at Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB.

Remember to include Talking Tales Project Manager as your email subject line or on the envelope.
• Current CV and short cover letter telling us how you meet the Person Specification.
• If you would prefer, you are welcome to send us a short video or audio file (no longer than 5 mins), telling us about yourself, your current and previous job roles and/or work experience, as well as your knowledge, skills and experience.

Please also complete and send us:
• Privacy notice form – download it, as a Word document, from our website
• Complete our Equality Monitoring survey by visiting Survey Monkey website
The Equality monitoring survey is anonymous and is not sent to the person who receives your application. It helps us understand whether we are succeeding in promoting equality of opportunity and encouraging representation. It is completely separate from your application, and we do not connect the two.
Once you have sent us the documents above, by the deadline, we will let you know we have received your application.

Salary £27,000 total fee - 180 days at £150 per day
Application Process: Current CV and short cover letter telling us how you meet the Person Specification. Remember to include 'Talking Tales Project Manager' as your email subject line or on the envelope.
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Employer: Polka Theatre
Hours: 180 days between June 2024 – August 2026
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