Deputy Headteacher Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Provision

Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College, Coventry, West Midlands


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 19 to Lead Practitioners range 24, £63,975 to £72,306

Job summary

Position: Deputy Headteacher (Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Provision)
Reporting to: Headteacher

The Role
The primary objective of this role is to provide support and assistance to the Headteacher in leading and managing the school.

Specific Responsibilities (Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Provision)

Support the Headteacher in providing strategic direction and leadership for all matters relating to teaching and learning within the school.

Oversight and leadership of key matters relating to the development, implementation and review of the curriculum, including being responsible for:

Quality of Education across all Key Stages with clear intent and implementation at school and department level; knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately sequenced and assessed at all Key Stages but in particular Key Stage 3.

Quality first teaching for all with a particular focus on Low Prior Attainers and SEND learners.

Behaviour for Learning including the implementation of ‘Blue Coat Attitudes to Learning’.
Learning outside of the classroom including homework, trips and visits, external partners.
Quality Assurance of the key processes supporting effective learning at all levels leading into accurate self-evaluation of the school.
Professional development for all staff including whole school CPD and personalised programmes.
Oversight of appraisal to ensure whole school priorities are advanced.
Line management of key departments as appropriate.
Line management of Assistant Headteachers as appropriate.

Generic Responsibilities (All Deputy Heads)

Support the Headteacher in relation to:

Ensuring that the objectives of the school are met through the implementation of the policies of the Governing Body.
Managing the day-to-day operation of the school - including providing appropriate challenge and support to secure the professional and personal development of all staff.
Securing the cost-effective management of the school’s finances.
Providing strong innovative leadership that results in a high quality, flexible learning and social environment with equality of access for all.
Ensuring that all students benefit from the highest-quality education and achieve outstanding personal and educational results.
Working in partnership with all stakeholders to achieve the school’s aims and objectives.

Lead, manage and develop middle leaders and Assistant Headteachers as appropriate.
To maximise levels of achievement for all pupils in the school through ensuring good conduct and an adherence to Blue Coat expectations.
To identify, plan and implement the aims of the school with the rest of the senior leadership team.
To ensure monitoring, implementation and evaluation of identified aspects of the school so as to promote pupil progress and appropriate levels of attainment.
To help develop the wider school curriculum to promote the development of the whole child.
Keep abreast of current local and national educational developments and ensure effective dissemination amongst appropriate colleagues.
To advise the Headteacher and senior leadership team on developments in given areas and on their potential impact on the school.

Student conduct and engagement:
Oversee the management of behaviour and student attitudes to learning across the school ensuring that school expectations are consistently understood and applied.
Further develop rigorous and robust systems and procedures to enhance school systems.
Lead and manage middle and senior leaders as appropriate.
To ensure efficient and effective administrative procedures are in place for the day-to-day running of the school as appropriate.
Take a lead on whole school events as appropriate.
Work closely with key stakeholders within the identified areas of responsibility.
To maintain direct contact with external agencies as appropriate.
To meet with parents and students as necessary.

Strategic leadership and operational management to secure educational excellence:
To contribute actively and substantially to building, communicating and implementing a shared vision for the school.
To lead the planning, development and implementation of key areas of the school’s improvement plan.
To build capacity within the staff of the school to deliver and sustain the highest quality of provision and achievement for students across the school.
To be accountable for effective project management of deadlines, engaging staff, delegating, holding areas accountable and securing resource to deliver the highest quality outcomes.
To actively model and promote the values, vision and ethos of this Christian school which serves a multi-faith, multi-ethnic community.
To be accountable for the continuing effective work of all staff for whom the post holder has responsibility, line-managing, training, mentoring and coaching staff as appropriate, to enable them to give of their best.

Significant contribution to the collaborative work of senior and system leadership:
To deputise for the Headteacher as required.
To lead, with other members of the SLT relevant policies across the school.
To work with the Headteacher, Deputy and Assistant Heads, to plan and organise the effective working of the SLT.
To contribute at a high level to policy discussions and decisions on curriculum, assessment, pastoral management, safeguarding, staff development and training, finance and estates issues, staff recruitment, appointment and management.
To be ready to take on new tasks and responsibilities within SLT as needs arise.
To be informed about national policy, educational research and evidenced-based practice, and bring this to SLT for deliberation.
To engage with commitment with the school’s role in system leadership working collaboratively and productively with partners and managing the interface with the school, so that there is continuous benefit for pupils.
To work alongside the Headteacher and SLT to develop the role of Blue Coat within the Inspire MAT, contributing to strategic discussions and maximising practical opportunities to become involved in the work of the Trust at a senior level.

Staff management and development:
To lead, develop and enhance the teaching practice of others through the line management process.
To train, mentor and coach staff in the development of teaching and management skills.
To contribute to and lead school CPD.
To monitor, renew and quality assure the areas specified in the individual’s role, and respond in a structured way to identified needs.

Pupils and parents:
To lead and develop a climate for pupils’ learning and development that is warm, nurturing, with high expectations and clear, firm boundaries.
To contribute to safeguarding policy and practice.
To commit fully to and publicly advance the cause of equal opportunities and the right of every student to become the best they can be and are meant to be.
To model restorative practice throughout.
To work closely with parents and engage them in their children’s progress. To make every effort to reach out to parents who do not engage with school.
To support, with other members of SLT, the activities that pupils become involved in within the curriculum and in enrichment opportunities, and the staff who provide the opportunities for young people

To line manage:
Middle Leaders as appropriate.
Department teams as appropriate.
Assistant Headteachers as appropriate.
Ensure that the Headteacher and Governors are well informed about the school’s policies, plans and priorities, its success in meeting objectives and targets, and any future development needs.
Support the Headteacher in the deployment of staff and support those staff in their duties.
Maintain and develop positive and supportive relationships with staff, parents, community representatives and governors

To meet and work with the CEO of Inspire, Headteacher, Leadership Team, key colleagues and teams as appropriate.
To attend, lead and contribute to team meetings as appropriate.
To Chair and lead identified meetings and ensure the active contributions of staff to the effective delivery of planned programmes. It is also important to provide effective channels of communication, support, guidance and challenge for all staff and maintain clear expectations and high standards of professionalism and collaboration.
To work with the Headteacher and other members of the Leadership Team in ensuring that the CEO and Governors have information in order to evaluate the progress that is being made in appropriate key areas.
To attend Full Governor meetings as appropriate.
To attend external meetings as appropriate.

Other school responsibilities
To lead whole-school assemblies as appropriate.
To be a visible and accessible presence in and around school.
To comply fully with the school’s health and safety policy.
To develop and promote policies and procedures that ensure that the school’s ethos is reflected in every aspect of the school’s work.
To teach a limited timetable.
To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
To continue with one’s own personal and professional learning in relevant areas and in education relating to the efficient and effective execution of responsibilities.
To engage actively in the Appraisal process and the Performance Management of nominated staff
To undertake any reasonable task at the request of the Headteacher.
Any other duties that might reasonably be required of a Deputy Headteacher.

Other duties, as instructed by the Headteacher, that are within the spirit and the scope of the job purpose and its grading.

Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Any offer of employment to the above post will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Employee benefits

A career at Blue Coat offers a rewarding future, with the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives and outcomes of our young people. We understand the importance of providing a supportive and nurturing workplace for our staff. Our ethos is that a happy staff will deliver the best possible experience to our students. As such, we offer a portfolio of benefits designed to enhance and support the working lives of our staff. These include, but are not limited to:
A highly supportive and committed Senior Leadership Team.
An effective CPD programme, including personalised training sessions and opportunities for both internal and external training.
A large Sixth Form cohort with over 300 students studying A level and Vocational courses.
A cycle to work scheme.
Child care vouchers.
A focus on staff well-being including in-house counselling, a full time chaplain, a staff workload reduction group, strong relationships with Unions and a supportive working environment.
Embedded strategies for improving the work-life balance for staff, including our STAR marking policy.
A wide range of trips and visits including international ones.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy, Church of England
Education phase Secondary
School size 1587 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College

Blue Coat Cof E School is a very successful and oversubscribed school in the heart of the city of Coventry with over 1500 pupils. At Blue Coat Church of England School, our vision is “Living life in all its fullness”. We exist to equip our students to live life in all its fullness by providing excellent education which is distinctively Christian and inclusive of all. At the heart of this education are the values of Care, Hard Work, Respect, Integrity and Servanthood, working Together for the good of all individuals, the school and wider communities.

School location

Terry Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2BA