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Programme Lead (Dignity in School)

  • Full time
  • £29,912
  • Edinburgh - staff are currently home working
  • Closing 25th November 2020

  • Advertised from 5th November 2020
  • 35 hours per week. Fixed term 16 months (in first instance). Ideal start date Jan 2021.


We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual to deliver our new Dignity in School programme. Experienced in classroom practice at a primary school level, and with direct experience of the opportunities and challenges of a rights-based approach, the post holder will raise awareness and understanding of what a children’s human rights approach looks like in practice in school communities, communicating the transformational effect it has on the lives of children and their schools nationally.

We aim to capture, amplify and where necessary co-produce a suite of resources, prompts and inspirational stories, to be housed on a microsite, that will generate the momentum needed to make our educational establishments the heart of human-rights practice we know they can be.

Overview of Programme:

A growing understanding and evidence of the transformative nature of a human rights based approach, aligned with the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) means we have a new opportunity to raise awareness of the UNCRC and provide practical support to teachers and other school staff to implement children’s human rights at this exciting time.

2021 is an important year for Children’s Parliament as we celebrate our 25th birthday. It is also the year the Scottish Parliament is likely to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots Law, something that Children’s Parliament has been supporting and working towards for many years. In thinking of a fitting way to mark these significant milestones and drive the culture change to make children’s rights real in Scotland, we are hosting a Year of Childhood which will run from January – December 2021.

The Year of Childhood will bring together a network of organisations, public bodies and individuals who are willing to pledge their support to share good practice in the delivery of children’s human rights – this will include highlighting challenges, sharing opportunities for new ideas; and demonstrating the positive impact of children’s rights for everyone.

The Year of Childhood will consist of a portfolio of events, discussions, webinars and roundtables with a multi-faceted communications strategy to inspire, share information, generate conversation and ultimately help make human rights a reality for children in Scotland. The Dignity in School post sits firmly within the aims and objectives of Year of Childhood and the postholder will work closely with the Year of Childhood Programme Lead.

The Dignity in School post is an important one for Children’s Parliament and will be built on a solid foundation of the organisation’s school-based and broader work in education over several years.

The focus of Children’s Parliament’s thematic work on Education focuses on:

  1. Demonstration and identification of children's human rights in practice
  2. Workforce development
  3. Resource development for children and adults
  4. Influencing culture, policy, and practice

The Dignity in School programme will cut across all of the above areas, however, the key activities will include:

  • Bringing together a group of children and teachers to develop and oversee the Dignity in School programme
  • Developing a range of creative tools, including short films, for children and teachers to illustrate what children's human rights means in practice and which, using plain language, explains the process of UNCRC incorporation and the potential impact of the legislation
  • Ensuring the participation of education leaders to engage in practice exchange dialogues, and the development and promotion of good practice
  • Ensuring the Year of Childhood amplifies the work of the Dignity in School programme and offers opportunities for national and international profiling and sharing of information.

Children’s Parliament seeks to maintain a generous approach to our work and puts kindness, trust, empathy and respect at the heart of our work, internally and externally. We are committed to sharing and learning with and from colleagues in other sectors for the benefit of children and families across Scotland.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Lead responsibility for the development and promotion of an interactive approach to support school communities and in particular classroom teachers to realise a rights-based environment in their classroom.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Children’s Parliament’s broad portfolio of work with a particular emphasis on work in the field of education.
  • Identify 10 (approx.) educational establishments (early years, primary and early secondary focus) to work in partnership to develop and deliver the programme.
  • Through the national networks previously identified, or that the post holder has identified, seek out and amplify good human rights-based education practice ensuring an effective system of recording good practice to highlight where significant shifts in understanding and practice are occurring.
  • Create a professional advisory group to share and test ideas.
  • Develop and maintain a system of recording challenges around implementation of a rights-based approach as identified by
    • Children
    • Classroom teachers and other school staff
    • Children’s Parliament staff and third sector colleagues
    • Public bodies and professional bodies
  • Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation systems are in place, managed and used for reflection and reporting to meet the reporting requirements of the funder.
  • Ensure the work of partner schools is recorded through a range of creative methods (film/photographs/illustrations/stories etc).
  • Ensure the opportunities for culture change in education are amplified through the opportunities presented by the Year of Childhood programme.
  • Manage Dignity in School budget.
  • Liaise with artists/animators and other creative individuals in the production of materials and resources.
  • Liaise with colleagues in Scottish Government and Education Scotland, EIS, GTC as appropriate.
  • Produce an end of programme report with an analysis of the key challenges and the activity that provoked positive changes in understanding and practice.
  • Work as part of the Children’s Parliament team and ensure a close liaison with Co-Directors and Head of Programmes, keeping them abreast of delivery, developments and challenges.

The above list of duties is not exhaustive.

Application notes

Please read and consider the job description for this post before you start your application. We will prioritise applicants for interview who focus on the requirements outlined in the person specification.

Please complete all sections of the application form and the Equal Opportunities Form and return as word documents by email to:

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Interviews for this post will be held on Friday 4 December 2020 by Zoom.

If you would like any further information about this post, please contact: Rona Blackwood, Head of Programmes