Education Research and Data Intern

Join us at Thomas Pocklington Trust


Thomas Pocklington Trust is a leading advocate of equality for blind and partially sighted people. We are a charitable organisation primarily staffed by people who are blind or partially sighted and we have a dedicated membership of over 200 volunteers who have lived experience of sight loss.

Our values define everything we do:

Making a difference: The lives of blind and partially sighted people are better because of what we do.

Working in partnership: We work collaboratively together and with all our partners and stakeholders.

Respect: We treat people the way we would like to be treated.

Quality: We set clear goals and high standards and work efficiently and effectively to achieve them.

Participation: We place the participation of blind and partially sighted people at the heart of everything we do.

Thomas Pocklington Trust aims to be a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work; we know this enthusiasm plays a key role in delivering high quality services for blind and partially sighted people, we also recognise the crucial role each and every one of us plays in helping to achieve our goals.


What are the benefits of a Thomas Pocklington Trust internship for me?


As part of your 9-month internship you will gain the following:

  • Obtain valuable work experience within the charity sector
  • Training opportunities
  • A mentor offering support, advice and guidance throughout
  • help deliver positive changes for people with sight loss


As part of the Internship programme, you will also be enrolled onto the TPT Employment Programme, where you will gain employment support, guidance and advice from their Employment Team, skills obtainable are:

  • CV writing
  • Job searching
  • Cover letter and speculative letter writing
  • Application form writing
  • Interview techniques



Job description

Role:  Education Research and Data Intern

Department:  Education

Reporting to:  Education Policy Manager

Location:  Remote with travel to our London office

Salary:  Based on Living Wage Foundation rates,

Contract type: Fixed Term 9 months, full time 36 hours per week


Job overview:

The primary aim of TPT’s education team is to improve access to education for blind and partially sighted students in secondary school, college and university. The Education policy team work to improve access though providing expert advice, guidance and calls to action for policy decision makers. Understanding available data and research is critical to the success of this work.


The research and data intern will support an evidence-based approach for the Education team. Projects will include,

  • supporting the development of a ‘safe stats’ document that sets out key statistics on blind and partially sighted students in education to support our service delivery and policy work.
  • Identifying any gaps in research and evidence to support the work of the Education team.
  • Supporting with internal reports to help us to understand how blind and partially sighted students in secondary school access technology.
  • As an Education Data and Research intern, you will develop your skill set and help us learn through your work.
  • You will be a key member of the team and contribute to regular team activities.


Areas of Responsibility:

This list of duties is an overview of the role, the list is not exhaustive and other ad hoc duties will be required.


Main Duties

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Undertake research, including the review and analysis of available data, reading reports and meeting stakeholders.
  • Sharing research findings in an agreed format with the team, so that findings can be used as basis for influencing decision makers and to inform our internal processes.
  • Identifying opportunities to share research findings with the wider education and vision impairment sectors.
  • Create news stories in a range of formats, including social media posts.
  • Attend meetings and external events (e.g. workshops or conferences) to support the work of the team.
  • Be an active member of the team and wider organisation, participating in personal development reviews, supervision, training and team meetings as required.
  • To undertake any other duties, consummate with the job role.
  • Undertake any other work commensurate with the internship that may determined by the line manager.


Person Specification

This role has been created with blind and partially sighted people in mind, in furtherance of TPT’s charitable objectives, and aims to support blind and partially sighted individuals back into work.  For this reason, we are only seeking applications from blind and partially sighted people.

As we want to offer opportunities to as many blind and partially sighted job seekers as possible, we cannot accept applications from previous TPT interns.

The successful applicant will possess the following skills:

Essential criteria

  • Lived experience of sight loss
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and communicate confidently to a range of audiences.
  • Good computer literacy skills including Microsoft office packages.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise work.
  • Be able to work effectively as part of a team whilst also able to operate independently using own initiative.
  • A passion for improving access to education for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Practical IT skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office functions (with assistive technology where appropriate).
  • Experience of using email and social media platforms.
  • Excellent standard of written and verbal English, punctuation and grammar.
  • Understands the importance of accuracy when working with data and written information, with an eye for detail.
  • Able to carry out research and share findings, including confidence in working with data and complex written information.
  • Able to communicate in a friendly and confident manner.
  • The successful applicant will be required to attend our London office on a regular basis for meetings, training etc.
  • You must have suitable workspace when working from home. You will be required to complete a homeworking risk assessment.
  • You must be comfortable working in an environment with guide dogs. Below are 2 links which explain in more detail what to expect when working in an environment with guide dogs.

Respect the Harness: Guide Dog Etiquette (

Guide Dog Etiquette and Interaction Tips – Guide Dogs Victoria


What to do next

If you are interested in this role, please email a completed application form  and equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Closing date:  Sunday 14 January 2024 at midnight

Interview date: tbc interviews will be held in person at our London Office

We require all applicants to have the appropriate right to work in the UK.

This role may be subject to a basic DBS check.

If you have access needs or require reasonable adjustments as part of the recruitment process, please let us know by emailing

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