Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum Leadership)

Abbots Green Primary Academy, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 1 to Lead Practitioners range 5, £41,065 to £45,319

Job summary

Abbots Green Academy, part of Unity Schools Partnership, is seeking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum Leadership). We strive to develop happy, caring and resilient learners who are always challenged to achieve their best.

You will have good collaborative skills; be well organised; adaptable; creative and most of all, committed to ensuring the very best education for children. As a result, you will command the confidence of all our staff.

As Class Teacher:
• Model continuously good or outstanding teaching to support the development of others
• Teach at the direction of the Headteacher, implementing agreed planning, assessment and target setting; teach the National Curriculum subjects and RE as well as working with others to provide Curriculum Enrichment for pupils;
• Demonstrate confidence in teaching the National Curriculum throughout the school with a commitment to high expectations within every year group
• Pupil's work should be planned to provide an inclusive and personalised curriculum which meets the needs of the children, including those with Special Needs and those who are Highly Able;
• Carry out assessment, recording, monitoring and record keeping according to school policies, maintaining appropriate records which monitor the progress of the pupils; pupil's work will be regularly marked in accordance with the marking policy;
• Complete any relevant class termly and half termly assessment records, using school systems;
• Complete information to support class teachers in the writing of pupil reports, for presentation to parents;
• Manage and monitor the work of other adults in the classroom;
• Liaise closely with the SENCO regarding the learning needs of pupils.
• Liaise closely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection regarding pupils’ welfare needs.

As Assistant Headteacher you will have knowledge and understanding of:
• the school’s aims, priorities, targets and action plans;
• any statutory curriculum requirements and the requirements for assessment, recording and reporting of pupils’ attainment and progress;
• the characteristics of high-quality teaching and the main strategies for improving and sustaining high standards of teaching, learning and achievement for all pupils;
• the implications of the SEN Code of Practice on teaching and learning;
• relevant legislation and guidance relating to the inclusion agenda including the DDA, SEN Code of Practice, Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities and how those apply to pupils;
• how to devise, implement and evaluate systems for identifying, assessing and reviewing pupils’ needs;
• the purpose of EHCs, Statements and pupil passports and how they are formulated, implemented and reviewed;
• the needs of EAL learners and how they can be met;
• the needs of pupils who have high ability or who are able, gifted or talented and how these might be met;
• the principles of nurture, counselling and positive behaviour management;
• the main strategies for monitoring, improving and sustaining high standards;
• how to use comparative data together with pupils’ prior attainment to set targets for improvement as part of Key Stage pupil progress meetings
• the importance of transition throughout the school from Reception to Year 6
• the needs of a growing school, with a commitment to maintaining high expectations alongside refining procedures and systems.
• the needs of our school community, embracing the opportunity to grow our provision including Nursery and wrap around care.

As Assistant Headteacher, your duties are to:
• Deputise for and professionally support the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in the leadership and management of the academy;
• Provide an outstanding professional model within the classroom;
• Assist the Headteacher in the maintenance of effective communication within the academy and with all stakeholders;
• Assist the Headteacher in the effective implementation of the academy’s Appraisal Policy and undertake the role of an Appraisal team leader;
• Take a leading role in the process of Self-Evaluation and Academy Improvement planning;
• Contribute to policy making and effective management of resources. Where necessary, assist staff in the process of reviewing and amending policy statements;
• Assist in the promotion of an ethos that reflects harmony, mutual respect, and understanding;
• Be responsible, with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, for liaising with outside agencies as appropriate;
• Ensure a high standard of conduct and behaviour is promoted within the academy;
• Promote inclusion and equal opportunities within the academy;
• Support an active policy of parental involvement and assist the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in maintaining effective communication with parents;
• Play a full part in the planning and organisation of all academy functions and events;
• Support the priorities from the School Development Plan by leading Whole School and Key Stage Meetings
• Lead a monitoring and support plan that ensures that teaching is consistently driven by raising outcomes throughout the school
• To support staff in following robust assessment procedures for tracking, monitoring and assessing progress across the school
• Undertake any other duties that may be delegated by the Headteacher.

Curriculum Leadership
• To implement and drive the Abbots Green ethos and vision through leading an outstanding Curriculum for all
• To work alongside SLT and subject leaders to define the intent, implementation and impact of single subjects and the Abbots Green curriculum
• To work as part of the leadership team to identify Curriculum strengths and weaknesses
• To work in partnership with the EYFS leader to identify the foundations for all subject areas
• To work alongside subject leaders to ensure that the curriculum scaffolds learning for vulnerable pupils
• To monitor the whole school curriculum ensuring that all subjects are being taught to a high standard
• To monitor and support staff in the delivery of the long-term curriculum map, supporting staff with the planning cycle
• Supporting subject leaders in the implementation of knowledge organisers and knowledge strips
• To develop the ‘vocabulary entitlement’ that develops the knowledge of all Curriculum learning
• To lead by example in team teaching and shared planning with staff as part of the CPD in school
• To drive Book Studies throughout the school to evaluate the knowledge and understanding that pupils acquire
• To ensure that that the Abbots Green 50 is implemented consistently throughout the school
• To present and work alongside governors to demonstrate the impact of the Abbots Green Curriculum
• To work alongside other curriculum leaders in the trust to identify current priorities and share good practice
• To identify links across the curriculum in English, particularly reading, to scaffold essential skills and confidence in all areas of learning
• To develop an assessment system that reflects the progress that children make across the Curriculum in partnership with the school vision and values

• Actively contribute to and promote the overall ethos and values of the School and the wider Trust.
• Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
• Maintain consistent high standards of professional conduct, tact and diplomacy at all times in dealings with pupils, parents, staff colleagues, external agencies and any other visitors to the school or wider Trust.
• Maintain absolute confidentiality and exercise discretion with regard to staff / pupil information and the Trust’s business at all times.
• Act as an ambassador for the School and the wider Trust within the local community and beyond, ensuring that the ethos and values of the Trust are promoted and upheld at all times.
• Undertake any other reasonable tasks and responsibilities as requested by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher which fall within the scope of the post.

Essential educational requirements

Recognised QTS

Essential qualifications

Recognised QTS

Essential skills and experience

• Knowledge and experience of highly effective teaching in KS1/2
• Excellent classroom teacher with a proven commitment to improving the quality of children’s learning
• Knowledge and experience of School Development Planning and Curriculum Planning
• Evidence of successful leadership of a subject or key stage
• Evidence of liaising collaboratively with colleagues
• Experience and knowledge of managing challenging behaviour
• Experience of monitoring teaching and learning
• Understanding the importance of using data to raise standards
• Evidence of successfully mentoring or providing general pastoral support to colleagues
• A flexible, energetic and adaptable approach, acting as a role model to other members of staff
• Commitment to Equal Opportunities
• Commitment to Continuous Improvement
• Commitment to the whole school vision and ethos

Employee benefits

We can offer:

- a friendly and welcoming school
- dedicated colleagues with an excellent team ethos
- a supportive and driven leadership team
- a wide range of CPD opportunities
- opportunities for career progression (including the opportunity to participate in the Trust’s Leadership Development Programme)

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 441 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Abbots Green Primary Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Airfield Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ