Deputy Headteacher - Moss Hall Nursery School Moss Hall Nursery School, London

Job description

Are you passionate about Early Years?
We are looking for a caring, imaginative and creative Deputy Headteacher to work with the Headteacher to build on and develop outstanding nursery practice.

Moss Hall Nursery School is an outstanding and popular maintained nursery school. The children come from a rich variety of cultural backgrounds and they love to learn. The school is set in a spacious Victorian building with an extensive, well-resourced outdoor learning environment. The staff team is experienced and enthusiastic and is committed to providing an environment which supports active and independent learning. Close links with the adjoining infant and junior schools are maintained. We have a strong and supportive Governing Body.

We wish to appoint an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Deputy Headteacher with a strong commitment to nursery education and to inclusive practice to work with the Headteacher to maintain and develop our outstanding provision

The Deputy Headteacher will be the SENCo. S/he will be expected to lead on planning and assessment and will provide PPA cover for the class teachers.

We are looking for an experienced teacher with knowledge and experience of working with children with special educational needs with some management experience. This vacancy presents an exciting opportunity for an outstanding teacher to work in a school which is committed to inclusion, achievement and high standards.

We are interested in hearing from you if you:

Are passionate about children’s learning in the early years

Have extensive early years experience and a clear vision for excellence

Can further enhance our already rich and varied curriculum

Are an effective organiser with good interpersonal skills

Have a commitment to work in partnership with parents and the community

We can offer you:

Well behaved children who are keen to learn and a pleasure to teach

A happy working environment with a supportive and hardworking team of staff

An opportunity to develop professionally

A school that values creative individuals and supports a cross curricular and creative learning approach

A school which puts the interests of the children and their families first in all that we do

Leadership Pay Scale Points 4-8

Main purpose of the Post
Reporting to: Headteacher

The Deputy Headteacher will be expected to assist the Headteacher in managing the School and its continued growth towards providing new and existing high quality education for children.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the life of the School as a whole. The role will include some class teaching. S/he will also be the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

The Deputy Headteacher will be expected to:

Carry out the professional duties of a deputy as defined in the Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.

Take responsibility for and maintain the school in the absence of the Headteacher.

Be able to work flexibly to provide management cover across the opening hours of the nursery between 7.30am and 6.00pm.

Assist the Head in the development and consolidation of an innovative child centred curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Assist the Head in providing support to all staff, and furthering their development.

Support the Headteacher in policy development in the nursery in line with agreed aims and values.

Assist the Headteacher in formulating the school’s development plan and under the direction of the Headteacher take responsibility for the management of tasks identified in the school development plan.

Work with the Nursery staff with regard to the welfare of pupils so that each child feels valued and is able to develop creativity, individuality, and enthusiasm for learning.

Foster good relationships with staff, parents, carers, governors, LA representatives and the local community.

Be responsible for the organisation and management of a class if required (including PPA and absence cover) and by example provide an excellent professional model of early years practice.

Liaise with parents about the progress of their children

Carry out home visits with colleagues when needed.

Attend relevant courses/conferences, when appropriate, in order to keep up to date with progress in early years education and thinking and disseminate to staff.

Assist in the monitoring of teaching and learning in the nursery in order to maintain and further develop high standards.

Attend and lead staff meetings and INSET training days as required.

Support the Headteacher in maintaining and developing the links with Moss Hall Infant and Junior schools and with other schools and agencies to promote the continued security and wellbeing of the children.

Liaise with other professionals who are involved in the care of children within the Nursery.

Support the integration of the authority’s policy on equal opportunities for race, gender and class into all aspects of the school.

As SENCO be responsible for:

Maintaining and reviewing the whole school policy in Special Educational Needs in accordance with the DFE Code of Practice.

Assisting and supporting colleagues with the planning and delivery of an early years curriculum in order to meet the needs of specific children.

Liaising with and supporting staff in the development of individual educational plans and educational advice for pupils with an Educational Health Care Plan.

Developing and maintaining, in collaboration with the Head Teacher, links with all relevant external agencies.

Organising and chairing meetings with staff, parents, carers and other agencies.

Attending SEN Co-ordinator’s meetings and relevant courses.

Maintaining clear and up to date documentation and records.

Please note all successful candidates would be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Essential educational requirements

Degree or other recognised qualification in Nursery/Early Years

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Evidence of appropriate professional development
Willingness to undertake National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination
Recent and relevant Nursery/Early Years teaching experience
Experience in the delivery of a child-centred active learning curriculum
Experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including writing of appropriate plans
Experience of leading inclusive practice within an early years setting
Leading curriculum development, including the delivery of in-service training

Essential skills and experience

Outstanding teacher
Respectful and nurturing approach to all children
Excellent skills in observing and recording children’s progress and development
Excellent skills in communicating with families and the wider community
Ability to work effectively with a range of relevant professionals
The ability to lead by example and to motivate, manage and support other teaching and support staff effectively and sensitively
Ability to effectively prioritise and organise work
Ability to use IT within teaching and management roles
Flexibility, commitment and a desire to be involved in new initiatives

About Moss Hall Nursery School

189 Nether Street, London, N3 1NR
LA Maintained School
Moss Hall Nursery School website (opens in a new window)