Assistant Headteacher (Maths) St Matthew's RC High School, Manchester, Lancashire

Job description

Job Description
Main Purpose

The assistant headteacher, under the direction of the headteacher, will take a role in:
• 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 the achievement of the school’s aims and objectives
The assistant headteacher will also have a timetabled teaching commitment for Mathematics, complying with the teachers’ standards and modelling best practice for others.

They will also be required to undertake any of the duties delegated from the headteacher.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher:
• Support the headteacher and deputy headteacher in the day-to-day management of the school
• Communicate the school’s vision compellingly and support the headteacher’s strategic leadership
• Lead by example, focusing on providing excellent education for all pupils
• Lead on particular whole-school strategies and policy areas
• Build positive relationships with members of the school community
• Keep up to date with developments in education
• Seek training and continuing professional development to meet own needs

Managing staff
Specific responsibilities will allocated to the successful candidate at the time of appointment.

Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher:
• Assist with the selection and recruitment of new teaching staff
• Take responsibility for the induction of new teaching staff, and ITT colleagues
• Performance manage middle leaders, including carrying out appraisals, providing professional development opportunities, and holding staff to account to their performance
• Monitor the quality of teaching and learning and ensure the school’s Teaching & Learning Policy is implemented consistently and effectively
• Implement written feedback and assessment for learning strategies which impact on improved standards of teaching and learning
• Engage key staff in the creation, consistent implementation and improvement of curriculum plans
• Create an ethos within which their direct reports are motivated and supported to develop their skills and knowledge

Modelling best practice for teachers
• Demonstrate excellent performance against parts one and two of the teacher’s standards: teaching and personal and professional conduct
• Implement strategies and initiatives to share best practice with others in the school, developing confidence and skills in others

Systems and processes
Under the direction of the headteacher or deputy headteacher:
• Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose
• Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing exemplary behaviour
• Implement systems for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any underperformance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice
• Work with the governing board as appropriate
• Support strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure effective use of budgets and resources
• Support distribution of leadership throughout the school

Teaching & Learning
• Engage staff through credibility of teaching and learning standards of Mathematics.
• Take responsibility for teaching innovation/research on best practice and new approaches to professional development of teaching
• Support, model and mentor staff in the development of high quality teaching
• Use data to make teaching judgements
• Assist the Headteacher in undertaking regular monitoring
• Provide guidance on teaching which will positively impact on access to learning and progress
• Promote collaborative practice
• Engage key staff in the creation, consistent implementation and improvement of curriculum plans

Continuing Professional Development
• Support the potential for leadership progression at all levels, ensuring that processes and opportunities support the retention of staff
• Ensure that CPD and the way it involves staff will promote cross-curricular work and understanding, for the development of staff and pupils
• Support liaison or partnership work with other organisations which supports curriculum and staff development, and the priorities of the school.
• Commit to their own professional development, proactively identifying development opportunities

Other responsibilities
The Assistant Headteacher will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

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 deputy headteacher will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher.

Essential educational requirements

An undergraduate degree

Essential qualifications

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

Essential skills and experience

Leadership and management experience in a school
• Involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning
• Line management experience
• Experience of successful management of change, including evaluating problems, developing and implementing appropriate solutions and monitoring effectiveness.
• Experience of contributing to staff development

Skills & Knowledge:
• Understanding of high-quality teaching, and the ability to model this for others and support others to improve
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to communicate a vision and inspire others
• Ability to build effective working relationships

About St Matthew's RC High School

St Matthew's is a diverse and energetic comprehensive school, with approximately 1400 pupils forming our school community. We have strong, long standing links with all our partner primary schools and sixth form colleges, which allows us to work well in supporting our pupils through key transitional points in their education. Working in partnership with St Patrick’s National Teaching School, we are excited about the journey we have embarked on with them, and are committed to working proactively and dynamically, in order to develop and embed effective and sustainable strategies and policies designed to secure excellent outcomes for all of our young people. As a Catholic school, we place Christ at the heart of all we do, and encourage of staff and pupils to be ambassadors of Christ. Through this, we are able to offer new staff the opportunity to join our St Matthew's family, where we all value and support each other, recognising good in all that others do.

Nuthurst Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M40 0EW
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