Education Resource Consultant


SMK is looking to appoint a freelance education consultant to research, write and develop educational material for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s heritage project The Mark of A Great Campaigner. SMK is working with a number of project partners on this Heritage Lottery funded project.  Please see for further details.

The role of the Education Resource Consultant is to: 

1. Identify units within the KS3 & 4 Citizenship Curriculum (England etc) as a framework for developing the education resource based on the archive of Sheila McKechnie (responding to and interpreting the 2014 changes to the curriculum).

2. Identify units within the Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland) as a framework for developing the education resource based on the archive of Sheila McKechnie (responding to and interpreting the 2014 changes to the curriculum).

3. Conduct on-site research of archives where information on Sheila McKechnie is stored & selecting materials for education resource (in part from information the heritage project team has already gathered)

4. Research items and draft and develop narrative text for education resource. This should include practical information, advice and guidance for teachers and other educators on using the collection to support citizenship education for children and young people.

5. Consult with practising teachers & education advisors in England and Scotland to develop suitable materials via a teachers  panel.

6. Consult with students and young people and carrying out testing of the draft materials, for example with young people in Foyers.

7. Work with central project volunteers and support their learning and participation in heritage activities throughout the contract period.

8. Develop suitable learning activities for resource in consultation with teachers.

9. Work with the project manager and the designer to create an accessible, clear and user friendly resource. 

10. Work with the SMK team and partners on dissemination and publicity for resource as well as contributing to the ongoing evaluation process.

Breakdown of costs:

Phases 1 - Researching and writing narrative text: 2 days = £700

Phase 2 – Convening teacher/student panels 2 days = £700

Phase 3 – Phase 5 – Developing/testing/adapting learning activities and materials 4 days = £1,400

8 days consultancy: £2,800.

This contract is for work on a self-employed basis, where the successful candidate will take responsibility for their own tax and National Insurance contributions, and will invoice upon delivery of each phase.  The consultant does not need to be based in London, but will need to be prepared to make trips to the SMK office in London to meet with the Heritage Project Manager.

Travel and overnight expenses of any trip to Scotland to plan and test the resource can be covered by SMK where agreed in advance with the Heritage Project Manager. 

Post duration: We would like work to begin this September so that the resource is ready for dissemination in March 2015.

To express interest in this freelance post please send a short covering statement explaining how your experience and skills meet the requirements in the project brief, together with your CV to Zibiah Alfred Loakthar ( by Sunday 31st August 2014 (email applications with attachments as PDF documents are preferred). Please also indicate where you found this position advertised. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 2nd September.

Heritage Project Volunteer

SMK is looking for volunteers to assist with the development of our exciting new heritage project The Mark of A Great Campaigner, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With her background in the feminist movement, trade unions, at Shelter and then at the head of the consumer rights movement, Sheila McKechnie made a positive and on-going difference to the lives of millions of people, always fighting for social justice. Sheila’s story shows how ordinary people can impact on government, society and popular consciousness and play their role in democratic change. This project will help us understand the social and political changes of the 1970s-90s in new ways. 

Heritage Project Volunteers will help SMK work together with a number of organisations to conduct research about Sheila’s life to create a new online archive and learning resources for schools and prepare for a public exhibition in Spring 2015.

Volunteer roles are part-time (up to 2 days per week) for a period of 2-3 months. We are flexible about the days and hours that you work, and the role can be structured flexibly around your schedule. Travel (within London) and lunch expenses will be covered.

Volunteers will be supported by the Heritage Project Manager. Training will be offered.

Key responsibilities   

Heritage Project Volunteers may provide support to the SMK staff team in a range of ways to be agreed with the Heritage Project Manager.  These include:

1.    Conducting research about Sheila’s life by consulting archives and materials (eg through the Bishopsgate Institute, the British Library, Which?  Shelter and Falkirk Community Trust) and assisting with the creation of a digital archive

2.    Conducting and summarizing oral history interviews with people who knew Sheila and have memories about her campaigning work and creating a film

3.    Creating text about Sheila’s life for our exhibition and learning resources

4.    Designing publicity materials and helping keep our social media channels up to date about the project i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube

5.    Participating in project creative brainstorming meetings and heritage training

6.    Providing general assistance to the Heritage Project Manager as required.

If you are interested in applying, please read the person specification here and complete the expression of interest form, which can be downloaded here.

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