Deadline is tomorrow

  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    22 April 2024 at 6pm

  • Date listed

    22 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Full-time equivalent salary

£53,380.00 - £58,959.00 Annually (FTE) Leadership point 6-10

Assistant Headteacher job summary

No two days are ever the same in a hospital school. The role of the Assistant Headteacher (AHT) of the Chidren's Hospital Teaching Service (CHTS) is to be a positive and calm influence, providing a daily sense of purpose, enabling autonomy and encouraging mastery.

Whilst there is a weekly schedule for workshops as part of the timetable, daily staff schedules are finalised with the supervision and guidance of the AHT each morning and after the team has completed their ‘ward round’. Only then will the team know exactly who has been admitted and is well enough for teaching. The AHT plays a vital role in leading the quality assurance processes at the setting in line with whole school systems and with the support of the Deputy Headteacher.

Liaising with health professionals on and off the ward is an integral part of the AHT’s work. Knowing what information is needed and when it needs to be shared is a skill quickly learned. As the education provided by staff at the OHS is likely only to be short term, it’s vital that staff liaise closely with pupil’s enrolled schools to ensure that our curriculum offer matches theirs as closely as possible.

The AHT plays an important role in supporting OHS staff in their work to secure an effective reintegration plan for pupils; many will need a very tailed approach from their enrolled school on their return. Schools are often understandably nervous when it comes to reintegrating a previously hospitalised pupil and they need confident and appropriate reassurance from OHS staff.

“Leaders’ attention to detail helps the school to meet their high ambitions for pupils’ academic achievement and emotional and social well-being. One example of the school’s achievement is the very high proportion of pupils who successfully reintegrate back into a school when they are well enough to do so.”

Ofsted - 2023

Safeguarding pupils is an important part of the day to work for the AHT. Making the right judgements in line with school policy and practice, maintaining the high profile of safeguarding amongst the staff and supporting them with concerns is an integral part of the AHT’s skill set. From time to time, staff will need the calming presence of the AHT to help them navigate the emotional challenges of working in a children’s hospital. The AHT is, in turn, supported by a strong leadership network in the OHS and by colleagues from the NHS on site.

The AHT at CHTS works closely with their colleague AHTs leading the other 2 settings. Regular meetings to discuss innovations and challenges provide real time opportunities to share and learn.

The AHT’s day to day work is line managed by the Deputy Headteacher who visits the setting at least weekly.

This is a leadership role where you can see, every day, the difference that you and your team are making.

“……. Our son thoroughly enjoyed his lessons with you during his stay on Kamran’s ward. As you know, his education was very important to him so he loved being given the opportunity to continue his studies. It also proved a distraction while being stuck in his hospital bed during chemotherapy treatments. You are a wonderful team who do an amazing job and play such an important role providing the service that you do. ……”

From a parent - 2024

Commitment to safeguarding

Safer Recruitment - Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining a post. All cases are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed.

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About Oxfordshire Hospital School

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 18
School size
0 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 18

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