School Leader 

As a School Leader you will be a current employee of a participating school with experience of managing students both inside and outside the classroom. The role of School Leader remains pivotal both during the planning and fundraising stages of the programme and during the expedition itself. You will be motivated, with an enthusiasm for helping young people to learn and grow throughout the Expedition Programme.

During the expedition itself, your role will be pivotal in delivering pastoral care for Explorers and drawing in learning content from the classroom into the learning taking place on expedition.

The role of School Leader is currently available on our Expeditionary Year Programme - The concept for Expeditionary Year is to incorporate themes of learning relevant to the expedition throughout Year 10 in each participating school. At the end of the summer term, students will trade in their familiar learning environments for the Icelandic interior and a chance to learn experientially about cultures, environment, working with others and ultimately, to learn about themselves. The 3-week expedition will take young people out of their comfort zone in a challenging yet safe environment, with a real focus on their skills, learning and personal development. To find out more about this expedition please visit our Expeditionary Year page here

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 22nd-24th February 2019, Leader Training: 28th-31st March 2019, Explorer Briefing 26th-28th April 2019, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course 17th-19th May 2019.

Assessment days: 20th, 21st November 2018, 11th December 2018, 15th January 2019


Necessary requirements

• Current employee of a participating school
• Significant experience of working with young people aged 14 -16
• Enthusiasm for camping and the outdoors
• Experience of supervising school visits / residentials
• Significant experience of managing the pastoral care of young people either as a form tutor or through residential working

Desirable Attributes
• Previous expedition experience
• Experience with D of E or school Outdoor Education activities

On Expedition

• Responsibility for the pastoral care of Participants in your group
• Implementation of group meetings and 1 to 1s in order to monitor welfare and personal development within Participants
• To support Participants with medical and behavioural issues including, where necessary, supervising Participants who may need to be repatriated for any reason.

Pre Expedition

• Assist with the recruitment of candidates according to the Participant Recruitment Specification
• Support up to 6 students from your school through the planning stages including fundraising and training events
• Attend parents’ briefing evenings
• Assist participants and parents in fundraising towards your school’s group target
• Attend both staff and participant training weekends (up to 3 weekends required)
• Support Participants from your school with the administrative aspects of participation including travel to training weekends, completion of applications, medical forms and passport applications etc. 
• Advise Expedition Leaders and Chief Leaders of any concerns regarding young people during the training and preparatory stages eg. Delays with passport applications, concerns about medical or support needs etc.
• Depending on the expedition, you will be required to carry out other duties relevant to the requirements of the role and needs of the team.   

Post Expedition

• Completion of reports including participant progress reports and incident and near miss reports where relevant. 
• Assistance with the gathering of evidence for the efficacy of the programme as a development tool including collating surveys and case studies.