Role: Subject Leader

Employment: Permanent

Department: UK PQS GQ Assessment

Our Organisation

Whether it’s at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is the key to improving our life chances. To this end, Pearson in the UK brings together leading names in education to provide a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training, and technology to make learning more engaging and effective.

We are the UK’s largest awarding body. We offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.

At Pearson, the Global Leader in Education Services, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson is delighted to be committed to the Race Charter, and to be confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ employers in the UK. We are a Disability Confident committed employer and were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. We are featured on The Forbes list of Best D&I Employers and are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!

Your Opportunity

  • Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week
  • The Role

    The Subject Leader (SL) is responsible for managing the assessment process for qualifications. Reporting to the Head of Subject, and working as part of a subject team, the collective aim is to deliver a professional and customer focused service.

    The Team

    The General Qualifications Assessment team is responsible for the delivery of GCSEs and A levels as well as a range of other qualifications in the UK and internationally. We work with examiners to set examination papers, train and monitor examiners and then ensure qualifications are marked and awarded so that candidates everywhere get the right results.

    A day in the life of

    The Subject Leader’s role is varied and alters throughout the year depending on the cycle of assessment delivery. SLs will attend team meetings, manage and lead their allocated subject and support the Subject Co-ordinators in the team. SLs may be involved in projects set by the Head of Subject or Head of Department and will work collaboratively across the department.

    Other typical activities

  • Overseeing Question Paper/Assessment Material production and sign-off to a deadline for a qualification or set of qualifications

  • Quality monitoring of examiners and their marking of the examinations

  • Ensuring timely escalations to the Head of Subject on adherence to schedules or on regulatory matters

  • Managing their own training and seeking advice and support from their Head of Subject

  • Identifying efficiencies and quality enhancements in processes

  • Working collaboratively within own subject team as well as across the wider Assessment team

  • Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


    Who we are looking for

    We welcome applications from any background. As long as you meet the core competencies we are after, you can be successful in this role. Subject Leaders may have a range of experience in assessment roles such as a teacher or departmental lead in a School or College, or some other role in the education sector. On some occasions they will have moved into the role having increased their knowledge and skills whilst in a Subject Coordinator role. Regardless of experience, they will be motivated to lead external examining teams and be effective communicators. The General Qualifications Assessment team is friendly, non-judgmental and open, with a strong emphasis on teamwork.

    Additional Information

    The role is based in our High Holborn office. A typical working pattern is Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours a week. Weekend working is required at busy times throughout the year with time off in lieu available. We welcome applicants who are able and willing to commute to their nearest Pearson office (Manchester/Oxford/Central London/Hellaby) on ad-hoc basis.

    Your Reward & Benefits

    We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family, and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

  • If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we’d love to receive an application.


    Primary Location : GB-GB-London

    Other Locations : GB-GB-Manchester, GB-GB-Rotherham, GB-GB-Oxford

    Work Locations :

    GB-London-190 High Holborn

    190 High Holborn

    LondonWC1V 7BH

    Job : Product Management

    Organization : Core

    Employee Status : Regular Employee

    Job Type : Standard

    Job Level : Individual Contributor

    Shift : Day Job

    Travel : No

    Job Posting : Jul 15, 2021

    Job Unposting : Jul 31, 2021

    Schedule: : Full-time Regular

    Req ID: 2108845

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