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Reports to: Head of Content

Hours: Full time with flexible hours. Core hours are 10am to 4pm

Location: Hybrid. Central London two days per week and remote working

Salary: £35,000

Closing date: May 29th, 8pm


We’re looking for a creative and collaborative teacher whose passion is bringing young people into discussions about current affairs.

You’ll be responsible, alongside our Head of Content, for producing our world-class lessons, with help from a supportive, collaborative team and a wealth of journalistic expertise from across The Economist Group. You will be a creative teacher, or ex-teacher, who is excited to turn the biggest issues in the news into engaging lessons for 10- to 16-year olds. You’ll research global topics and consider the best angles and innovative activities to produce a lesson every week. These lessons will build children’s essential skills and knowledge about the news through discussion-based activities. The activities will be inventive and varied... and beyond your “usual” lesson planning. For example, they might involve students using QR codes to engage with unique multimedia content, a class debate in the style of a courtroom, or a bespoke game with prizes and challenges.


● Real impact: the educational content you create will be used by thousands of teachers globally, reaching hundreds of thousands of young people

● Growth and development: grow your skills and responsibility as the organisation grows and takes on bigger challenges. We invest in training and development and will support you to build the skills and experience as you need, for example, working with you to find expert mentors within The Economist Group

● A friendly, driven and highly-effective team: we are deeply committed to being an inspiring, happy place to work, where we learn and achieve things that matter together. We work collaboratively and supportively, with the freedom to use our own judgement and be creative

● Flexible working: our core hours are from 10am to 4pm with a minimum of two days spent in the office each week

● Other benefits: Economist Group benefits include a great central-London office (The Adelphi Building near Charing Cross), private medical insurance, a cycle to work scheme and more


Create Topical Talk classroom resources for children (60%)

● Research and pitch lesson plans that cover the most important facts, arguments, perspectives and questions

● Write, edit and proofread teaching resources. Your core responsibility will be to create a weekly, 1-hour “Headlines” lesson

● Collaborate with journalists at The Economist to ensure all work is of the highest quality

● Work with our Graphic Designer on the look and feel of the content

● Manage diaries, build rapport and communicate effectively to ensure deadlines are met

● Seek out and conduct interviews with topic experts

● Work with the Head of Content to monitor and evaluate the success of lessons

Design resources for one-off current affairs workshops/events for children (20%)

● Create one-off student workshops and events, from the idea-generation stage to writing, proofreading, delivery and evaluation

● Create lesson and website content for the annual Topical Talk Festival, where students join online discussions about the news

Teach lessons, facilitate student discussions and train teachers (20%)

● Facilitate online discussions during Topical Talk Festivals between young people on the Topical Talk Student Hub

● Visit schools to observe, and occasionally teach, Topical Talk lessons

● Deliver inspiring workshops to young people aged 10 to 18

● Occasionally deliver training to teachers to help support the use of resources

This role will involve some travel. It also involves working with young people, so you will need to have an enhanced DBS check (which The Foundation will organise).


You are…

● Passionate about current affairs – you want to help young people to understand the news

● An excellent writer and communicator – you can communicate complex ideas to beginners in a clear and engaging way

● Creative – you can plan innovative lessons which effectively develop students’ critical-thinking and communication skills through discussions about the news

● Meticulous in your work – you have exceptional attention to detail and time management

● Collaborative – you are happy to work as part of a team to ensure the best results

● A great problem-solver – you can manage the needs of different audiences and stakeholders

● Driven and action-oriented – you are able to work in a self-directed way and take practical steps to achieve your goals

You have…

● Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent) – you have at least two years of experience teaching primary or secondary students and an up-to-date knowledge of educational research and developments

● Experience of creating inspiring classroom resources, both collaboratively and independently

● Experience of building relationships and managing colleagues to secure what’s needed from them

You might have…

● Experience of creating and editing video and/or other multi-media content

● Experience of educational content creation outside of the classroom

We’re particularly keen for you to apply if you are from a community under-represented in the charity sector or have lived experience of facing extra barriers because of your background.

If you require any adjustments for your interview, just let us know
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