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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 February 2024 at 9:22am

  • Date listed

    2 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Scale 8 - 12 (Inner London)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Reporting to: Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher

Main purpose

The assistant headteacher will support the headteacher and deputy headteacher in:

  • Communicating the school’s vision compellingly and supporting the headteacher’s strategic leadership
  • The day-to-day management of the school
  • Formulating the aims and objectives of the school
  • Establishing policies for achieving these aims and objectives
  • Managing staff and resources to that end
  • Monitoring progress towards meeting the school’s aims and objectives

The assistant headteacher will ordinarily have a timetabled teaching commitment of 40%, complying with the Teachers’ Standards and modeling best practice for others.

They may also be required to undertake any of the duties delegated by the headteacher.


The assistant headteacher will:

  • Uphold public trust in school leadership and maintain high standards of ethics, behaviour and professional conduct
  • Build positive and respectful relationships across the school community
  • Serve in the best interests of the school’s pupils
  • Seek training and continuing professional development to meet own needs and needs of the school
  • Keep up to date with developments in education

Duties and responsibilities

School culture and behaviour

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Create a culture where pupils experience a positive and enriching school life
  • Uphold educational standards in order to prepare pupils from all backgrounds for their next phase of education and life
  • Ensure a culture of staff professionalism
  • Encourage high standards of behaviour from pupils, built on rules and routines that are understood by staff and pupils and clearly demonstrated by all adults in school
  • Use consistent and fair approaches to managing behaviour, in line with the school’s behaviour policy

Teaching, curriculum and assessment

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Establish and sustain high-quality teaching across subjects and phases, based on evidence
  • Ensure the teaching of a broad, structured and coherent curriculum
  • Work with and support curriculum leaders to ensure the best curriculum offer for all children
  • Use valid, reliable and proportionate approaches to assessing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
  • Ensure the use of evidence-informed approaches to reading so all pupils are taught to read

Additional and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Promote a culture and practices that allow all pupils to access the curriculum
  • Have ambitious expectations for all pupils with SEN and disabilities
  • Make sure the school works effectively with parents, carers and professionals to identify additional needs, and provide support and adaptation where appropriate
  • Make sure the school fulfills statutory duties regarding the SEND Code of Practice.

Organisational management and school improvement

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Establish and oversee systems, processes and policies so the school can operate effectively and efficiently
  • Ensure staff and pupils’ safety and welfare through effective approaches to safeguarding, as part of duty of care
  • Ensure rigorous approaches to identifying, managing and mitigating risk
  • Ensure effective use of budgets and resources
  • Identify problems and barriers to school effectiveness, and develop strategies for school improvement that are realistic, timely and suited to the school’s context
  • Make sure these school improvement strategies are effectively implemented

Staff management and professional development

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Performance manage team members, including carrying out appraisals and holding staff to account for their performance
  • Manage staff wellbeing with due attention to workload
  • Ensure staff have access to appropriate, high-standard professional development opportunities
  • Keep up to date with developments in education
  • Seek training and continuing professional development to meet their own needs


  • Provide support to the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in building the strategic school improvement plan for the area of responsibility
  • Interpret the school improvement plan for the area of responsibility and to communicate to staff their impact and contribution to the plan
  • Be the role model for staff, in particular, that of staff behaviour in line with school values, to demonstrate outstanding teaching and learning and coach and develop staff in meeting school expectations across all areas of the school strategic plan.
  • Be the lead for change in the area of school responsibility, to be able to communicate the change and to engage with all staff ensuring the strategic plan is fully supported.

Governance, accountability and working in partnership

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Work with the governing board as appropriate
  • Ensure the school effectively and efficiently operates within the required regulatory frameworks and meets all statutory duties
  • Work successfully with other schools and organisations
  • Maintain working relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues to improve educational outcomes for all pupils

Other areas of responsibility

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Be responsible for a phase or Key Stage, defined annually and linked to School improvement priorities and resource needs of the school.
  • Be responsible for a specific action or project on the School Improvement plan.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the assistant headteacher will carry out. The post holder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role.

Person specification



Qualifications and training

  • Qualified teacher status
  • Degree
  • Professional development in preparation for a leadership role


  • Leadership and management experience in a school
  • Teaching experience preferably across EYFS and both Key Stages 1 and 2
  • Involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning
  • Line management experience and staff development
  • Proven experience of leading and managing change at an appropriate level
  • Experience of high standards of primary classroom practice and of teaching area of responsibility.

Skills and knowledge

  • Understanding of high-quality teaching, and the ability to model this for others and support others to improve
  • Understanding of school finances
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate a vision and inspire others
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • An understanding of and commitment to developing the school and enhancing the outcomes of the pupils

Personal qualities

  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position.
  • Evidence of the personal qualities required to set an example to others and to lead a team effectively.
  • Respect for the views of parents and a commitment to the importance of the involvement of parents in the learning process.


This job description may be amended at any time in consultation with the post holder.

What the school offers its staff

  • a UNCRC gold rights respecting school
  • a vibrant place to work;
  • children who are engaging, well-mannered and eager to learn;
  • a dedicated, enthusiastic and professional staff and senior leadership team, focused on improving the outcomes for all;
  • an effective partnership with parents in our children's learning journey;
  • a strong ethic of teamwork throughout the school;
  • a commitment to continuing and enhancing your professional development

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About Bonner Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
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School size
797 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

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