- Job role
- Languages, Spanish
- Working pattern
- Full time
- Contract type
- L9-L18 (Inner London)
We are looking for an Assistant Principal to assist the Executive Principal and the Head of Academy in the strategic and operational management, development and leadership of Harris Academy Morden, and ensure the achievement of our ethos, aims and objectives within the context of the Academy’s strategic and development plans.
Ideally, we are looking for an Assistant Principal with a specialism in Spanish, but this is not essential.
Main Areas of Responsibility
To create a true learning institution in the academy at all levels.
To play a major role in formulating the aims and objectives of the academy; in establishing the policies through which they will be achieved and in monitoring progress towards their achievement;
Lead on and develop the shared vision for the academy;
Leading the development and maintenance of a high quality positive learning environment to raise standards;
To take full responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning in your key area of responsibility.
To ensure high quality teaching across the academy and particularly in your key areas by monitoring students’ work and teachers’ planning.
To work with colleagues to ensure data is used effectively and consistently across the academy.
To work with the SLT to lead the academy’s assessment and reporting programme.
To support staff in making sure high quality intervention programmes are in place when underachievement is identified.
To support colleagues and subject leaders in developing schemes of learning, short and medium term planning.
With the SLT, to develop strategies to enhance teachers’ ability to learn and to develop advanced teaching skills in the academy workforce.
Raise students’ aspirations and achievement through personalising learning.
To ensure the highest standards of achievement for all students, through high expectations and well balanced curriculum.
Ensure the entitlement of all students to have equal access to and participation in all aspects of the curriculum.
Ensuring the efficient and effective provision of cross curricular skills, knowledge and understanding by engaging staff in all areas of learning.
Identifying what are successful learning outcomes and then monitoring students’ progress, continuity and progression.
Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.
Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating teaching and learning through regular classroom observation.
To maintain an informed view of standards and of the quality of teaching across the academy by monitoring student’s learning and teacher’s planning and delivery.
Challenge under-performance at all levels and throughout all departments ensuring effective corrective action and follow-up.
To establish, and maintain, the highest possible standards of behaviour, learning and attainment.
Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set aspirational targets for the whole Academy community.
Acting as a role model in the provision of high quality learning, teaching and assessment.
Coordinating the activities of staff including teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development and effective use of resources.
To lead and manage staff in an appropriate manner, offering support, encouragement, guidance and advice to ensure effective policy in practice.
To assist in the implementation of effective procedures to support teachers who are underperforming, responding to the outcomes of this support as appropriate.
To maintain high morale amongst staff and set an example of professional standards and leadership.
To contribute to the recruitment, training, deployment and professional development of staff as appropriate.
To promote and sustain effective management of the Academy environment, its site and buildings.
To provide information about the work and performance of staff, where this is relevant to their future employment at the academy or elsewhere.
To chair meetings, as appropriate to specific roles, ensuring effective consultation, delegation of responsibility and successful implementation of outcomes.
Qualifications & Experience
QTS (or equivalent)
Degree or equivalent
Extensive teaching experience
Outstanding teaching practice
Successful management experience as Head of Department or member of the SLT
Experience of writing department SEF
Experience of lesson observations and giving feedback
Experience of improvement planning
Experience of implementing a range of strategies to raise student achievement, with evidence of success
Contribution to impact on the quality of learning and teaching and curriculum
Experience of developing and sustaining positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the Governing Body to build consensus support and capacity
Proven track record of managing and implementing change in relation to teaching practices and standards
A track record of success in leadership and management
Knowledge & Understanding
Ability to use data to analyse performance and manage interventions
Understands current position with the 14-19 curriculum.
Understands how to plan lessons with challenging learning objectives and outcomes
Understanding of Assessment for Learning
Effective use of ICT to promote learning
Understands the factors effecting learning
Understanding of e-learning
Strategies to maintain good behaviour and pace
Strategies for monitoring and evaluation of standards of attainment
Effective development of staff and resources
Skills and Disposition
Personal organisation and time management skills
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to analyse and interpret data effectively and act upon the information
Ability to think strategically
Ability to work within a team and manage a team
Ability to motivate and lead students and staff
Ability to analyse issues and identify solutions
Vision and ability to manage change successfully
The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.
Applying for the job
All applications must be made online via the apply link.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.
Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.More on how to apply (opens in new tab)