Apply by: 20/12/2023
Interviews taking place on: 08/01/2024
Location: Earlham Primary School, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AW
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent
Eko Trust is a family of good and outstanding schools situated across London and Suffolk. Collaborating seamlessly, we are dedicated to cultivating a supportive environment where our collective goal is to constantly learn and innovate, striving to deliver unparalleled educational outcomes for the children under our care. If you're passionate about making a meaningful impact in education and thrive in a collaborative, progressive atmosphere, this is the perfect opportunity to contribute to a community committed to excellence.
Reporting to: Trust Leader of Education/Trust Leader of Culture and Development
Disclosure level: Enhanced
To provide professional leadership in partnership with the Co-Headteacher to ensure the school delivers a high quality education for all its children and to build upon the existing excellent standards of learning and achievement.
The Headteacher shall perform their responsibilities in accordance with the Trust’s Funding Agreement, Memorandum and Articles of Association and all relevant statutory requirements.
The Headteacher is accountable to the Trustees and Local Governing Body for the professional leadership, strategic direction and operational management of the school in order to ensure that the school‘s aims are implemented in accordance with the school improvement plan and the policies of the Trustees and Local Governing Body.
1. Leading strategically
- To provide inspiring, purposeful and values-based leadership for staff and children
- To work in collaboration with the Local Governing Board, staff and parents to maintain the culture and values which will underpin the school and those of the Trust.
- To continue to implement an Improvement Plan to secure continuous improvement.
- To monitor, evaluate and review the performance of the school and respond/report to the Local Governing Board as required.
- To ensure that the management, finances, organisation and administration of the school support its vision and values.
- To monitor, evaluate and review the impact of policies and priorities, and take timely action as necessary
- To ensure that all those involved in the school are committed to the Trust and school’s vision and priorities, motivated to achieve them and take an active part in meeting long, medium and short term objectives to secure educational success.
- To secure the commitment of all parents and carers, especially hard-to-reach parents and the wider community.
- To work professionally and collaboratively with the Trust schools, adopting the Eko Trust template where appropriate and without compromise to the distinctiveness of the school.
2. Leading the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
- To determine and ensure implementation of a diverse, flexible curriculum to ensure high quality and personalised learning experiences for pupils of all backgrounds and abilities.
- To continue to maintain an environment that promotes and secures good teaching, effective learning, high standards of achievement and good behaviour.
- To monitor and adjust where necessary policies for the personal, social and moral development of children, good race relations and equality.
- To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and standards of achievement of all children.
- To monitor and evaluate strategies for good behaviour/discipline and provide clear guidance on exclusions.
- To continue to maintain an effective partnership with parents and the wider community to support and improve children’s achievement and personal development.
- To promote extra-curricular activities and additional educational support programmes in accordance with the educational aims of the Trust.
3. Leading and managing staff
- To lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement.
- To plan, allocate, support and evaluate work undertaken by groups, teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities in a manner consistent with conditions of employment.
- To implement and sustain effective systems for the management of staff performance, incorporating appraisal and objective setting.
- To manage the arrangements made in accordance with the regulations for appraisal and threshold/progression assessment.
- To promote and monitor the continuance of professional development of staff, including the induction of early career teachers and those new to the school
- To maximise the contribution of staff to improve the quality of education provided and standards achieved.
- To ensure that professional duties are fulfilled, as specified in the Terms and Conditions of employment.
- To continue the development of good working relationships with Local Governors, Trust and school staff, children, parents/carers and the community and to act at all times as an ambassador for the school in a manner which upholds the values of the school and Trust.
4. Deployment of Staff & Resources
(The effective and efficient management in collaboration with the School Operations Manager as appropriate)
- To work with Local Governors and senior colleagues to recruit and retain staff of the highest quality.
- To promote creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate existing and new technologies to achieve excellence.
- To agree and set appropriate priorities for expenditure; allocate funds and monitor the effective administration and control of school budgets so that the school secures its objectives, and value for money.
- To deploy and manage the school’s financial and human resources efficiently and effectively to achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities in line with the school’s strategic plan and financial context.
- To ensure school buildings and facilities meet the needs of the pupils and staff and are of the highest standard of cleanliness and repair and compliant with health and safety regulations.
- To explore and develop additional sources of funding.
- To continue to encourage a school ethos in which all the staff recognise that they should work together, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes
- To present a coherent and accurate account of the school’s performance in a form appropriate to the range of audiences, including parents, Local Governors, Trustees, Ofsted, the local authority, the local community and others, to enable them to contribute effectively.
- To ensure that parents/carers and pupils are well informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress.
- To carry out any such duties as may be reasonably required by the Trust Board and their delegates..
6. Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment
The Trustees and the Local Governing Body of the School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and the Headteacher must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations which safeguard children and young people.
The Headteacher will ensure that:
- The policies and procedures adopted by the Trust Board are fully implemented and followed by all staff.
- Sufficient resources and time are allocated to enable the designated person and other staff to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in strategy discussions and other inter-agency meetings, and contributing to the assessment of children.
- All staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice in regard to children, and such concerns are addressed sensitively and effectively in a timely manner.
Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
The Headteacher may be asked by the Trust to undertake other duties reasonably regarded as falling within the duties and responsibilities of the post.
This job description will be reviewed annually at the end of the academic year or earlier if necessary. In addition, it may be amended at any time after consultation with the postholder.
Our School can offer:
- Supportive and friendly staff who work together as a team
- Forward-thinking approaches to learning, professional development, and school improvement
- Continuous professional development & learning opportunities
- Employee benefits scheme offering great discounts from a range of brands
- Salary sacrifice schemes such as Cycle to Work
- Employee Assistance Programme offering 24/7 access to a confidential employee helpline staffed by trained counsellors
- Access to private GP services, counselling, financial wellbeing advice, physiotherapy, and other specialist services
- Family-friendly policies and options for flexible working
- A commitment to your career aspirations and professional development
Visits are welcomed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this or for any further information.
Eko Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils attending our schools. As the duties of this post involve regular contact with children, any offer to the successful candidate will be conditional upon an Enhanced DBS check being completed. This post is also subject to a satisfactory probationary period and medical clearance.
Closing date for applications: 20/12/2023
Earlham Primary School is committed to the safeguarding of all children, through its policies, practice and monitoring procedures and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
A criminal record check via the DBS will be undertaken for the successful candidate.
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