London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£26,000 - £36,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time, 8, Full-time
Job description

20% of the school day is playtime. It’s children’s time where they can be active, build great friendships, develop confidence and resilience… and have lots of fun. Or not. No other hour of the school day doesn't have a plan.

We give school leaders the tools to make that plan. We help headteachers to lead their schools into the top 2% of the world and stay that way.

In 2020 Outdoor People took on the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)© franchise to improve playtime in schools across East London and East Kent. Every day more schools want to sign up. So we need more trainers and mentors. Could that be you?

We are now responding to growing demand by expanding Outdoor People's education portfolio to include conferences and workshops, an outdoor school shop, and sharing resources for schools to help parents get their children outdoors more outside of school.

Our goal, working with partners across the country, is to help every school to make playtime great.

We are looking to recruit two or three posts. Full-time and part-time are available.

You will be delivering the OPAL Primary Programme© in primary schools across London and/or East Kent, training and advising school leadership teams and lunchtime staff over a 12 – 24 month period.

For this role, we are seeking people who can inspire, coach and train senior leaders and staff in schools to put children’s play front and centre. 

Ideally, you will have a background in playwork, education, youth work, family support or related children’s services, preferably in London.

You must be an excellent communicator, skilled at coaching, presenting, and facilitating workshops and with a flair for persuasion.

A sound understanding of playwork theory and children’s services is not essential, but you will become an expert quickly, and keep developing your playwork understanding.

Expertise in risk-benefit assessment, landscape design (for play), diversity, special needs, or event management will be an advantage.

At times you may need to challenge senior staff in schools and you will need to do this with empathy and discretion.

You will benefit from a full training programme in delivering the OPAL Primary Programme©, and related safeguarding, risk management and coaching skills, plus training for any supporting role.

In addition, the OPAL team within Outdoor People will be contributing to the development of the following projects, and your involvement will depend on capacity, skills and experience:

  • OPAL College: workshops, conferences, and training materials to support OPAL-schools©
  • The Outdoor Schools Shop: a concierge service and online shop sourcing resources for playtimes.
  • Outdoor Families: growing our walks, camps and community events.
  • Outdoor Families Beyond the School: developing materials and training to support schools to help their children play outdoors more at home and in the holidays.

If this all sounds like a challenge you will relish, we want to hear from you.


Job criteria


-       Experience in playwork, education, youth work or related children’s services

-       A sound understanding of theoretical and practical playwork

-       An understanding of the English primary school structures

-       Excellent communication and IT skills

-       Flexible, adaptable, and self-starting approach to making change happen

-       Track record in excellent facilitation of workshops

-       Able to travel extensively for work



-       Experience working in schools or children’s services in London

-       Highly IT literate, especially in MS Office suite and Google Workspace with the ability to coach others

-       Expertise in the use of Zoom (or similar) for meetings, workshops and webinars

-       Experience relating to the development of one or more of the additional projects outlined in the first section

-       A love of the outdoors


About us

Outdoor People is a non-profit social business, and our purpose is to get more people outside, especially children, schools and families. We support our Hackney-based community work (camps and walks) by selling a range of high-quality and affordable outdoor gear, and by working with schools and communities – see the website for more information.


Terms of the role:

The appointment is subject to 3-month probation and training period.

The role can be full-time or part-time and can be either just term time or all year. Pay and holiday are adjusted accordingly.

Once probation and the training programme are completed, benefits include

  • 15% off kit from our shop,
  • 28 days of holiday (pro-rata, including bank holidays),
  • sick pay
  • a pension scheme
  • support to purchase bikes and the IT equipment needed to deliver the role
  • training and the option to join all training we are offering to staff or volunteers

All travel expenses are covered.

All of the Outdoor People staff spend some time working in the shop and/or working on or volunteering for our projects to understand all parts of the business and get to know the communities we work with, and are part of decisions around Outdoor People’s future strategy and direction.

More about Outdoor People

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Posted on: 03 July 2022
Closed date: 15 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Business Development, Teaching

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