Facilitator Recruitment

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The Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance is a collaboration of three DfE appointed teaching school hubs. We cover Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset (BANEs) which reaches more than 700 schools and settings in all phases.

What is a Visiting Fellow?

Visiting Fellows are integral to the success of the Early Career Framework (ECF) and the Early Career teacher (ECT) programme, as well as the new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) programmes. Visiting Fellows will work directly with ECTs and mentors to support and facilitate conferences, clinics, workshops and coaching sessions.

Visiting Fellows on the NPQ programmes will get the opportunity to work with aspiring leaders, supporting and facilitating online and in-person conferences and after school clinics.

What we are looking for

We are looking to grow our team, as we move into our second year and continue to expand our reach and engagement.  We are seeking outstanding teachers and school leaders who are excellent trainers. This is to help in-person and online training for the ECT programmes for new teachers, their mentors, and the new suite of specialist and leadership NPQs.

We are particularly seeking individuals with experience from early years and special settings with links to schools within Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset, to add to the expertise and geographical breadth within our team. We are also looking to increase the diversity of our team, and welcome applications from a range of ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the wide range of schools, staff and pupils we serve.

What are the benefits for me?

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop and grow your own skills whilst supporting new teachers, their mentors, and aspirant school leaders.

The VF’s school is funded for your time preparing and delivering an event. This could be a full-day in-person conference, a series of 1 or 2-hour clinics, and / or 1:1 coaching with a Mentor.

As a visiting fellow you will be given the opportunity to complete training to help you in your role to support new teachers and aspiring leaders. In addition there are two days mandatory training in the late summer / early autumn terms which are not funded.

VFs will be provided with the following to support their facilitation of the ECT and NPQ programmes:

Induction and training

You will have access to recorded briefings and in-person support and training as part of your induction, and support in the preparation for delivering sessions with experienced members of the team. Central and local training is available outlining the latest ECF and NPQ programmes, structure and content.

Ongoing support and development

You will receive coaching and support throughout the year, with help to develop your online and in-person facilitation skills in a network as part of our facilitator team. Our quality assurance cycle is supportive, developmental and helps everyone to keep getting better.


The programme contents are carefully designed with materials to support the consistency of delivery. All training materials have gone through an extensive internal QA process and user testing, while being reviewed by the DfE and EEF.

Excellent central support

Support from our brilliant central team, who assist with conference organisation and administration – and everything else!

How do I apply?

If you are interested you should complete the online form and submit it by 12.00pm on Tuesday 21st June 2022. This will include information about you and your experience. If you are called to interview, your school or academy will need to agree to release you from your day-to day commitments in order to organise the planning and delivery of your events – conferences are usually in the day and clinics usually are after school time from 4-5pm or 4-6pm, depending on the programme – further details of the commitments for programmes can be found in the role specification below.

The Five Counties Teaching School Hubs will contact successful applicants after this time. Interviews will take place at the CLF Institute on:

  • Monday 27th June 2022 for prospective ECF facilitators.
  • Monday 11th July 2022 for prospective NPQ facilitators.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us, via email at: info@fivecountiesalliance.co.uk

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