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Learning Designer

Nova Pioneer is looking for superstar Learning Designers to design enquiry-based lessons for English or Mathematics. You will drive the design of assessments, unit plans, lessons, and projects that go far beyond the core standards. This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century.


About Nova Pioneer

Imagine a world in which every young person across Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that cares about individual students and allows them to explore the world around them. A school that focuses more on developing skills than on memorizing content. At Nova Pioneer, we have done more than just imagine this future, we are bringing it to life. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African, independent network of schools offering high quality, accessible education from pre-primary through secondary school. Nova Pioneer uses a unique, enquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to ask “why” instead of telling them the “what”. It allows them to form their own thinking through exploration, investigation and collaboration. Learn more about our learning approach here. Nova Pioneer currently has 6 schools in South Africa and Kenya with a vision to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students across the African continent in the next decade. To learn more visit


About the Role

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Notate the scope and sequence of curriculum design across subjects and grades
  • Create lesson plans with an enquiry focus aligned to relevant curricula
  • Ensure constructivist theory is evident in learning design and lesson plans
  • Assimilate a variety of thinking routines and skills into the design and plans
  • Design templates and documents for ease of use by teachers across grades
  • Plan with socio-construction of knowledge with student collaboration and group work in mind
  • Develop technology rich lesson designs and plans
  • Develop and design documentation panels to show student thinking and enquiry
  • Use constructive feedback in reflection, redesign and recreation of plans and documents


About You

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • You have an understanding and experience of curriculum design and development
  • You have experience with or understanding of various curricula - experience with  Cambridge objectives is ideal but not essential
  • You have an excellent understanding of enquiry-based and project-based learning. Experience with these learning approaches is ideal but not essential
  • You believe in the the Reggio Emilia principles, an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, where the teacher is the listener, observer and researcher alongside the child
  • You have experience with or an understanding of the 5 E’s of planning for learning, an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas
  • You have exposure to, understanding of or experience of various Thinking Routines such as Harvard Making Thinking Visible
  • You have a constructivist and socio-constructivist perspective on learning
  • You have experience with the development of the scope and sequence of learning in grades and phases
  • You have an ability to design grade by grade curricula which offers a learning spiral with appropriate conceptual development
  • You can design templates, forms and other aids that facilitate teaching and learning
  • You have an appreciation for and fully utilise the feedback cycle involved in lesson plan development
  • You are a systems thinker and are adept at planning and execution
  • You have strong writing and editing skills
  • You are extremely organised and have an eye for detail
  • You have strong collaborative and communication skills to work across schools
  • You are able to use technology to enable the development and creation of documentation for lesson planning
  • You have some classroom teaching experience


Requirements for Mathematics Learning Designer:

  • You have a Mathematics post-graduate qualification
  • You are a Mathematics specialist across Junior School
  • Experience or understanding of  Singapore Maths is an advantage but not essential
  • You are familiar with Cambridge Maths objectives or are excited about learning them
  • You take a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to Maths lesson design
  • Meta-cognition and shared thinking are an essential element of your lesson design
  • You have experience in design and development of enquiry-based Maths lessons
  • You have experience in assessment for learning and of learning
  • You take an integrated approach to the design and scope of lesson sequencing


Requirements for English Language Learning Designer:

  • You have an English language qualification (E)
  • You have English language specialist teaching experience across grades
  • You are familiar with a variety of reading programs across grades
  • Experience with vocabulary building (TEFL) is a plus
  • You have experience with spelling program design aligned to emergent spelling and familiarity of THRASS is an advantage but not essential
  • You have knowledge of phonemic, phonological and language development in children
  • You get excited about creating English comprehension lesson plans
  • You love writing and sharing the skills of the written word across  a variety of genres
  • You have experience in visual literacy (media and electronic)
  • You take a whole language approach to language curriculum design


How to Apply:

Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

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Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. 


Working at Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here.


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