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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hpw, TTO

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What skills and experience we're looking for

At New River College Secondary we want the very best for our pupils, so that they leave us as confident learners, prepared for further education, employment or training and in a position to make the best of their lives. We have a hard working and committed staff team who are dedicated to raising achievement and ensuring the best possible school experience for our pupils. All our pupils arrive at NRC after not managing in mainstream schools. They often have undiagnosed SEN most commonly associated with ASC, ADHD and PDA. All our pupils arrive with significant gaps in their learning. We support pupils in their learning but place a large emphasis on trying to support them with their personal development. We are an inclusive College and strive to find solutions to support pupils with their SEMH needs.

It is crucial that children develop the core skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in further education, employment or training, so English and Mathematics are a significant focus for the school in getting children to a level where they can succeed. We are committed however, to a rich wider curriculum, where children get numerous opportunities for first hand experiences and access to a wide range of knowledge and opportunities to develop as learners. We also want our children to understand that learning can be fun!

The post holder will be responsible to ensure New River College Secondary has a co-ordinated programme of support to enable high quality teaching and learning to take place and achieve the highest possible standards and outcomes for the pupils at New River College Secondary. The post holder is responsible for the leadership and management of the secondary alternative provision and for the implementation of effective policies and procedures that support the high standards of educational achievement of pupils who may have Education, Health and Care Plans and / or have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from school. The post holder will oversee all aspects of self-evaluation, curriculum delivery managing a team of teachers and support staff whilst being a visible presence on site. We are supported by a team of external professionals to help our pupils and their families these include CAMHS, EPS, Family Support team and a safer schools officer. The post holder will need to have an oversight of the work these professionals undertake.

New River College comprises of three pupil referral units in Islington (primary, secondary and medical), for pupils with social, emotional and mental health challenges (SEMH). We teach children and young people aged five to sixteen years old who have been permanently excluded or participate in our preventative programmes to address their behaviour, and children and young people with complex SEMH or medical needs.

What the school offers its staff

Why work at New River College?

As a trauma-informed school, our staff are our most important resource. We are committed to ensuring their wellbeing is a priority, as a healthy staff team is an effective one and this, in turn, has such a powerful effect on our pupils’ wellbeing. 

At New River College, we’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are interested in supporting our students to be the best they can be and in developing their own careers and teaching skills. We offer weekly training on all our sites, as well as actively encouraging the continuing professional development (CPD) of all staff to enhance their skills through attending training and visiting other schools and alternative provisions.  

We offer our staff the following commitments and benefits:

Competitive pay – All teachers and support staff in Islington receive Inner London Weighting in recognition of high living costs. In addition, all NRC teachers and support staff receive a SEND allowance in recognition of the skills needed to support our students.

Staff supervision – All staff have a fortnightly one-to-one supervision meeting with their line manager. These meetings include wellbeing check-ins, and an opportunity to discuss work concerns with managers and get their support with day-to-day issues. The outcomes of these meetings are noted on the one-to-one template, signed, and copies are kept by staff and their line manager.  

Open-door policy – Our line managers have an open-door policy for staff to discuss any wellbeing concerns that can't wait until the one-to-one supervision meeting. If unavailable at the time, line managers will try to be available at the end of the day, or staff can meet with another line manager who can provide support and feedback to their line manager.  

Reflective practice – Staff can also request one-to-one support from NRC's CAMHS clinicians to discuss any concerns.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – EAPs offer employees free, confidential and independent support to help them balance their work, family and personal lives. Our EAP is unrivalled in its cost-effectiveness, breadth of services and use of technology to offer the most comprehensive range of support for our staff.

Tax-free childcare scheme – To qualify for this government scheme, parents have to be in work for at least 16 hours a week and earning not more than £100,000 per year. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/get-tax-free-childcare.

Subsidised fitness club membership – In January, June and October, NRC staff can apply for special membership of the seven council-owned leisure centres in Islington managed by GLL (also called Better). The offer is for GLL's Better Health and Fitness membership which includes access to gyms, swimming pools and group exercise classes.

Tax-free bicycle loan scheme – A partnership between NRC and Cycle scheme, this scheme offers a loan for staff (paid for via the school's HR team) with up to 42% off a bike of their choice. To qualify, staff must have completed six months’ service, be on a permanent contract (or if on fixed-term contract, have one year remaining) and be earning not less than the minimum wage.  

Interest-free season ticket loans – These allow staff to buy an annual travelcard; the loan is recovered over 10 monthly payments. 

Welfare loan – Staff experiencing financial hardship can request a loan of up to £500, which must be repaid over a maximum of six months. Admin and interest charges apply.

Eye tests and glasses – If staff use a computer for two or more hours each day, they are entitled to a free eye test every three years and, depending on their prescription, free basic lenses and frames. Costs associated with the test will be covered by the school. 

Long service award – Employees in post after October 2001 will receive a £250 long service award after 20 years’ service with Islington or 25 years’ service in local government.

Commitment to safeguarding

New River College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. New River College is a diverse and inclusive school where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly welcome applications from those from a black or ethnic minority background. 

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About New River College Secondary

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
School size
42 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
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NRC is the Alternative Provision school in Islington. We are looking for staff who have the ability to work with pupils with SEMH, who have been excluded (or at risk of), pupils with (often undiagnosed) SEN needs, in need of support with their behaviour as well as medical needs.

Arranging a visit to New River College Secondary

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email victoria.lizarazo@nrc.islington.sch.uk.

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