Audley, Stoke-on-Trent
31 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
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The Headteacher will carry out his/her professional duties in accordance with and subject to the National Conditions of Employment for Headteachers and Education and Employment legislation. The Headteacher is accountable to the Governors for the standards achieved and the conduct, management and administration of the School, subject to any policies which the Department for Education or Governors may make.

 “Headteachers occupy an influential position in society and shape the teaching profession. They are lead professionals and significant role models within the communities they serve. The values and ambitions of headteachers determine the achievements of schools. They are accountable for the education of current and future generations of children. Their leadership has a decisive impact on the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement in the nation’s classrooms. Headteachers lead by example the professional conduct and practice of teachers in a way that minimises unnecessary teacher workload and leaves room for high quality continuous professional development for staff. They secure a climate for the exemplary behaviour of pupils. They set standards and expectations for high academic standards within and beyond their own schools, recognising differences and respecting cultural diversity within contemporary Britain. Headteachers, together with those responsible for governance, are guardians of the nation’s schools.”

This document identifies a set of aspirational standards. The Governing Body will use these standards with the Headteacher in developing strategic targets for the school and for the setting of performance management objectives.

Job purpose

To provide professional leadership and management for Richard Heathcote CP School, in order to secure excellence in all aspects of the school’s work. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Creating a shared vision and strategic plan that motivates all members of the School to strive for excellence.
  • Improving the quality of teaching, learning and student achievement.
  • Building a professional community that enables others to achieve, through effective relationships and communication.
  • Providing effective organisation and management of the School.
  • Ensuring the well-being of students and staff and equality of opportunity for all.
  • Ensuring rigorous self-evaluation of all aspects of the School, leading to continuous improvement.
  • Being responsible and accountable to the Governing Body for all delegated matters.
  • Manage financial resources effectively to achieve the school's aims
  • Provide regular communication to parents of their child's progress

Performance standards

A -  Shaping the future of the School

  • Develop a vision for the School which is clearly articulated, shared and acted upon by all.
  • Translate vision into agreed objectives and plans to promote and sustain improvement.
  • Motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive climate.
  • Actively encourage innovation and the use of new technologies to deliver creative learning opportunities and encourage excellence.

B - Leading teaching and learning

  • Ensure a consistent and continuous School-wide focus on student achievement and progress.
  • Ensure learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management.
  • Establish creative, responsive and effective approaches to teaching and learning aimed at inspiring and fully engaging students in their own learning.
  • Ensure a culture and ethos of challenge and support where all students can achieve success.
  • Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set challenging targets for all.
  • Deliver strategies that secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
  • Determine, organise and implement a diverse, flexible curriculum which helps all students to achieve and prepares them effectively for life beyond Trentham High School.
  • Implement an effective assessment framework and tracking systems which challenge underperformance and support continuous improvement through effective corrective action.
  • Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.

C - Developing self and working with others

  • Treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity.
  • Build a collaborative learning culture within the School and work collaboratively with other schools.
  • Coordinate effective planning, allocation, and evaluation of team and individual work, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities.
  • Delegate appropriate responsibilities and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams.
  • Develop and maintain a culture of high expectations for self and others, taking action when performance is unsatisfactory.
  • Regularly review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for your own professional development.
  • Manage own workload and workloads of others, to allow a work/life balance.

D -  Managing the organisation

  • Create an organisational structure that reflects the School’s values, and enable the management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements.
  • Produce, implement and allocate appropriate resources to evidenced-based improvement plans.
  • Manage financial resources effectively and efficiently, ensuring the range, quality and use of all available resources is monitored, evaluated and reviewed to improve the quality of education for all students and provide value for money.
  • Seek to recruit and retain staff of the highest quality; deploy and manage their workload to achieve the School’s vision and educational goals and priorities.
  • Ensure effective induction, performance management and Continuous Professional Development for all staff.
  • Foster a culture which empowers staff, rewards success, promotes innovation and builds a strong and supportive team ethos.
  • Manage and organise the School environment efficiently to ensure it meets curriculum needs, safeguarding and health and safety regulations
  • Seek ways to capitalise on opportunities.

E - Securing accountability

  • Fulfil contractual accountability commitments to the Governing Body.
  • Develop an ethos that enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.
  • Ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation.
  • Work with the Governing Body to enable it to meet its responsibilities.
  • Develop and present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the School’s performance to audiences including Governors, parents and carers.
  • Reflect on personal contribution to School achievement and take account of feedback from others.

F - Strengthening community

  • Demonstrate an active presence, engaging with staff, students, parents and the wider community.
  • Work to develop and improve the School’s standing in the community.
  • Create and promote positive strategies for challenging prejudice.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to provide for the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural well-being of students and their families.
  • Create and maintain an effective partnership with parents and carers to support and improve students’ achievement and development.
  • Seek opportunities to link with individuals and organisations, to enhance and enrich the School and its value to the wider community.
  • Contribute to the development of the education system.
  • Cooperate and work with relevant agencies to protect young people.
  • Develop effective partnerships with other schools.

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