More Than Just a Job: Curriculum Manager #MoreThanJustAJob

Posted by SCL Education Group on 21.11.18


This week, we spoke to Paul Rowlandson; Curriculum Manager, as we took an inside look into his career, and found out why a role with SCL is #morethanjustajob.

Name: Paul Rowlandson
Job title: 
Curriculum Manager

Talk us through your role and what you do…

I am the Curriculum Manager for the North Division, I am responsible for managing and supporting the Level 2 and 3 vocational curriculum across 10 academies ranging from Birmingham to Newcastle.

What are your main responsibilities?

To ensure the quality of the curriculum is being delivered to the highest standard across all my sites by supporting and guiding tutors through their academic year. I also hold regular meetings with each head of academy to support with new recruitment, offer new courses which would benefit learners in their specific demographic area.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The flexibility to decide who I will be visiting and when.  Also being able to see staff members grow and develop as the year goes on.

Can you talk us through your career path to-date?

Very basic! University/PGCE/teaching job, I have worked in a number of different roles and venues including mainstream, behavioural units and independent provision, each different from the last and brilliant in their own unique way.

What are the stand-out moments from your career to-date?

There are so many! Anytime I have managed to see 100% of my learners achieve is always rewarding. Also seeing every student return for a second year is great as it shows they do actually value the work you do! But the two standouts have to be becoming a Curriculum Manager as well as winning the Passionate Award at last year’s SCL Excellence Awards and getting to drive those amazing cars at Mercedes Benz World!

What opportunities are there for young people within your industry?

Too many to mention – this is a multi-billion pound industry and any young person wanting a career in sport, the world is literally their oyster.

What experience is required to be successful in your role?

Patience, resilience and understanding that people are human and will make mistakes so always plan for every eventuality.

What are the biggest challenges you face at work?

Travel - The distance between my academies is vast so ensuring each staff member receives the same support and guidance is hard. Also there are so many ‘sub roles’ which make up my role so making sure each plate is constantly spinning can be a challenge.

If you had one bit of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

Don’t give up! You will get to where you need to be, trust yourself.

What is the best advice that you've received?

Treat every day as a new adventure.

What would your motto or slogan be?

Dig in and stay strong!


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