Reading Strategy Lead

Uttoxeter | Other

Reading Strategy Lead

HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter ST14 8XR

Full time

Salary of £32,000.00 per annum plus benefits


 Serco have a role as a Reading Strategy Lead at HMP Dovegate. Our vision is of a future where everyone can experience the positive impact of learning. As a Reading Strategy Lead, your role is to make this a reality by ensuring that there is a clear, person-centred plan for reaching all learners to engage them with reading and to create new initiatives to inspire a culture of reading within the prison.


We want you to be creative and innovative to develop engaging and meaningful initiatives that have shared ownership between people in prison and prison staff. You will be working onsite at the prison and will work closely to collaborate with people in prison, prison officers, prison education staff, library staff, workshop/industry staff, Shannon Trust team members and programme manager. Reading in prison is recognised by Ofsted and HMIP as an essential skill that must be developed and encouraged for all people in prison and in this role you will play a key part in being able to help drive this in a way that really works for people in custody.



Key Accountabilities:


Deliver of the reading strategy and progress in reading for all men.

This is a non-operational role with no line management responsibilities.


- To coordinate and drive the implementation of the Prison Wide Reading Strategy

 - Promoting the importance and benefit of reading across all areas of the prison, to both prisoners and staff by developing reading groups, initiatives and celebration events

 - Working in collaboration with the Education Department and Neurodiversity Leads to support learners who have specific learning needs

- To raise awareness of the Shannon Trust programme, encouraging referrals from staff and people in prison

- To ensure mentors are trained, equipped and supported to deliver the reading and programme

- To utilise systems to ensure effective delivery, monitoring and evaluation

- Provide initial point of contact support and supervision to Shannon Trust volunteers in your prison

  • Case manage prisoners who require additional reading and literacy support to ensure it is both appropriate and helpful.
  • To complete reading assessments, manage and implement interventions and monitor progress.
  • Provide, manage, run reading groups for all tiers of the reading strategy.
  • To provide training on reading and literacy to all education and industries staff.
  • To manage the Dovegate Newspaper.
  • To utilise systems to ensure effective delivery, monitoring and evaluation producing reports for QIG, HMPPS and QEF.


The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive.

The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary relevant to the role.







What you'll need to do the role:


  • You must hold a relevant teaching qualification (Level 2 and above, or equivalent e.g. Cert Ed, DTTLS, PGCE) and have experience of supporting people to learn to read using a phonics based approach

 - Experience managing a wide range of relationships at different levels, including building partnerships and working collaboratively with colleagues and external agencies

 - Demonstrable experience of creating new initiatives and leading on projects independently, managing your own workload

 - Experience of working with people who are neurodiverse or may have other types of specialist learning needs

  • Delivery in an Adult or post 16 experience


 What we offer:


  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and the chance to purchase additional days.
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, entertainment and online shopping discounts, discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • We are constantly challenging ourselves and each other to deliver brilliantly, and you will too, working in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion. 
  • A wealth of career development training to suit your future aspirations. These range from role specific training, leadership coaching, formal study and much more to support you to build your career with Serco.



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08/08/2024 01:18:00
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