Deputy Headteacher

Pickering Community Junior School, Pickering, North Yorkshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 4 to Lead Practitioners range 9, £43,034,.00 to £48,687,.00
Leadership level Senior Leader

Job description

Job Title: Deputy Headteacher
Grade: L4 – L9
Contract Type: Full Time – 0.6 Teaching Commitment and 0.4 Leadership Time
Responsible to: Headteacher
Responsible for: General Teaching Assistants and a small number of teaching staff
Job Purpose: To promote effective learning, appropriate achievement and educational, social and personal progress of all pupils for whom the teacher is designated as being responsible, consistent with the aims of the school and the unique needs of each individual. In addition, the Deputy Headteacher will assume responsibility for the following key areas: curriculum design and development, behaviour, safeguarding (as Deputy DSL), extra-curricular activities, the PE grant strategy, home learning and NQT/new staff induction.
Key Responsibilities:
1. Develop and maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the areas of teaching and pupil support for which the post-holder is responsible
2. Plan work to meet the learning needs of allocated pupils in a consistent and effective way
3. Use appropriate teaching and classroom management strategies to motivate pupils and enable each to progress
4. Monitor the progress of pupils for whom the postholder is responsible to set expectations and give constructive feedback
5. Maintain appropriate records to demonstrate progress made by pupils
6. Participate fully in professional development activities to develop practice further, sharing the learning from these as appropriate
7. Make an active contribution to the policies, aspirations and wider life of the school
8. Lead on one/two subject areas across the school

Main Purpose:
In addition to the responsibilities undertaken as a classroom teacher and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Deputy Headteacher will:
• Take a major role in formulating the aims and objectives of the school
• Establish policies and action plans for achieving these objectives
• Manage staff and resources in order to achieve the highest possible standards of teaching and learning
• Monitor progress towards the achievement of the school’s aims and objectives
• Support the Headteacher in the management and organisation of the school
• Assist in the smooth running of the school at all times and to assume the duties of the Headteacher in her absence, or when delegated to do so
• Create a strategy and monitor expenditure for the PE grant
• Lead on one/two curriculum areas across the school.
Leadership Responsibilities and Professional Duties:
• embody, uphold and communicate the values and vision of our school
• promote an ethos of high expectations and achievement, where all students can experience success and are engaged in their own learning
• demonstrate commitment to a culture of innovation and continuing improvement, leading staff training sessions when required
• monitor and develop the curriculum to ensure that our children are enthused and engaged and that it meets the needs of all our pupils
• liaise effectively with other agencies, schools, governors and parents
• analyse and interpret school data in order to inform provision
• help to ensure that our school website is kept up to date and that it complies with statutory requirements
• keep up to date with local, national and global developments in education
• make an active contribution to the policies, school development plan, self-evaluation form and aspirations of the school
• participate fully with arrangements made in accordance with Performance Management
• make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
• establish and develop strong and effective links with the local community

Teaching and Learning
1. Research, identify and adopt the most effective teaching and learning approaches for our pupils.
2. Support teachers, evaluate and adjust teaching and learning activities to meet the needs of our pupils.
3. Liaise with other settings at key transition times (e.g. KS1 to KS2, Year 6 to secondary school) to ensure continuity of support and learning.
4. Provide a model of excellent classroom practice, demonstrating teaching and learning which results in consistently high standards of work and behaviour and excellent pupil progress.
5. Further develop and help lead on the implementation of the school’s behaviour policy, safeguarding policy (as Deputy DSL) and other key policies.
6. Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and pupil achievement.
7. Support the ongoing development of effective assessment practice, including the use of an online pupil tracking system, and regularly analyse performance data.
8. In collaboration with class teachers, keep parents informed about their child's progress and behaviour at key and regular intervals throughout the year e.g. review meetings, parent evenings, etc.

Leadership and Management
1. Support the Headteacher in developing an outward-facing school which works with other schools and organisations to secure excellent outcomes for all pupils.
2. Build and sustain positive working relationships with all pupils, staff, parents and governors.
3. In association with the Headteacher, plan, manage and review the achievement and progress towards development priorities and help to ensure the implementation of whole school policies.
4. Line manage Class Teachers and General Teaching Assistants to ensure that effective teaching strategies are utilised to ensure that pupils are making expected progress or better.
5. Help to ensure that the school website is up to date, that it provides a positive and accurate information source for all stakeholders and that it continues to be DFE compliant.
6. Analyse and interpret relevant school, local and national information to assess provision.
7. Lead and manage curriculum changes, redevelopment and initiatives.
8. Lead on a specified curriculum area (or areas) across the school, ensuring quality provision, resourcing and outcomes.
9. Write and review action plans for improving provision to ensure objectives are reflected in the School Development Plan.
10. Assist the Headteacher in ensuring effective day-to-day organisation and management of the school.
11. Work with the Headteacher to ensure that all statutory requirements are met.
12. Manage the school effectively in the absence of the Headteacher.
13. Liaise with, and report to, members of the Governing Body to inform them of progression of relevant action plans, quality of teaching and learning, progress of pupils and overall standards.

Training and Development
1. Deliver and share training and development opportunities within school and across partnerships.
2. Support and help induct new members of staff, including Newly Qualified Teachers, as well as work experience and ITT trainees.
3. Attend courses/meetings and evaluate and report back to the Headteacher and other key staff on the essential issues.
4. Line manage, support and develop members of our support staff and specified class teachers.
5. Play a significant role in the implementation of the school’s performance management policy to secure school improvement and individual professional development.

Standards and quality assurance
1. Support and promote the high aspirations, positive ethos and inclusive culture of our school to colleagues, governors, parents, children and members of the wider community.
2. Provide a key reference point in providing information and support for families.
3. Support and promote all school policies and procedures, particularly those relating to child protection and safeguarding (as DDSL) equality, health and safety, confidentiality, behaviour, data protection and supporting pupils with medical needs.
4. Liaise with the Headteacher and SLT promptly following meetings regarding pupils and parents of the school and keep up to date records of any actions/outcomes from the meetings.
5. Be aware of and support pupil differences to ensure that all pupils have equal access to all school opportunities.
6. To promote the general progress and well-being of individual pupils throughout the school.
7. To provide advice and guidance to pupils and parents on educational, emotional and social matters in line with school policies.
8. Attend and participate fully in school events e.g. open evenings, parent workshops and pupil performances.
9. Attend phase, year group, SLT meetings, governor meetings, staff meetings as required.
10. Develop strong links with governors and other schools within our local partnerships

This appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment for Deputy Headteachers contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (2018) and other current legislation. This job description will be regularly reviewed and may be subject to amendment, following consultation with the postholder.

Person Specification: Deputy Headteacher

Essential Desirable
Qualifications Qualified Teacher status.
Evidence of Senior Leadership training e.g. NPQSL, NPQH
Completion of Child Protection Pathways training for Designated Safeguarding Leads (or equivalent)

Experience The DHT should have experience of:
- Teaching at Key Stage 2
- Being a qualified teacher with at least three years experience in the primary sector
- Leading a team of colleagues on a curriculum change/initiative
- Successful leadership and management in a Primary school, including leadership of a curriculum area
- School self-evaluation and action planning
- Successful and co-operative working as part of a team
- Line management of colleagues
- Training other teachers and contributing to staff development
- Actively promoting safeguarding procedures
- Setting targets and monitoring, evaluating and recording progress
In addition, the DHT might have experience of:
- teaching the whole primary age range: EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- liaising with external agencies, e.g. children’s social care
- whole school curriculum development

Knowledge and Understanding The DHT should have a working knowledge and understanding of:
- The structure and content of the current National Curriculum
- Quality First teaching and the ability to model this for others
- School finances and financial management
- Behaviour management techniques
for groups and individuals
- Curriculum and pedagogical issues related to extending pupil performance
- Factors promoting effective transfer of learners from one phase of education to the next
- Whole school safeguarding procedures and systems for recording and reporting
- The principles behind school improvement including school improvement planning, monitoring, review and evaluation of progress
- Current issues in education – local and national – and Government initiatives to raise achievement In addition, the DHT might have knowledge and understanding of:
- Using comparative information about attainment
- The funding mechanism for schools
- Inter-agency working
- Administration and budget management processes
- The role of the Governing Body
Skills The DHT will be able to:
- Build relationships quickly and effectively with a variety of stakeholders
- Demonstrate excellent classroom practice
- Demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence
- Analyse and evaluate external and internal data in order to accurately prioritise strategic leadership objectives
- Demonstrate ICT competency
- Be a champion for vulnerable learners
- Manage the coordination of General Teaching Assistants across the school The DHT might be able to:
- Demonstrate good influencing and negotiation skills.
- Present clearly a wide range of specialised information to both educationalists and non-educationalists
- Demonstrate secure and innovative ICT skills
- Advise, inspire and motivate teaching and support staff and hold others to account
- Make consistent judgements based on careful analysis of available evidence
- Demonstrate good communication skills, both written and oral
- Demonstrate good presentation skills with the ability to enthuse and motivate others
- Utilise excellent organisational skills
Personal Characteristics - Willingness to share expertise, skills and knowledge
- Commitment to team working and willingness to address challenging issues with purpose and clarity
- Ability to demonstrate enthusiastic, sensitive, resilient and appropriate leadership
- A well-reasoned educational philosophy in tune with the school ethos
- A positive and optimistic approach to the daily opportunities and challenges of school life
- A genuine desire for life-long learning
- A commitment to safeguarding and equality
- Flexibility and adaptability in order to mix and work with a wide range of people whilst maintaining professional boundaries
- Ability to manage time, work under pressure and prioritise effectively
- Commitment to maintaining confidentiality - Willingness to attend national and regional venues for meetings and training sessions

Supporting documents

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 262 pupils enrolled
Age range 7 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Pickering Community Junior School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Middleton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8AJ