Learning Specialist

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Hybrid - remote working and London
£38,331 p.a rising to £41,216 p.a. after probation

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership was set up in 2017 with the mission to ‘develop inspirational leaders who are called, connected, committed to deliver the Church of England vision for education’. Since then, it has operated a wide range of leadership development programmes, networks, research, conference and events, and published a range of key leadership resources to equip school leaders at every level to put their vision into practice.

Part of this provision has been as a very successful national provider of NPQ programmes over the last four years. Beginning in 2017 with the delivery of NPQs for Headteachers, our suite of programmes has now expanded to include programmes for Specialist Teachers, Senior Leaders and also Executive Leaders. More recently, a partnership between the Church of England and the Catholic Education Service is also enabling programmes to be delivered more widely as together our school provision represents around 34% of the sector.

As a Learning Specialist, you will support the NPQ Programme team to make full use of Blackboard, our Learning Management System, to support asynchronous and synchronous learning for NPQ programme participants.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.

We are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.

For an informal conversation please contact emma.trenier@churchofengland.org

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Professional Responsibilities

  • Develop and design learning material, coordinate, and review educational content and incorporate current technology in developing specific online learning content
  • Format course materials that will be used to deliver face to face training- either in person or in virtual classroom
  • Use brand guidelines and image banks to improve the attractiveness of course materials
  • Use the functionality of Blackboard to make self- led learning content interactive
  • Use the functionality of Blackboard to improve the quality of participant engagement with self- led learning, for example by enabling participants to plan and track their learning
  • Support Programme Leads to create additional content, for example quizzes, SCORM additional units, and video
  • Run demos of the system and provider training to individuals and groups

Quality and Standards

  • Ensure that all course content meets all accessibility criteria and is of the highest standard
  • Liaise with a pool of proof readers to ensure content is quality assured to the highest standard
  • Work with User Experience experts to complete regular reviews of user journey and accessibility, supporting continuous improvement

Team Collaboration

  • Support Programme Leads and content designers to increase their confidence in using Blackboard, helping to ensure that all new content is designed with Blackboard first in mind
  • Work with colleagues to be responsive to feedback from participants, facilitators, and the Department for Education, seeking to continuously improve
  • Work with colleagues from the Programme Delivery team to increase their understanding of Blackboard capability to together support Delivery Partners

The Requirements



  • Content formatting
  • Track record of customer service and ownership to solve problems
  • Credibility liaising with internal and external stakeholders
  • High proficiency in using technology for scheduling, planning and resourcing
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office


  • Knowledge and experience of creating content using Blackboard or a comparable LMS and/ or being an administrator for the system
  • Experience with HTML and audio and video editing software
  • Knowledge of Accessibility best practice and applying WCAG 2.1 standards with web content and/ or online learning content

Personal Attributes:

  • High attention to detail
  • Clear communication with colleagues with different roles and expertise
  • Ability to solve technical problems independently
  • Pride and commitment to high standards
  • Collaboration and team support


  • Degree level qualification in training, adult education, and/ or multimedia training materials development, or equivalent qualification and/or work experience



  • Promotional skills in relation to customer engagement and securing commitment of participants
  • Confidence working with a range of social media platforms to engage participants in events


  • Knowledge and experience of using e-Learning creation software


  • Degree level qualifications or equivalent work experience

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith.

To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England.​