Education Consultant

Position: Education Consultant

Location: Torquay, Devon

Closing date: CLOSED

Contact term: 10 May -  30 June 2021

Contract value: £5,000 +VAT

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Applications are invited from consultants with expertise in supporting museums and heritage sites to provide professional services in relation to educational visits, and events, development, and mentoring the education team at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves. 

The contract requires a proven track record of delivering educational services around sustainability and commercial viability, with experience of working in both the private and charity sector.

The outcomes are two-fold:

1) Audience Development Plan

To produce an action plan with clearly defined, pragmatic and measurable outcomes:

  • Re-engaging with existing and new primary schools to restore curriculum-based school visits to pre-Covid levels from September 2021.
  • Developing secondary school visits and adult events around the themes of the caverns and the UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Expanding the provision of educational experiences to the general public and  to broaden participation
  • Developing a digital offer to compliment visits and create new remote learning offers themed around the Kents Cavern story.

2) Mentoring

To provide mentoring and support to the education team, as they deliver against the Audience Development plan performance measures between June and December 2021.


Deadline for submission of tenders is Friday 30th April 2021. Successful tenders will be invited to interview on Wednesday 5th May 2021 via Zoom. The contract will be awarded on Friday 7th May with a start date expected on Monday 10th May.

Value of consultancy

The budget for this contract is around £5,000 +VAT to include all travel and expenses.


10 May 2021 - 30 June 2021, with a defined programme of ongoing mentoring support for the education team through to December 2021.

Line management

The successful candidate will report to the General Manager and be able to quickly establish a close working relationship with the Education Officer.


Kents Cavern has a geological heritage spanning 400 million years and a connection to ancient people for over 500,000 years.   Located in Torquay, Devon, 5,000 young learners, mainly primary school children, experience the labyrinth of underground passages each year on themes based around the Stone Age and other curriculum subjects.  Typically a school visit is for up to 60 children between 10:00 and 14:00.

Meticulously excavated by the Victorians, the caverns provided scientific proof for the antiquity of humankind and have been a showcave since June 1880.  The caves are open every day.  The caverns operate as an independent heritage attraction owned by Kents Cavern Ltd. A charitable incorporated organisation (CIO no. 1154561) has existed since 2013 but has been relatively inactive for the past 12 months. The remit for education, conservation and heritage is fulfilled by commercial visitor revenues but we believe there is merit in channelling more of these activities for, public benefit, through the charity.   

The caves have an international reputation as one of Europe’s most important prehistoric sites. All operations and conservation activities are safeguarded by three statutory designations: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SX934641), Scheduled Monument (10717) and Geological Conservation Review.   The caves sit within a UNESCO designation as the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and Kents Cavern is a key promoter of this prestigious label.


Due to the current guidelines and restrictions relating to COVID-19, we anticipate that some of this work can be done remotely. Subject to restrictions, the successful consultant must allow time to visit and experience the educational offer at the caverns.


Apply by sending the following to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 30th April 2021:

- A current CV

- A covering letter detailing your relevant experience and a short proposal on how you would approach the project.

- An overall cost for the work.


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