Recruiting – teacher volunteers

Let Toys Be Toys is seeking qualified teachers to volunteer to help build up our schools resources. Could you help us?

Let Toys Be Toys has so far created two lesson plans on toys and gender for Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 and offered advice to parents and teachers on challenging gender stereotypes in the classroom but we want to do much more.

We are now seeking UK-based unpaid volunteer qualified teachers to join our team to help out with the schools’ resources.

We’d like to create lesson plans for KS1 and KS3, and potentially KS4, as well as extending our KS2 resources. Therefore we’d like teachers with experience of one or more of those key stages.

We’d also like the volunteers to be able to go into schools, where possible, to try out the lesson plans and get feedback from teachers and pupils.

About you

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a commitment to our campaign goals.
You will need:

  • Regular access to a computer and the internet
  • Good working knowledge of Facebook, Word, Excel and email systems, and knowledge of or willingness to learn to use file-sharing software
  • Qualified teacher status: ideally you are working or have worked recently in UK schools and know the English National Curriculum
  • Confidence as well as a professional and friendly manner for contacting organisations and working collaboratively with other Let Toys Be Toys volunteers. Most of the work is done via the internet as all the volunteers are spread around the UK and do the work in their own time.
  • Enthusiasm to grow the schools resources and be a part of it being successful, as well as the Let Toys Be Toys campaign as a whole
  • Most importantly, the ability to get along with others and work as part of a team making collective decisions is essential.

As the campaign is staffed entirely by volunteers, we’re always flexible about when the work is done, whether that be a regular weekly commitment or dedicating time in the school holidays, for example.

In return, we offer the chance to work on an exciting campaign with like-minded people, trying to make a difference towards a fairer society for our children.

Interested?

If this sounds like you, please email the team at lettoysbetoys@gmail.com, with a message outlining your understanding and commitment to our campaign goals, and how your skills, experience and enthusiasm can benefit the campaign and your role as a schools’ volunteer.

For further details, please email us at lettoysbetoys@gmail.com

About us

Let Toys Be Toys is a feminist social media campaign calling for retailers and publishers to stop gender stereotyping children’s toys and books by labelling them as ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’, and let the children have the freedom to decide for themselves what they want to read and play with.

The campaign started at the end of 2012, and has seen many successes so far, including 14 major UK retailers agreeing to remove the gendered signs from their stores, and nine major publishers also agreeing to stop publishing books with gendered labels in the title. Let Toys Be Toys receives regular international media coverage for our campaigning work, and the gender-specific marketing of toys was even the subject of a parliamentary debate in 2013.

Our campaign group is made up entirely of unpaid volunteers, and we fit our campaign duties around family responsibilities and paid work. We meet, organise, and run the campaign wholly on social media.

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