Education Manager, Pop Up Projects



Pop Up is a non-profit social enterprise delivering imaginative, immersive children’s literature programmes, mostly in deprived schools and communities. Our core offer is Pop Up Festival: a national children's literature festival for schools which connects thousands of children nationwide with quality children’s literature and its authors. We also deliver talent development projects for diverse and emerging young writers and illustrators.


The Education Manager, with support from an energetic and ambitious team, will play a vital role in organisational growth, specifically by taking lead responsibility for:

  1. Programming Pop Up Festival annually as it develops into the UK’s largest children’s literature festival, incl. through partnerships with arts, cultural and heritage sites

  2. Sustaining multiple publisher partnerships and collaborations, as well as relationships with 100s of children’s writers and illustrators

  3. Cultivating and maintaining to a very high standard a multitude of school and teacher relationships

  4. Proactively outreaching, promoting and selling Pop Up Festival to more schools nationally, including - within the next three years - in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time

  5. Commissioning, piloting, selling and overseeing the delivery of new creative CPD opportunities, activities and resources for teachers at all levels to support creative writing and illustration in pedagogy and practice

  6. Building and maintaining strong knowledge of current trends, policies, pedagogies, initiatives, challenges and opportunities in relation to literacy teaching and learning nationally (including creative, cross-curricular approaches) through place-by-place consultation and partnership working with local authorities (esp school improvement teams), academy trusts, teaching school alliances and other education providers and networks

For details about the role requirements and application process, please see the full job description at